NRI Position Purpose
NURSES LEADING MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
The primary aim of the NRI is to lead high calibre patient-focussed multidisciplinary research. We also aim to support and develop clinicians at SV&MHS to connect with research, either in the capacity of a clinician wanting to conduct a research project or avail themselves of best available evidence on practice issues thereby potentially enhancing the provision of care and patient outcomes.
The NRI provides expert research advice to clinicians in the following areas:
- finding the latest evidence and research relevant to clinical practice issues by locating relevant systematic reviews and meta-analyses;
- choosing the right research method for a study;
- identifying the sample size;
- developing research proposals;
- developing grant applications;
- developing questionnaires;
- coding and managing data;
- support with quantitative analysis programs such as SPPS and qualitative theme extraction;
- preparing and writing reports, peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
The SV&MHS Nursing Research Institute and NaCCOR are conducting programs of rigorous collaborative, multi-disciplinary research in line with national health priorities. The key research areas are:
- Acute Care
- Chronic Care
- Innovative Healthcare Delivery
- Implementation Research
- Vulnerable Communities
Examples of current research projects underway at SV&MHS Nursing Research Institute include, but are not limited to, evaluations of strategies to improve outcomes for patients in the areas of stroke, peri-operative and intensive care services and medication management.
A major focus of research conducted at the Nursing Research Institute centres on knowledge transfer or implementation research. We are conducting projects that are examining ways to change clinician behaviour by implementing evidence based interventions to improve patient outcomes.
In addition, the SV&MHS Research Institute also conducts research into ethical governance and interventions to address issues such as social justice and the equity of care for vulnerable and frail communities. The mission and values of both ACU National and SV&MHS are concerned with communities in need and research programs that focus on providing improved services and support for these communities is a feature of the work of the Unit and NaCCOR.
In addition, staff in NRI are committed to promoting and participating in multi-disciplinary and multi-centre research across the SV&MHS campus, nationally and internationally.