Bernadette Keane is a highly experienced nurse educator who lectured for nine years in the psychiatric nursing programs conducted at Royal Park Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to psychiatry, her clinical background and qualifications include medical, surgical, midwifery and infant welfare areas of care. In 1982, as a Kellogg Nursing Fellow, she studied at the University of California, San Francisco. Since then she has published journal articles and textbook chapters on health care and professional issues. In 1986 Bernadette launched her private practice, called Continuing Education Consultation, and from 1992 to 1998 she was president of the association called Nurses in Independent Practice. In 1992, together with Rhonda Goodwin and Jennifer Richmond, Bernadette published a nursing history book entitled Mum and Me and T.L.C .