Critical Care Nursing Professorial Unit
Level 6, Acute Services Building
Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards NSW 2065
Tel: +61 2 9463 2606
Fax: +61 2 9463 2057
The Critical Care Nursing Professorial Unit is based at Royal North Shore Hospital and is sponsored by the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). The major focus of the unit is to conduct and disseminate research and facilitate practice development based on evidence in critical care nursing. Members of the unit carry out teaching and promotion of learning in the University, the NSLHD and other professional forums. In addition, members of the unit engage in consultancy work ranging from health care in developing countries to the national review of nursing education.
- To conduct and disseminate programs of research into the care of the critically ill that contribute to the scientific basis of nursing practice and promote patient comfort and recovery.
- To foster the research skills of research degree candidates and clinical nurses, through direct mentorship of novice researchers and the development in the University and the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) of a research culture and research programs.
- To facilitate critical care nursing practice development based on the evaluation of research evidence.
- To contribute to the teaching and learning of critical care nursing and clinical research skills in the University and the NSLHD.
- To provide consultancy services that contribute to nursing education and health service provision nationally and internationally.
Ms Elizabeth Robertson
Phone: +61 2 9463 2593
Ms Nittaya SomjaI, RN, BN
Master of Nursing Honours
Professor Sue Nagy, Adjunct Professor
Professor Doug Elliot, Professor of Nursing
Associate Professor Robyn Gallagher, Professor of Chronic and Complex Care and Director of Research Studies
Royal North Shore Hospital
Professor Simon Finfer, Senior Staff Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital and George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney
Dr Gordon Doig, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Research Fellow in Critical Care
Ms Margaret Bramwell, Senior Social Worker, Intensive Care Unit
Dr Anthony Delaney, Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit
Professor Geoffery Tofler, Professor of Cardiology
Professor R Bartrop, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine
Dr Chris Ward, Director of Research, Department of Haematology
Prof Peter Cistulli, Professor of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
National and International
Professor Kathleen Dracup, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Professor Debra Moser, Professor and Gill Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Professor Hendrika Mieschke, Department of Health Services, University of Washington
Associate Professor Lynn Doering, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles
Associate Professor Barbara Riegel, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Leanne Aitken, Professor of Critical Care Nursing, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
Dr Andrea Marshall, Sesqui Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, University of Sydney
Dr Tom Buckley, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Professor Doug Elliott, Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
Associate Professor Valerie Gay, School of Computing & Communications, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Peter Leijdekkers, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing & Communications, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney
Ms Jenny Pizzica, Lecturer, Institute for Interactive Media & Learning, University of Technology, Sydney
Associate Professor Jenny Allison, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Linda Denehy, Acting Head School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
Dr John Griffiths, Intensive Care Medicine Consultant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Associate Professor Maggie Hansen, School of Nursing, University of San Francisco, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr Dale Needham, Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Research projects are concerned with psychological and social factors in critical illness and their effect on patients' comfort and recovery. Some of the current projects and their investigators are:
- Reducing prehospital delay in acute myocardial infarction. K Dracup, L Doering, S McKinley, H Mieschke, D Moser and B Riegel.
- Testing a home based rehabilitation program for survivors of critical illness: a randomised controlled trial. D Elliott, S McKinley, J Alison. L Aitken and M King.
- Improving the amount and quality of sleep for the intensive care patient. S McKinley, R Elliott, S Ladanyi, P Cistulli and M Fien.
- Cardiac risk factors in bereavement. T Buckley, S McKinley, G Tofler, R Bartrop, C Ward and C Tennant.
- A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction during Bereavement. G Tofler, T Buckley, R Bartrop, S McKinley, C Ward, S Mihailidou, M-C Morel-Kopp.
- Person-centered care for older people with disturbed behaviour in acute care. J Poole, S McKinley, L Chenoweth and S Hilmer.
- Anxiety and in-hospital complications after Acute Coronary Syndrome. S McKinley, D Moser, B Riegel and H Meischke.
- Use of delayed consent from adult intensive care patients in critical care randomized controlled trials. S McKinley, A Delaney, J Potter
- The effect of changing communication strategies in intensive care in Botswana on psychological outcomes. S McKinley, D Elliott, S Nagy, C Gordon, G Burr, R Gallagher, K Dithole
- E-rehabilitation for survivors of a critical illness (ESCI) D Elliott, V Gay, P Leijdekkers, J Pizzica, J Allison, L Denehy, J Griffiths, M Hansen, D Needham.
- Developing remote tele-monitoring techniques to support recovery at home for survivors of a critical illness. DB Hoang, D Elliott, S McKinley, P Nanda, J Schulte, K Hewson-Conroy.
- Improving the quantity and quality of sleep for the intensive care patient. S McKinley, R Elliott, P Cistulli, M Fien.
- Sleep during and after critical illness and psychological health in recovery. S McKinley, D Elliott, M Fien and R Elliott.