Intensive care nurses are highly skilled and provide care to critically ill patients, primarily in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Increasingly, ICU nurses support the broader hospital, by providing critical care outreach services and ICU liaison nurses to assist with the management of patients with clinical deterioration in other areas of the hospital. The ICU is a complex environment filled with technology and machine noise which can be overwhelming for patients and families. In addition to being highly competent advanced clinicians, ICU nurses provide a humanising element to patient care, including providing support to families.
Our research program aims to generate evidence to guide the organisation and delivery of ICU nursing care to achieve the best patient outcomes, places the patient and family at the centre of all we do, and utilises a range of research approaches to meet our aims.
Associate Professor Wendy Pollock
Wendy is an experienced critical care nurse and midwife, with expertise in maternal critical illness. She has a strong interest in ICU workforce issues and her research in this area focuses on worker wellbeing, skill mix, and sustainable, safe staffing. How staffing influences ICU patient outcomes and the experiences of patients and families, is also an interest.
Experiences of healthcare professionals in intensive care when families participate in clinician handovers
Intensive care nurses experience during end-of-life decision-making when patients are transitioning from active to end-of-life care
Intensive care nurses’ perceptions of hot debriefing after critical incidents in an adult intensive care unit
The impact of the intensive care unit family liaison nurse role on communication by healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic
The postgraduate acute and critical care nursing students’ learning experiences in the Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic
Australian intensive care nurses’ lumbar movement
Sustainable, safe intensive care unit staffing
Nursing workforce deployment and ICU strain during the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria, Australia