Margaret Murphy

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Emergency Nursing


Margaret has over 20 years experience in emergency nursing including 12 years as a clinical nurse consultant in Emergency Services. She has experience in Mental Health, Intensive Care and Nurse Education, with a strong commitment to clinical nursing. In her role as Clinical Nurse Consultant, Westmead Hospital, Margaret has the opportunity to experience emergency nursing at the coal face.

Contributing to nurse education is an important aspect of Margaret’s work. She has extensive experience in teaching in emergency nursing in tertiary, college, area health service and facility emergency programs. In recognition of her contribution to the area of emergency nursing she was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Emergency Nursing in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Sydney in 2006. Involvement in curriculum development at tertiary, college, state, area health service and facility levels over many years has allowed Margaret to contribute to the direction of emergency nursing education, participating as external advisor, and writing components for curriculum development committees. Margaret has a keen interest in simulation training.

Her consultancy work includes the provision of specialist advisory consults in areas such as the Special Commission into the Camden/Campbelltown Hospital Inquiry (Nursing expert) and Senior Emergency Clinical Advisor to the NSW Nurses and Midwives Registration Board Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Panel. Margaret’s contribution to the development and improvement of emergency care is widely recognised within this speciality area, leading to an invitation to serve on State and Area health advisory committees, which included her Ministerial appointment to the NSW Emergency Care Taskforce.

In her current position Margaret has been actively involved in clinical service planning and strategic planning processes within the emergency setting. These activities predominantly focus on the processes that underpin the introduction of the new models of care in ED together with prerequisites, confounders and potential solutions to help improve emergency department processes. In this capacity she consults with NSW Health on process mapping and value stream mapping in ED, and provides ongoing analysis of current emergency department practice to influence and direct new and future directions in emergency nursing.