School of Health Professions

Our Nursing Research Team

The School of Health Professions at Murdoch University conducts research in a broad range of areas related to Nursing. Particular attention is given to research that meets the needs and interests of the varied groups within our local, regional and indigenous communities whilst also contributing to improving their health and well being. This also includes research that plays a role in improving the education undertaken by nursing students in their goal to provide a high level of care to the community.

  • School of Health Professions

    Prof. Paul Morrison, PhD, BA, PGCE, GradDip (Counselling), RMN, RN
    • Mental health
    • Evaluation of health care services
    • Psychological care

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    Current Research Projects
    Enhancing existing nursing curriculum with simulation based learning: Students experiences. Andrus, P., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C.
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Antipsychotic Medication Curriculum in Australian University Nursing Programs. Morrison P, Stomski N.J, McAllister M, Wynaden, D, Hungerford C, Usher K, Maude P, Crowther A, Batterbee R.
    Australian mental health nurses' perspectives about the identification and management of antipsychotic medication side effects: A cross-sectional survey. Morrison, P, Stomski, N.J & Meehan, T.
    Structuring educational decisions using the Multiple Sorting Task: an example focusing on international placements in Nursing. Morrison, P. Gluyas, H. Stomski, N.J.
    The Use of Smart Phone Applications to Enhance the Assessment of Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J.
    Exploring carers’ views of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medication. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J.
    Developing educational narratives about nurses' experience of caring for mental health consumers who use antipsychotic medication. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. McAllister, M.
    Predicting psychotic episodes through examining changes in language use in social media posts. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Rickwood, D.
    Mental health consumers’ experience of a health consumer advocacy service. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Whitely, M. Brennan, P.
    Caring for people with severe mental illness: the association between gratitude, emotional comfort, and carer burden. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Williams, A. Sealy, M. O’Brien, G.
    An evaluation of the Open Borders programme at Fremantle Hospital. S. Mortimer-Jones, P. Morrison, S. Neale, A. Munib, A. Bostwick, F. Paolucci, C. Hungerford.
    Antipsychotic Medication Side Effect Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review. Stomski, N.J. Morrison, P. Meyer, A.
    Developing a wellbeing educational program for cancer nurses. Williams, AM, Williams, NJ, Slatyer, S., Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A., Twigg, D., Towell, A. & Whale, K.
  • School of Health Professions

    Prof. Anne Williams, PhD, BSc (Hons), MSc, RN
    • Mental health
    • Cancer therapies
    • Pain management
    • Palliative Care

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    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Caring for people with severe mental illness: the association between gratitude, emotional comfort, and carer burden. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Williams, A. Sealy, M. O’Brien, G.
    Developing a wellbeing educational program for cancer nurses. Williams, AM, Williams, NJ, Slatyer, S., Monterosso, L., Petterson, A., Morrison, P., Ebert, A., Twigg, D., Towell, A. & Whale, K.
    The application of evidence based practice in an acute care hospital setting in Perth, Western Australia: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses. Baker, M., Williams, AM, & Pugh, J.
    The impact of adding support workers (Assistants in Nursing) to patient, nurse and system (ward) level outcomes Duffield C, Twigg D, Williams A, Roche, M., Stoddart, C., Davis, S., Clarke S.
    The development of safe practice guidelines for the use of reflexology in an outpatient chemotherapy clinic. Petterson, A., Williams, AM Joske, D & McCullough, K.
    The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia. Pugh, J., Blazevich, A., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Bahn, S., Giles, M., Wilkinson, A., Cormack, K.
    Cancer patients’ experience and outcomes related to complementary health choices: A feasibility study – Phase 2. Williams A, Bulsara, C., Joske, D., Petterson, A., Stomski, N., Myers, H., Bennett, K., Phillips, M., Furzer, B., Musiello, T., Miller, L., McConigley, R
    Evaluating the Sustainability of a Pain Resource Nurse Program in an Australian Public Hospital Five Years Post Implementation Williams, AM, Slatyer, S., Goucke, R., Toye, C., Jennings, D., McCullough, K ,Clarke, P., Stomski, N., & Allen, E..
    Dignity Therapy in the Australian Context: Creating a culturally sensitive dignity intervention for Aboriginal Western Australians with advanced Cancer. Bentley B., Williams AM., Marriot R.
  • School of Health Professions

