Dr. Agness C. Tembo

Lecturer intensive and Critical Care/Stream Coordinator Intensive Care Nursing University of Sydney

Executive Committee Member 2021-2024

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I became a member of IPONS in 2015 due to my interest in nursing philosophy.  My philosophical writing is underpinned by ontological and epistemological issues relating to nursing and the world in which it takes place. To this end my presentation “Critical Illness as a biographical disruption” at 15th IPONS Conference including my publications though not in the Nursing Philosophy, serve to expand nursing knowledge in this area.

Selected Publications

  • Gullick et al. (2020) Heideggerian structures of Being-with in the nurse–patient relationship: modelling phenomenological analysis through qualitative meta-synthesis. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-020-09975-y
  • Tembo, A. C. (2017) Critical Illness as a Biographical Disruption. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare https://doi.org/10.1177/2010105817699843-
  • Tembo, A. C., Higgins, I., and Parker, V. (2015) The experience of communication difficulties in critically ill patients in and beyond intensive care: Findings from a larger phenomenological study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 31 (3) Pp 171-178.


  • PhD 2012, University of Newcastle, NSW, 2284, Australia
  • MSN 2006, Intensive Care, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, 4059, Australia