In January 2013, Dr Philippa Rasmussen from the School of Nursing, was part of a delegation from the Faculty of Health Sciences that visited Myanmar. The aim of the visit was to extend the acquaintance and collaboration of senior Myanmar and Adelaide Health Professionals in Education and Research. This visit led to links being established with Myanmar nursing through Prof Dr. Nwe Nwe Oo rector University of Nursing, Yangon and Daw Nwe Nwe Khin Director (Nursing) Department of Medical Science, Ministry of Health Myanmar. These collaborations are ongoing with visits planned for 2014. As a result of the visit, Dr Rasmussen has now received an invitation from The Governor-General Quentin Bryce to a lunch in honour of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at Government House, Canberra on Friday 29 November. A small diverse group of Australian women will be attending.
My name is Mette Grønkjær and I work as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark. From 1 December 2013 to 1 April 2014 I have been fortunate to get the opportunity to work at The School of Nursing as a Visiting Research Fellow.
Current Research Projects
My current research involves a study on alcohol health promotion activities in hospitals. I am also involved in a project on caring for patients with alcohol problems and a mixed methods project on alcohol use among middle-aged Danes. The predominant part of my post doc position involves supervision of clinical nursing research projects and I am lucky to be involved in a variety of projects with a lot of energetic clinical nurses across different specialties. For instance; a study on bone marrow aspiration in patients with hematological illness, developing a patient school prior to an ostomy operation and palliation in chronic heart failure patients.
I am also currently enrolled in the Post-Doctoral Training program at Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark aimed at qualifying and advancing in an academic career.
The aim of my visit to the University of Adelaide is to engage in research with Professor Charlotte de Crespigny and other staff from the School of Nursing: to share, to learn and to build on our existing relationship in creating the potential for reciprocal research collaboration, publication and post graduate student exchange between University of Adelaide and Aalborg University Hospital.
What inspired you to research in your field?
My main areas of research involve alcohol and other drug research, public health, life style and cultural influences on health behaviour, mixed methods and qualitative research methods; particularly focus groups. My interest in alcohol and other drug research evoked when I was working as a registered nurse in the field of Medical Gastroenterology. Patients with alcohol and drug problems are vulnerable and require complex and high quality nursing care. Unfortunately this is not always the case and there is a lot to be done on developing the best care possible; a care that takes into account the patients’ perspectives, but also considers the organisational and cultural conditions and challenges.
What is the ultimate goal of your research?
The ultimate goal of my research is to participate in generating and disseminating knowledge that will improve patient health, patient care and not the least, the conditions that influence our options for providing the care needed.
Research at the University of Adelaide
In 2009, I spent 4 months at The University of Adelaide while I was conducting data analysis and writing my PhD thesis. It was a fantastic place for gaining insight into an Australian research environment and to learn about nursing research from an international perspective. I am looking very much forward to coming back to Adelaide; to reunite with all the great people at the School and taking part in the academic work.
Individuals and teams can be nominated in three categories — Outstanding Graduate, Team Innovation and Nurse of the Year.
Nominations for the awards will remain open at hestaawards.com.au until Friday, 28 February 2014
HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy said nurses were not only the backbone of the health system, but also its heart and soul.
“Our community owes nurses a great debt and one way we can thank them is by nominating an outstanding individual or team of nurses for these awards,” Ms Corboy said.
Long-time awards supporter, ME Bank, has generously provided a prize pool of $30,000 to be shared among the winners in each category.
ME Bank CEO, Jamie McPhee, said, “We are proud to continue our support of the HESTA Awards program, recognising the tireless contribution of individuals and organisations in the health and community services sector.”
Finalists will be announced in April 2014 and interstate finalists will be flown to Sydney for the awards dinner on Thursday, 8 May 2014.
To make a nomination — by 28 February 2014 — or to find out more about the awards, visit hestaawards.com.au
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Nursing students and staff were treated to a presentation by four visiting Austrian students, who gave us some insight into the Austrian health system and their university in Salzburg on Friday 18 October.
The students attend Paracelsus Medical Private University in Salzburg where their diploma program, called the 2 in 1 model, runs for 3.5 years and earns them a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) qualification. Paracelsus has no clinical skills facility, so students use their placement to apply the clinical skills learned at university in a practical environment. Students are expected to complete at least five night shifts during their education, and work every second weekend in a hospital. The students’ local hospital is Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen in Wels, Austria, which houses 1230 beds and employs around 1200 nurses.
Nurses in Austria work 12 hour shifts, and the ratio of care is 1 nurse + 1 enrolled nurse to 15 patients. Nurses do not register with a board as no such thing exists, so there is no way of knowing how many trained nurses practise in Austria. Following the completion of their diploma, qualified nurses simply apply directly to hospitals and show their parchment to gain employment.
The Austrian students said they have had a fantastic time here in Adelaide and even got to hold a koala!
