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Dr Samantha (Sam) Edwards

PhD USC, MNursStudies James Cook, GradDipMid C.Qld., GradCertChildYouth&FamilyHealth NSW College of Nursing, BNursSc James Cook,  CertNurs Royal Brisbane Hospital, RN, RM.

  • Lecturer, Nursing
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
+61 7 5456 5479
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Sam Edwards

Dr. Samantha (Sam) Edwards is a Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery at USC. Sam is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing . She has extensive experience in designing and delivering face to face and online learning in both the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs.

Sam is a dedicated educator and mentor who cares about students’ engagement in their learning and success in their studies. Her PhD explored student engagement in an entry to practice nursing degree, employing a critical realist lens.

Sam joined USC in 2008, after working as a Registered Nurse and Midwife for over 25 years in a variety of diverse clinical settings including child health, midwifery, breast cancer, rural nursing and operating theatre.

Professional Memberships 

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Australian College of Nursing


  • Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy
  • USC Advancing Quality Teaching award 2013
  • USC Advancing the Student Experience award 2015

Research Grants

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Funding Body


Students as co-creators of simulation curriculum in undergraduate nursing and  midwifery programmes Edwards, S., Rowe, J., Barnes, M., Anderson, P., Johnson-Cash, J USC Exploratory Learning & Teaching Grant, A$10,000  2013

Research areas

  • Nursing curriculum
  • Student engagement
  • Clinical breast examination

Teaching areas

  • Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery program
  • Research Foundations
  • Leadership in Clinical Practice

Sam Edward's specialist areas of expertise includes nursing, child health, family caring, clinical breast examination and breast cancer.

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