    Prof. Jill Maben, OBE. PhD, MSc, BA (hons) RN
    • Nursing workforce, recruitment and retention
    • Nurse wellbeing and patient experience

  • School of Health Professions

    A/Prof. Catherine Fetherston, PhD, MSc, PostGradDip(Mid), BSc, RN, RM, IBCLC
    • Women and infants health
    • Breastfeeding and lactation
    • Teaching, learning and curriculum development in Nursing

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Enhancing existing nursing curriculum with simulation based learning: Students experiences. Andrus, P., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C.
    The nursification of a bioscience unit and its impact on student satisfaction and motivation to learn, in an undergraduate nursing degree. S. Mortimer-Jones, C. Fetherston
    Developing Nursing students understanding of Nursing attributes. Fetherston, C. & Batt, S.
    Using Complex Adaptive Systems Theory as a guide to curriculum development in Nursing Fetherston, C., Browne, C., Andrus, P., & Batt, S.
  • School of Health Professions

    A/Prof. Vicki Cope, PhD, BA, GradDipEd, GradDip (Nursing), RN, RM, FRCNA
    • Professional issues
    • Qualitative issues
    • Leadership & resilience
    • Portraiture

  • School of Health Professions

    A/Prof. Heather Gluyas, RN, BSc, GradCert (Mgt), MServAdmin, DNurs, FCAN
    • Patient safety
    • Human factors
    • Clinical governance


    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Structuring educational decisions using the Multiple Sorting Task: an example focusing on international placements in Nursing. Morrison, P. Gluyas, H. Stomski, N.J.
    Managers' Perceptions and Experiences of Managing Poorly Performing Staff Heather Gluyas, Martinique Sandy, Melanie Hill with the The Alfred Hospital
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Judith Pugh, PhD, MEd, RN
    • Nurse fitness & wellbeing
    • Neurological nursing

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    The application of evidence based practice in an acute care hospital setting in Perth, Western Australia: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses. Baker, M., Williams, AM, & Pugh, J.
    The Impact of Fitness Levels and Leisure-time Exercise Patterns on the Risk of Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders among New Graduate Registered Nurses in Western Australia. Pugh, J., Blazevich, A., Williams, A., Twigg, D., Bahn, S., Giles, M., Wilkinson, A., Cormack, K.
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Norman Stomski, PhD, BHSc (Hons)
    • Antipsychotic medication side effects
    • Community perceptions of health care

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Structuring educational decisions using the Multiple Sorting Task: an example focusing on international placements in Nursing. Morrison, P. Gluyas, H. Stomski, N.J.
    Caring for people with severe mental illness: the association between gratitude, emotional comfort, and carer burden. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Williams, A. Sealy, M. O’Brien, G.
    Cancer patients’ experience and outcomes related to complementary health choices: A feasibility study – Phase 2. Williams A, Bulsara, C., Joske, D., Petterson, A., Stomski, N., Myers, H., Bennett, K., Phillips, M., Furzer, B., Musiello, T., Miller, L., McConigley, R
    Evaluating the Sustainability of a Pain Resource Nurse Program in an Australian Public Hospital Five Years Post Implementation Williams, AM, Slatyer, S., Goucke, R., Toye, C., Jennings, D., McCullough, K ,Clarke, P., Stomski, N., & Allen, E..
    Antipsychotic Medication Curriculum in Australian University Nursing Programs. Morrison P, Stomski N.J, McAllister M, Wynaden, D, Hungerford C, Usher K, Maude P, Crowther A, Batterbee R.
    Australian mental health nurses' perspectives about the identification and management of antipsychotic medication side effects: A cross-sectional survey. Morrison, P, Stomski, N.J & Meehan, T.
    The Use of Smart Phone Applications to Enhance the Assessment of Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J.
    Exploring carers’ views of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medication. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J.
    Developing educational narratives about nurses' experience of caring for mental health consumers who use antipsychotic medication. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. McAllister, M.
    Predicting psychotic episodes through examining changes in language use in social media posts. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Rickwood, D.
    Mental health consumers’ experience of a health consumer advocacy service. Morrison, P. Stomski, N.J. Whitely, M. Brennan, P.
    Antipsychotic Medication Side Effect Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review. Stomski, N.J. Morrison, P. Meyer, A.
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Caroline Nilson, PhD, RN, RM
    • Indigenous health
    • Women’s health
    • Creative arts & development

