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Research Biography

Dr Anne Mette Adams (Mette) is an intensive care nurse, teacher and researcher. Drawing upon her extensive clinical background across diverse critical care settings in Denmark, Norway and Australia, she brings a wealth of practical experience that enriches her academic pursuits. Since joining Flinders University in 2016, Mette has shown a strong commitment to advancing nursing care and expanding the boundaries of nursing knowledge. Her teaching interests include critical care nursing, fundamentals of care, clinical reasoning and clinical skills development. Central to her teaching philosophy is the cultivation of a student-centred environment where the content is meaningful and engaging, and students feel empowered and safe to speak up. In her capacity as a researcher, Mette focuses on the provision of patient and family-centred care and support of ICU clinician wellbeing. She is particularly interested in guideline development across countries, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation and has close collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Practice Guidelines in Denmark. Her PhD focused on developing clinical practice guidelines for the non-pharmacological management of patient agitation in the intensive care unit. 

Research Interests

Intensive Care Nursing

Delirium/agitation in ICU

Patient and family centred care

Fundamentals of Care

Guideline Development

Systematic reviews

Nurse wellbeing

Nurse Leadership

Career Highlights


2023 ACCCN Diane Chamberlain Seeding Grant

2023 Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University

2022 Erik Elgaard Sorensen International Travel Grant

2020 ACCCN Diane Chamberlain Seeding Grant


2020 - 2023: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2020 - 2023: Inaugural Erik Elgaard Sørensen International Scholarship

2018 - 2019: Honours Scholarship, School of Nursing, Flinders University


Presenting preliminary PhD findings at the 2022 Intensive Care Symposium in Aalborg, Denmark:



Research Collaborations

Centre for Clinical Practice Guidelines in Denmark

Aaborg University through an Erik Elgaard Sorensen Scholarship

Research Expertise

Dr Adams has experience with systematic reviews, guideline development, Delphi, qualitative and mixed-methods designs.

Career Highlights

Nonpharmacological management of agitation in the ICU presented at the 2023 ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care ASM

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Nonpharmacological Prevention, Minimisation and Management Of Agitation In The Adult Intensive Care Unit

25 Jan 202025 May 2023

Award Date: 25 May 2023

Bachelor (Honours), Honours, Flinders University

Award Date: 10 Mar 2019

Master, Master of Nursing, Flinders University

Award Date: 16 Jun 2012

Diploma, Diploma Critical Care, Flinders University

Award Date: 8 Dec 2008

Bachelor, Bachelor of Nursing, University College Lillebaelt, Denmark

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

External positions

SA/NT Committee Vice President, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

2020 → …

Member, International Learning Collaborative

2019 → …

Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

2017 → …

Member, Australian College of Nursing

2017 → …


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Research Areas

  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • Systematic reviews in health care
  • Delphi technique
  • Intensive care
  • Mixed method research
  • Nursing research, qualitative
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Evidence based clinical practice
  • Knowledge translation
  • Nursing workforce development


  • RT Nursing
  • Intensive care
  • Delirium/agitation
  • Guideline development
  • Fundamentals of care
  • evidence based practice
  • systematic reviews
  • Delphi
  • Mixed methods
  • Staff wellbeing
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Challenging behaviours


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