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Lapkin, Sam Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Senior Lecturer - School of Nursing 2018 -
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - St George Hospital 2016 - 2018

Overview


Sam Lapkin is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and is based at the South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. Sam's doctorate study used a mixed methods approach to investigate the use of interprofessional collaboration to teach safe medication practices to nursing, pharmacy and medical students. He then completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Health Research at St George Hospital and has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the CQUniversity.

Sam aims to develop an internationally recognised program of research in the area of patient safety through the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative approaches aimed at improving patient outcomes in acute and subacute care settings. This objective aligns with national and international health care imperatives related to improving patient safety.

Since 2011, he has been the recipient of three research grants focusing on: reducing medication errors relating to omissions; prevention of falls and harm from falls in older people; and simulation training. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters. He has co-supervised one PhD candidate to completion and is currently co-supervising three PhD and two Masters by Research students.

Sam is also currently working with a team of pain physicians, sports physicians, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, nurses and pain psychologists to advancing holistic assessment (characterisation and quantification) and management of low back pain. An area that is still unclear when related to axial back pain or neural injury pain and associated spinal structures.

He is a member of the editorial committee for Nursing and Health Sciences Journal, International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practice and the current international chair of the Joanna Briggs Institute Psychometrics reviews methodology group. He is an active reviewer for 11 high impact journals including Journal of Nursing Management, Nurse Education Today, Journal of Interprofessional Care, BMC Health Service Research, Instructional Science and Pharmacy. Sam has peer reviewed over 80 manuscripts related to patient safety, medication errors, nursing education, systematic reviews, measurement instrument design, psychometric methodology, statistics and research methodology. He also runs regular workshops in advanced statistics, research methods and systematic review methods to clinicians.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A mixed method study to assess Nurses; Knowledge, Attitudes and culture influence toward End of Life Care Pain Management in Saudi Arabia
    Doctor of Philosophy Health workforce in Australian small rural hospitals Smith, Sarah
    Doctor of Philosophy Valuing Enrolled Nurses: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Method Study to Better Understand the Role of the Enrolled Nurse and how Enrolled Nurses Feel about their Role Leon, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The impact of safety culture on the quality and safety outcomes of patients in Saudi Arabian hospitals Alanazi, Faisal
    Doctor of Philosophy Specialling’ activities for older people: an ethnographic study Coyle, Miriam

Education And Training


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching in Tertiary Education, CQUniversity 2014 - 2015
  • Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Enhancing Safe Medication Practices: An Interprofessional Education Approach 2010 - 2014
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Effectiveness of patient simulation manikins in teaching clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate nursing students: a systematic review 2009 - 2010

Full Name


  • Dr Sam Lapkin

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong, South Western Sydney Campus

    33 Moore St Liverpool NSW 2170

    Liverpool

    2170

    NSW

    Australia

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) A mixed method study to assess Nurses; Knowledge, Attitudes and culture influence toward End of Life Care Pain Management in Saudi Arabia
    Doctor of Philosophy Health workforce in Australian small rural hospitals Smith, Sarah
    Doctor of Philosophy Valuing Enrolled Nurses: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Method Study to Better Understand the Role of the Enrolled Nurse and how Enrolled Nurses Feel about their Role Leon, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The impact of safety culture on the quality and safety outcomes of patients in Saudi Arabian hospitals Alanazi, Faisal
    Doctor of Philosophy Specialling’ activities for older people: an ethnographic study Coyle, Miriam

Education And Training


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching in Tertiary Education, CQUniversity 2014 - 2015
  • Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Enhancing Safe Medication Practices: An Interprofessional Education Approach 2010 - 2014
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Effectiveness of patient simulation manikins in teaching clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate nursing students: a systematic review 2009 - 2010

Full Name


  • Dr Sam Lapkin

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong, South Western Sydney Campus

    33 Moore St Liverpool NSW 2170

    Liverpool

    2170

    NSW

    Australia

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