A/Prof. Pat Nicholson

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Nursing

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2011
Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 2005

Contact

p.nicholson@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46114

Biography

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.

Research methodologies

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. 
 

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Career highlights

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

Research interests

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.

Affiliations

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)

Teaching interests

Perioperative Nursing

Midwifery

Nursing Leadership and Management

Evidence Based Practice

Units taught

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

Knowledge areas

Higher Education

Perioperative Nursing

Indigenous Heath Curriculum Development 

Midwifery Practice 

Conferences

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.

International Conferences

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. 

National Conferences

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.

Professional activities

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):
Past President

Media appearances

'Capturing the web generation'

The Age Saturday July 23, 2011

Awards

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)

Publications

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2020

Creating evidence: Findings from a grounded theory of memory-making in neonatal bereavement care in Australia

R Thornton, P Nicholson, L Harms

(2020), Vol. 53, pp. 29-35, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, C1

journal article

Perspectives of pregnant women, family members and health professionals on medication adherence in Nigeria

O Omonaiye, P Nicholson, S Kusljic, E Manias

(2020), AIDS Care: psychological and socio-medical aspects of AIDS/HIV, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Post option B+ implementation programme in Nigeria: determinants of adherence of antiretroviral therapy among pregnant women with HIV

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

journal article

Scoping review of memory making in bereavement care for parents after the death of a newborn

R Thornton, P Nicholson, L Harms

(2019), Vol. 48, pp. 351-360, Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Factors associated with success in reducing HIV mother-to-child transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa: interviews with key stakeholders

O Omonaiye, S Kusljic, P Nicholson, E Manias

(2019), Vol. 41, pp. 2102-2110, Clinical therapeutics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

Medication adherence in pregnant women with human immunodeficiency virus receiving antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Snezana Kusljic, Pat Nicholson, Elizabeth Manias

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-20, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A meta-analysis of effectiveness of interventions to improve adherence in pregnant women receiving antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa

Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Pat Nicholson, Snezana Kusljic, Elizabeth Manias

(2018), Vol. 74, pp. 71-82, International journal of infectious diseases, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2017

Barriers, enablers and challenges to initiating end-of-life care in an Australian intensive care unit context.

L Brooks, E Manias, P Nicholson

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 161-166, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Self-perception of readiness for clinical practice: a survey of accelerated Masters program graduate registered nurses

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

journal article

Exploring learning goals and assessment approaches for Indigenous health education: a qualitative study in Australia and New Zealand

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

journal article

Communication and decision-making about end-of-life care in the intensive care unit

L Brooks, E Manias, P Nicholson

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 336-341, American journal of critical care, Columbia, Calif., C1

journal article
2016

Cultural respect encompassing simulation training: being heard about health through broadband

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

journal article

Identifying pedagogy and teaching strategies for achieving nationally prescribed learning outcomes

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

journal article
2015

Can simple mobile phone applications provide reliable counts of respiratory rates in sick infants and children? An initial evaluation of three new applications

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

journal article
2013

Measuring nursing competencies in the operating theatre: instrument development and psychometric analysis using Item Response Theory

P Nicholson, P Griffin, S Gillis, M Wu, T Dunning

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 1088-1093, Nurse education today, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2009

The use of scoring rubrics to determine clinical performance in the operating suite

P Nicholson, S Gillis, A Dunning

(2009), Vol. 29, pp. 73-82, Nurse education today, London, England, C1-1

journal article
2008

The use of visual art in judging clinical competence in the operating suite

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

journal article

Working with the medical technology industry: a partnership approach to ensure patient safety

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

journal article

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

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Olumuyiwa Omonaiye

Thesis entitled: Medication adherence among pregnant women with human immunodeficiency virus receiving antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria.

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery