Lucinda Mithen

Lucinda Mithen

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Lucinda Mithen is a PhD candidate and full time academic for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.  Lucinda has an extensive background in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care Nursing with a special interest in triage and trauma care.  After working for over 17 years as a full time Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in several Emergency Departments Lucinda gained a profound respect and admiration for nurses working on the front line of health care.  Lucinda believes nurses have an incredible but poorly defined level of resilience unlike any other profession.  This has informed her interest in the well being of Australia's nursing workforce.  Lucinda is currently exploring how to measure occupational stress and how to provide support and strategies to help the nursing workforce manage their levels of stress.

Ultimately, Lucinda would like to explore new ways to manage stress that organisations can use to support their nurses.

Prior to becoming a full time academic Lucinda enjoyed teaching students in the University's clinical labs and providing excellent simulation education.   Lucinda also met the challenging responsibilities of a Clinical Facilitator and this allowed her to see the student perspective while on clinical placement and what a huge influence a good Facilitator can have on the clinical placement experience.


  • Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice), University of Newcastle


  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Biomarkers
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Nursing Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma Care
  • Triage nursing


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
420501 Acute care 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
5/1/2010 - 14/3/2016 Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse for HNELHD:  Emergency Department, Emergency Short Stay Unit, Medical Assessment and Coordination Unit, Medical Imaging, casual pool

Hunter New England Local Health District
Critical Care and Acute Care
23/1/2006 - 1/1/2007 Trauma Case Manager

Trauma Case Manager: this role required full support and liaison of all health care specialties to ensure the best care was provided for trauma patients that presented to St George hospital.  The TCM worked at a CNS level and answered to the Trauma Surgeon.

South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Local Health District
Trauma and Retrieval Services
1/3/2005 - 1/1/2010 Clinical Nurse Specialist Grade 2

Clinical Nurse Specialist Grade 2:  The CNS role involved providing high quality expert nursing care to acutely ill patients in the Emergency Department.  Other responsibilities included mentorship for new staff and students, writing a department newsletter, adopting the waiting room/triage area to ensure high quality services and information were available to patients and visitors, attending monthly meetings and often working in the Team Leader role.

South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Local Health District
St George Hospital Emergency Department
3/3/1997 - 3/1/2005 Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse:  Critical Care Post Graduate rotation completed in first year, then worked in multiple wards and hospitals as a casual RN.  Secured full time position in Gosford Emergency Department and worked up to Team Leader level.

Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford, Wyong, Woy Woy, Long Jetty Hospitals

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
7/3/2016 - 17/7/2017 Clinical Liaison Facilitator

The role of Clinical Liaison Facilitator required extensive communication and organisation skills to manage 40 third year nursing students while they completed their final clinical placements.  Liaising between the Course Coordinator from the University and the clinical staff at various clinical settings required a high level of insight into the clinical environment and the challenges faced by the staff and the students.  Debriefing sessions were conducted and out of hours telephone support was offered.  Guidance on University assessment items and competencies that needed to be completed on placement were a popular request from students.

The University of Newcastle, NSW
School of Nursing and Midwifery
14/2/2011 - 14/3/2016 Clinical Facilitator

Clinical Facilitator:  This role involved teaching a comprehensive list of nursing skills in the clinical lab environment and included the High-Fidelity Simulation labs.  All undergraduate student courses were taught and this also involved formal assessment of the students on mandatory skills and procedures as outlined in their Courses.

Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $7,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20201 grants / $4,000

New Investigator Research Grant$4,000

The New Investigator Research Grant (the ‘Grant’) was established by the College of Emergency
Nursing Australasia (the ‘College’) in 2018. Its purpose is to provide funds to Members and Fellows of
the College to undertake research that will be of value to the College and to the profession of
emergency nursing. The New Investigator Research Grant aims to support researchers who are yet to
receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process.

Funding body: College of Emergency Nursing Australasia

Funding body College of Emergency Nursing Australasia
Project Team

Lucinda Mithen (PhD candidate), A/Prof Kerry Inder, Professor Rohan Walker, Dr Natasha Weaver

Scheme New Investigator Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

20181 grants / $3,000

Lions Nurses Scholarship Foundation$3,000

Grant funding for costs associated with data collection

Funding body: Lions Club

Funding body Lions Club
Project Team

Lucinda Mithen, Associate Professor Kerry Inder, Associate Professor F. Rohan Walker

Scheme Research Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

Lucinda Mithen


Associate Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Phone 02 4921 6322


Room RW142
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan Campus
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308