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.

Scholarship recipients, Xue and Cindy, pictured with Dr Tim Schultz

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The School of Nursing is excited to announce that Professor Gill Harvey will be continuing with the School for another four years until 2018.

Since October 2013 Gill has been a Visiting Professor while on a two year sabbatical from her post as Professor of Health Management at Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. In late 2014 Gill accepted a four year contract to continue with the School of Nursing as a High Cite Professor in Knowledge Translation.

Gill has a professional background in nursing; she has led quality improvement programs and developed clinical guidelines for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Gill welcomes the opportunity to join a group of fellow academics across the Faculty who are passionate and committed to improving healthcare and health outcomes for people. She is also pleased to continue her working relationship with Professor Alison Kitson, (another high cite researcher in the School) who has been a long-term collaborator, colleague and friend.

Gill’s teaching and research interests include Knowledge Translation and this is what she will focus on during her time with the School of Nursing.

The specific programs Gill will focus on include:

  • Further work on the all new PARIHS (Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services) framework. Book due out April 2015
  • A two year project with international collaborators to look at the Role of Facilitators and Leaders in Knowledge Translation
  • A follow up study to the LINKIN Health Census project to develop and test population level Knowledge Translation strategies for improving integrated care of older people
  • A national study of disinvestment practice in wound care

As part of Gill’s research she hopes to increase engagement within the School, Faculty of Heath Sciences and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), including leveraging opportunities provided by the new co-located space at the city’s West End, the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

Gill and her family are looking forward to relaxing in Adelaide for their third Australian summer, appreciating such close proximity to the beach. On a personal note, Gill will be particularly thankful for the newer shower facilities in the Adelaide Medical and Nursing School’s Building after sweating it up Linear Park on her bicycle and ducking to avoid swooping birds!

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Well done to our HDR students for presenting their work yesterday at the 2014 Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference. Well done Amy Marshall for being awarded the best Nursing poster!

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Ever wondered what nursing is like overseas? International study tours are now available for students continuing in third year Bachelor of Nursing each year. In 2015 students will be travelling to Salzburg, Kobe and Singapore!

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In October, the School hosted students from Austria. Here they are on a tour to a mental health facility at Glenside campus.

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It was another successful Graduation Ball for the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Clinical Nursing students on Friday 28 November. As always it was great to see our pre-registration students experience a well-deserved celebration! Thank you to the Adelaide Nursing Students’ Society for organising this wonderful event.

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The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) represents over 2,200 critical care nurses across Australia. In recognition of excellence in the speciality the ACCCN (SA Branch) has established a prize, to be awarded to graduates of South Australian postgraduate programs in critical care nursing. This prize will be awarded to the ‘best’ graduate from [...]

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Jovie Decoyna, recent recipient of the HESTA Conference Scholarship shares her experience: The Innovation Workshops and Awards was hosted by The Health Roundtable on November 13-14, 2014 at the Rydges Hotel in Melbourne. The participants and presenters came from 146 health facilities across Australia and New Zealand. The aim of the workshop include sharing ideas [...]

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For more than 25 years, HESTA has focused on helping those in the health and community services sector reach their retirement goals. We have more than 785,000 members, 155,000 employers and more than $29 billion in assets. HESTA’s size means we can offer many benefits to members and employers. These include: low fees, a fully [...]

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The Research and Research Training Committee with the School of Nursing Executive are calling for applications for the Eleanor Harrald Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015. Eleanor Harrald commenced her nursing training at the Adelaide Hospital, as it was then known, on 3 September 1894, as a ‘Black Pro’ (probationary nurse). After an initial one month trial, she [...]

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