Professor Emerita Jocalyn Lawler

RN, AssDipNursEd ACAE BSocSc MEd UNE PhD UNSW, FACN Hon Fellow of CATSIN


In 1992 Jocalyn took up a chair in Nursing at the University of Sydney and from July 1999 to January 2008, she was Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and also an Honorary Fellow of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses.

Research areas

  • The nature of nursing work, practice repertoire, and workplaces
  • The body, embodiment, and illness experience

Publications

Books and book chapters

Lawler J, in collaboration with Newman S, Orrock M, Patching J & Travers S (2012). Le sens du travail infirmier. Paris: Seli Arslan ISBN: 978-2-84276-181-3.

Lawler J & Newman S A (2012). L’érosion de l’objectif moral de la profession infirmière – Perspectives émergentes. Le sens du travail infirmier. Paris: Seli Arslan, pp 201-220.

Lawler J (1991) Behind the Screens: Nursing, Somology and the Problem of the Body, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone ISBN 0-443-044-44-9. Reprinted 1994, 1996.

Lawler J (1993) Behind the Screens: Nursing, Somology and the Problem of the Body, Redwood City: Benjamin/Cummings (North American Edition) ISBN 0-8053-4090-4.

Lawler J (2006 re-issue) Behind the Screens: Nursing, Somology and the Problem of the Body, Sydney University Press, ISBN 1920898255. Available at http://sydney.edu.au/sup/

Translation: Lawler J (2001) La Face Cachée des Soins. Soins au corps, intimité et pratique soignante. Paris: Seli Arslan (Translation: Marie-Françoise Collière & Lidy Arslan). ISBN 2-84276-067-0. Reprinted 2006 (French).

Translation: Lawler J (1996) Bak skjermbrettene. Sykepleie, somologi og kroppslige problemer. Oslo: Ad Notam Gyldendal A/S. (Translation, Anne-Marie Smith). ISBN 82-417-0671-5 (Norwegian).

Lawler J (2004) Embarrassment, social rules and the context of body care. In Robb M, Barrett S, Komaromy C & Rogers A (eds) Communication, relationships and care. A Reader. London: Routledge 157-166 (Revised version of a chapter in Behind the Screens).

Lawler J (2000) Sexuality, the body and nursing. In Heller T, Muston R, Sidell, & Lloyd C (eds) Working for Health, Milton Keynes, Open University Press. pp345-364.

Lawler J (1998) Choosing a research approach: matching questions with methodologies. In Higgs J and Cant R (eds) Writing Qualitative Research, Sydney: Hampden Press. pp47-56. ISBN 187564816X.

Lawler J (1998) Adapting a phenomenological philosophy to research and writing. In Higgs J & Cant R (eds) Writing Qualitative Research, Sydney: Hampden Press. pp69-80. ISBN 187564816X.

Lawler J (1998) Validity and qualitative research. In Kerr CB, Taylor RJ & Heard GS A Handbook of Public Health Methods, McGraw Hill, pp562-567. ISBN 0 07 470173 8.

Lawler J (1997) Knowing the body and embodiment – methodologies, discourses and nursing. In Rafferty AM & Traynor M (eds) (2002) Exemplary Research for Nursing and Midwifery. Routledge, London, pp168-187.

Lawler J (1997) Locating the body in nursing: an introduction. In Lawler J (ed.) The Body in Nursing: A Collection of Views, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone, pp1-5. ISBN 0 443 05250 6.

Lawler J (1997) Knowing the body and embodiment: methodologies, discourses and nursing. In Lawler J (ed.) The Body in Nursing: A Collection of Views, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone, pp31-51. ISBN 0 443 05250 6.

Lawler J (ed.) (1997) The Body in Nursing: A Collection of Views, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone 208pp, ISBN 0-443-05250-6.

Lawler J (1995) Foreword to Gray G & Pratt R (eds.) Scholarship in the Discipline of Nursing, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone

Lawler J (1991) In search of an Australian identity, in Gray G and Pratt R (eds) Towards a Discipline of Nursing, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone pp211-227. ISBN 0-443-04438-4.