  • School of Health Professions

    Ms. Caroline Browne, RN, BSc (Nursing), MIntlHlth
    • Primary healthcare
    • Nursing in an international context

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    Current Research Projects
    Nursing Identity: Exploring Perceptions of Students Entering a Bachelor of Nursing Program Caroline Browne, Peter Wall, Sharryn Batt
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Sheila Mortimer-Jones, RN (Mental Health), BSc Hons(BioMed), PhD
    • Mental health
    • Molecular biology

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    An evaluation of the Open Borders programme at Fremantle Hospital. S. Mortimer-Jones, P. Morrison, S. Neale, A. Munib, A. Bostwick, F. Paolucci, C. Hungerford.
    The nursification of a bioscience unit and its impact on student satisfaction and motivation to learn, in an undergraduate nursing degree. S. Mortimer-Jones, C. Fetherston
    Is anxiety an issue for first year nursing students enrolled in the bioscience unit of a Bachelor of Nursing course? S. Mortimer-Jones, P. Wall, S. Russell.
  • School of Health Professions

    Mr. Peter Wall, RN MN BSN PBOS PBPeri-op
    • Nursing Role & Identity
    • Nursing education and transition

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Nursing Identity: Exploring Perceptions of Students Entering a Bachelor of Nursing Program Caroline Browne, Peter Wall, Sharryn Batt
    How working affects the experiences of students within a Bachelor of Nursing program P Wall and M Kelly
    Is anxiety an issue for first year nursing students enrolled in the bioscience unit of a Bachelor of Nursing course? S. Mortimer-Jones, P. Wall, S. Russell.
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    Dr. Martin Hopkins, PhD, PGCHE, MSc, BA (Hons), RN Dip
    • Building resilience in Nursing students
    • E-portfolio integration into Nursing curriculum

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Developing a scenario based simulation program for undergraduate nursing curriculum to prepare students for real clinical environments Andrus, P. & Hopkins, M.
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Jennifer Walters, RN DipHSc BN DPhil Vet
    • Evidence based practice
    • Nursing teaching & learning

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
  • School of Health Professions

    Dr. Ruth Wei, RN, RIPEN, BN, PhD
    • Peer assisted learning
    • Nursing information literacy
    • Tai Chi for health

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    Current Research Projects
    "Helping someone with a skill sharpens it in your own mind": a mixed method study exploring health professions students experiences of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL). Wei, L., Carr, S. E., Brand, G., Wright, H., Nicol, P., Metcalfe, H., . . . Foley, L.
  • School of Health Professions

    Ms. Sharryn Batt, RN, DipHSc, BN, GDipAdvN(Ed), MHP
    • Health promotion
    • Nursing teaching & learning

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Nursing Identity: Exploring Perceptions of Students Entering a Bachelor of Nursing Program Caroline Browne, Peter Wall, Sharryn Batt
    Antipsychotic Medication Curriculum in Australian University Nursing Programs. Morrison P, Stomski N.J, McAllister M, Wynaden, D, Hungerford C, Usher K, Maude P, Crowther A, Batterbee R.
  • School of Health Professions

    Mrs. Prue Andrus, RN, BSc(Nursing), MHMQL
    • Simulated learning environments
    • Undergraduate Nurse Competencies

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Investigation of situation awareness in final year nursing students before and after situation awareness education program Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Norman Stomski, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, Martinique Sandy
    A pilot assessment of situation awareness of final year nursing students undertaking simulated clinical activities before and after a situation awareness education program. Heather Gluyas, Paul Morrison, Anne Williams, Prue Andrus, Martin Hopkins, Jennifer Walters, & Norman Stomski.
    Enhancing existing nursing curriculum with simulation based learning: Students experiences. Andrus, P., Morrison, P., & Fetherston, C.
    Developing a scenario based simulation program for undergraduate nursing curriculum to prepare students for real clinical environments Andrus, P. & Hopkins, M.
  • School of Health Professions

    Ms. Helen Dugmore, BN, RN, GradCert(HPE)
    • Student perception of Nursing placements
    • Nursing education in geriatric care

Looking to study a research degree?

If you’re looking to take on a research degree, we offer supervision in a wide range of research topics related to nursing, mental care and community health. Please contact Professor Anne Williams: anne.williams@murdoch.edu.au for more information.

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Current research projects requiring participants:

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For further topics within the School of Health Professions, see the Chiropractic Research and Counselling Research pages.