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  • Disaster and Emergency Nursing Management
  • Research

Research Interests

Associate Professor Virginia Plummer has a conjoint appointment at Peninsula Health where she facilitates nursing and midwifery clinical research between the heath service and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, provides clinical leadership for staff and students and engages with other disciplines in research, teaching, professional activities and policy development.

Virginia is currently supervising local and international research honours, masters and PhD students in the areas of emergency and disaster nursing, intensive care nursing, nursing informatics, midwifery, health service evaluation and associated policy. Her hospital management experience includes directorship in public and private sectors and board membership of several health care organizations. 

Accredited Level 2 Supervisor

Preferred Research Methodologies

  • Mixed methods
Virginia was project manager for the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant "Enhancing patient management at point of care using electronic clinical pathways". http://infotech.monash.edu/research/groups/mhrg/projects/lp0989160.html


Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Management
  • Executive member, Nursing Section, World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine
  • Member, Oceania Chapter, World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine
  • Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee, Peninsula Health
  • Member, College of Emergency Nursing Australasia
  • Board of Directors Sigma Theta Thau Honor Society Victoria and Tasmania
  • Associate Editor BMC Nursing
  • Nursing Advisory Board Member, Elsevier Australia and New Zealand
  • International Advisory Board, International Emergency Nursing Editorial Board
  • Practitioner Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

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Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 2005 2019

Advanced practice in nursing and midwifery: the contribution to health care in Australia

Lowe, G. & Plummer, V., Aug 2019, Advanced Practice in Healthcare: Dynamic Developments in Nursing and Allied Health Professions. McGee, P. & Inman, C. (eds.). 4th ed. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 21 p. (Advanced Healthcare Practice).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

An evaluation of a positive psychological intervention to reduce burnout among nurses

Luo, Y-H., Li, H., Plummer, V., Cross, W. M., Lam, L., Guo, Y., Yin, Y. & Zhang, J., 19 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A profile of the waiting room nurse in emergency departments: An online survey of Australian nurses exploring implementation and perceptions

Innes, K., Jackson, D., Plummer, V. & Elliott, D., Mar 2019, In : International Emergency Nursing. 43, p. 67-73 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A study protocol of mobile phone app-based cognitive behaviour training for the prevention of postpartum depression among high-risk mothers

Sun, M., Tang, S., Chen, J., Li, Y., Bai, W., Plummer, V., Lam, L., Qin, C. & Cross, W. M., 7 Jun 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 7 p., 710.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

A systematic review of prevalence and risk factors of postpartum depression in Chinese immigrant women

Chen, J., Cross, W. M., Plummer, V., Lam, L. & Tang, S., Dec 2019, In : Women and Birth. 32, 6, p. 487-492 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Midwifery and medical students’ knowledge, self-efficacy and satisfaction following simulation of inter-professional management of primary postpartum haemorrhage

Gayle McLelland (Recipient), Helen Hall (Recipient), Virginia Margaret Plummer (Recipient), Samantha Jane Dix (Recipient), Anne Therese Tremayne (Recipient), Arunaz Kumar (Recipient), Christine East (Recipient), B Carr (Recipient), Heather Buttigieg (Recipient) & Shakyalal Vidhura Fernando (Recipient), 7 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2012 2019

  • 3 Thesis Examination
  • 1 Contribution to conference


Virginia Plummer (Speaker)
26 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

SUPERVISION - MASTER OF NURSING - complete - Thesis Title: Perceptions of preparedness among nurses for disaster management in Saudi Arabia.

Virginia Margaret Plummer (Supervisor), Kelli Innes (Supervisor), Beverley Copnell (Supervisor)
1 Feb 20121 Jul 2013

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination