Nurse | Academic | Researcher in Nursing, Health & Higher Education | Western Sydney University | Australia
Yenna Salamonson is a Professor and the Director of Academic Workforce at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Western Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia. She has committed over 30 years of her academic career to creating a positive learning experience for students within nursing education, and at the same time, worked in the clinical setting as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Intensive Care, High Dependency and Coronary Care units.
Yenna’s scholarship is focused on cardiovascular nursing, pharmacology and quantitative research methods. She is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and numerous conference proceedings. In the recent years, she completed two funded educational research projects to improve the academic performance of nursing students for whom English is their second language. Yenna is a strong advocate of the use of technology such as Web-based learning to address the different learning needs of nursing students and has been a key driver in redesigning and redeveloping teaching units to a blended learning format. In addition to this, Yenna is also actively involved in research related to the nursing workforce and cardiovascular disease management and care and is currently supervising a number of PhD students in this area.
Yenna has been a recipient of a number of teaching awards. In 2008, her teaching excellence was formally recognised within the university where she works with two teaching awards, the: i) College of Health & Science Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning; and ii) Winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Teaching. In 2009, she received a national Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and in 2011, she was awarded the College Teaching Excellence Award.
Yenna and completed her nursing training at the Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney, Australia. She is a graduate of Macquarie University where she earned a BSc in biological science and MA in Education & Work. In 2002, she graduated with a PhD from the Western Sydney University.