Personal profile


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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".


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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