I am delighted to announce that we have been granted accreditation approval for the new Bachelor of Nursing. I have to extend gratitude to Frank Donnelly, Program Coordinator, who spent many months working on the submission and re-submissions. Well done to Frank and all those who assisted along the way! I am looking forward to the launch of the exciting new program from 2014 which will see us continue to offer the best Bachelor of Nursing in the state. Read more.
I think it’s fair to say we just had our most successful Open Day on Sunday 18 August. I attribute this to the passion and enthusiasm of all those who took part. A special thank you to all the students and staff that volunteered and engaged our future nurses through the bedside teaching activities and shared their experiences. The information talk, Nursing @ Adelaide, is also now available online.
I am pleased to announce that we are progressing with plans to move the School’s teaching, research and administration to a new Integrated Clinical School (ICS) building in the SA Health and Biomedical Precinct. Nursing students will start using the facility when it opens in 2016. Read more.
I’d like to extend congratulations to our Program Coordinator, Philippa Rasmussen, who has been awarded her PhD. Well done Philippa on this major achievement! As the School continues to grow, so do our staff and we now welcome the following new staff to the team:
- Liz Kraft, who joins the team as Specialty Coordinator (Anaesthetics and Recovery)
- Michael Colmer has taken over the finance and HR functions from Thuy Mai
- Yvette Salamon replaces Ryan Clarke as Clinical Tutor as he steps into the role of Second Year Level Coordinator in the Bachelor of Nursing while David Foley takes on a simulation role in the Robin Warren Clinical Skills Facility
- Jana Drummond is providing the pre-registration team with support to work on projects, and, in particular, see the smooth transition to the new Bachelor of Nursing in 2014
- Fiona Wilkins, has taken on the role of PA to the Dean of Nursing, while Felicia Matthews joins the Clinical Placement team.
The School of Nursing is thrilled to be welcoming four Austrian students to experience Nursing at the University of Adelaide in early October. We will also be welcoming back Gill Harvey (who you may remember from my past Dean of Nursing updates).
In closing, I extend sincere congratulations to all students who celebrated the completion of their program at the September graduation ceremony. It was wonderful to see you at the Graduation Ceremony.
Dean of Nursing
Head of School
Your current role
My name is Lynette Cusack and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing. Prior to this appointment I worked for four years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, researching in the area of population health including mass-gatherings and disaster response.
I also hold an honorary Fellowship with the Torrens Resilience Institute through my work on Community and Household resilience related to disaster preparedness.
My previous practise was in a range of community health settings, including home nursing, community health centres and in an executive role with the Drug and Alcohol Services SA.
As the South Australian Practitioner representative on the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) I am in a position to contribute to national and international regulation policy. The work of the NMBA, in the interest of public safety, is to develop national regulation policy.
Current research activities
My current research collaboration includes the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide and DASSA-WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems.
My research interests include:
- Professional practice issues such as regulation and nursing (culture, roles, models of practice, future challenges).
- Community Health including community and family resilience, transitioning care for vulnerable populations and alcohol and other drug issues.
Any advice to an early researcher
Connect to a supportive research team and build your track record.
The School of Nursing has recently reviewed its research direction. This has led to the redevelopment of the School of Nursing three Research Clusters. This is with the aim to work with health and community service personnel to develop new knowledge that Transforms Nursing and Health Care. The purpose of the Research Clusters is to provide a supportive environment for research development, across discipline collaboration and application around the focus of the Research Clusters. The three Research Clusters are:
- Knowledge into Practice (Synthesis: Translation)
- Transforming Practice (Health care delivery and practice: Systems of care)
- Transforming Nursing (Preparing: Developing: Supporting: Leading)
For more information about the Research Clusters see the School of Nursing website.
There’s almost $17 billion of super in lost or forgotten accounts. So, if you’ve ever
changed jobs, there’s every chance one of them could be yours. It’s more important than ever to get reunited with your lost super now. Here’s why: New legislation introduced by the Government on 31 December 2012 means your super account must be transferred to the Australian Tax Office if:
- you can’t be contacted
- there is less than $2000 in your account, and
- there have been no contributions to the account for one year or more.
HESTA have a nifty online super search tool that helps you locate any super accounts in your name using your tax file number (because it’s unique to you). Click here on Lost Super to link to the site.
We are delighted to announce the official establishment of the Adelaide Nursing Students’ Society (ANSS) here at the University of Adelaide! On the 12th of August 2013 the Inaugural General Meeting (IGM) was held where the executive committee was formed, comprising:
President: Crystal Tudo (3rd year, Bachelor of Nursing)
Vice-President: Adrian Freedman (1st year, Master of Clinical Nursing)
Secretary: Kirralee Mumford (3rd year, Bachelor of Nursing)
Treasurer: Crystal Tudo (3rd year, Bachelor of Nursing)
CA Delegate: Tamara Barrow (1st year, Bachelor of Nursing)
Our overall objective is to be the voice for all University of Adelaide nursing students, both current and postgraduates. We look forward to the opportunity to enhance the university experience for students as well as provide support across all year levels – through things such as social events (e.g. pubcrawls, cake stalls, graduation celebrations etc.), support networks, educational workshops and much more.