Nursing and Midwifery

Research Project Title Investigators Brief Project Description ISLHD Sites/Departments [External organisations]
The path to the domains: Exploring Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Consultants demographics and their education pathway to meet their role domains; an exploratory study to support future carrer and succession planning strategies Denise Edgar, Bernadette Burgess, James Brinton, Lynda Horning, Melissa Glass, Vanathy David Explore the demographics of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts’ Clinical Nurse Consultant/Clinical Midwifery Consultant Network members and Explore their education pathway prior to and during their role to support their role domains (leadership, consultancy, education, service planning and research). This exploratory study will support the CNC/CMC network to develop career and succession planning strategies for current and aspiring CNCs/CMCs. Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit, Pathology, Haematology, Acute Geriatrics, Division of Surgery; [McGrath Foundation]
Wound ELECT Trial Debbie Blanchfield, Kerry Starling Non-inferiority randomised controlled trial comparing wound healing with compression therapy to electric stimulation therapy. Port Kembla Hospital, Ambulatory and Primary Health Care; [Leg Club Warilla, Leg Club St Georges Basin]
iMPAKT: Implementing and Measuring Person-centredness using an APP for Knowledge Transfer Valerie Wilson, Denise Edgar Implementing and Measuring Person-centredness using an APP for Knowledge Transfer. Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit
Staff Well-ness “IMAGINE” Val Wilson, Marie Tobin, Alison Franklin, Jackie Donsante, Padmini Pai, Shamika Almeida, Alera Bowden To evaluate whether an 8 week wellness program increases job satisfaction and wellbeing at work. Bulli Hospital
Action research project (Falls) Vani David, Jo McLoughlin, Vanessa Wallin, Miriam Nonu, Denise Edgar To reduce falls in 4 wards within ISLHD using a reflective practice model for staff and for patients. Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital
Action Research project (Pressure injuries) Debbie Blanchfield, Andrea Thatcher, Jacqui Cornell, Val Wilson To reduce pressure injuries caused by medical devices. Wollongong Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Intensive Care Service
Medication administration errors James Bradbury, Carolyn Quigley, Besty Jose, Val Wilson Looking at staffs perceptions around medication safety.  
Compassionate Care Vani David, Sarah Dwyer, Janette Van Elsland, Denise Edgar, Samantha Jakimowicz The aim of this study is to explore if engaging staff in developing a shared vision statement and action planning will enhance a culture of compassionate practices amongst team members within Wollongong Hospital. Wollongong Hospital
Connecting with Compassionate Karen Tuqiri, Samantha Jakimowicz, Jackie Donsante, Val Wilson The aim of this study is to explore the adaptation and effectiveness of an existing well-being program developed for a metropolitan local health district to a regional local health district. 1.Ascertain a baseline level of leadership team members’ level of empathy, compassion toward others and levels of compassion satisfaction and fatigue. 2.Enhance compassionate and empathetic leadership styles and practices. 3.Evaluate an adapted well-being program and its impact on compassion and empathy levels of leadership team members. Wollongong Hospital
Safety Attitude Questionnaire Karen Tuqiri, Jackie Donsante, Val Wilson, Denise Edgar To identify a baseline for Safety Attitudes within nursing staff prior to activities to enhance a culture of safety. Wollongong, Coledale, Bulli Hospitals
Pain Assessment in patients over 65yrs who have cognitive impairment Sonia Markocic, Vani David, Rachel Mikleus, Olga Thomas, Lina Madathikudiyil, Nicole Davies, Val Wilson Mixed method study looking at current pain assessment across 3 clinical units. Wollongong Hospital, Bulli Hospital
Mental Health Collaborative Val Wilson, Louise Murphy, Sizwile Tshuma 1. Defining the role of the Mental Health Nurse.
2. Strengthening the safety culture of acute mental health in-patient units in NSW: An Action Research Study.
Multisite; [Justice Health]
Pressure Injuries Surveillance App Jenny Sim, Val Wilson, Karen Tuqiri To develop and test the PI APP - using data to reduce pressure injuries in hospitals. Nursing and Midwifery [University of Wollongong]
An assessment of perceptions of about health behaviour change in disadvantaged overweight and obese pregnant women Fildes K, Nicoll L, Okely T, Wilson V An assessment of perceptions about health behaviour change in disadvantaged overweight and obese pregnant women. Wollongong Hospital; [University of Wollongong]
What difference does a flower make? Does the Sunflower Tool used on A4 increase person-centred care? Denise Edgar, Evelyn Jelercic, Jo Browne, Shoko Bunder This project aimed to explore if the Sunflower, as an independent tool, can support person-centred care, in a cohort of surgical patients. Surgical Ward, Wollongong Hospital
Graduated Stockings Joanne McLoughlin, Kerry-Anne Hegarty What is the current nursing practice in relation to application of graduated compression stockings for neurosurgical patients? Neurosurgery, Nursing
Person Centred Practice Inventory (PCPI)-Service Users version Val Wilson, Denise Edgar The aim of this research was to test the validity of the service user’s version of the PCPI. The original PCPI was developed for staff and allows subjective measurement of person centred practices
Revised version in final stage of refinement.
Nursing and Midwifery Research Unit; [Queen Margaret University Edinburgh]
In My Shoes: empathy levels and safety attitudes of staff towards older patients Alera Bowden, Valerie Wilson, Victoria Traynor, Rita Chang Investigating the empathy levels and safety attitudes of staff towards older patients through participation in an age simulation educational initiative. Bulli District Hospital, Aged Care Service; [University of Wollongong]