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Mrs. Nicole Coombs

Research Fellow, Collaborative Evaluation and Research Centre

Collaboration Evaluation and Research Centre (CERC)



Gippsland Campus, Online


Nicole Coombs has been an academic at Federation University since 2015. Nicole is currently teaching in the areas of primary health and health promotion.

With previous experience as an emergency nurse, Nicole is eager to close the great divide between the acute clinical focus of nursing and preventative care. Her professional interests lie in public health and nursing education.

Nicole is an early career researcher, with several publications (peer reviewed articles and one book chapter) and conference presentations in the areas of patient education, nurse education and curriculum development. She has professional membership with the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia and the Australian Nurse Teacher’s Society of Australia.

Nicole has been developing skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and is currently undertaking a PhD, consisting of a mixed methods study regarding public health messages being provided by emergency nurses during disasters in Australia.

Field of Research

  • Community and primary care
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedago
  • Health promotion

Public health messaging during disasters: A qualitative study of emergency department key informants

Public health messaging during disasters: Practice and attitudes of Australian emergency nurses

Student-led pop-up health check clinics: Innovative health prevention strategy for a low socioeconomic community

The benefit and limitations of an online physical activity program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A quantitative analysis of the virtual Latrobe Streetgames program

The Potential Barriers and Benefits of an Online Physical Activity Program during the COVID-19 Restrictions: Latrobe Virtual Streetgames. A Qualitative Study

Improving youth physical, mental and social health through physical activity: A Systematic literature review

Public health education by emergency nurses: A scoping review and narrative synthesis

Beyond simulation — Extracurricular volunteering in nursing education: A focus group

Background: A reduction in clinical placement hours has seen alternative teaching methods being...

Foundations of nursing practice

  • Book Chapters

Educational scaffolding: Back to basics for nursing education in the 21st century

[No abstract available]

Exploring young Australian adults' asthma management to develop an educational video

Objective: This study explored young university students’ (aged 18–24 years) health literacy,...

Family Presence During Resuscitation (FPDR): Observational case studies of emergency personnel in Victoria, Australia

Introduction Family Presence During Resuscitation (FPDR), although not a new concept, remains...

ED-HOME: Improving educator confidence and patient education in the Emergency Department

Background: Barriers to effective patient communication in the emergency department (ED) are well...