Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary

Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary


Dr Evan Alexandrou

Dr Evan AlexandrouImage Evan Alexandrou

Evan Alexandrou has authored 33 refereed articles and has published in leading Nursing and Medical Journals including International Journal of Nursing Studies, Resuscitation and Critical Care Medicine. Evan has had over 200 citations in Google scholar(July, 2015) with a personal h-index of 9.

Evan is involved in large multi – centre research studies. He is currently a primary investigator in a large randomised control trial testing the effectiveness of prolonging administration set changes with central venous catheters, this study involves 6,500 patients across 5 hospitals and has attracted the largest nurse led NHMRC grant ($1.6 million).

Evan is the initiator and chief investigator The One Million Global – Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Study (The OMG PIVC study) it is the largest prevalence study in vascular access ever to be undertaken. The study (in its final stages) has attracted over 400 hospitals in 43 countries. Over 40,000 peripheral devices have been reviewed across the globe with an estimated 65,000 patients screened. Evan has negotiated with global corporations supplying vascular access devices to provide logistical and financial support for this project. The OMG PIVC study is an exciting and innovative project exemplifying true collaboration with clinicians and researchers across the globe.

Locally, Evan is involved in single centre observational studies involving ultrasound guided insertion of peripheral cannulas and a randomised trial testing the effectiveness of ECG guided insertion of central venous catheters at his local hospital.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9506

Email: e.alexandrou@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Steve Frost

Dr Steve Frost

Steve Frost is the Deputy Director of the South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research. Steve has been employed as a registered nurse by the SWSLHD since 1994 and started lecturing at Western Sydney University in 2005. Having been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in intensive care, and Clinical Nurse Consultant in the MET Research and Training unit, Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, prior to joining WSU. Steve has a post-graduate certificate in intensive care nursing from Liverpool Hospital, a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of New South Wales. Steve is a Visiting Scientistic at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Steve's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Osteoporosis Risk Communication

Steve's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Epidemiology Meta-analysis

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 4 PhD
  • 1 BNHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 3 PhD

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 8738 9360
Mobile:  61  407 291 088

Email: s.frost@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @StevenAFrost

Dr Leanne Hunt

Image Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt

Dr Leanne Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Deputy Director, Clinical Education (Nursing), in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Leanne began nursing in 1992 as an RN progressing to CNC (trauma) and NUM 1. Leanne worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Paediatric cardiothoracic intensive care for 2 years. Leanne has 11 years of education and research experience and is the current chair of the Critical Care Research in Collaboration & Evidence Translation (CCRICET) research group. Leanne is an affiliate member of the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR), Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT) and the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. Leanne is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher focusing on critical care practice/patient outcomes, workforce development and clinical practice experience. Leanne’s work is collaborative and multidisciplinary and has impacts on critical care patients, families, student nurses, the future nursing workforce and the profession of nursing.

Leanne's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Workforce development
  • Undergraduate clinical placement

Leanne's main methodolgical expertise includes:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4570 1676

Email: l.hunt@westernsydney.edu.au

Dr Fiona McDermid

Image Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid

Dr Fiona McDermid is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr Fiona McDermid completed her PhD in 2017 on the transition of clinical nurses to academia under a framework of liminality. Following on from her doctoral work, Fiona is further exploring the concepts of resilience and transition within workforce and communities. She is currently involved in a project centered on emergency departments highlighting the concept of resilience and retention and was successful in obtaining an Early Career Research grant for this study. She is also involved in the Women's Health stream of research and is currently undertaking work on women's experiences of menopause. She has published and presented research both nationally and internationally.

Fiona's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Women's Health
  • Emergency Workforce Resilience

Fiona's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative studies and analysis

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 BNHons
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Mobile:  +61 408 675 169

Email: f.mcdermid@wsternsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @fiona_McDermid

Dr Stephen McNally

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Dr Stephen McNally

Stephen is proud to say that he has gained a vast amount of experience in academia over the last 30 years and currently holds a senior leadership position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Stephen gained his PhD in 2007, titled “Triage Education: From Experience to Practice Standards”. He continues to remain actively engaged in research, publishing in peer reviewed journals and presenting at national and international conferences. During his tenure he has retained his clinical expertise in all areas of critical care, particularly emergency.  Stephen continues to successfully supervise Higher Research Degree students and Stephen would welcome the opportunity to discuss research interests and a plan with any potential higher degree research students.Stephen possesses extensive clinical, teaching and research experience with background in Qualitative/quantitative research, mixed methods design and systematic reviews.

