Dr Sara Geale

Dr Sara Geale

Honorary Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Sara Geale holds a PhD in Emergency and Disaster Management from Walden University. Sara’s research and dissertation was put forward for dissertation of the year 2010 and has been published as a book. Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information science from Wagga Wagga, CAE, A Postgraduate diploma of Applied Science Nursing form Sydney CAE, Australia. Sara completed a Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management from Touro University, USA achieving Suma Cum Laude.


Sara has worked for nearly 30 years in Health care as a Staff Nurse, Senior Staff Nurse in ICU, and Supervisor of an Emergency Room, and has worked in Health Care Quality Improvement and Health care Education. Sara has taught ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, AHLS, BDLS, ADLS, and Decontamination. In addition to these practical courses Sara taught communication, leadership, teamwork and other concepts required in delivering sound patient and family centered patient care. Some 20 of those 30 years have been in the Middle East working with some 60 different nationalities.


Sara has been involved in a project to set up the surgical service line in the healthcare facility, working with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians to improve patient care and the patient experience through their healthcare journey. The project has been established using team building, transparency, and change management to involve all healthcare providers in the process. The basis for all of this was ongoing education that recognizes the needs of the adult learner.


Sara held the post of lecturer in Edith Cowan University Western Australia. She is heavily involved in teaching both theory and practical units. Sara wrote the Adult Health Unit (theory), The Nursing Professional Skills 4 (Practicum) and The Nursing Professional Skills 5 (Practicum). She is currently writing the Professional Capacity Building unit (theory) and revising the Nursing Assessment and Care Unit Practicum 1. Sara is moving to ‘teaching in the context’ methodology in which low fidelity manikins are use to simulate hospital ward situation to perform basic nursing care and support activities of daily living with a focus on patient safety and use of safety tools such as patient identification, ISOBAR/SBAR, documentation, use of the EWS chart. Sara was actively involved in University activities such as orientation, career development and research and development. Sara is a lecturer who supports the students and the ECU University Teaching Evaluation results for the courses Sara teaches were greater than 95% across all indicators.

 Sara is currently working as the Director of Clinical Education at the School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle. Sara is responsible for student placements, clinical facilitators, the simulated learning environment and employing staff. This role has an administrative focus and Sara is missing the student focus and the ability to enthuse students about their role as a Registered Nurse and advancing their practice as safe effective practitioners.

Sara brings with her a wealth of experience in the clinical, managerial, and educational areas. She is a hard worker with a very positive approach to fellow employees, students and administrative staff.

Sara fulfills the criteria as follows:

Meet Key challenges with a proven ability to:

  • Lead teaching teams in subjects learning, teaching, assessment activities relating to nursing.
  • Coordinate  undergraduate/post graduate subject(s) across campuses
  • Support  Academic governance and quality teaching and learning

Provide necessary Knowledge and skills:

  • Greater than 30 years in clinical nursing
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and concurrence with nursing practice standards
  • Commitment to Nursing education and supportive of school initiatives
  • Collegial approach to work
  • Proven organizational ability

Education and Experience

  • Current registration with APHRA
NMW0001296415   31/05/2017
  • Current experience in laboratory and simulation education
  • PhD in health Services - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a range of health professionals towards a common goal
  • Strong track record in teamwork
  • Time management and coordination skills
  • Able to work in a busy and demanding environment
  • Enthusiasm, advocacy and care for student learning
  • High ethical and professional standards






Professional experience


  • Director of Clinical Education SONM University of Newcastle NSW January 6 2016 to present.
    • Directs clinical placement for >2000 Undergraduate students
    • Course coordinator and lecturer  for Third Year transition to Clinical Practice
    • Member of the school Executive committee
    • Chair of the Clinical Education Communication Meeting
    • Member of the BN committee
    • Engaged in research regarding teaching within the context and flipped classrooms
    • Engaged in research regarding simulation education
    • Engaged in research regarding teaching disaster managment



  • Level B Lecturer Edith Cowan University Perth Western Australia November 18, 2014 to December, 2015
    • Unit coordinator and Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery  - BSN Nursing and Midwifery
    • Unit coordinator and lecturer  for Master of Clinical Nursing
    • Develops curriculum and writes post and Undergraduate units
    • Supports students in the Clinical Area on practicum placement
    • Project manager for E-cohort study on employment of nurses post-graduation (Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia)
    • Engaged in research regarding teaching within the context and flipped classrooms


  • Computer Security Liaison January 31, 2013 to October 31, 2013
    • Acts as a key point of contact for  IT connectivity, data management and security  for surgical and diagnostic, dental and QIRM staff
    • Supports Security management for IT systems
    • Reviews internal processes, standards, guidelines, requirements, and practices
    • Maintains security of IT assets for the Department


  • Administrator surgicare (surgical) service line June 2011 to January 31 2013
    • Project manager of implementation of the surgical service line in the organization to break down silos between surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and technicians to improve patient care
    • Working with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and technicians to improve processes and procedures in the OR
    • Team building and change management in the perioperative environment
    • Implementation of the core values of patient and family centered care in the perioperative arena
    • Implementation of LEAN Six Sigma methodology for problem solving and process improvement in the perioperative environment
    • Development of tools to measure effective ness and efficiency in the OR
    • Analysis of Perioperative data and reporting on same
    • Education and training on new concepts and processes in the perioperative arena
    • Liaising with patients and their families to improve communication with care givers


  • Health care professional Educator trainer 11- Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO), August 2006 – June 2011
    • Education and training of multi-professional care providers in the health care organization in life support and professional development
    • Development of theoretical and practical education programs for physicians, nurses, technicians and other support staff
    • Training of clinical personnel in the principles of adult learning to further education in the clinical area
    • Establishment of a skills lab within the clinical area that is used for life support training and clinical competency across the organization for physicians, nurses, technicians and other support staff
    • Establishment of the organization as a National Disaster Life support training center
    • Establishment of the training facility as an American Heart Association center
    • Follow up on the effectiveness of training in the clinical area
    • Working to support lifelong learners in the operation in pursuit of bachelor, masters and PhD degrees


  • Supervisor Emergency Room Abqaiq, SAMSO Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO), November 2004 – August 2006
    • Working with Emergency physicians, nurses, and paramedical staff to provide emergency care in the district area ( a community and an industrial facility)
    • Building emergency and disaster response in the organization for response to the industrial area
    • Education and training of staff to improve current and introduce new clinical skills
    • Moved the organization to a new state of the art facility maintaining 24/7 emergency cover
    • Worked as part of a team to establish
      • protocols for the paramedic team using evidence based research
      • Set up a disaster response system that is now used organization wide


  • Quality Assurance Coordinator - Medical Designated Facilities Department, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO), June 2002 – November 2004
    • Working with physicians and nurses to improve care in the community through ongoing education and establishment of safe effective policies and procedures in private hospitals in Saudi Arabia


  • Charge Nurse Medical Intensive Care Unit, July 1994 - June 2002


  • General Duties Nurse Cardiac Step-Down Unit, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO), July 1993 - July 1994


  • General Nurse Renal and Liver Transplant Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia—November 1992 – June 1993


  • General Nurse Cardio-Thoracic Intensive Care Unit Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia—June 1991 - November 1992


  • General Nurse General Medical Surgical Ward, West Ryde Community Hospital Hospital—Sydney, Australia—September 1990 – June 1991



  • 1981: BA Library and Information Science
  • 1989 Graduate Diploma Applied Science Nursing
  • 2008 Masters Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management (Suma Cum Laude)
  • 2010 PhD Health Services general Course with a focus on Emergency and Disaster Management 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Walden University - USA
  • Graduate Diploma In Applied Science, Sydney College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship), Riverina College of Advanced Education


  • Clinical Practice
  • Disaster Management
  • Logistics
  • Nursing Education
  • Systems and Processes


  • English (Mother)
  • Arabic (Working)


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

Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 O'Brien AP, Bradley K, Geale S, Clinical Support Handbook 2016 - Clinical Facilitators, Mentors, Lab Tutors, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, 43 (2016)
2011 Geale SK, Hargis DW, A Modular Logistical Systems Approach to Community Disaster Response: Disaster Response Logistics at the community level, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany (2011)

