Getting to know .... James Bonnamy

What is your role at Monash?

I am a lecturer with Monash Nursing and Midwifery and First Year Coordinator of the Bachelor of Nursing degree. I have worked here at Monash for 8 years, starting first as a casual clinical educator, then as an Assistant Lecturer and in my current Lecturer position from 2015. I am also the inaugural Deputy Head of Aquila Non-Residential College.

Did you want to do this sort of work when you were small? 

I wanted to be a Vet, but quickly realised I did not cope well with sick family pets! I started a Bachelor of Information Technology before deciding after a year that I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. I transferred into the Bachelor of Nursing at Monash and have never looked back!

What do you consider to be the most enjoyable and fun part of your job?

The most enjoyable and fun part of my job is the teaching. I especially enjoy our simulated clinical learning environment classes where our students get to practice the skills they have been learning about, it is a lot of fun watching them master core skills and knowledge.

In three words, how would you describe your students?

I would describe our students as empathetic, inquisitive and practical.

Are you involved in any sort of research? 

I am involved in several research projects and areas. I have a keen interest in nursing education research, having recently completed a project looking at student self-assessment for assessment tasks. My other areas of interest include environmental sustainability and cancer care research. I am completing projects at the moment exploring the teaching of environmental sustainability concepts to healthcare professionals and communication within cancer care.

What do you love most about Peninsula campus?

What I love most about the Peninsula campus is the presences of many different healthcare professions students. The campus is a vibrant hub dedicated to developing the next generation of healthcare professionals. I also really like the relaxed and open feel to the campus - we are very lucky with our wonderful grounds!