Ms Lynette Campbell
(RN Bnurs, Mnurs(AdvPrac), Clinical Nurse Consultant, Palliative Care )

DepartmentPalliative Care
Research AreasHealth Promotion, Supportive Care, Palliative Care
Research TopicsEnd of Life Care in Acute Care Areas , Symptom Management for Terminally Ill Patients, Nurses? Experience in Palliative Care
Research TypesSurvey / Observational Research

Ms Lyn Campbell currently works in Palliative Care at the Mercy Hospice, Calvary Mater Newcastle as a Clinical Nurse Consultant. She has been conducting research in Palliative Care since 2008. Her research interests are in promoting excellent nurses in Palliative Care, improving strategies for symptom management for terminally ill patients, and exploring the challenges and barriers of providing End of Life care in acute care settings.

The main focus of her research is to explore the nurses' experience of caring for terminally ill patients and improving symptom management at the end of life. Lyn also holds a conjoint lecturer appointment at the University of Newcastle.

Publications / achievements

  • Clinical Supervision in Palliative Care- Journal HNE Handover 2010.
  • Honouring the wishes of a dying patient: from intensive care to home with palliative care- Journal HNE Handover 2012.


Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

My first research assignment was in the late 90's when I was doing my Bnurs at the University of Newcastle.

What research projects are you currently working on?

In collaboration with my colleague in Palliative Care we are exploring the challenges and barriers in providing End of Life care for terminally ill patients in Emergency Departments both at the CMN and the JHH.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

In 2008, my research in Clinical Supervision in Palliative care enabled Clinical Supervision to be implemented in the Hospice for nursing staff.

What inspires you?

The thought of conducting research where the findings will benefit patients and nursing staff.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was working in aged care, mainly Dementia care on the Central Coast.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

My work colleagues and the research team at the Hospice.

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Again my work colleagues.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I worked as an RN in the Hospice both in the ward and in Outreach (community).

What made you decide to do research?

My inquisitive mind to find answers to questions.

What was your first / worst / best / strangest / memorable /etc job in research?

Nothing comes to mind.

What do you do to relax?

Play with my grandchildren, they keep me young.

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?

Thankfully I have not had to do anything crazy yet, but one never knows what is going to happen in the future.


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