Research reports

Picone D, Lawler J & Lumby J (2000) Improving Patient Outcomes. Report to the NSW Nurses Registration Board. Sydney Metropolitan Teaching Hospitals Nursing Consortium and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney.

Lawler J, Ahern M, Stanley A & West S (1997) Who Wants to be Nurse? A Report on Applicants Selecting Nursing as a University Course in New South Wales in 1997. Sydney: Sydney Nursing Research Centre, University of Sydney. 45pp. ISBN 1-864510-52-8.

Lawler J (1994) Report on Expectations of the Nursing Service of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital: A Pilot Study of Adult Patients Admitted for Elective Surgery, Sydney: Sydney Nursing Research Centre, University of Sydney. 42pp [Available in the University of Sydney library]

Refereed journals

Lawler J (2012) Les phénoménologies comme méthodes de recherche en soins infirmiers. De la philosophie à la pratique de recherche. Perspective Soingnante, April 43: 7-27.
[French translation of Lawler J (1998) Phenomenologies as research methodologies for nursing: from philosophy to researching practice. Nursing Inquiry, 5 (2): 104–11.

Haylen D, Fisher MJ & Lawler J (2009) Living with lymphangioleimyomatosis (LAM): A literature review. Transplant Nurses Journal, 18, (3): 20–25.

Patching J & Lawler J (2009) Understanding women’s experiences of developing an eating disorder and recovering: A life history approach. Nursing Inquiry, 16 (1): 10-21.

Newman S A & Lawler J (2009) Managing health care under new public management: a Sisyphean challenge for nursing. Journal of Sociology 45 (4): 1-14.

Orrock M & Lawler J (2008) The fractured self: deconstruction of role identity as a consequence of health care reform. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3 (7): 25–30.

Travers M K & Lawler J (2008) Self within a climate of contention: Experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome. Social Science & Medicine, 66 (2): 315-326.

Orrock M & Lawler J (2006) Health care system reform and senior nurse managers. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1 (2): 69–72.

Cook, HM, Waters D, Dyer K, Lawler J, Picone D (2004) Development of a best practice model of midwifery-led antenatal care. Australian Midwifery: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 17 (2): 21-25.

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2003) Recovery from disordered eating: what life histories reveal. Contemporary Nurse, 15 (1/2) 148-156.

Picone D, Lawler J, Lumby J, Waters D, Hathaway V, Middleton S & Hill H (2000) Clinical practice guidelines for major colorectal surgical patients. Journal of Stomal Therapy Australia, 20 (4): 6-16.

Lawler J (1999) Connaître le corps et le “Vécu du corps”: méthodologies, discours et soins infirmiers. Perspectives soignante. Sommaire, (5) 84-119. Translation, L Caas avec le concours de & Marie-Françoise Collière (French translation of ‘Knowing the body and embodiment: methodologies, discourses and nursing’).

Turner C & Lawler J (1999) A history of mouth care practices in nursing: an analysis of instructional nursing texts 1870-1997. International Journal of Nursing History 4 (3) 29-35.

Collière M-F & Lawler J (1998) Marie-Françoise Collière - nurse and ethnohistorian: a conversation about nursing and the invisibility of care. Nursing Inquiry, 5 (3) 140-145.

Lawler J (1998) Phenomenologies as research methodologies for nursing: from philosophy to researching practice. Nursing Inquiry, 5 (2) 104-111.

Lane V & Lawler J (1997) Pap smear brochures, misogyny and language: a discourse analysis and feminist critique. Nursing Inquiry, 4 (4) 262-267.

Lawler J (1997) Life and the laundromat: reflections on dirty linen and everyday private life. Nursing Inquiry, 4 (3) 181-183.

