Associate Professor Shahwan-Akl supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students undertaking research projects investigating a broad range of clinical, educational and workforce nursing issues such as:
- Job Satisfaction of Saudi Nurses in Public Hospitals in Saudi Arabia
- Enhancing the Introduction of an official Triage System in an Emergency Department in Saudi Arabia.
- International Nurse Recruitment; Orientation and Adaption to the Australian Health System
- An evaluation of an introductory nurse-training program for radial arterial line insertion in an Australian ICU
- Is near enough good enough? Does the McDonald rule really work?
- Evaluation of the recruitment process for the Graduate Nurse Year in an outer suburban public hospital
- The knowledge and practice of Iranian migrant women living in the Melbourne metropolitan region;
- Maternal and child health nurses’ knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding and infant growth;
- Older person’s perceptions and experiences of pain management in hostel and domestic home settings.
- Factors influencing the reliability of the Glasgow Coma Scale Assessment by neuroscience nurses
Some of the more recent research projects undertaken by Associate Professor Shahwan-Akl are:
- 2009 - Building capacity for clinical placements and Inter Professional Learning (IPL), DHS($84,000)
- 2008 - Prevalence of Depression Among Australian-Lebanese Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease in Melbourne and Sydney. NSW Health and NSW Centre for Mental Health $32,000.
- 2006 - Evaluation of the Maternal and Child Health Service DHS ($200,000)
- “Assessing Mental Health Clinical Placements and Requirements“ DHS ($48,000).
- Alignment of RMIT Bachelor of Nursing delivered offshore with the requirements of the Nurses Board Victoria and offshore Nursing Registration Boards“ AVCC ($50,000)
- "Building capacity for clinical placements in East Gippsland", undergraduate clinical placement funding scheme“ DHS ($184,580).
- 2002, Inaugural Doctoral Research Award by Faculty of Human Development, Victoria University.
- 1994-1997, (Declined). Australian Postgraduate Research Award (Commonwealth Government, $15,504 per annum).
- 1982, International Council of Nursing (ICN –3M) Nurse of the Year Award.
Lina Shahwan-Akl is currently Associate Professor and Director of Post Graduate Studies at RMIT Nursing and Midwifery. Her responsibilities include:
- Leading the implementation of the Post Graduate programs;
- Recruitment of Post Graduate Students;
- Supervision of Post Graduate Students;
- Teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
- Course development and coordination in the areas of health care research, health assessment and health promotion;
- Representing RMIT Nursing and Midwifery on internal and external committees
- Major responsibilities in initiating relationships with new industry partners and community groups as well as in maintaining the relationships with current industry partners.
Associate Professor Shahwan-Akl has an extensive teaching experience in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered within the Discipline of Nursing and Midwifery. She teaches and coordinates areas of clinical teaching, contemporary issues , health promotion, health assessment and advanced physical assessment and research. Associate Professor Shahwan-Akl has extensive experience teaching in Australia and overseas in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, cardiovascular nursing, health assessment, health promotion, research in nursing and clinical teaching.
Educational development work
- Professor Shahwan-Akl has extensive experience in curriculum development and teaching initiatives. She has contributed consistently to the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses.
- She also chaired Program Advisory committees at RMIT and Victoria University.
Academic management / Administration responsibilities
- Chair, Post Graduate Committee, RMIT Nursing and Midwifery
- Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, RMIT University
- Member, Research and Development Committee, RMIT Nursing and Midwifery
- Member of Head of Discipline Advisory Committee, RMIT Nursing and Midwifery
- Member, Discipline Committee, RMIT Nursing and Midwifery
- Member of relevant Program advisory and course monitoring committees (undergraduate and postgraduate programs)
- Deputy Member Research Committee (FRC)
- PhD, Victoria University, (Australia) 2002.
- MSc, Boston University, (USA) 1983.
- BSc, American University of Beirut, (Lebanon) 1977.
Associate Professor Shahwan-Akl has great commitment to serving the community. She has been involved overseas with UNICEF, children vaccination campaigns, and with the International Red Cross, an involvement she still maintains as a volunteer. Also she is involved with various Arabic speaking community groups and has presented along with a Lebanese general practitioner in Melbourne over a period of three years an Arabic Health Promoting radio program with SBS- 3EA radio in Melbourne, which also included a talkback show . The program was very successful and, by public demand, was repeated few times on SBS radio. This program fulfilled a great health need for the Arabic speaking population in Melbourne.
- Alrashidi, M.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,James, J.,Jones, L. (2015). Contributing factors to childhood overweight and obesity in Kuwait In: International Journal of Health Sciences, 3, 133 - 155
- Katooa, N.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,Reece, J.,Jones, L. (2015). Characteristics of mothers with chronically ill children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia In: International Journal of Nursing, 2, 59 - 73
- Alrashidi, M.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,Jones, L.,Linda, K.,James, J. (2015). Children and their parent's perceptions of overweight and obesity in Kuwait children In: International Journal of Current Research, 7, 19661 - 19666
- Chester, A.,Kienhuis, M.,Pisani, H.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,White, K. (2013). Professionalism in student online social networking: the role of educators In: E-Learning and Digital Media, 10, 30 - 39
- Alshmemri, M.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,Maude, P. (2013). Job satisfaction of Saudi nurses working in Saudi Arabian public hospitals In: Proceedings of the 1st Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference, Singapore, Singapore, July 8-9, 2013
- Bush, A.,Shahwan-Akl, L. (2013). Palliative care education - does it influence future practice? In: Contemporary Nurse, 43, 172 - 177
- Barnett, T.,Walker, L.,Jacob, E.,Missen, K.,Cross, M.,Shahwan-Akl, L. (2012). Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul? In: Nurse Education Today, 32, 485 - 489
- Chee, B.,Baldwin, I.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,Fealy, N.,Heland, M.,Rogan, J. (2011). Evaluation of a radial artery cannulation training program for intensive care nurses: A descriptive, explorative study In: Australian Critical Care, 24, 117 - 125
- Barnett, T.,Cross, M.,Shahwan-Akl, L.,Jacob, E. (2010). The evaluation of a successful collaborative education model to expand student clinical placements In: Nurse Education in Practice, 10, 17 - 21
- Shahwan-Akl, L. (2010). Cardiovascular disease risk factors among adult Australian-Lebanese in Melbourne In: International Journal of Research in Nursing, 6, 1 - 7
- Palliative Care Education: Does it influence future practice?. Funded by: Department of Health and Ageing from (2008 to 2008)
- Development of guidelines and processes for the effective delivery of mental health theory and practice in Bachelor of Nursing programs offered in Victoria. Funded by: Dept of Human Services Consultancy Agreement from (2006 to 2007)
1 PhD Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions