Associate Professor Patricia Nicholson is a nationally respected clinician, academic and researcher with expertise in perioperative nursing, midwifery practice and higher education.
Associate Professor Nicholson’s interdisciplinary research in patient safety is centred on reducing the incidence of adverse events in the operating suite, medication adherence and medication safety, midwifery practice in Africa and Indigenous health curriculum development.
Associate Professor Pat Nicholson is a member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre of Deakin University, Fellow of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN), and senior Faculty member of the ACORN Standards Committee.
In 2014 Associate Professor Nicholson was invited to present the Judith Cornell Oration at the ACORN National Conference and was awarded the ACORN Individual Excellence in Perioperative Nursing in 2016.
Associate Professor Nicholson has experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of Rasch Modeling, observation of clinical practice, focus groups and interview.
Judith Cornell Oration delivered at the 14th Australian College of Operating Room Nurses National Conference: 'Are outliers the key to sucess?'
Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Award 2016 for excellence and outstanding contribution as an individual to perioperative nursing
Factors associated with the development of pressure injuries (PIs) in surgical patients
Establishing and supporting the development and delivery of Indigenous health curricula for health professional programs in Australia
Conceptualisation, instrument development, and psychometric analysis using Item Response theory to measure nursing competencies in the operating theatre
The impact of perioperative factors on regular medication compliance and consequent prevalence of postoperative complications.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group Ltd (VPNG)
Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN)
Nursing Leadership and Management
Evidence Based Practice
HNN120 Quality and Safety in Health Care
HNM101 Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1
HNM102 Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2
HNN740 Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care
HNN755 Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
HNN742 Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care
HNN743 Principles of Complex Intraoperative Nursing Care
HNN750 Inquiry into Specialty Nursing Practice
HNN788 Advanced Concepts in Speciality Nursing Practice
Indigenous Heath Curriculum Development
Keynote Address / Invited Speaker
When words are not enough: Helping other deal with death and dying. VPNG State Conference, Melbourne 16 - 17 August, 2019.
Pressure injuries: Avoidable or unavoidable? Improved outcomes for surgical patients. VPNG State Conference, Melbourne 14 August, 2018.
Safe patient positioning in the perioperative environment. ACORN Conference Master Class. ACORN 18th National Conference, Adelaide, 23 – 26 May, 2018.
A cohort study identifying risk factors associated with pressure injuries in surgical patients. Theatre Manager and Educator Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 3 May 2018.
Daring greatly! Having the courage to transform the patient’s experience in the operating suite. NSW OTA, 2016.
Sustainable perioperative practices! Reducing, reusing or recycling – what is the evidence? Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses Group National Conference, 2016.
Medical waste: Reducing, reusing and recycling. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, 20 March, 2015.
Are outliers the key to success? 14th Australian College of Operating Room Nurses National Conference Judith Cornell Oration, 2014.
Medication safety in the perioperative period. The impact of perioperative factors on medication compliance for chronic conditions and postoperative complications, and the importance of clinical handover.
EORNA Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, 16 -19 May 2019.
Do you see what I see? The use of live streaming GoPro footage in the operating room and the impact on communication. EORNA Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, 16 -19 May 2019.
A cohort study identifying risk factors associated with pressure injuries in surgical patients. AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, 24 – 28 March, 2018.
Factors associated with preventing pressure injuries in surgical patients. EORNA Conference, Greece, Rhodes, May 4 – 7 May 2017
Sustainable perioperative practices! Reducing, reusing or recycling – what is the evidence? EORNA Conference, Rome, 2015.
Validating competencies for perioperative nursing. AORN 59th Congress, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012.
Validation of nursing competencies using the Rasch Model. Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Symposium, Singapore 2011.
Competencies in the OR suite. AORN 57th Congress, Denver, Colorado, 2010.
The use of scoring rubrics to determine clinical performance in the operating suite (poster presentation). AORN 56th Congress, Chicago. Illinois, 2009.
The use of visual art in research. The University of Stellenbosch, Postgraduate Supervision State of the Art Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2007.
Are we doing enough to prevent patient injuries caused by positioning for surgery? An overview of the ACORN Standard. ACORN National Conference, Adelaide 23 - 26 May, 2018.
