At the start of their third and final year in the Bachelor of Nursing, Xue Hong Or and Cindy Cheney have commenced a six week vacation scholarship with the School of Nursing.
Working very closely with academic staff they are learning how to conduct integrative systematic reviews. The particular project the students are contributing to has a focus on the single hospital room phenomenon. Part of this work has been to review and research worldwide studies that have been done and issue draft protocols. Both agree that learning how to use Endnote has been really valuable.
They are also working on a quantitative research study called PARCH’D (the Prevention And Reduction of Acute and Chronic Dehydration), with the Senior Research Fellow which analyses the collected data of dehydrated patients in hospital. This includes extracting and analysing the data to determine if and how the implementation of an evidence-based intervention is impacting on patient care in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Their work will be an important source of feedback provided to nurses and dieticians who are involved in the evidence implementation
It’s going to be a busy six weeks while Xue and Cindy also contribute to research activities related to research on the aging nursing health population, the changes in practice and the impact of this. They are looking at how much research has already been done on the ageing workforce and are assisting in the possible development of proposals.
Both Xue and Cindy agree that working in an office environment is very different from being in the clinical environment. Most of all they are appreciating the normal office hours and coffee breaks when they want them! They would recommend students to apply for a vacation scholarship as it can open other doors in nursing. Both agree that this is a great opportunity for any student, especially a student who may not have had any experience in a work environment.