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Associate Professor Elisabeth Jacob

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3487, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.441
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3487
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.441  


As Associate Dean (Nursing), Elisabeth is a member of the School’s leadership team, managing the nursing discipline cluster.  She is responsible for the leadership of nursing academic staff to deliver high quality academic programs, fostering a collaborative and inclusive School culture and leadership of curriculum development and delivery for nursing programs.


Elisabeth Jacob is an experienced clinical nurse, educationalist and researcher. Her strong clinical links provide essential networks for her research areas of evidence based practice, nurse education, and nursing workforce.

  • 2015 - current: Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA.
  • 2013 - 2014: Lecturer – School of Nursing and Midwifery, Federation University, Gippsland, Nursing Academic coordinator, East Gippsland Regional Clinical School, Victoria.
  • 2008 - 2012: Lecturer – School of Nursing and Midwifery – Monash University Gippsland, Nursing Academic coordinator, East Gippsland Regional Clinical School, Victoria.
  • 2008 - 2009: Sessional Lecturer – East Gippsland TAFE, Diploma of Nursing students, Vic.
  • 1986 - 2012: Clinical practice roles including Clinical Educator, Nurse Unit Manager, Post Graduate Clinical Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Registered Nurse  in Intensive Care, Critical Care, Operating Theatre, Emergency, General medical/surgical in rural and metropolitan health services in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and Nepal.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian Nurse Teachers’ Society
  • \Victorian Simulation Alliance
  • WA Health Simulation Network.

Awards and Recognition


  • 2017 SNM Staff Prizes: Staff Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award - Team Award for development and implementation of the ‘Ready Set Go’ orientation program
  • 2017 SNM Staff Prizes: Excellence In Research And Engagement By Early Career And Midcareer Researchers Award – Team Award for research into care for people with Younger Onset Dementia
  • 2015: Reviewer of the Month for Nurse Education in Practice for returning a thorough, considered and well organized review which provides a solid foundation upon which an author may revise their manuscript or take a review forward to strengthen their onward writing skills.
  • 2013: Monash Institute of Graduate Research PhD Scholarship (Annual stipend $24,000).
  • 2012: Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Social Inclusion Award ($2,000) for significant contribution to supporting the University’s commitment to social justice and human rights, Nomination for establishment and commencement of Bairnsdale site for the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2009: B-HERT Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research & Development, Higher Education & Training, Vocational Education & Training. Honourable Mention: Section: Best Collaboration with a Regional Focus in Research & Development or Education & Training, Project Title: Building Capacity for Clinical Placements in East Gippsland for Undergraduate Health Professional Students

Research Areas and Interests

  • Health education
  • Nursing workforce
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Rural and remote nursing
  • Mixed methods research.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2014.
  • Master of Education, Charles Sturt University, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Prevalence of blood sampling from intravenous cannulas in acute healthcare,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $14,673.
  • A mixed method study on Nursing graduate support programs in rural and remote areas of Western Australia.,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $10,274.
  • Investigation of delegation practices that exist between the Registered Nurse (RN) and the Assistant in Nursing (AIN) in the acute care environment,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2018,  $5,000.
  • Assessing critical thinking in nurse?s development: analysis of an assessment tool,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Development of Simulation Resources,  Department of Health WA,  Simulated Learning Environments Research Grants 2016,  2016,  $99,956.
  • Younger Onset Dementia: Younger Onset Dementia: An Education Package for Paid Carers,  The Lovell Foundation,  Trevor Mast Research Scholarship,  2016,  $50,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Jacob, E., Duffield, C., Jacob, D., (2017), A protocol for the development of a critical thinking assessment tool for nurses using a Delphi technique. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(8), 1982-1988, UK, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/jan.13306.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., Deamore, A., (2017), Role expectations of different levels of nurse on graduation: A mixed methods approach. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 24(2), 135-145, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.01.006.
  • Whitehead, L., Jacob, E., Barnard, M., Abu-Qamar, M., Cole-Heath, A., (2017), The role of the family in supporting the self-management of chronic conditions: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, article in press(article in press), p. 9, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13775.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2016), Educators? expectations of roles, employability and career pathways of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), 170-175, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.05.011.
  • Jacob, E., Raymond, A., Jones, J., Jacob, A., Drysdale, M., Isaacs, A., (2016), Exploration of nursing degree students' content expectations of a dedicated Indigenous health unit. Collegian, 23(2016), 313-319, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.06.001.
  • Raymond, , A., Jacob, E., Jacob, D., Lyons, J., (2016), Peer learning a pedagogical approach to enhance online learning: A qualitative exploration. Nurse Education Today, 44(2016), 165-169, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.05.016.
  • Isaacs, A., Raymond, A., Jacob, E., Jones, J., McGrail, M., Drysdale, M., (2016), Cultural desire need not improve with cultural knowledge: a cross-sectional study of student nurses. Nurse Education in Practice, 19(2016), 91-96, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2016.05.009.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2015), The changing skill mix in nursing: considerations for and against different levels of nurse. Journal of Nursing Management, 23(4), 421-426, West Sussex, UK, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12162.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2014), Senior nurse role expectations of graduate registered and enrolled nurses on commencement to practice. Australian Health Review, 38(4), 432-439, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/AH13216.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2014), Comparisons of the educational preparation of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: The educators? perspectives. Nurse Education in Practice, 14(6), 648-653, United Kingdom, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.07.005.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2014), Senior nurse role expectations of graduate registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: Content analysis of open-ended survey questions. Contemporary Nurse, 48(2), 212-218, Australia, eContent Management Pty Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081943.
  • Jacob, E., McKenna, L., D'amore, A., (2014), Similarities and differences in educational preparation of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: An examination of curricula content. Contemporary Nurse, 48(2), 199-211, Maleny, Queensland, eContent Management Pty Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081942.
  • Jacob, E., Barnett, A., Sellick, K., McKenna, L., (2013), Scope of practice for Australian enrolled nurses: Evolution and practice issues. Contemporary Nurse, 45(2), 155-163, Routledge, DOI: 10.5172/conu.2013.45.2.155.

Conference Publications

  • Raghunathan, K., Allen, S., Jacob, E., (2016), Learning preferences of Enrolled Nursing students: Educational preparation and training for workplace readiness. Proceedings of the 24th National Vocational Educational and Training Research Conference, 33-44, Adelaide, SA, NCVER.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master Of Nursing, The Lived Experience Of The Diabetic Patient Undergoing Cags
  • Master Of Nursing, Learning Needs Of Enrolled Nurses: A Qualitative Approach
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