Research summaries

Discover some of our research output, innovation and expertise within Monash Nursing and Midwifery

summary m

Leadership and teamwork when patients deteriorate: Findings from a simulation study with student nurses and Registered Nurses

Patients who deteriorate in an acute hospital ward are not always identified and managed in a timely manner. We know from previous studies that non-technical skills, such as leadership, teamwork and situation awareness, can be as important as technical skills in achieving optimal care for patients. We also know that there are a number of factors, such as experience and confidence, which can impact on non-technical skills. Simulated scenarios, using patient actors, can be a useful means of gaining insight into how people behave in emergency situations.

Read more
 

summary m

An Examination of WorkSafe Victoria Guidance Materials Related to Occupational Violence and Aggression

Occupational violence in health care is prevalent, and unacceptable. Prevention of occupational violence and aggression (OVA) in healthcare is a priority for industry, the community, and the government. WorkSafe Victoria is responsible for providing guidance to employers and workers in relation to worker protection, including prevention and management of OVA.

Read more
 

summary globe

Vitamin A Supplementation for Postpartum Women: A Cochrane Systematic Review

Breastfeeding ideally provides for the young infant’s nutritional needs. However, in many developing countries, the mother is undernourished herself, which impacts on the nutrition her baby receives through breast milk. Vitamin A is an important nutrient for immunity. If the mother does not have enough vitamin A in her diet, as may occur in many developing countries, there may not be enough of its by-product, retinol, in her breast milk to meet her baby’s health needs.

Read more
 

summary m

Plan, Do, Study, Act: partnering for quality improvement to address refugee perinatal health and health care inequalities

Bridging the Gap is an NHMRC-funded partnership of 11 organisations spanning health services, government and research. The partnership has developed projects to address refugee inequalities through healthcare service reform and quality improvement. Here, we outline a quality initiative that was developed by the Bridging the Gap partnership.  Around 2,600 women give birth annually at Dandenong Hospital, which is one of the three hospitals that form Monash Women’s Maternity Services within Monash Health, Victoria. Over two thirds of the women attending Dandenong Hospital were born outside Australia and 19% identify as requiring an interpreter. Local Afghan families reported limited use of professional interpreters in labour and health professional identified challenges when family members interpreted.

Read more