Addressing the health of children and young people
Child advocacy that ensures children’s voices are heard is central. Children and young people with long term conditions such as asthma and obesity participate in primary health care research. We are Building Children’s Nursing in the Western Pacific, an initiative to address the global Sustainable Development Goals.
A model of implementation in primary health care
Health systems globally are challenged with implementing models of primary health care for older adults with long-term health conditions. We are developing a conceptual framework to capture the attributes of successful implementation drawing on a series of multi-level case studies in New Zealand and Ontario and Québec in Canada, prioritising the experiences of patients and carers.
Complex illness and acute care
Increases in healthcare demands and complex illnesses are placing increased pressure on hospital and intensive care beds. We are exploring innovative ways to better meet these patients’ healthcare demands.
Future nursing workforce - advanced clinical roles
Advanced clinical roles in nursing are critical to future health workforce sustainability. We have tested an international tool that delineates advanced practice from the level of clinical expertise expected of all nurses.
How can we better respond to deteriorating patients?
Dr Alison Pirret, from Massey University’s School of Nursing, specialises in research around managing deteriorating adult ward patients. She worked on a study utilising an oxygen device in the ward at Middlemore Hospital. Previously the device had only been used in an intensive care unit. The study found that most patients’ condition improved significantly within 20 minutes of using the device. Dr Pirret is also working nationally with the Health Quality and Safety Commission Deteriorating Patient Programme on a five-year programme to improve care for deteriorating patients admitted to hospital.
Making safer havens for our older people
Nursing homes should be safe places for our older people, but unfortunately, the number of cases of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and residential care facilities continues to grow. A recent study published by Dr Polly Yeung and Dr Vivien Rodgers in Nursing Praxis New Zealand: Journal of Professional Nursing explored perceptions of quality of life and care satisfaction from residents and their family members in New Zealand residential settings.
Productive Hybrid Learning Environment in undergraduate nursing education
The 2020 global Covid-19 pandemic created specific challenges in higher education which required rapid transition to online teaching and learning modalities. The necessity to move quickly from face-to-face or blended to a fully online mode, mandated reconfigurations of designs for learning to accommodate an absence of face-to-face activity within university’s physical spaces.
This project acknowledges that technology, however, is only part of a complex picture. Analysis, using the Activity-Centred Analysis and Design framework, will examine relationships between these design elements and their influence on: student learning activities in both online and face-to-face settings; the experience of diverse learners; the experience of educators adapting to rapid transition to technology enhanced learning environments; and what those involved believe contributes to productive hybrid learning environments.
Researchers to explore primary care delivery
This research project will investigate the effectiveness of primary care delivery. It is jointly funded by a partnership grant of $1.33 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.
It involves a multi-disciplinary team of primary care clinicians and academics from five universities – Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Otago, Cambridge University (United Kingdom), and the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and organisations with specialist knowledge.
Safer Nursing 24/7
Shift work is inevitable for hospital nurses, but it can disrupt their sleep and increase the risk of harm to patients as well as nurses themselves. The Safer Nursing 24/7 project aims to improve health service delivery by improving both patient safety and the safety, health, quality of life and retention of nurses.
Akisi N Ravono's research for her PhD (Nursing) will explore patients’ expectations of their care and how closely it connects to the care that nurses plan to deliver for such patients in an iTaukei community setting.Akisi N Ravono
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Dr Claire Minton, a lecturer at Massey University’s School of Nursing, explored the experiences of patients, their families and healthcare professionals during the trajectory of a prolonged critical illness, for her PhD thesis. Her research provides insights into the complexity of care during prolonged critical illness, which can result in interventions, education and research targeted to improve outcomes and experiences.Dr Claire Minton
Doctor of Philosophy
Dr Jennifer Roberts undertook an investigation into preparedness for and experiences in working with Māori nursing students among New Zealand tertiary institutes, schools and nurse educators.Dr Jennifer Roberts
School of Nursing, Massey University, Senior lecturer
Doctor of Education
Grace Shallard, a paediatric nurse, is currently completing a master's thesis focusing on the nursing role in child maltreatment. Abuse and neglect is a health and social issue with long lasting individual and societal effects. Grace's research focuses on how nurses who work with children perceive their role in keeping children safe. An enhanced understanding of current nursing practice in this area will ultimately support the nursing workforce to improve outcomes for all children in Aotearoa, in particular, those affected by abuse and neglect.Grace Shallard
Master of Philosophy (Nursing)
Master of Nursing student and specialist palliative care registered nurse Leanne Bolton is exploring the experiences of people with young onset dementia. Dementia is often seen as a disease of the elderly, however the young onset of dementia (diagnosis prior to the age of 65 years) is a healthcare reality which poses a unique set of challenges for people, as well as their family and whānau. For her research, she interviewed three people with young onset dementia, recruited with the assistance of Alzheimers New Zealand.Leanne Bolton
Master of Nursing
Max Guy explored the educational experience of newly qualified male Registered Nurses in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Nursing in New Zealand remains heavily female-orientated, with men only making up around 9% of the nursing workforce. Findings from this research aim to enhance the educational journey for male student nurses, while simultaneously showcasing the scope and opportunity of nursing to make nursing more attractive to men.Max Timothy Guy
Tutor, School of Nursing, Massey University
Master of Health Science (Nursing)