Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Chronic illness
  • Patient reported experience measures
  • Mixed methodology
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Available to supervise research students

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About Sharon Andrew

Professor Sharon Andrew, RN, RM FCNA, has over 20 years' experience in leadership, research, teaching and curriculum development in the university sector. Sharon’s clinical experience is in medical-surgical nursing, critical care and midwifery.

Her leadership roles have included:

  • Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Victoria University 2016-2019, Professor of Nursing Anglia Ruskin University (2010-2016)
  • Head of Program (Postgraduate Studies) Western Sydney (WSU), Campbelltown BN Campus Advisor (WSU)
  • Head of Program for Masters courses conducted in Hong Kong (WSU).


Sharon’s clinical research is focused on chronic conditions and patient experience and models of care. Her recent research has been around the development of a patient reported experience measure (PREM) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Sharon is also interested in clinical innovation and its application to nursing and healthcare. Other research areas are nursing education and methodological research.

Sharon is internationally recognised for her mixed methods expertise. She is the Methods Editor for the journal Contemporary Nurse and is a reviewer for a number of high-profile nursing journals.

Sharon has had over A$1.1 million dollars in research funding, over 70 publications, one edited book and her Scopus h-index is 22 (12/9/2019). Sharon is the Methods Editor for Contemporary Nurse. She has supervised to completion (primary or co-supervisor ): 7 PhD, 1D.Ed, 9 Masters and 3 Honours students in the UK/ Australia.

Sharon was joint leader of Anglia Ruskin’s UOA25 Research for Excellence Framework (REF) submission 2013 and the joint leader of Anglia Ruskin University’s Nursing Research Unit.

Sharon has been awarded prizes for her teaching, including the highly competitive Australian Learning Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2010), the Vice-Chancellors’ Teaching Excellence Award (Highly Commended), Western Sydney (WSU), and the WSU College of Health and Science Teaching Excellence Award.


  • PhD, Wollongong University, Australia, 2002
  • MSc (Hons), Wollongong University, Australia, 1996
  • BApp Sc, Dip App Sc, University of Canberra, Australia , 1982

Key publications

Year Citation
2009 Andrew, S., & Halcomb, E. J. (091027). Mixed Methods Research for Nursing and the Health Sciences.

doi: 10.1002/9781444316490

Year Citation
2015 Halcomb, E. J., & Andrew, S. (150918). Mixed methods research In Borbasi, S. ;. (Ed.) (4th) (pp. 171-189). Chatswood, New South Wales: Elsevier.

Year Citation
2019 Hodson, M., Roberts, C. M., Andrew, S., Graham, L., Jones, P. W., & Yorke, J. (190601). Development and first validation of a patient-reported experience measure in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PREM-C9). Thorax, 74(6), (600-603).

doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211732

2017 Walker, S., Andrew, S., Hodson, M., & Roberts, C. M. (171201). Stage 1 development of a patient-reported experience measure (PREM) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 27(1),

doi: 10.1038/s41533-017-0047-5

2017 Meshe, O. F., Claydon, L. S., Bungay, H., & Andrew, S. (170410). The relationship between physical activity and health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease following pulmonary rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(8), (746-756).

doi: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1161842

2016 Cooper, L., Andrew, S., & Fossey, M. (161201). Educating nurses to care for military veterans in civilian hospitals: An integrated literature review. Nurse Education Today, 47 (68-73).

doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.05.022

2016 Halcomb, E., Jackson, D., Daly, J., Gray, J., Salamonson, Y., Andrew, S., & Peters, K. (160301). Insights on leadership from early career nurse academics: Findings from a mixed methods study. Journal of Nursing Management, 24(2), (E155-E163).

doi: 10.1111/jonm.12317

2015 McVicar, A., Andrew, S., & Kemble, R. (150101). The 'bioscience problem' for nursing students: An integrative review of published evaluations of Year 1 bioscience, and proposed directions for curriculum development. Nurse Education Today, 35(3), (500-509).

doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.11.003

2015 Andrew, S., Mcvicar, A., Zanganeh, M., & Henderson, N. (150101). Self-efficacy and relevance of bioscience for nursing, midwifery and healthcare students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(19-20), (2965-2972).

doi: 10.1111/jocn.12933

2015 Jackson, D., Peters, K., Andrew, S., Daly, J., Gray, J., & Halcomb, E. (150101). Walking alongside: A qualitative study of the experiences and perceptions of academic nurse mentors supporting early career nurse academics. Contemporary Nurse, 51(1), (69-82).

doi: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1081256

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Master of Applied Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Applied Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Sharon teaches HNB3123 Working with Evidence at Victoria University.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Australian College of Nursing
  • Member, Sigma International
  • Methods Editor, Contemporary Nurse