Ms Anita Lymn

Clinical Nurse Researcher

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Flinders Medical Centre (N216)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a Cardiac Nurse undertaking my clinical doctorate in cardiac nursing. I specialised in Cardiac Nursing in 1990 and moved to Adelaide from Broken Hill in 1991.

I am employed by the cardiac care unit at FMC and the university as a Clinical Nurse Researcher, working 2 days a week at the hospital and 3 days a week at the university.


Registered Nurse for 33 years with a coronary care certificate.

Working in the Cardiac Care Unit at FMC for 30 years as a Clinical Nurse and Associate Nurse Unit Manager.

I initially did my general nurse training certificate in Broken Hill and completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 1994 at Flinders University.

My substantive position is a level 2 RN. I have achieved Level 3 RN roles with my secondments as well.

Honours, awards and grants

I have articulated my master of research to a PHD in my confirmation of candidature in 2021. Also progressed through my mid-candidature review. I am now in the 3rd year of my PHD.

I have progressed through to the finals of the 3-minute thesis competition. (2022)

Project Officer work includes:

Sunrise Electronic Medical Record project: working as a Clinical Educator. Teaching sunrise to doctors, nurses, medical imaging, and clerical staff. Involved with activating the Mount Gambier Hospital and Stage 4 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Redesigning Care, Rapid Troponin trial, and the national demonstration hospitals project.

Key responsibilities

Clinical Nurse in CCU at FMC, a senior cardiac nursing role to support nursing staff and ensure the delivery of quality patient care. As a clinical researcher, I am designing studies that contribute to quality patient care and create a culture between doctors and nurses that delivers excellence in cardiac care.

Immersed in the clinical environment I am basing my research on how to build excellence in health care.

Measuring the impact of Culture changes that affect the delivery of efficient quality patient care in an environment where the cardiac-trained nursing workforce is diminishing. So far have proven that empowering cardiac nurses to make effective decisions improves effective decisions and thus the timely delivery of quality patient care. My second study will create a visible suffering score to evoke more empathy and further enhance our decision-making so that we are putting the patient at the center of our care.