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Mrs Sonja Dawson

School:School of Nursing
Location:Sydney Campus
Phone: (02) 9480 3614
Fax:(02) 9473 8042
Qualifications:DipApSc (UTS)
Intensive Care Cert (NSAHS)
MN Hons-First Class (USQ)
Grad Cert in Higher Education (USYD)
PhD Candidate (UTS)
Research:Qualitative Methodology (Ethnography and Phenomenology)
Service Learning
Humanitarian Nursing
About:Sonja Dawson has been a registered nurse since 1989, and has clinical experience in medical/surgical nursing, emergency, critical care and LMIC primary health care settings. She has been a Lecturer in the Discipline of Nursing at Avondale since 2007. Sonja provides opportunities for her senior BN students to build a global perspective on matters of health, nursing and leadership within a faith based context. Her passion is to equip and support nurses to function in a global health environment for volunteer service and to provide direction on leadership in these areas. Sonja’s research interests revolve around humanitarian nursing as well as clinical education, and especially within a service learning context. She teaches Clinical Practice subjects to senior BN students, is a champion for high fidelity simulation clinical sessions, and is currently enrolled in a PhD program, investigating the experience of nurses working with Mercy Ships from an ethnological perspective. She has spent around 12 years volunteering with Mercy Ships in West Africa, and most recently in 2016-2017 for 6 months.

Professional Memberships:
Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Association
Australian College of Nursing
Australian Nurse Teacher Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Nurses Christian Fellowship, Australia
Select Publications:Dawson S, Jackson D, Elliott D (2019) Challenges and reflections from an international, humanitarian, short-term surgical mission on collecting ethnographic data in a remote environment. Nurse Researcher. 27(4) doi: 10.7748/nr.2019.e1627

Dawson S, Elliott D, Jackson D. (2017). Nurses’ contribution to short-term humanitarian care in low to middle-income countries: An integrative review of the literature. J Clin Nurs. 2017;000:1–12.

Aggar, C., & Dawson, S. (2014). Evaluation of student nurses’ perception of preparedness for oral medication administration in clinical practice: A collaborative study. Nurse Education Today 34(6), pp. 899-903 DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.01.015

Frischknecht, S. (2010). The experience of Australian Bachelor of Nursing students undertaking a clinically focused, service learning placement in the Solomon Islands. Coursework Masters thesis, University of Southern Queensland

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