Rachel began her nursing career as a generalist in 1971 before working in primary health care in Madagascar and the Solomon Islands. Upon returning to Australia, she has gained extensive experience working in clinical, teaching and research settings in public health, general practice and mental health settings in urban and rural areas of NSW. Advanced practice roles in primary health care, psychotherapy (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and community mental health provide the foundation for her work as an educator and researcher. Last year she spent six months as an invited academic at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Rachel is a fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and a peer reviewer for the Mental Health Nurse Credentialing program. Her research experience includes qualitative research projects focusing on improving services provided to people with borderline personality disorder. As Associate Professor of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Rachel’s academic focus is on preparing postgraduate students to step up to advanced practice roles with well-developed problem clinical reasoning skills and the clinical capabilities essential to function safely in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.