RN (Australia and NZ), BHSc AUT MHSM UTS
Eamon is a registered nurse with over 10 years of experience in critical care and emergency nursing. Eamon holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the Auckland University of Technology and a Master of Health Services Management from the University of Technology Sydney. He is currently completing doctoral studies. Eamon has a developing research portfolio and has managed international collaborative research into the quality and safety of health care services. The outcomes of this research have been used to inform legislation and policy in Australia and Europe.
In 2011 Eamon undertook the position of the director of education at a tertiary level teaching hospital in the Middle East; in 2013 he returned to Australia to further his research interests in the fields of primary health care nursing and workforce policy.
Primary Health Care, Health Workforce, Policy, Clinical Quality and Safety
Teaching and supervision
High Acuity Nursing (NURS6019)
Health Assessment (NURS1002)
Nursing in Australian General Practice
Australian College of Health Service Executives, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Awards and honours
2nd Place in the Sydney South West Area Health Service Prize for Excellence in Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement: ‘Handover Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety’ (2009)
2nd Place in the Sydney South Illawarra Area Health Service Prize for Improving Patient Journeys: ‘Emergency Care Through the Patient Eyes’ (2009)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital young investigators award (2007)
New South Wales Department of Health postgraduate scholarship (2005)
New South Wales Department of Health postgraduate scholarship (2004)
Merrick, E.T. Duffield, C. Baldwin, R. Fry, M. Stasa, H. (2012). Expanding the role of practice nurses in Australia. Contemporary Nurse. 41/1
Merrick, E.T. Duffield, C. Baldwin, R. Fry, M. (2011). Nursing in General Practice: Organisational Possibilities for Decision Latitude, Created Skill, Social Support, and Identity Derived from Role. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 68/8 pp. 175-195
Richmond, C. Merrick, E. Green, T. Dinh, M. Iedema, R. (2011). Bedside review of patient care in an emergency department: The Cow Round. Emergency Medicine Australasia. 23/5 pp. 600-605
Iedema, R., Merrick, E. Britton, K. Gray, J. Verma, R. Manning, N. (2010). Co-designing as a Discursive Practice in Emergency Health Services: The Architecture of Deliberation. Journal of Applied Behavioural Sciences. 46/1: pp. 73-91.
Iedema, R., Merrick, E., Rajbhandari, D. Gardo, A. Stirling, A. Herkes, R. (2009) Viewing the taken-for-granted from under a different aspect: a video-based method in pursuit of patient safety. International Journal for Multiple Research Approaches. 3/3.
Iedema, R. Merrick. E.T. (2009) ‘Handover - Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety’ (HELiCS): A Report on Achievements at Two Hospital Sites’. Medical Journal of Australia. 190/11: S108-109.
Merrick, E.T. Iedema, R. Sorensen, R. (2009) 'Adaptive interpretations of adaptive organisations: enhancing practitioner resilience in dealing with public service instability'. Australian Journal of Public Administration.
Duffield, C., O'Brien-Pallas, L., Aitken, L., Roche, M., and Merrick, E. (2006). "Recruitment of nurses working outside nursing," Journal of Nursing Administration. 36/2.
Forrester, K., Duffield, C., Roche, M. and Merrick E. (2005) Clinical handover: Can we afford the time? Journal of Law and Medicine. 13/2, 176-179
Duffield, C., Forbes, J., Fallon, A., Roche, M., Wise, W., and Merrick, E. (2004) "Nursing skill mix and nursing time: the roles of registered nurses and clinical nurse specialists," Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 23/2.
Duffield, C., Roche, M., and Merrick, E. (2004) "Methods of measuring nursing workload in Australia," Collegian. 13/1.
Government agency reports and research monographs
Iedema, R. Merrick, E.T. Piper, D. Walsh, J. (2008). Emergency Department Co-design Evaluation. Report Submitted to the Health Services Performance Improvement Branch, NSW Health. ISBN 978-646-50725-5. Centre for Health Communication, University of Technology Sydney.
Iedema, R. Merrick, E.T. (2008) Handover: Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety (HELiCS). Report Submitted to the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. ISBN 978-0-646-50381-3. Centre for Health Communication, University of Technology Sydney.
Published/peer-reviewed conference papers in proceedings
‘Practice Nursing: contributing but not developing’ (2011), Menzies Centre Conference of Emerging Researchers in Health Policy. University of Sydney, NSW.
‘Designing Advantageous Service Delivery’ (2010), Canberra Health Summit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory invited plenary.
‘Handover in Intensive Care, a Multi-Disciplinary Approach’ (2009), Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare National Workshop. Melbourne, Victoria invited workshop.
‘The role of the patient in clinical safety: Handover’ (2009), Patient Experiences of Healthcare, NSW Health. Sydney, New South Wales invited plenary.
‘Bridging Architecture and Clinical Complexity for Patient Safety’ (2009), 12th Health Facilities Planning and Design Summit. Sydney, New South Wales invited plenary & workshop.
‘Redesigning Handover for Safety’ (2009), Australia New Zealand Society of Intensive Care Medicine- Conference on Quality & Safety. Queenstown, New Zealand invited plenary & workshop.
‘Handover: Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety’ (2009), Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and 63rd Italian National Congress of SIAARTI. Florence, Italy.
‘Designing for Complexity’ (2009), Australian College of Health Service Executives National Congress. Gold Coast, Queensland.
‘Handover: Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety’ (2009), Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare National Workshop. Melbourne, Victoria.
Use of Video Ethnographic Methods to Address Health Care Communication (2008), Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
Adaptive Interpretations of Adaptive Organizations (2008), Australian Institute of Public Administration National Congress. Sydney, New South Wales.
The Exercise of Decision Latitude by NSW practice nurses: implications for changing patterns of health service demand (2007), 6th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing. Adelaide, South Australia.
Handover Enabling Learning in Communication for Safety (2009), Australian Hospitals & Healthcare Association National Congress. Hobart, Tasmania.
The Cowboy Round: Bedside Handover in Emergency Medicine (2009), Australian College of Emergency Medicine. Melbourne, Victoria.
The Exercise of Decision Latitude of NSW practice nurses: implications for changing patterns of health service demand (2007), Australian Primary Healthcare Conference. Sydney, New South Wales.
Understanding and negotiating the roles of practice nurses (2007), 4th biennial NSW Primary Health Care Research & Evaluation Conference. Sydney, New South Wales.