Mrs Michelle Guilhermino

Mrs Michelle Guilhermino


School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


I’ve completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 1997 at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. A Bachelor’s degree of Nursing in Brazil includes 4 years of full-time studies and during the 2nd year, students start their clinical placement at the university hospital. By the fourth year of their studies, students spend most of the year at the hospital, rotating through a variety of wards and having contact with several specialties.

After graduation, I worked for 5 years at different hospitals in Brazil in areas including neurology, neurosurgery and oncology wards, and intensive care units (ICU). After that, I worked for almost 11 years at the John Hunter Hospital ICU, in Newcastle. I’ve completed two graduate certificates: one in Surgical Nursing (1999) and one in Critical Care Nursing (2008). In 2009, I started my PhD at the University of Newcastle, studying part-time while working at the John Hunter Hospital. Also in 2009, I became a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). In 2016, I got the position of Associate Lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and in 2017, after the submission of my PhD, I became a Lecturer.

I have been involved with education and teaching throughout my career as a clinical preceptor for undergraduate and post-graduate students. Continuing education for ICU nurses on mechanical ventilation is the core topic of my PhD thesis, which aimed at:

  • providing an overview of the continuing education program available at a major tertiary referral hospital in Australia, which employs approximately 160 ICU nurses;
  • to explore nurses' perceptions of this education and their views about the nursing scope of practice managing ventilated patients;
  • to identify barriers and motivations to participate in this education, and finally;
  • to investigate ICU nurses' recommendations for improvement and changes to the program. 

Currently, my research interests relate to critical care and respiratory diseases, in particular mechanical ventilation management and continuing education.


  • Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, The College of Nursing - Sydney
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Graduate Certificate in Surgical Nursing, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil


  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Intensive care
  • Mixed methods research
  • Continuing education


  • Portuguese (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/08/2005 - 30/09/2016 Clinical Nurse Specialist Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital


Code Course Role Duration
NURS3101 Foundations of Professional Practice 3A
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/02/2017 - 30/06/2017
NURS2102 Clinical Practice 2A
The University of Newcastle
Marker 27/02/2017 - 30/06/2017


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Guilhermino MC, Inder KJ, Sundin D, 'Education on invasive mechanical ventilation involving intensive care nurses: a systematic review.', Nurs Crit Care, (2018)
DOI 10.1111/nicc.12346
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2014 Guilhermino MC, Inder KJ, Sundin D, Kuzmiuk L, 'Nurses' perceptions of education on invasive mechanical ventilation', Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45 225-232 (2014) [C1]

Background: Intensive care units (ICUs) encompass advanced clinical management and technology, mandating continuing education for nurses to maintain competency. This study examine... [more]

Background: Intensive care units (ICUs) encompass advanced clinical management and technology, mandating continuing education for nurses to maintain competency. This study examined nurses' perceptions of current education on invasive mechanical ventilation in an Australian ICU. Methods: Qualitative data were obtained from fi ve optional open-ended questions as part of a larger 30- item cross-sectional survey of 160 ICU nurses. Content analysis was used to code the data, developing concepts and themes. Results: Fifty nurses (31%) completed at least one open-ended question. Content analysis identifi ed fi ve major themes: advanced knowledge, in-service education, practical structured education, interactive bedside teaching, and practicing safe care. Respondents' perceived continuing education on invasive mechanical ventilation to be more focused on novice than experienced ICU nurses and recommended practical, structured bedside teaching as the preferred method of education. Conclusion: Respondents recognized the need for interactive, practical, bedside education sessions to transfer learning into the everyday work environment. © SLACK Incorporated.

DOI 10.3928/00220124-20140417-01
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2014 Guilhermino MC, Inder KJ, Sundin D, Kuzmiuk L, 'Education of ICU nurses regarding invasive mechanical ventilation: Findings from a cross-sectional survey', Australian Critical Care, 27 126-132 (2014) [C1]

© 2013 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd. Background: Continuing education for intensive care unit nurses on invasive mechanical ventilation is fundamental to the acq... [more]

© 2013 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd. Background: Continuing education for intensive care unit nurses on invasive mechanical ventilation is fundamental to the acquisition and maintenance of knowledge and skills to optimise patient outcomes. Purpose: We aimed to determine how intensive care unit nurses perceived current education provided on mechanical ventilation, including a self-directed learning package and a competency programme; identify other important topics and forms of education; and determine factors associated with the completion of educational programmes on invasive mechanical ventilation. Methods: A cross-sectional, 30-item, self-administered and semi-structured survey on invasive mechanical ventilation education was distributed to 160 intensive care nurses. Analysis included descriptive statistics and logistic regression was used to determine factors associated with current education completion, reported as adjusted odds ratios (AOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Findings: Eighty three intensive care unit nurses responded and the majority (63%) reported not receiving education about mechanical ventilation prior to working in intensive care. Using a Likert rating scale the self-directed learning package and competency programme were perceived as valuable and beneficial. Hands-on-practice was perceived as the most important form of education and ventilator settings as the most important topic. Multivariate analysis determined that older age was independently associated with not completing the self-directed learning package (AOR 0.20, 95% CI 0.04, 0.93). For the competency programme, 4-6 years intensive care experience was independently associated with completion (AOR 17, 95% CI 1.7, 165) and part-time employment was associated with non-completion (AOR 0.23, 95% CI 0.08, 0.68). Conclusion: Registered nurses are commencing their ICU experience with limited knowledge of invasive MV therefore the education provided within the ICU workplace becomes fundamental to safe and effective practice. The perception of continuing education by ICU nurses from this research is positive regardless of level of ICU experience and may influence the type of continuing education on invasive MV provided to ICU nurses in the future, not only in the ICU involved in this study, but other units throughout Australia.

DOI 10.1016/j.aucc.2013.10.064
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kerry Inder

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Guilhermino MC, Sundin D, Inder K, 'ICU nurses' perceptions about mechanical ventilation continuing education - should we innovate?', Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, Newcastle, NSW (2017)
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2011 Guilhermino M, Inder KJ, Sundin DJ, Kuzmiuk L, 'Current education on invasive mechanical ventilation for nurses at John Hunter Hospital ICU NSW', ACCCN Critical Care Nursing Continuing Education 12th Annual Meeting ICE 2011 Proceedings Book, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Kerry Inder
2010 Guilhermino MC, Inder K, Sundin D, 'Education for nurses on Mechanical Ventilation in Australia and overseas - a systematic review', Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (2010)
Co-authors Kerry Inder
1996 Guilhermino MC, Bretas BA, Belila L, 'Program of Gerontology Learning and Nursing Assistance in the 'Mãos unidas' shanty town in São Paulo', Florianópolis, SC, Brazil (1996)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Validity and Reliability of the Behavioural Pain Scale in Assessing the Pain of Nonverbal, Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Patients: A Prospective Observational Study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Mrs Michelle Guilhermino


School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 2091
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Room RW1-45
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308