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Assoc Prof Jackie Lea

Assoc Prof Jackie Lea
Name Jackie Lea
Position Associate Professor (Nursing)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Office W542
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1497
Extension 1497
Qualifications BNurs UNE , MNurs(Hons) UNE , PhD Canberra
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Jackie Lea is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, where she holds the role of Associate Head Teaching, Learning & Student Success. Jackie is a Registered Nurse who teaches across a broad range of nursing subjects in the pre-registration nursing program, including areas of clinical practice, clinical education, evidence based practice and research training and quality and safety in health care. Jackie is an experienced researcher with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research design and implementation. Jackie is the Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent¿s Hospital Toowoomba where her role is to collaborate, engage and build clinicians capacity for research. Jackie has a research profile in rural health workforce issues and research focused within the Australian rural health environment. Jackie research interests include the transition process from student to beginning level clinician, clinical education and workplace learning in health, quality and safety in healthcare. Jackie is also a supervisor for several PhD and Masters HDR students.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 111099 )
  • Nursing ( 111000 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )
  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 420599 )

Research interests
Health Workplace Learning Support, Workforce Development, Quality & Safety in health care
rural nursing

Professional memberships
Royal College of Nursing Australia

Industry affiliations
Senior Research Fellow St Vincents Hospital Toowoomba

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

Currently teaching courses/programs
NUR3201 Quality Safety & Risk

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
20 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
20 Years

Administrative responsibilities
School of Nursing & Midwifery Associate Head Teaching Learning and Student Success

Research most recent
Peake, R., Usher, K., Lea, J., and Jackson, D. 2019. Investigating processes used to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of health education resources for adult Indigenous people: a literature review. Contemporary Nurse.
Peake, R., Usher, K., Jackson, D. & Lea, J. 2019, Meaningful engagement with Aboriginal communities using Participatory Action Research to develop culturally appropriate health resources. Journal Transcultural Nursing.

Piper, D, Lea, J., Woods, C., & Parker, V. 2019 The Impact of Patient Safety Culture on Handovers in Rural Health Facilities. BMC Health Services Research 18:889.

Research most notable
Usher, K., Woods, C., Brown, J., Power, T., Lea, J., Hutchinson, M., Bodak, M., Mills, J., Zhao, L., Mather, C., Miller, A., Saunders, A., Yates, K., Southern, J., & Jackson, D. (2018). Australian nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes towards pressure injury prevention: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 81, 14-20.

Usher, K., Woods, C., Conway, J., Lea, J., Parker, V., Barrett, F., O’Shea, E., & Jackson, D. 2018. Patient safety content and delivery in pre-registration nursing curricula: A national cross-sectional survey study. Nurse Education Today, 66: 82-89.
Lea, J. & Cruickshank, M. 2017. The role of rural nurse managers in supporting New Graduate Nurses in rural practice Journal of Nursing Management Vol 25, (3). Pp.176-183
Lea, J. & Cruickshank, M. 2015. Supporting new graduate nurses making the transition to rural nursing practice: views from experienced rural nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing 24, 2826-2834

Lea, J. & Cruickshank, M. 2015. The support needs of new graduate nurses making the transition to rural nursing practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing 24 (7/8) pp.948-960, doi: 10.1111/jocn.12720

Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 111099 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )
  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 420599 )