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
Patient engagement in transitions of care
In 2014, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care awarded funding to Professor Tracey Bucknall (Principal Investigator) and researchers from Deakin and Griffith Universities to review and report on tools and strategies that facilitate the engagement of patients in communication during transitions of health care.Find out more
Care bundle to prevent pressure injury
A pressure injury is an area of localised damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by pressure or shearing force.Find out more
Patient participation in patient safety
Research evidence shows that patient participation in patient safety activities improves patient outcomes, prevents adverse events and leads to positive ratings on the quality of hospital care.Find out more
Reducing urinary catheter use: a protocol for a mixed methods evaluation of an electronic reminder system in hospitalised patients in Australia
Fasugba O, Cheng AC, Russo PL, Northcote M, Rosebrock H, Mitchell BG
(2018), BMJ Open, 8(5), e0202469
Impact of electronic healthcare-associated infection surveillance software on infection prevention resources: a systematic review of the literature
Russo PL, Shaban RZ, Macbeth D, Carter A, Mitchell BG
(2018), J Hosp Infect, 99(1), 43472
Effects of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative after 8 years on infection control practices, health-care worker education, and clinical outcomes: a longitudinal study
Grayson ML, Stewardson AJ, Russo PL, Ryan KE, Olsen KL, Havers SM, Greig S, Cruickshank M; Hand Hygiene Australia and the National Hand Hygiene Initiative
(2018), Lancet Infect Dis, 18(11), 1269-1277