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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.
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.
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.
Health professionals have ever-increasing ethical challenges in optimising healthcare, quality of life and wellbeing, and balancing a duty of care while upholding rights. We are investigating what counts as consent in the domain of sexuality and intimacy in residential aged care, and will identify practice implications for staff, residents and their families.
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.
Our evidence-based research primarily addresses significant practice issues in mental health and addictions service delivery. We also focus on risk aversion and workplace mental health for health workers, especially nurses.
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.
International research shows education can help staff in aged care facilities become more open and supportive in their attitudes and beliefs towards older people expressing their sexuality in long-term care. Lead researcher Associate Professor Mark Henrickson, and Dr Catherine Cook hope to extend their study, which demonstrated that a significant number of staff, families and residents are managing complex situations without clear processes to protect residents’ rights and safety.
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.
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.
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, led by Professor Philippa Gander, Director of the Sleep/Wake Research Centre, aims to improve health service delivery by improving both patient safety and the safety, health, quality of life and retention of nurses.
Recent media on well-being, and health and safety in the workplace has highlighted the need to acknowledge and address unhealthy stress and the potential for emotional exhaustion in the nursing workforce, according to mental health researcher Dr Stacey Wilson.
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
Lecturer, School of Nursing, Massey University
Doctor of Philosophy
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
Registered nurse, Auckland District Health Board
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
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Master of Nursing