Personal Reflections on the Use of Outsider Witness Practices to Structure a Support Group for Nursing Academics


  • Paul Morrison Murdoch University



Academic Support, Narrative, Nursing, Outsider-witness


Many experienced nursing clinicians make the transition into university as lecturers and build academic careers. However, there are real difficulties in adapting to an academic culture and universities generally provide limited support to assist with this transition. This paper describes a personal account of the use of outsider-witness practices, as used in narrative therapy, to structure a series of support meetings for a small group of lecturers in nursing. The process proved to be an engaging one that helped to establish and build a supportive ethos where teaching practice could be explored and considered in a non-judgmental way. There are many different ways to build a supportive culture in academic settings and the use of the outsider witness approach deserves serious consideration.

Author Biography

Paul Morrison, Murdoch University

Paul Morrison is the Dean of the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University. He is an experienced teacher, researcher and writer. He is also a registered nurse and a registered psychologist, a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

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