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Linda Nichols

Linda Nichols

Lecturer

Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4270 (phone)

Linda.Nichols@utas.edu.au

Linda's primary role is Unit Coordinator for the Postgraduate Neuroscience Nursing Stream, where she is responsible for coordinating and teaching three units. Linda also teaches into the Bachelor of Nursing, with a particular interest in 2nd year clinical placement units. Linda's focus is to deliver dynamic and relevant learning experiences encompassing an international and global focus. Linda has a particular interest in the teaching research nexus and peer observation, and is involved in support and mentoring in these areas. Linda's teaching experience also includes educating neuroscience peers, live television panel discussions and a number of national and international neuroscience presentations. Linda also participates externally with external regulatory authorities including ANMAC and TEQSA.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Mater of Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2010
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania, Australia. 1998 
  • Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Aged Care), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2008
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2012
  • Graduate Certificate of Oncology Nursing, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2011
  • Graduate Certificate of Neuroscience Nursing, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Australia. 2009

Biography

Linda graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1998 with a Bachelor of Nursing; she also holds a Graduate Diploma (Aged Care), Graduate Certificates (Neuroscience and Oncology Nursing) and a Masters of Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience). Linda is currently enrolled in a PhD, her topic is 'A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Incidence and Presentation of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhages in Tasmania'. Prior to her employment at the University of Tasmania Linda held a number of nursing positions both within the aged/community sector and within the acute care setting (Neurosurgery and Oncology). Linda is also a registered nurse immuniser and her previous roles have included both administrative, project management and clinical work.

Research Themes

Linda's research interests include neuroscience, neuro oncology nursing, primary health care and stroke with a particular interest in aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhages. This is in alignment with the research theme of Better Health.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association committee member Scientific and Venue Conference Convener (2010-present)
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) appointed assessor, participating as a member of the team for Interstate assessments of providers of both Enrolled and Registered nursing study (2012-present)
  • Registered as an expert with the Tertiary education quality and standards agency (TEQSA) in the field of nursing (2012- present)

Administrative expertise

Since 2011, Linda has fulfilled the role of Unit Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience. In this role she has combined clinical expertise with academic teaching and learning skills to constructively redesign the course to align with postgraduate units to reflect best practice guidelines and the current needs of neuroscience nurse education. In addition to her role with the University, Linda has been an active member of a number of committees acting as conference convener for the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association committee (2011-2015). The successful coordination of these conferences has been reliant on Linda's high level of organisation with the ability to negotiate and make sound decisions when under pressure as well as the ability to supervise and coordinate teams.

As an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) assessor Linda assesses course curriculums to ensure that they address the competency outcomes and that they are appropriately sequenced and delivered to provide students with the opportunity to attain the graduate outcomes. This complements her involvement as a Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) expert where she assess course curriculums and the delivery of nursing courses and units across Australia. The register involves liaising with case managers and facilities as required.

Teaching

neuroscience, clinical nursing

Teaching expertise

Linda is Unit Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience where she is responsible for coordinating and teaching three units. Linda also teaches into the Bachelor of Nursing, with a particular interest in 2nd year clinical placement units. Linda's focus is to deliver dynamic and relevant learning experiences encompassing an international and global focus. Linda has a particular interest in the teaching research nexus and peer observation, and is involved in support and mentoring in these areas. Linda's teaching experience also includes educating neuroscience peers, live television panel discussions and a number of national and international neuroscience presentations. Linda also participates externally with external regulatory authorities including ANMAC and TEQSA.

Teaching responsibility

Neuroscience Nursing 1 (CNA535) 

Neuroscience Nursing 2 (CNA536)

Neuroscience Nursing 3 (CNA538)

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Expertise

Linda is a current PhD Candidate within the School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on 'A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Incidence and Presentation of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhages in Tasmania'.

