Associate Professor
Karen Theobald

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Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing

Personal details


Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing


Teaching and Learning, Cardiovascular Nursing, Emergency and Resusitation



Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
  • MHlthSc (Queensland University of Technology)
  • GCert (Higher Ed) (Queensland University of Technology)
  • BAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

2002 – current

  • Deputy Chair and Member Australian Resuscitation Council, Queensland Branch, representing ACCCN Queensland (Renominated November 2020 for 2 year term)
  • Member Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
  • Executive Member Australian Resuscitation Council, Queensland Branch, representing ACCCN Queensland
  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, Queensland, ARC Guideline Review Coordinator
  • Member Sigma Theta Tau International (Chapter 482)
  • Member College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (since 2008)
  • Peer Reviewer for three Quartile 1 journals


Associate Professor Theobald has extensive experience in teaching and coordinating units across the QUT's undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs in the School of Nursing (SoN). As Academic Lead Education, Karen is a leader, mentor and facilitator of teaching and learning scholarship and best practice for other academics. Karen has taught in all three years of QUT's Undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program. Karen has demonstrated leadership and expertise in teaching and learning across postgraduate courses of study, especially in the Postgraduate emergency nursing study area courses/units; health assessment and has developed and coordinate's the Health Professional Education Study Area. She has:

  • extensive tertiary education qualifications and recognised internationally with a Principal Fellow recognition from the Higher Education Academy
  • been involved in many quality improvements/curricular developments and implementation, all designed to enhance student learning
  • led the Faculty of Health, Transformation of Learning project 2013-2014, redeveloping the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Emergency Nursing) to a fully online innovative transformed approach, utilising a new learning design and delivery to create individually paced, engaging modules of learning
  • been a part of a number of teaching and learning research scholarship projects

Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy Demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning leadership through international recognition as a  Principal Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy. Member and Reviewer for  QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching

Career Mentoring Convener For almost a decade, Karen was the Nursing Convener for Career Mentor Scheme working in conjunction with QUT's Careers and Employment section. The scheme assisted final-year students in their transition to Registered Nurse through:

  • establishing partnerships with practicing Registered Nurses
  • promoting excellent networking opportunities and learning avenues, available in a variety and number of clinical areas.

AsPro Theobald has taught the following units:

  • Postgraduate Courses (QUT)

Emergency nursing Acute care nursing Advanced health assessment (UG, PG, NP) Advanced life support/resuscitation Cardiovascular disease Qualitative research methods. Health professional education.  Principles of education for health professionals and Curriculum design for health professional education

  • Undergraduate Courses (QUT)

Cardiovascular nursing care; Biophysical health/Medical surgical nursing/Acute care Clinical practice university laboratories/lectures/clinical setting Cardiothoracic nursing care Clinical elective – critical care/high dependency focus Nursing and the family/community Professional practice issues

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

For more publications by Karen, explore their research in QUT ePrints (our digital repository).

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Research projects