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Associate Professor Jean Gilmour PhD, Dip Soci Sci (Nursing), BA

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Critical theoretical approaches provide a teaching and research lens which foregrounds the voices of the people affected by significant health issues and the need to address health outcome inequalities. These approaches inform my teaching, research practice, external relationships and contributions to community organisations.  Nursing practice before moving into an academic career route included dementia and palliative care, issues around supporting people affected by dementia has particularly informed my teaching, research and contributions to community service. 

Current teaching includes MN paper 168.731-Leadership in Nursing;168.799 Research Report (Wellington); and 168.810 Health Research Design and Method. My teaching is informed by the large body of multidisciplinary knowledge and research evidence available along with the findings from personal research projects. Student research supervisions include PhD, Masters theses and research report projects. 

I lead a sustained programme of research examining the impact of technology and freely available patient online health information on health professional educational practices in a range of contexts.  Another area of research is focused  on the care of people with dementia. I have a track record  of local and national leadership and research in the dementia field, along with action working across health services, not for profit organisations and the University. I am also an investigator on the Nurses and Midwives E-cohort study. This project led by the University of Queensland has New Zealand and Australian team members. The research examines nurse’s workforce characteristics, work–life balance and health. 

My teaching areas include health research design and nursing leadership. I have a professional background in nursing with experience particularly in dementia and palliative care before moving into an academic position. Research interests includes people’s experiences of chronic illness (dementia and endometriosis), health education and chronic illness (especially Internet information and a focus on heart failure education), health equity issues in oral health (Māori and dementia) and nursing workforce issues .

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Contact details

  • Ph: 04 8015799 Extn 63590
    Location: 7D53, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • PhD - Massey University (2001)
  • Dip Soci Sci (Nursing) - Massey University (1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) - Victoria University Wellington. (1988)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research questions focus on chronic illness, patient centred care and health  information. Recent projects include research on the Māori oral  health in the context of disability, ageing and low income, and nurses use of online health information in chronic illness education. I am also engaged in health workforce studies through the Nurses and Midwives E-cohort and the Graduate E-Cohort Study.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Aged Care Nursing (111001): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Nursing (111000)

Keywords

Health education, dementia, Internet health information

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Heart Failure and the Internet

The research aim was to establish nurses' use and evaluation of online resources when nursing people with heart failure. Incorporating online heart failure resources in health education is reliant on nurses' Internet expertise. The research design was a mail out medical nurses survey, the response rate was 58% (n=293). Most respondents were satisfied with work Internet access, nearly half were aware of patient's incorrect interpretations of online information, a quarter checked patients' online information use. Two thirds cared for patients with heart failure several times a week, the educational time was estimated as 20 minutes or less by 70% of this group over the hospitalisation. Printed material was most commonly used education resource, 35 nurses used online information, 84 did not use any educational material Suggestions for improved information access included printed resources in wards in a range of languages, information about useful websites and key resources in te reo M?ori. Patient misunderstandings indicates the need to talk about methods of evaluating open access health information. The research findings have been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. The research team was a mix of local District Health Board clinicians and Massey University researchers.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

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Project Title: Heart Failure and the Internet

The research aim was to establish nurses' use and evaluation of online resources when nursing people with heart failure. Incorporating online heart failure resources in health education is reliant on nurses' Internet expertise. The research design was a mail out medical nurses survey, the response rate was 58% (n=293). Most respondents were satisfied with work Internet access, nearly half were aware of patient's incorrect interpretations of online information, a quarter checked patients' online information use. Two thirds cared for patients with heart failure several times a week, the educational time was estimated as 20 minutes or less by 70% of this group over the hospitalisation. Printed material was most commonly used education resource, 35 nurses used online information, 84 did not use any educational material Suggestions for improved information access included printed resources in wards in a range of languages, information about useful websites and key resources in te reo M?ori. Patient misunderstandings indicates the need to talk about methods of evaluating open access health information. The research findings have been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. The research team was a mix of local District Health Board clinicians and Massey University researchers.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

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Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 1
CoSupervisor 1 2

Teaching

Major teaching responsibilities include the Master of Nursing Health Research design and Methods paper along with the Leadership in Nursing paper.  My nursing practice and research interests in the area of chronic illness, informed by the work of critical theorists, underpins my teaching practice. I suggest that teaching and research informed by critical theoretical approaches entails challenging the status quo, foregrounding the marginal voices in dominant discourses and exploring issues of power and knowledge. My theoretical interests shape my teaching, research practice and community service. For example, in a wider view of teaching beyond the university,
as a consequence of identifying a knowledge gap in a project on Maori oral health an online and hard copy bilingual information resource for people with dementia and family was developed for Alzheimers NZ as part of the research.

Supervision record includes co-supervision for Patricia McLunie-Trust, Victoria University, PhD thesis  "Negotiating boundaries: The nurse family member caring for her own relative in palliative care". I was appointed by Victoria University of Wellington as Honorary Research Associate while co-supervising, invited because of methodological expertise in Foucauldian research approaches.   .

 

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Marla Burrow - PhD
    Health care assistant decision making and information behaviour in long term care settings.

CoSupervisor of:

  • Maree Sheard - PhD
    New Zealand military nurses’ experiences navigating professional accountabilities and role expectations

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Kaye Barbara Milligan - PhD
    Clinical Decision Making by Registered Nurses in Residential Aged Care: A critical realist case study

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Beverley May Parton - PhD
    Maori women, Health Care, and Contemporary Realities: A Critical Reflection
  • 2007 - Jillian Ann Wilkinson - PhD
    The New Zealand nurse practitioner polemic: A discourse analysis

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