Dr Martin Hopkins
PhD, PGCHE, MSc, BA (Hons), RN Dip (Adult)

Lecturer Nursing

About me

I have been working as an academic since 2007 and have been part of the nursing discipline at Murdoch since 2009. As a lecturer in nursing  I coordinate and teach into undergraduate units in the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program. I have twenty years of clinical nursing experience in a variety of clinical areas in Wales, England and Australia.

I graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1996 in one of the first University based nursing programs in Cardiff, Wales and completed my BA (Hons) in Accident and Emergency Nursing in 1999. I continued to develop my academic and nursing career with completion of my Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice in 2006 and have completed my PhD at Murdoch University in 2015.

My teaching philosophy is based on the concepts of caring and professionalism. I aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to care for people in a compassionate, considerate and knowledgeable manner whilst upholding the professional integrity of nursing.

Emergency nursing and Aggression and Violence education are my key areas of interest

Teaching area

Unit Coordinator and tutor – NUR 105 Health Assessment and Physical Examination and NUR305 Complex Care

3rd Year Academic Coordinator BN Program

Research areas

PhD (Completed 2015) – Building resilience in Nursing Students: Coping with Aggression and Violence in Work

MSc (completed 2006) – The efectiveness of Senior House Officers (SHOs) and Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) in the application of the Ottawa Ankle Rules: A retrospective Comparative Study.

Awards and grants

2015 – Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence – Team Teaching for transforming the education of nursing to provide students with innovative real word nursing experiences brought to life through the use of simulation in the clinical laboratory setting.

2013 – Murdoch University Top 10% of teaching staff in student surveys

2011 – Murdoch University Top 10% of teaching staff in student surveys

2010 – Murdoch University Top 10% of teaching staff in student surveys

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Current Supervisions

Masters Sonya Goltz: Obesity – why a person chooses bariatric surgery for weight reduction? (Associate Supervisor)



  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., (2018), Aggression and violence in healthcare and its impact on nursing students: A narrative review of the literature, Nurse Education Today, 62, , pages 158 - 163.
  • Stomski, N., Gluyas, H., Andrus, P., Williams, A., Hopkins, M., Walters, J., Sandy, M., Morrison, P., (2018), The influence of situation awareness training on nurses' confidence about patient safety skills: A prospective cohort study, Nurse Education Today, 63, , pages 24 - 28.
  • Hopkins, M., Fetherston, C., Morrison, P., (2014), Prevalence and characteristics of aggression and violence experienced by Western Australian nursing students during clinical practice, Contemporary Nurse, 49, 1, pages 113 - 121.


  • Nilson, C., Hopkins, M., (2016),Integrating PebblePad throughout an undergraduate nursing curriculum to build student nurses' beginning professional eportfolios,In: PebbleBash.
  • Hopkins, M., Morrison, P., Fetherston, C., (2016),Enhancing Nursing Students' Resilience to Aggressive and Violent Events,In: Fifth International Conference on Violence in the Heath Sector..