Awards

  • University of Tasmania Teaching Merit Certificate (2014)
  • Tonnie Koenen Prize ($1000) Awarded for the paper presented Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association Annual Scientific Program (2013)
  • Barbara Lester Scholarship ($3000) (Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association, 2013)
  • Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Conference 2011 Best Overall Poster Prize ($500). (Peer Reviewed, Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth WA)
  • Royal College of Nursing Postgraduate Scholarship (2007-2008)
  • Government of Tasmania Certificate of Appreciation (1995)

Research Fields

  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Central Nervous System (110903)
  • Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases (110904)

Research Impact

  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Nervous System and Disorders (920111)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Health (929999)
  • Health Protection and/or Disaster Response (920407)
  • Health Policy Evaluation (920208)

Publications

Total publications

38

Journal Article

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Nichols LJ, Wright KM, 'Implementing a Primary Healthcare Framework: The Importance of Nursing Leadership in Developing and Maintaining a Brain Tumor Support Group', Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19, (4) pp. 463-467. ISSN 1092-1095 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.463-467 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Nichols L, 'Anti- N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor encephalitis: a critical literature review and implications for neuroscience nurses', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 24, (2) pp. 25-33. ISSN 1032-335X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Nichols LJ, 'Coordinating neuro-oncology care from a primary health care perspective: a critical literature review and implications for practice', Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 15, (1) pp. 24-31. ISSN 1441-2551 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4287.5524 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Nichols LJ, Smith Lindsay, Allen PL, 'Pathways to enhancing the quality of stroke care through national data monitoring systems for hospitals', Medical Journal of Australia, 200, (7) pp. 392-393. ISSN 0025-729X (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.5694/mja13.00148 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Smith Lindsay; Allen PL

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2013Nichols L, Smith L, Allen P, Ellis I, 'Nursing interventions related to cerebral perfusion pressure following an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 23, (2) pp. 8-17. ISSN 1032-335X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Smith L; Allen P; Ellis I

2013Sher IK, Nichols LJ, 'Medullablastoma in adults, never too old', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 22, (2) pp. 6-13. ISSN 1032-335X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Sher IK

2012Nichols L, 'Pilocytic Astrocytoma in Adults. Incidence and Outcomes: A Review of the Literature', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 22, (1) pp. 19-24. ISSN 1032-335X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Coordination neuro-oncology care: A primary health care framework. Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Associaiton conference prize poster 2012', The Australasian journal of neuroscience, 22, (1) pp. 25. ISSN 1032-335X (2012) [Non Refereed Article]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'Tramadol and seizures: An overview', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 21, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1032-335X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'A review of current treatment options for Glioblastoma Multiforme', Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 21, (2) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1032-335X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Nichols LJ, Stirling CM, Otahal P, Sheikh A, Gall SL, 'Evidence of Stable Incidence of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage in Tasmania, Australia Over the Last 20 Years', 5th International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology, 18-20 November, 2015, Gold Coast, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1159/000441544 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Stirling CM; Otahal P; Gall SL

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2015Nichols LJ, Stirling CM, Otahal P, Sheikh A, Gall SL, 'Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhages, a Retrospective Cohort Study', Australian Neurosciences Nurses Association Conference, 9-11 September, 2015, Brisbane, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Otahal P; Gall SL

2014Nichols LJ, 'Trends and Issues in Neuroscience Nursing', Trends and Issues in Neuroscience Nursing, 21-23 February 2014, Jakarta, pp. 1. (2014) [Keynote Presentation]

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2014Nichols LJ, 'Trends and Issues in Neuroscience Nursing Australian Context', Trends and Issues in Neuroscience Nursing Australian Context, 21-23 February 2014, Mojokerto, East Java, pp. 1. (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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2014Nichols LJ, 'Sharing Pengembangan Organisasi Neuroscience', Sharing Pengembangan Organisasi Neuroscience, 22 February 2014, National Brain Centre, Jakarta, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Mather C, Cummings E, Nichols L, Douglas T, Dietis N, et al., 'Any place to engage students in learning and teaching in Health: The role of social media', Teaching Matters 2014, 2-3 December, Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania, Launceston (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Mather C; Cummings E; Douglas T; Dietis N; Grieve R; Harris D; Kemp N; Williams A-M

