Published on 23 September 2013
Four University of the Sunshine Coast academics have been appointed Visiting Fellows in Nursing and Midwifery at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).
USC Professors Marianne Wallis and Jeanine Young, Associate Professor Margaret Barnes and Dr Amanda Henderson received the honorary positions in a ceremony earlier this month.
They will undertake research and collaborate on educational and clinical leadership projects involving nurses, midwives and other health professionals.
SCHHS Nursing and Midwifery Services Executive Director, Adjunct Professor Graham Wilkinson, said the Visiting Fellows would work with SCHHS staff and develop exciting programs of research, facilitating closer links between the two organisations.
USC’s Professor Wallis, who was a Visiting Fellow at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and the Gold Coast Hospital, said strong links were vital between researchers and clinical nurses and midwives to ensure high quality research.
“This initiative is a first step in developing international best practice in nursing and midwifery research, education and clinical practice on the Sunshine Coast ahead of the opening of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital,” she said.
Current projects that involve the Visiting Fellows include:
- Staying Connected – a study to help new mothers bond with their babies and breastfeed for as long as possible.
- The SAVE Trial – trialling different devices for securing peripheral intravascular devices (drips) in hospital patients.
- The RSVP Trial – comparing the impact of intravascular device administration set replacement at four days versus seven days on infective, clinical and cost outcomes.
- Pepi-Pod Safe Sleep Space project – exploring a specific strategy that aims to enable safer shared sleeping arrangements and support cultural infant care practices while reducing the risk of sudden infant death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- National Standards Assessment Program, Collaborative Improvement Program Support for Carers (Palliative Care Australia) – evaluating the national project.
USC’s Professor Young, who has a current Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, expected the collaborations to boost outcomes for patients and their families.
“Connections with nurses and midwives at the bedside and those working with families in communities mean that the right research projects are undertaken,” she said.
Associate Professor Barnes said each Fellow brought something different to the SCHHS.
“Jeanine and I focus on maternal and child health, Marianne has a focus on acute hospital care for adults and Amanda has experience in sub-acute areas such as palliative care,” Associate Professor Barnes said.
Dr Henderson is responsible for teaching research to undergraduate nurses, highlighting the importance of evidence-based practice.
“I’ll use examples that they will see when they attend the hospital for clinical practice placements,” Dr Henderson said.
— Julie Schomberg