Oration

Lawler J (2007) Nursing in interesting times: a reflection, an analysis and a reading. Oration, Royal College of Nursing Annual Oration, Sydney

Editorials, research notes, letters, opinions etc

Lawler J (2007) On the importance of writing – and writing for and about nursing. Geriaction, 25 (1) 3

Lawler J (2005) Nursing and a new (inter)national agenda. Leading opinion. Collegian 12 (4) 3-4

Madjar I, Taylor B, Lawler J (2002) The role of qualitative research in evidence based practice. Collegian, 9 (4) 7–9

Lawler J (1999) De(con)struction of nursing work: economic rationalism and regulation. Nursing Inquiry 6 (2) 141-142

Lawler J (1995) Foreword to Gray, G. & Pratt, R. (eds) Scholarship in the Discipline of Nursing, Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone

Conference presentations

Refereed conference papers: International

Cefai S, Lawler J, Probyn E, Rudge T (2009) More than ‘face value’: probing emotional depths of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Cultures conference, University of Leeds, UK, 24–26 June

Rudge T & Lawler J (2009) The Shifting Boundaries of Practising Nursing. Presented at In Sickness and in Health, Victoria, BC Canada, 15–16 April

Orrock M & Lawler J (2008) The fractured self: deconstruction of role identity as a consequence of health care reform. 3rd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Prato, Italy

Lawler J (2007) Graduate entry nursing in Australia: A report on the first intake at the University of Sydney and its potential impact nationally and internationally. Nurses at the Forefront: dealing with the unexpected. International Council of Nurses, Yokohama Japan, May–1 June

Newman SA & Lawler J (2007) Health reform and the future of nursing leadership: A question of presence. Nurses at the Forefront: dealing with the unexpected. International Council of Nurses, Yokohama Japan, May–1 June

Green J & Lawler J (2006) Understanding the experience of lymphoedema through heuristic inquiry Qualitative research with clinical populations: towards an articulation of the field and methodological matters. 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference: Advances in Qualitative Methods, Gold Coast, 13–15 July

Lawler J, Boughton M, Patching J, White K, Travers M, Ryan M (2006) Qualitative research with clinical populations: towards an articulation of the field and methodological matters. 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference: Advances in Qualitative Methods, Gold Coast, 13–15 July

Newman SA & Lawler J (2006) Nurses’ Perspectives of the Political Fallout from Health Care Reform: The New South Wales Experience, Proceedings of The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Greece, 18–22 July

Orrock M & Lawler J (2006) Health care system reform and senior nurse managers: marginalisation as a factor contributing to the nursing crisis. Proceedings of the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Rhodes, Greece 18–21 July

Travers M & Lawler J (2006) Researching the clinically personal: When the investigator is an insider. 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference: Advances in Qualitative Methods, Gold Coast, 13–15 July

Brown L, West S, Neyle D, Lawler J, Gatward H (2005) Clinical experiences for large cohorts of students: what works and what doesn’t. Presented at the First International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy 9–11 May

Lawler J (2005) (Re)constructing nursing in the late 20th century: on the idea of informed and mindful practice, Proceedings of Theory and Practice in Nursing Education, Åarhus Denmark, 24–26 August. **invited paper

Lawler J (2005) Nursing workforce and professional preparation in a global and competitive economy: lessons to be learned from a case study of the University of Sydney, Australia, 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2–4 November

Lawler J (2001) The body, embodiment and nursing: a retrospective analysis. Presented at ‘Rethinking Mind/Body in Nursing’, (7th) Philosophy in the Nurse’s World Conference, Banff, Canada. **invited paper

Refereed conference papers – Australia

Newman S A & Lawler J (2008) Managing Health Care Under New Public Management: A Sisyphean Challenge for Nursing. Human Service Professions and the New Public Management, ASSA workshop 2–3 October 2008

Lawler J (2007) Working and leading through interesting times: a commentary on nursing in Australia and globally, Nursing leadership conference, Gold Coast, 19–20 April ** Invited speaker

Lawler J (2007) The work of RNs in the information age: intellectual and/or physical labour? Illuminating nursing. Royal College of Nursing Annual conference, Sydney, 11–14 July

Lawler J, Brown L, Boughton M, West S. (2007) Graduate entry nursing: The Sydney cohort study after one year and early data on the second intake. Illuminating nursing. Royal College of Nursing Annual conference, Sydney, 11–14 July

Newman SA & Lawler J (2007) Alas nurse managers … we knew them well. Illuminating nursing. Royal College of Nursing Annual conference, Sydney, 11–14 July

