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Dr Deborah Sundin

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 63043488, Mobile: 0403376012, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.425
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63043488  
Mobile: 0403376012  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.425  


Deb is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Current Teaching

  • NPP3101 Professional Nursing Practice 3
  • MHP6100 Master's Project Proposal
  • MHP6101 Master's Health Project
  • NUR6116 Evaluating practice in Health
  • CMC6100 Coaching and Mentoring in the Clinical Setting


  • February 2011-present: Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University
  • June 2002-January 2011: Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. Year and Course Coordinator in undergraduate curriculum; Honours program convenor since June 2007.
  • January-December 2006: Research Academic, Older Person Care, University of Newcastle.
  • January 2000-June 2002: USQ Honours and then PhD Research Scholarship + fractional contract, University of Southern Queensland
  • January 1995-January 2000: Academic – Lecturer (Level A), University of Southern Queensland
  • January 1995-May 2002: Registered Nurse/Midwife, Toowoomba Base Hospital. Predominantly working in critical care (part-time).
  • March-December 1994: Developer of / Lecturer in postgraduate Diploma of Critical Care, Griffith University / Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • September 1993-March 1994: Coronary Care / Intensive Care / Casual / on-call, Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • November 1991-August 1993: Clinical Nurse (Level 2) Coronary Care Unit, Toowoomba Base Hospital
  • January 1991-July 1991: Post-registration Critical Care Certificate, Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • March 1979-January 1991: Travelled extensively and worked in rural and metropolitan centres in Queensland and the U.K.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Nursing Federation
  • ACCCN/ANZICS (Australian College of Critical Care Nurses/ Australian &New Zealand Intensive care Society)

Research Areas and Interests

Clinical decision-making (more specifically end-of-life decision-making in critical care) and the development of best-practice clinical decision-making applied to practice.

Deborah’s research passion is clinical decision-making. Her PhD examined end-of-life decision-making in critical-care, producing models of the decision-making process, and practical recommendations to improve this process to reduce suffering for those involved. Deborah now supervises research and higher degree students with projects related to the issue of clinical decision-making and its impact on health care.

  • Description of the lived experience of people who experienced a critical illness in intensive care and the meaning they attach to their experience
  • Investigation of the efficacy of the current education for registered nurses managing mechanically ventilated patients
  • Patient related violence against emergency department nurses
  • The use of visual diarising as therapy for survivors of intensive care.
  • Exploring the experiences of parents of preterm infants in Ghana after discharge from the NICU
  • Investigating the ethical perspectives of nurses and physicians and the collaborative processes in decision-making regarding the application of aggressive treatments and the WLST from patients nearing the EoL in ICU.
  • Exploring the new graduate registered nurses awareness of patient safety in the context of their clinical practice skills as advanced beginners.
  • “How does the experience of nursing a significant other in the role of employment impact West Australian nurses?”
  •  The impact of the supernumerary staff development nurse on patient outcomes specifically related to graduate nurses

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), University of Southern Queensland, 2006.
  • BNursHons (Bachelor of Nursing Honours), University of Southern Queensland, 1997.


Recent Research Grants

  • An Exploration of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2012,  2012 - 2015,  $22,724.
  • A retrospective investigation of Factors Influencing Medical Decision-Making for Seriously Ill Patients in the Acute Care Hospital,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $18,168.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J., Sundin, D., (2014), Never ending stories: visual diarizing to recreate autobiographical memory of intensive care unit survivorsNever ending stories: ICU survivors. Nursing in Critical Care, article in press(article in press), article in press, UK, DOI: 10.1111/nicc.12093.
  • Guilhermino, M., Inder, K., Sundin, D., Kuzmiuk, L., (2014), Nurses' perceptions of education on invasive mechanical ventilation. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(5), 225-232, DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20140417-01.
  • Ewens, B., Hendricks, J., Sundin, D., (2014), The use, prevalence and potential benefits of a diary as a therapeutic intervention/tool to aid recovery following critical illness in intensive care: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, article in press(article in press), article in press, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12736.
  • Guilhermino, M., Inder, K., Sundin, D., Kuzmiuk, L., (2014), Education of ICU nurses regarding invasive mechanical ventilation: Findings from a cross-sectional survey. Australian Critical Care, 27(3), 126-132, DOI: 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.10.064.
  • Jefford, E., Sundin, D., (2013), Post-structural feminist interpretive interactionism. Nurse Researcher, 21(1), 14-22, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.7748/nr2013.
  • Pich, J., Hazelton, M., Sundin, D., Kable, A., (2011), Patient-related violence at triage: A qualitative descriptive study. International Emergency Nursing, 19(1), 12-19.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Enhancing Women's Changing Embodied Self During First Childbearing

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Living After Confronting Death; Story Telling During The Recovery Trajectory Of Intensive Care Unit Survivors: An Interpretive Biographical Approach
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