Stephen's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Critical care
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse education
  • Men's health (developing area of interest)

Stephen's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Quantitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods design
  • Systematic Reviews

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 BNHons
  • 1 MRes
  • 1 PhD

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 6 BNHons
  • 1 MRes

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9685 9508

Email: s.mcnally@westernsydney.edu.au

Twitter:  @smcnally33

Dr Gift Mutsonziwa

Dr Gift MutsonziwaDr Gift Mutsonziwa

Gift is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University with various teaching roles and coordinating Foundations for nursing practice (Summer school) and Clinical leadership. He has more than 15years of clinical and education experience in Emergency and Intensive care settings as a clinical nurse consultant (CNC). Gift has presented research topics at three national round table conferences and several conferences at the district level. His academic qualifications are Dip GN; BNurse, M.Hons Nursing  (1st class), M.Emerg Nursing, and PhD.

Gift's main research expertise includes:

  • The lived experiences
  • Emergency care nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Infection control
  • Learning through simulation
  • Consumer participation in care
  • Healthcare worker's experiences

Gift's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Interpretive phenomenology
  • Narrative analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Surveys

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • Nil

Contact details

Phone: +61 410 292 360

Email: g.mutsonziwa@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Kath Peters

Professor Kath PetersAssociate Professor Kath Peters

Professor Kath Peters RN BN (Hons) PhD is an academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  Kath has extensive clinical nursing and research experience with a strong background in health research and qualitative methodologies.  Kath is actively engaged in research and regularly disseminates research outcomes in peer reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

Kath's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • Nursing Workforce
  • Women's and Family Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

Kath's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Feminist Research

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 8 PhD
  • 8 BN (Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3567

Email: k.peters@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Yenna Salamonson

Professor Yenna SalamonsonImage Assoc. Prof. Yenna Salamonson

Dr. Yenna Salamonson has committed over 25 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for nursing students, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units. Yenna's program of research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of teaching and learning to build nursing workforce capacity towards better healthcare outcomes. In addition, her scope of research extends to patient safety in acute care, cardiovascular nursing and organisational culture.

Yenna has expertise in survey construction, psychometric assessment and mixed methods designs. She also has experience in multivariate statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling. She has undertaken several educational projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is an additional language, and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings.  She has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards at the university and national levels.

Yenna's main research expertise includes:

  • Academic success and supporting first year nursing student experience
  • Patient Safety in acute care
  • Critical care and cardiovascular nursing
  • Nursing workforce and organisational culture

Yenna's main methodological expertise includes:

  • Survey construction
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Mixed methods designs

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

Yenna has supervised 17 research students to completion.

  • 6 PhD
  • 1 Masters
  • 10 BNHons

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 7 PhD
  • 3 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3322

Email: y.salamonson@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Rochelle Wynne

Professor Rochelle WynneProfessor Rochelle Wynne

Dr Rochelle Wynne is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Western Sydney Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre (WSNMRC), a conjoint appointment between Western Sydney University and the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has been an active clinical researcher in acute and cardiothoracic patient care for over two decades. Rochelle was the first Australian nurse to be awarded a Biomedical Scholarship from the NHMRC to undertake her PhD. Studies for her PhD investigated the trajectory of pulmonary dysfunction in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery.  Rochelle is the clinical representative for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Steering Committee and Quality Committee as well as a member of the CSANZ Cardiovascular Nursing Council Executive. She has published in leading cardiothoracic journals including Circulation, The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart & Lung and the American Journal of Critical Care. With a focus on exploring patients’ recovery trajectory, Rochelle’s research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. Rochelle has a keen interest in reducing unnecessary variation in patient recovery by investigating modifiable risk factors that prevent wellness, improving patient participation in care and testing interventions to optimise patient outcome. In addition to supervising higher degree and Honours students, to date Rochelle has had the privilege of constant clinical engagement during her career, which has enabled her to mentor numerous clinicians from a variety of disciplines in understanding, generating and translating evidence into practice.

Rochelle's main research interests and expertise includes:

  • The Trajectory of Patient Recovery
  • Predictors of Readmission
  • Practice Patterns in Acute & Critical Care
  • Point of Care Nursing Interventions
  • Cardiovascular Nursing Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Self-Management
  • Patient & Caregiver Participation and Experience

Rochelle's main methodological expertise includes:

A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses.

Currently supervising (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 4 MHons

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 2 PhD
  • 6 MHons
  • 2 BNHons

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9851 6057

Email: r.wynne@westernsydney.edu.au

Professor Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree SmithImage Prof. Sheree Smith

Professor Sheree Smith has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Cardiothoracic Postgraduate Certificate, a Master of Social Planning and Development, a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and a PhD in Public Health.

Sheree's research expertise includes:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Respiratory health services
  • Mental health and,
  • Primary health care
Sheree's methodological expertise includes:

Sheree has experience in quantitative methods such as randomised controlled trials, and qualitative methods.

Students to completion (PhD), (MHons), (BNHons)

  • 1 M(Hons)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 4620 3532

Email: sheree.smith@westernsydney.edu.au