In 2014, Nursing Services implemented a strategic plan for nursing research that comprised four objectives:
- to conduct high quality research that improves patient and organisational outcomes
- to strengthen research training and support for nursing staff within Alfred Health
- to integrate research evidence into clinical practice
- to develop partnerships between consumers, staff and researchers to strengthen research, education and health service delivery
External research funding of approximately $1.3 million was received in 2014. Three concurrent programs of research are focused on improving clinical decision making and patient care.
The programs are:
- Health Service Evaluation
- Symptom Management
- Knowledge Translation
Research programs are linked closely with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, either establishing research evidence or assisting clinicians in using evidence in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.
- In 2014, Deakin University’s ‘Tri-focal Model of Care: Teaching and Research in Aged Care Services’ project was awarded Deakin University’s Pro-vice Chancellor for Health Award for Innovation and the Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference People’s Choice Poster Prize.
- PhD student Jessica Guinane was awarded the Nursing Scholarship prize for 2014 at Deakin University.
7 PhD students
4 Masters students