Orrock M, Lawler J (2007) The paradox of professional leadership: Value tension and the senior nurse manager. Illuminating nursing. Royal College of Nursing Annual conference, Sydney, 11–14 July

Lawler J, Howey K, Bradford V, (2007) Indigenous nursing and the University of Sydney experience. CATSIN conference, Older, Stronger, Wiser, Alice Springs, 19–21 September 2007

Lawler J, Newman SA & Orrock M (2006) Health care reform and its impact on the nature of nursing work: reconstructing nursing in the discourse of productivity. Presented at the Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Cairns, 12–14 July

Lawler J, West S, Brown L, Boughton M, Neyle D, Glaw X (2006) Graduate entry nursing in Australia: early insights into the first cohort at the University of Sydney in 2006, their demographics and motivation to study nursing. Presented at the Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Cairns, 12–14 July

Murphy M, Hudson G, Bell N, White K, Lawler J, (2006) Improving patient outcomes in emergency department: development of clinical initiatives nurse role. Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Cairns, 12–14 July

Newman S A & Lawler J (2006) Politics is bad for your health. Presented at the Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Cairns, 12–14 July

Orrock M & Lawler J (2006) Health care reform, the marginalisation of senior nurses and the potential nullification of nursing leadership. Presented at the Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Cairns, 12–14 July

West S, Lawler J, Brown L, Boughton M, Neyle D, Glaw X (2006) Graduate entry nursing at the University of Sydney: Student learning styles & expectations. Presented at the 12th annual conference of Australian Nurse Teachers Society, Canberra, 13–16 September

Lawler J & Newman (2005) The nursing workforce, globalisation, and the nature of nursing work: an analysis of the underlying dynamics and institutional responses. Presented at the Annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Adelaide, July

Newman S & Lawler J (2005) The dark side of reform. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Adelaide, July

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2005) Women’s experiences of developing an eating disorder and recovering: A journey of self-discovery. 2nd Asian Pacific Eating Disorders Congress, Melbourne, 27–29 April

Lawler J (2004) ‘Indigenising’ a Faculty of Nursing: a case study. Presented at Where to from here? 6th National conference and Annual General Meeting, CATSIN, Coffs Harbour, September 2004

Lawler J & Howey K (2003) Designing a major study in Indigenous health in nursing. Presented at Are we making a difference? The Fifth National Conference, CATSIN, Cairns, 1–3 October

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2003) Eating disorders: Exploring the experience of recovery using life history interviews. Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Conference, Auckland, NZ, 2–5 December

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2002) The recovered women: perceptions of developing an eating disorder, recovering, and maintaining a state of wellbeing. Research: Practice and Possibilities Inaugural Postgraduate Nursing Research Conference, University of Melbourne, June

Lawler J & Howey K (2002) What is Indigenous nursing?: an exploration of the issues. Paper presented at Are we on track? 4th Annual CATSIN conference, Surfers Paradise

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2001). Males’ experiences of a typically female illness. 8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference. University of Newcastle, June

Lawler J (2000) Evidence in the age of information and efficacy: wherefore art thou nursing? Proceedings of New Century New Directions, Deakin University School of Nursing, August, p21 (Invited keynote paper)

Non-refereed conference papers (since 2000)

Lawler J (2004) ‘Indigenising’ a Faculty of Nursing: a case study. Presented at Where to from here? 6th National Conference and Annual General Meeting, CATSIN, Coffs Harbour, September

Lawler J & Howey K (2003) Designing a major study in Indigenous health in nursing. Presented at Are we making a difference? The Fifth National Conference, CATSIN, Cairns, 1–3 October

Lawler J & Howey K (2002) What is Indigenous nursing?: an exploration of the issues. Paper presented at Are we on track? 4th Annual CATSIN conference, Surfers Paradise

Boughton MA, Brown L, Lawler J, Halliday L E (2007) The culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) student population in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery; identification of related issues and strategies to enhance the student learning experience. Ed Health Conference, Terrigal, 15–16 November

Boughton MA, Brown L, Lawler J, Halliday L E (2007) Developing a tailored program of support for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Ed Health Conference, Terrigal, 15–16 November

