Dr Sandra Miles - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


RN, RM, PhD, MN (Child & Adol Nurs), BN, CCYPN

Sandra is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine at ACU, based in sunny Brisbane at the McAuley at Banyo campus. She has been teaching nursing for over 25 years, specialising in research supervision, paediatric and child & adolescent health nursing and nurse immunisation.

Sandra is a Research Fellow at The Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre (NRPDC) of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, where she focuses on the strategic research priorities of pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention. The NRPDC comprises a team of researchers from ACU and TPCH, led by Professor Paul Fulbrook, with a proven track record in this program of research.

Sandra is eligible to supervise PhD and BN Honours students, as well as students undertaking research and project units in various Masters programs across ACU. Students are able to select from a range of projects relevant to the research priorities of NRPDC (pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention), with several projects readily available for students to join the team. As well, students may be able to participate in a Clinical School development and evaluation project.
Sandra has previously co-supervised students studying nurses' prescription of pressure injury prevention interventions; the relationship between hospital-acquired pressure injuries and a long stay in the emergency department; falls injury risk screening in the ED; skin tear prevalence; examining microbial and protein qualities of prepared and stored infant formula; understanding the experiences of women breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie, decision making about using continuous fetal monitoring for low risk labouring women.

For her PhD, Sandra conducted a cluster, pragmatic randomised controlled trial examining the effects of a daily sensory motor development program on children's development, behaviour, and academic learning outcomes. Sandra used the research approach, phenomenography, in her Masters research, which sought to understand the phenomenon of clinical experience for postgraduate nurses studying paediatric and child health nursing. She has a level of expertise with several other research designs and approaches.

Sandra is an approachable and practical research supervisor, who provides solid support and structure for students. She is keen to hear from any student interested in her specialty research areas.


Phone :(07) 3623 7293 (Brisbane)
Email :sandra.miles@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Pressure Injury Prevention ; Falls events and causal factors ; Prevalence ; Clinical Education ; Skin integrity ; Immunisation ;

Methods Expertise

Phenomenography ; Phenomenology ; Grounded Theory ; Randomised Controlled Trials ; Exploratory & Explanatory ; Audits ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Prevalence of pressure injury in adults presenting to the emergency department by ambulance (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • G9310 Able-bodied Children: Development and Education (ABCDE) (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)
  • G8310 & G8309 Improving Teacher Responsiveness In Making Adjustments For School Children With 'Crisis Prone' Medical Conditions. (Master) (Co-Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • Using a selected evaluation tool for a cohort of undergraduate Clinical School student nurses to evaluate their clinical placement at a joint clinical school. (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • A double blind trial of the application of 0.2% glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) (Rectogesic Ointment) for the healing of chronic venous leg ulcers. (Master) (Associate Supervisor)
  • Pilot Study: Evaluation of a silicone gel adhesive hydrocellular foam dressing for the prevention of sacral pressure injuries in hospitalised elderly patients (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Categorisation of characteristics and severity of mucosal pressure injuries: a modified Delphi study. (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Seven-year prevalence of skin tears in an acute general hospital: A descriptive study (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Assessment of PI risk and intervention planning: A comparison of nurse's clinical judgement and the use of an assessment tool (Undergraduate) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Fast screening in the Emergency Department for patients who have had a fall (Master) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Prescription of pressure injury preventative interventions following risk assessment: An exploratory, descriptive study, in International Wound Journal

Evaluation of standardized instruments for use in universal screening of very early school-age children: Suitability, technical adequacy and usability, in Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 36(2), 99-119


Pressure injury prevalence in intensive care versus non-intensive care patients: A state-wide comparison, in Australian Critical Care, 30(5), 244-250.


A survey of Australian nurses' knowledge of pressure injury/pressure ulcer management, in Journal of wound, ostomy and continence nursing (print version)


My baby has tongue-tie: What does that mean?, in Journal of Human Lactation,30(2), 244-245.


Repositioning to prevent pressure injuries: evidence for practice, in Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal (ANMJ) (print)

Understanding the experiences of mothers who are breastfeeding an infant with tongue-tie: a phenomenological study, in Journal of Human Lactation, 29(2), 90-95.

Decreasing pressure injury prevalence in an Australian general hospital: a ten-year review, in Wound Practice & Research, 21(4), 148-156.


Tongue-tie and breastfeeding: a review of the literature, in Breastfeeding Review, 19(1), 19-26.


Foetal Monitoring: a woman centred decision-making process, in Women and Birth, 24, 65-71.

Other information

Sandra employed a randomised controlled trial method for her PhD research.
She has also used methods such as chart audits, analysis of prevalence audit results, longitudinal studies, literature and systematic reviews, as well as the phenomenological approach. Sandra used the phenomenography research approach in her Masters research, which sought to understand the phenomenon of clinical experience for postgraduate nurses studying paediatric and child health nursing.