Research Week at Sydney Nursing School

18 June 2010

Sydney Nursing School students.
Sydney Nursing School students.

Sydney Nursing School is hosting its annual Research Week from 21 to 25 June 2010, bringing together world-renowned nursing scholars and students who are shaping the future of healthcare through research and nursing practice.

According to Associate Professor Donna Waters, the Associate Dean Research of Sydney Nursing School, "Research Week presents the best opportunity for our research students to come together to have the experience of belonging to a research community, and then taking this experience back to the healthcare environment.

"This week is very much part of student research training at Sydney Nursing School. It is a special opportunity for students to hear from leaders in nursing and midwifery research and to be mentored and guided in presenting their own research to an audience."

The breadth and depth of research undertaken by students at Sydney Nursing School reflects their extensive knowledge and skills as health practitioners. Topics span Sydney Nursing School's major research areas, including maternal, perinatal and women's health, cancer and palliative care, chronic diseases and co-morbidities, intensive care, trauma, emergency and mental health.

During the week, Sydney Nursing School welcomes Professor Kathy Dracup, Dean of the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, and Associate Professor Cheryle Moss, Associate Professor of Nursing, Research and Practice Development at Monash University, as keynote speakers and presenters of master classes.

Professor Dracup's professional career includes 35 years' experience in cardiovascular nursing and university professorships. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her research into the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on spouses and other family members. Professor Dracup will present her keynote address on An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cardiovascular Research to open Research Week.

Associate Professor Cheryle Moss' primary research interests include practice development, workplace learning, and action-based qualitative research methods. The subject of her keynote address will be The Evolving Practices of Literature Reviews: Implications for Nursing and Midwifery Research Students.

According to Associate Professor Waters, "Research is a process of inquiry and students are often surprised at just how seductive this process can become.

"That's what Research Week is about - it's a special time dedicated to listening, to thinking and for being energised and excited by the innovative and fascinating possibilities for research in nursing and midwifery to improve health and wellbeing. It is also a safe environment in which to learn about responding to questions about a research study and how this form of professional critique stimulates thoughts and ideas about the design, conduct and publication of research.

"We hope our research students learn from each other during this time and gain a greater sense of camaraderie and confidence from the experience which will sustain them as they balance their busy lives as research students and healthcare professionals," Associate Professor Waters said.

Sydney Nursing School Research Week keynote addresses are open to the public.

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