West S, Brown L, Boughton M & Lawler J (2007) Graduate entry nursing: student learning styles and expectations. 4th Ed Health Conference, the University of Sydney, Terrigal, 15–16 November

Glaw X, Lawler J & Newman SA (2006) Deinstitutionalisation of the mentally ill and its effects on psychiatric nursing practice. From Cell to Society, the University of Sydney Biennial Health Research Conference, Leura, 8–9 November

Lawler J, Boughton M & Patching J (2006) Best practice in clinical qualitative research: towards a draft approach. From Cell to Society, the University of Sydney Biennial Health Research Conference, Leura, 8–9 November

Lawler J, Bradford V & Steep I (2006) Bachelor of Nursing (Indigenous Australian Health) graduating students’ experiences of their studies: the first intake. From Cell to Society, the University of Sydney Biennial Health Research Conference, Leura, 8–9 November

Lawler J, Boughton M & Redenbach J (2004) Symposium: Qualitative Clinical Research, Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, Leura, November, npn

Newman S & Lawler J (2004) The impact of health reform on nurse managers and their management of nursing services: A study of the Australian context. Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, Leura November, npn

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2004) Developing an eating disorder and recovering: A journey of self-discovery. Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, Leura, November, npn

Redenbach J & Lawler J (2002) Males and females with an eating disorder: is the experience the same? Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, Leura September, npn

Lawler J & Redenbach J (2002) Body products and aversions: a report on nursing students’ responses. Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, Leura September, npn

Lawler J (2001) Addressing quality issues in health sciences curricula. Collaboration for quality learning. College of Health Sciences Ed-Health Conference. Sydney 12–13 November, p 62

Elliott D & Lawler J (2001) Politics, practice and pragmatics. Proceedings of Stories from the Field 2. University of Sydney, 26 September

Boughton M, Lawler J, Burr G & King J (2001) Home alone? The impact on patients and their primary carer of being discharged early from hospital with a substantial clinical care need. Proceedings of Stories from the Field 2. University of Sydney, 26 September

Lawler J & Redenbach J (2000) The impact of a three year nursing degree on nursing students’ attitudes towards body products. Proceedings of From Cell to Society. College of Health Sciences Conference, November, npn

Public lectures

Lawler J & Newman S (2006) Re-engineering nursing work: the reverse discourse of silence. Australian College of Health Service Executives, 21 November

Lawler J & Newman S (2006) The erosion of the moral purposes of the nursing profession: emerging perspectives. Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney, 6 June

Completed research students

Doctor of Philosophy

Orrock, Marilyn. Value tension and the Senior Nurse Manager: The paradox of professional leadership. 2011

Patching, Joanna: Women’s experiences of anorexia nervosa: a life history study. 2007

Ryan, Mary Elizabeth: The experiences of women with recurrent ovarian cancer: a narrative analysis. 2006

Green, Jenny: Missing voices: unchartered terrain. Living with iatrogenically induced chronic illness: lymphoedema. 2004

Travers, Michele Kerry: From violation to reconstruction: the process of self-renewal associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. 2004

Arbon, Paul: Experience and nursing practice: life experience, clinical experience and clinical practice. 2001

Lane, Vivien: Refiguring pap smears and the cervical screening scheme: A femnocentric study of women’s identification with the scheme. 2001

Boughton, Maureen: Premature menopause: a phenomenological and feminist study of women’s experiences. 1997

Master of Nursing (Honours)

Brophy, Sarah: Moral Purposes and Nursing Work. Hons1, 2008

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Haylen, Denise: Living with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis – a Literature review (Co-supervisor with Dr Murray Fisher. Hons 1, 2008

Ryan, Mary Elizabeth: The experience of recurrent ovarian cancer. Hons 1, 1997

Kandasamy, Shanthi: The experience of postsurgical nausea: a qualitative study. (Co-supervisor with Cheryl Hyde) Hons 1, 1997

Theses examined 1991–2011

20 Doctor of Philosophy
3 Master of Education
5 Master of Nursing
2 Master of Philosophy
3 Master of Education
4 Master of Nursing
1 Master of Science (Primary Health Care)