Journal article (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Mollart L, Newell R, Noble D, Geale S, Norton C, O'Brien A, 'Nursing undergraduates' perception of preparedness using patient electronic medical records in clinical practice', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 38 44-51 (2021)
DOI 10.37464/2020.382.282
Co-authors Lyndall Mollart, Danielle Noble
2020 Mollart L, Newell R, Geale SK, Noble D, Norton C, O'brien AP, 'Introduction of patient electronic medical records (EMR) into undergraduate nursing education: An integrated literature review', Nurse Education Today, 94 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104517
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Lyndall Mollart, Danielle Noble
2020 Brewer CA, Hutton A, Hammad KS, Geale SK, 'A feasibility study on disaster preparedness in regional and rural emergency departments in New South Wales: Nurses self-assessment of knowledge, skills and preparation for disaster management', AUSTRALASIAN EMERGENCY CARE, 23 29-36 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.auec.2019.12.005
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Alison Hutton
2020 Smith S, Maund K, Hilaire T, Gajendran T, Lyneham J, Geale S, 'Enhancing discipline specific skills using a virtual environment built with gaming technology', International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 21 193-209 (2020) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Kim Maund, Shamus Smith
2016 Ewens B, Geale S, Vafeas C, Foxall F, Loessl B, Smith A, McCafferty C, 'Humanising the curriculum: The role of a Virtual World', Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6 80-88 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.5430/jnep.v6n12p80
2015 Geale SK, 'Men's health - it should be a feminist issue', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23 44-44 (2015) [C3]
2015 Geale S, Mata G, 'Teaching of safe practices to our undergraduates', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, 23 39 (2015)
2015 Geale S, Jacob E, 'BP measurement practice without evidence. Are we teaching it wrong', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, 23 34 (2015)
2015 Mata G, Geale S, 'Answer', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, 23 55 (2015)
2015 Mata G, Oliver K, Geale S, Jacob E, 'Infection control: it's not just what you wear--it's how you take it off', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, 23 39 (2015)
2015 Geale S, Beament T, Gibson N, Fowler A, Baker M, Smith G, 'International Practicum: Not just another overseas jaunt--Supporting learning objectives and the development of graduate attributes', Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5 96-102 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.5430/jnep.v5n11p96
2015 Geale SK, Duffield C, 'Nurses--are we disaster ready?', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, 23 23 (2015) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Wang CC, Geale SK, 'The power of story: Narrative inquiry as a methodology in nursing research', International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2 195-198 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.04.014
Citations Scopus - 61Web of Science - 53
2012 Geale SK, 'The ethics of disaster management', Disaster Prevention and Management, 21 445-462 (2012)
DOI 10.1108/09653561211256152
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 39
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Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Mollart L, Newell R, Noble D, Geale S, O'Brien A, 'Introducing electronic patient medical records for contemporary practice with undergraduate nursing and midwifery student: a feasibility study. 2019. 4th Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference: Leading the way, Newcastle. 2-3 May 2019. Poster Presentation', Introducing electronic patient medical records for contemporary practice with undergraduate nursing and midwifery students: a feasibility study. 2019., Newcastle (2019)
Co-authors Lyndall Mollart, Danielle Noble
2018 Newell R, Mollart LJ, Norton CA, Noble D, Geale SK, O'Brien AP, 'Introducing electronic patient medical records (eMR SIM) for contemporary practice with UON undergraduate School of nursing and midwifery (SoNM) students.', The University of Newcastle (2018)
Co-authors Lyndall Mollart, Danielle Noble
2017 Maund KA, Hilaire T, Smith SP, Brewer G, Lyneham J, Geale S, 'Virtual learning platforms: Assisting work integrated learning', AUBEA 2017 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria (2017) [E1]
Co-authors Kim Maund, Shamus Smith, Graham Brewer

Dr Sara Geale


Honorary Lecturer
Clinical Practice team
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email sara.geale@newcastle.edu.au
Mobile 0429313711


Room RW126
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308