How does nursing documentation affect patient care? Get it right up front!An overview of the ACORN Position Statement. ACORN 18th National Conference, Adelaide, 23 – 26 May, 2018.
Factors associated with the development of pressure injuries in surgical patients. ACORN 17th National Conference, Hobart, 25 – 28 May, 2016.
Getting a handle on loan instrumentation. ACORN 17th National Conference, Hobart, 25 – 28 May, 2016.
Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN):
Fellow of ACORN
Past ACORN Director (2006 – 2010)
Chair of the ACORN Standards Review Committee 2008 – 2010
ACORN Censor Panel member: Senior Faculty Lead for the development of new ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing
ACORN Perioperative Journal Reviewer
Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group Ltd (VPNG):
'Capturing the web generation'
The Age Saturday July 23, 2011
2016 Australian College of Operating Room Nurses Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
2014 Australian College of Operating Room Nurses Judith Cornell Orator
2010 Judith Bridges Johnson & Johnson Scholarship
2010 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award, The University of Melbourne
2009 ANF (Victorian Branch) Elizabeth Hulme Special Interest Group Scholarship
2009 Special Scholarship: School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne
2006 John and Elizabeth Robertson Prize (The most meritorious Minor Thesis in the Master of Education)
R Thornton, P Nicholson, L Harms
(2020), Vol. 53, pp. 29-35, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, C1
O Omonaiye, P Nicholson, S Kusljic, E Manias
(2020), AIDS Care: psychological and socio-medical aspects of AIDS/HIV, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Snezana Kusljic, Pat Nicholson, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Elizabeth Manias
(2019), Vol. 81, pp. 225-230, International journal of infectious diseases, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
R Thornton, P Nicholson, L Harms
(2019), Vol. 48, pp. 351-360, Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
O Omonaiye, S Kusljic, P Nicholson, E Manias
(2019), Vol. 41, pp. 2102-2110, Clinical therapeutics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Snezana Kusljic, Pat Nicholson, Elizabeth Manias
(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-20, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1
Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Pat Nicholson, Snezana Kusljic, Elizabeth Manias
(2018), Vol. 74, pp. 71-82, International journal of infectious diseases, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
L Brooks, E Manias, P Nicholson
(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 161-166, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
A Cantlay, J Salamanca, C Golaw, D Wolf, C Maas, P Nicholson
(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 34-42, Nurse education in practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
C Delany, L Doughney, L Bandler, L Harms, S Andrews, P Nicholson, L Remedios, W Edmondson, L Kosta, S Ewen
(2017), Vol. 75, pp. 255-270, Higher education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1
L Brooks, E Manias, P Nicholson
(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 336-341, American journal of critical care, Columbia, Calif., C1
P Min-Yu Lau, R Woodward-Kron, K Livesay, K Elliott, P Nicholson
(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 36-42, Journal of public health research, Pavia, Italy, C1
C Delaney, L Kosta, S Ewan, P Nicholson, L Remedios, L Harms
(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 8951-909, Higher education research and development, London, Eng., C1-1
J Black, M Gerdtz, P Nicholson, D Crellin, L Browning, J Simpson, L Bell, N Santamaria
(2015), Vol. 52, pp. 963-969, International journal of nursing studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
P Nicholson, P Griffin, S Gillis, M Wu, T Dunning
(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 1088-1093, Nurse education today, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
P Nicholson, S Gillis, A Dunning
(2009), Vol. 29, pp. 73-82, Nurse education today, London, England, C1-1
P Nicholson, S Gillis, R Faulkner
(2008), Vol. 21, pp. 20-26, ACORN: journal of perioperative nursing in Australia, Osborne Park, W.A., C1-1
F Shipman, A Trimmer, M Butler, P Nicholson, M Loth, K White, A Evans
(2008), Vol. 21, pp. 31-32, ACORN : the journal of perioperative nursing in Australia, Osborne Park, W. Aust., C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Industry and Other Funding
Identification of factors associated with the development of pressure ulcers in surgical patients. A retrospective review
A/Prof Pat Nicholson
- 2016: $19,699
Thesis entitled: Medication adherence among pregnant women with human immunodeficiency virus receiving antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria.
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery