Delivering quality health outcomes; right treatment, right time, right place

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 31-1-2013

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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The mentoring of new researchers and caregivers by senior nursing and midwifery professionals is vital to continue delivering quality health outcomes for patients, according to Chair of Clinical Nursing at Notre Dame's Fremantle Campus, Professor Leanne Monterosso.

Professor Monterosso says there is an expectation for up-to-date health practice from consumers, health care funders and insurance providers, with nurses and midwives needing to possess a broad skills set to make critical patient-related decisions.

Professor Monterosso addressed these points and others while delivering an oration titled Nursing and Midwifery Research: changing lives, changing practice at the third Biennial Nursing and Midwifery Oration Series at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Western Australia.

The event was sponsored by the Department of Health in partnership with St John of God Health Care and The University of Notre Dame Australia.

The oration covered several important topics including research initiatives undertaken in neo-natal health care, the partnerships between tertiary institutions and health care providers in training and mentoring student nurses and midwives, and the complex nature of palliative care and the care options available to patients and their families regardless of the outcome from the initial diagnosis.

Professor Monterosso said the impact of work undertaken by nurse and midwife researchers could lead to improved patient care and quality of life outcomes, an evidence base for nursing and midwifery curricula and clinical guidelines, and the training and support of the next generation of clinical nurses, researchers and educators.

"Within the private tertiary and health care sectors in WA, St John of God Health Care and The University of Notre Dame Australia, whilst still fledgling research institutions, are demonstrating strong leadership by increasing their commitment to research across nursing, medical, surgical and mental health with the aim of improving patient outcomes," Professor Monterosso said during her oration.

"As researchers, our objective is not only to improve the outcomes for patients and their families, but to ensure they receive the best care possible.

"We are constantly reminded, and acutely aware, that patients have a right and expectation to receive the best evidence based care – that is; the right treatment, at the right time, in the right place.

"Nursing and midwifery research does make a difference. It changes practice and changes lives. As nurses and midwives, we must embrace our profession, change it, improve it and make our mark upon it."

Students studying the Bachelor of Nursing course at Notre Dame's Fremantle Campus are required to undertake more than 400 hours of clinical practice each year in a variety of hospital, community and private health care settings under the guidance of registered professionals.

For more information about studying Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Notre Dame Australia, please visitwww.nd.edu.au.

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