Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition on Social Media

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Changing lives through scholarship

Professor of Nursing Melanie Birks talks about promoting scholarship in teaching and learning.

The CNMR’s Professor Melanie Birks participated in the visiting scholar program at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College, London recently where she was asked to give a presentation about promoting scholarship in teaching and learning. Here, we talk to Professor Birks about scholarship.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Public lecture: The Past Present and Future of Nursing Education in Australia - Prof Melanie Birks - 25th June (Cairns)

The School invites you to attend a Public Lecture by Professor Melanie Birks to be held at the Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre, JCU Cairns Campus, on Wednesday 25th June 2014 commencing at 5:00 pm.

The Past, Present and Future of Nursing Education in Australia

All welcome - light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois

The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI 2014) titled Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research was held at the University of Illinois between the 22nd and 24th May. Representing JCU's CNMR were A/Professor Jane Mills, Professor Melanie Birks, Ms Adele Baldwin, Ms Ylona Chun Tie and Ms Jennifer Chamberlain - Salaun. There were 1200 registrants at the conference, which makes it the largest qualitative research conference in the world.

Commencing on Wednesday, members attended a wide range of half day workshops by renown qualitative researchers including Professor Johnny Saldana, Professor Jan Morse, Professors Greg Dimitriadis & George Kamberelis amongst others. The workshops offered a valuable opportunity for both experienced and novice researchers to interact and learn from experts in their particular field. That evening, the Poster Exhibition included two findings papers from recent CNMR publications. Professor Birks and A/Professor Mills then attended a SAGE Publications Book Signing for their recent publication Qualitative Methodology: A practical guide.

On Thursday and Friday, members presented 10 conference papers that mainly focused on methodology and methods. There were several highlights, the first of which was Dr Intansari Nurjannah's paper on when to translate in a grounded theory study. Ylona Chun Tie gave a presentation on practical philosophy which generated a lot of interesting discussion. Jennifer Chamberlain Salaun presented her PhD findings 'unplugged' due to a technical failure. This session ended up being mesmerising as Jennifer sat and told the story of her grounded theory to a very warm and receptive audience. Thursday, saw the CNMR Panel which included five presentations from current PhD candidates. This was an excellent session which took the theme of methods of data generation and collection in a grounded theory study. Adele Baldwin was a mainstay with her comprehensive argument against the centrality of interviews in a qualitative study, and the identification of a range of different options that could result in a deeper data set.

Overall, the conference provided many intellectual challenges for participants as researchers presented an enormous variety of ideas, findings and research designs. The two keynotes from Professor Patti Lather and Professor Uwe Flick were thought provoking in relation to where we go next with Qualitative Data Analysis 2.0. All of the attendees were very grateful for the opportunity to attend such and event and plan to feedback to the College of Health Sciences over the next 6 months through both informal presentations and newsletter items.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Transition to Practice for Early Career RNs - Lessons from the RN - SOAR Program

A team from the CNMR visited Marquette University's School of Nursing and Midwifery in Milwaukee to find out more about a well established program that they facilitate for transition to practice registered nurses (RNs) in rural areas of the US.

The RN - SOAR program (Supporting, Onboarding and Retention of Rural Nurses Residency Program) focuses on supporting new RNs in their first year of practice in a rural health facility. Funded by the US Government's Health Resources and Administration grant program, RN - SOAR provides a 360 degree program of support for the RN, their preceptor and their nurse unit manager.

Led by A/Professor Mills, the team spent the day with Professor Marilyn Bratt and Sandi Van Den Heuvel learning about this excellent program. The time spent at Marquette also allowed for Ms Ylona Chun Tie (BNSc Co-ordinator) to meet with her counterpart to find about about their clinical placement model, and for the whole team including Professor Birks, Ms Adele Baldwin and Ms Jennifer Chamberlain - Salaun to tour Marquette's new state of the art clinical simulation centre. The CNMR is very grateful to everyone at Marquette for making us so welcome and sharing so many of their excellent resources with us.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Disaster preparedness researchers seeking study participants

Cyclone Ita
North Queensland residents are being asked to share with researchers the ways they prepared for the 2013-2014 cyclone season to better inform emergency planning and management in the future.

James Cook University, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition is conducting a research study in disaster preparedness and is seeking study participants from the coastal areas between Cairns and Townsville.

The purpose of the 'Community Disaster Preparedness’ research project is to find out what preparation activities residents of Queensland coastal areas between Cairns and Townsville took prior to and during the 2013-2014 cyclone season.

Finding out the level of preparedness in the community during the 2013-2014 cyclone season can better inform future emergency and disaster response planning and management.

If you would like to help, please visit: https://surveymonkey.com/s/DisasterPreparedness2013_2014

Or ask your librarian for a hardcopy of the survey. Participation in this study is voluntary and anonymous and requires completion of a survey questionnaire. This will take approximately 15 minutes.

For all enquiries regarding this project please contact: caryn.west@jcu.edu.au