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Debra is a registered nurse, midwife and lawyer with many years of clinical experience in Australia and Britain. She practiced law in Melbourne before joining Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. Debra has combined her legal and health expertise to provide education in relation to the law and clinical practice. She has taught in a range of areas including nursing, midwifery, medicine, paramedic studies, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Debra was an inaugural director of the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria. A competitive grant she received has resulted in the development of a medium fidelity interprofessional simulation laboratory at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Peninsula campus.

Monash teaching commitment

Medicolegal issues in clinical practices

Research interests

  • Occupational violence in healthcare
  • End of life decision-making
  • Documentation of elderly citizens transferred to hospital
  • Interprofessional care in the emergency department
  • National competency standards for enrolled nurses
  • Interprofessional simulation laboratories

Research methodologies

  • Qualitative methods including grounded theory
  • Mixed methods

External positions

Director, Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria

Human Ethics and Research Committee Member, Peninsula Health

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2002 2018

Endeavoring to Contextualize Curricula Within an EBP Framework: A Grounded Theory Study

Malik, G., McKenna, L. & Griffiths, D., 1 Dec 2018, In : Western Journal of Nursing Research. 40, 12, p. 1765-1784 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Healthcare providers' neurobiological response to workplace violence perpetrated by consumers: Informing directions for staff well-being

Beattie, J., Innes, K., Griffiths, D. & Morphet, J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Applied Nursing Research. 43, p. 42-48 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prevention and management of occupational violence and aggression in healthcare: A scoping review

Morphet, J., Griffiths, D., Beattie, J., Velasquez Reyes, D. & Innes, K., Dec 2018, In : Collegian. 25, 6, p. 621-632 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Roles and functions of enrolled nurses in Australia: Perspectives of enrolled nurses and registered nurses

Endacott, R., O'Connor, M., Williams, A., Wood, P., McKenna, L., Griffiths, D., Moss, C., Della, P. & Cross, W., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 5-6, p. e913-e920 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Scope of practice and workforce issues confronting Australian Enrolled Nurses: A qualitative analysis

McKenna, L., Wood, P., Williams, A., O'Connor, M., Moss, C., Griffiths, D., Della, P., Endacott, R. & Cross, W., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Collegian. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2013

  • 1 Thesis Examination