Doctor Stephen McNally

Doctor Stephen McNally

Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Senior Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery



I have enjoyed my academic tenure for 29+ years and in the process gained a Ph.D. in Emergency NurseTriage Education. Many students have discussed with me the value that they place on my strong commitment to maintaining clinical currency and expertise, especially in Emergency Nursing.  I believe that this is a particularly important aspect that enriches and validates my teaching and acknowledges the fact that my students attend clinical placements in challenging dynamic health environments.  In addition to that nursing practices continue to evolve and change under the guidance of Best Practice development.  My specific clinical and research expertise is in emergency nursing however, I also teach and supervise student research in the critical care areas.

 I have a very open and engaging teaching style.  I promote openness by being willing and ready to receive student impressions or ideas on the subject content that we are discussing.  Students are engaged in their learning by being encouraged to participate in classwork in a way that is active and energetic so that they are involved and interested in what is being taught.  I generally find that this assists my students to develop self-confidence and motivation when they pursue their learning opportunities.

I have supervised several Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Master of Research (MRes) and Ph.D. students to the completion of their thesis. I have recent research expertise in conducting Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Research. However, I have a particular interest in Quantitative Research and Mixed Methods studies.

For the last 5 years, I have enjoyed developing my skills in academic leadership and governance for the School of Nursing & Midwifery. I am currently the Deputy Dean, Academic.  I am primarily focused on promoting innovative undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and Higher Degree Research development.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BAppScNurs University of Sydney


  • Playing Football albeit O/45s

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


Phone: (02) 9685 9508
Mobile: 0409520516
Location: EB.LG.31

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400761 Family Health Care: High Acuity Nursing, 2014
  • 400764 Transition to Graduate Practice, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Kabil, G., Hatcher, D., Frost, S., Shetty, A. and McNally, S. (2023), 'Facilitators and barriers of appropriate and timely initial fluid administration in sepsis : a qualitative study', International Emergency Nursing, vol 69 .
  • Kabil, G., Frost, S., Hatcher, D., Shetty, A., Foster, J. and McNally, S. (2022), 'Early fluid bolus in adults with sepsis in the emergency department : a systematic review, meta-analysis and narrative synthesis', BMC Emergency Medicine, vol 22, no 1 .
  • Kabil, G., Liang, S., Delaney, A., Macdonald, S., Thompson, K., Saavedra, A., Suster, C., Moscova, M., McNally, S., Frost, S., Hatcher, D. and Shetty, A. (2022), 'Association between intravenous fluid resuscitation and outcome among patients with suspected infection and sepsis : a retrospective cohort study', Emergency Medicine Australasia, vol 34, no 3 , pp 361 - 369.
  • Kabil, G., Frost, S., McNally, S., Hatcher, D., Saavedra, A., Suster, C., Moscova, M. and Shetty, A. (2022), 'Identifying factors associated with intravenous fluid administration in patients with sepsis presenting to the emergency department : a retrospective cohort study', BMC Emergency Medicine, vol 22, no 1 .
  • Kabil, G., Hatcher, D., Alexandrou, E. and McNally, S. (2021), 'Emergency nurses' experiences of the implementation of early goal directed fluid resuscitation therapy in the management of sepsis : a qualitative study', Australasian Emergency Care, vol 24, no 1 , pp 67 - 72.
  • Jefferies, D., Glew, P., Karhani, Z., McNally, S. and Ramjan, L. (2021), 'The educational benefits of drama in nursing education : a critical literature review', Nurse Education Today, vol 98 .
  • McNally, S., McNally, T., Hatcher, D., O'Reilly, R. and Keedle, H. (2019), 'Student perceptions, experiences and support within their current Bachelor of Nursing', Nurse Education Today, vol 76 , pp 56 - 61.
  • McDermid, F., McNally, S. and O'Reilly, R. (2019), 'Maintaining clinical currency : a risk management strategy for undergraduate nursing students', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 8 , pp 54 - 54.
  • Kopan, A., McNally, S., Cotton, A. and Lewis, P. (2019), 'Graduate nurses' experiences of reporting clinical incidents : what we don't know', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 8 , pp 39 - 39.
  • Jefferies, D., McNally, S., Roberts, K., Wallace, A., Stunden, A., D'Souza, S. and Glew, P. (2018), 'The importance of academic literacy for undergraduate nursing students and its relationship to future professional clinical practice : a systematic review', Nurse Education Today, vol 60 , pp 84 - 91.
  • Kabil, G., Alexandrou, E., Hatcher, D. and McNally, S. (2018), 'Reading between the lines of an adult sepsis pathway : why and how nurses can initiate change', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 1 , pp 25 - 25.
  • Dawson, A., Blythe, S. and McNally, S. (2018), 'An undergraduate nurse's experience of patients with drug-seeking behaviours', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 26, no 2 , pp 37 - 37.
  • Mares, M., McNally, S. and Fernandez, R. (2018), 'Effectiveness of nurse-led cardiac rehabilitation programs following coronary artery bypass graft surgery : a systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 16, no 12 , pp 2304 - 2329.
  • Metcalfe, L., McNally, S. and Smith, S. (2017), 'A review of inpatient ward location and the relationship to Medical Emergency Team calls', International Emergency Nursing, vol 31 , pp 52 - 57.
  • Meller, N., Blythe, S., McNally, S., Glew, P., Hughes, M. and O'Reilly, R. (2017), 'New graduate job applications and interviews : the role of higher education facilities for student nurses and midwives', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 25, no 2 , pp 36 - 36.
  • Salamonson, Y., Metcalfe, L., Alexandrou, E., Cotton, A., McNally, S., Murphy, J. and Frost, S. (2016), 'Measuring final-year nursing students' satisfaction with the viva assessment', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 16, no 1 , pp 91 - 96.
  • Mares, M. and McNally, S. (2013), 'The effectiveness of nurse-led cardiac rehabilitation programs following coronary artery bypass graft surgery : a systematic review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 11, no 11 , pp 21 - 32.
  • Mcnally, S. (2001), 'Lets have standards for triage education and practice', Australian Emergency Nurses Journal, vol 4, no 2 , pp 12 - 14.

Previous Projects

Title: A healthy start: A study to design and pilot a new model of postnatal care in south west Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Sydney South West Area Health Service
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Annemarie Hennessy and Stephen Mcnally
Years: 2008-02-06 - 2009-02-28
ID: P0015882


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Graduate nurses' experiences of reporting clinical incidents: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Field of Research: Nursing

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