2014Nichols LJ, 'Intervention to manage Cerebral Vasospasm following an Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage', Intervention to manage Cerebral Vasospasm following an Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, 21-23 February 2014, Jakarta, pp. 1. (2014) [Plenary Presentation]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Nursing Interventions Related to Cerebal Perfusion Pressure Following an Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. A Clinical Practice Area Ready for Research', 2013 Graduate Research Symposium, 11-12 July 2013, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 15. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) Receptor Encephalitis', Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 20-21 June 2013, Sydney, Australia, pp. 23. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhages A Retrospective Cohort Study', The 11th Quadrennial Congress of The World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses, 13-16 September 2013, Gifu, Japan, pp. 122. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhages: A retrospective cohort study', Poster, September 13-16 2013, Gifu, Japan, pp. P-28. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols D, Nichols LJ, 'Evidence-based policy making: Model, theory and application', Leadership and Practice Development in Health: Quality and Safety through Workplace Learning, 29-30 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 62. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Coordinating neuro-oncology care: A primary health care framework', Promotional Partnerships for Optimal Patient Outcomes, 26-28 July 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 45. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Seizure management for neuro-oncology patients: why evidence is not reality', Promoting Partnerships for Optimal Patient Outcomes, 26-28 July 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 34. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Implementing a Primary Health Care Framework: The importance of Nursing leadership', Leadership and Practice Development in Health: Quality and Safety through Workplace Learning, 29-30 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 62. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Neuro-oncology cancer care coordinators: Just one part of a broader solution', Leadership and Practice Development in Health: Quality and Safety through Workplace Learning, 29-30 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 12. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Seizure Management for Neuro-Oncology Patients Why Evidence is not Reality', The devil is in the detail, 10-12 October 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 16. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, 'Constructively Aligning Online Learning for Neuroscience Nurses', The devil is in the detail, 10-12 October 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Nichols LJ, Gee T, 'Constructively aligning online learning for postgraduate nursing', Leadership and Practice Development in Health: Quality and Safety through Workplace Learning, 29-30 November 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 28. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'Coordinating neuro-oncology care, a primary health care framework', Leading the Way to Local Care, 19-21 October 2011, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 38. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'Coordinating Neuro-Oncology Care: A Primary Health Care Framework', Making a Difference - Building the Health of Primary Health Research in Tasmania, 11 November 2011, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 20. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'Coordinating Neuro-Oncology Care a Primary Health Care Framework', "Black & White", or is it? Neuroscience Nursing Practice, 5-7 October 2011, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 26. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2010Nichols LJ, 'Moral and Ethical Decision Making', ANNA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, 20-22 October 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 14. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Nichols LJ, 'Award for Best Paper - International Conference on Neurology & Epidemiology 2015 (Category: Epidemiology and Risk Factors)' (2015) [Award]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Stroke Prevention Information for Rural Communities', University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 1 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Barbara Lester Scholarship', Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, ANNA, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Award]

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2013Nichols LJ, 'Tonnie Koenen Prize', Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, ANNA, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Award]

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2011Nichols LJ, 'Best Neuroscience Nursing Poster', Australasian Neuroscience Nurses' Association 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, ANNA, Perth, Western Australia (2011) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$30,025

Projects

A pilot study to test an asbestos risk ratings tool adapted from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) UK and assessment of alternative (2014 - 2015)$30,025
Description
The project will undertake a literature review to identify the relevant assessment criteria that are required in an assessment tool to be used by workplace building inspectors when they inspect asbestos in different workplaces. It will conduct an evaluation of up to five assessment tools when used in the workplace and develop recommendations for national tool adoption.
Funding
Worksafe Tasmania ($30,025)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Turner P; Cummings EA; Roehrer EL; Nichols DS; Nichols LJ
Period
2014 - 2015