Associate Professor Vicki Cope
PhD RN RM BA Dip.Ed. GDip (Nsg).MHSc(Nsg)

Associate Professor Nursing

About me

I am a general trained nurse and midwife with a background in teaching. I have previously been research nurse co-coordinator for a national blood pressure research study within Western Australia ANBP2), and was Manager Practice at the Nurses Board of Western Australia (NBWA) for five years. I have taught in nursing and midwifery at undergraduate and postgraduate level and my research interests include leadership, professionalism, law and ethics and the maintenance of professional standards in nursing and midwifery through continuing professional competence. I have published articles on  resilience in nursing, undergraduate leadership education, educational engagement with communities, educational advice from academics to students, management of generational diversity in nursing and the concept of care in telephone triage. I am a  Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. My PhD  focused on resilience in nursing using the Portraiture methodology.

Teaching area

SHP 632

SHP 603

Research areas

My research interests include: qualitative research; resilience; leadership; professionalism; Portraiture and leadership and management.

Events and speaking engagements

Cancer Nurse Well being Educational Workshop November 29, 2017. Presentations x 2 titled:Resilience: All the small things, and Culture and Environment: the good leader

Cancer Nurses of Australia 20th Annual Conference. Invited Workshop presenter. Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17 June 2017. Full day Workshop presenter.Workshop entitled: Professional Career Skills for Cancer Nurses.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD completion:

Cynthia Witney: Just a “Click” away from evidence-based online breast cancer information, advice and support provided by a specialist nurse: An ethnonetnographic study.

PhD supervision:

Melanie Murray: Linking patient safety to clinical practice – the insight of new graduate registered nurses.




  • Cope, V., Murray, M., (2018), Use of professional portfolios in nursing, Nursing Standard, 32, 30, .
  • Murray, M., Sundin, D., Cope, V., (2018), the nexus of nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, , .
  • Cope, V., Murray, M., (2017), Leadership styles in nursing, Nursing Standard, 31, 43, pages 61 - 70.
  • Murray, M., Sundin, D., Cope, V., (2017), [e-pub] New graduate registered nurses knowledge of patient safety and practice: A literature review, Journal of Clinical Nursing, , , pages -.


  • Cope, V., (2017),Social Media, E-Professionalism And The Image Of Nursing: How One Nurse Can Reach Many!,In: 5th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference.
  • Hendricks, J., Cope, V., Sundin, D., (2017),Factors influencing medical decision-making for seriously ill patients in the acute care hospital,In: 5th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference.

Cope, V. (2018). Why are we still reluctant to talk about end of life care? ANMJ, 25 (7), 29.

Murray, M., Sundin, D., & Cope, V.C. (2017). New graduate nurses’ knowledge of patient safety and practice: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi:10.1111/jocn.13785

Cope, V., & Murray, M. (2017). Leadership styles and nursing. Nursing Standard , 31 (43), 61-70.

Cope, V.C., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J.M. (2016). Why nurses chose to remain in the workforce: portraits of resilience, Collegian, 23 (1), 87-95.

Cope, V.C., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J.M. (2016). Residential aged care nurses: portraits of resilience, Contemporary Nurse, 52, (6), 736-752.

Cope, V., Sundin, D., Smyth, A., Wang, C., Baum, G., Ewens, B., & Foxall, F. (2016). The hidden benefit of writing retreats: Academic development and social interaction for nurses, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6 (11), 1-7.

Cope, V. (2016). The resilience of aged care nurses, ANMJ, 23 (7), 39.

Witney, C., Hendricks, J., Cope, V. (2016). Ethnonetnography: A variation of Kozinets framework and its application to nursing research, Nurse Researcher, 23 (5), 35-40.

Hendricks, J., Cope, V. (2016). Research is not a ‘scary’ word: registered nurses and the barriers to research utilisation. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 1-7.DOI: 10.1177/2057158516679581

Cope, V.C., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J.M. (2015). Resilience as resistance to the new managerialism: Portraits that reframe nursing through quotes from the field, Journal of Nursing Management, 1-8.

Cope, V.C., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J.M (2015). Portraiture: a methodology where success and positivity can be explored and reflected, Nurse Researcher, 22 (3), 6-12.

Cope, V.C., Jones, B., & Hendricks, J.M. (2015). 8 things I love about U (University). International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, 5 (2).

 Hendricks, J.M., & Cope, V.C. (2015). Developing the synergy between University and Industry-based Nursing Courses: Lessons in Engagement, International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices, 2:134.

 Hendricks, J.M., & Cope, V.C. & Baum, G. (2015). Postgraduate nurses’ insights into the nursing leadership role: Do they intuitively link the role to patient safety? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5 (9) 72-77.

Witney, C., Hendricks, J., & Cope, V. (2015). The specialist breast care nurse within a netnographic online support community: adding the 16th moment of cancer care International Journal of Human Caring,

Witney, C., Hendricks, J., & Cope, V. (2015). Munchausen by Internet and nursing practice: An ethnonetnographic case study. International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices, 2, 131-136.

 Witney, C., Hendricks, J., & Cope, V. (2015). The specialist breast care nurse’s role in the identification and minimisation of member distress in an online breast cancer support community, International Journal of Nursing and Clinical Practices, 2, 139, 1-6.

Hendricks, J.M. & Cope, V.C. (2012). Generational Diversity: What nurse managers need to know. Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06079.x.

Puckeridge, N., & Cope, V.C. (2012).  ”Curriculum Standards and regulatory frameworks” Arab Health, September, 106-111.

Jones, M., Hendricks, J.M., & Cope, V.C. (2012). Towards and understanding of caring in the context of Telenursing, International Journal for Human Caring, 16 (1), 7-15.

Cohen, L., Chang, P.P.W, Hendricks, J., Cope, V., & Harman, B. (2011). Enhancing Students’ Experiences: the development of an undergraduate leadership programme, Psychology Learning and Teaching, 10 (2), 164-169.

Hendricks, J.M., Cope. V.C., & Harris, M. (2010) A Leadership Program in an Undergraduate Nursing Course in Western Australia: Building Leaders in our Midst, Nurse Education Today, April.

Hendricks, J.M & Cope, V.C. (2010). Nurse Practitioner Courses: the need for giving good educational advice. The Nurse Practitioner Series, 3(1), 30-34.