Laurie Grealish

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This article describes the findings of an empirical study on the use of foot massage as a nursing intervention in patients hospitalized with cancer. The study was developed from the earlier work of Ferrell-Torry and Glick (1992). In a sample of 87 subjects, a 10-minute foot massage (5 minutes per foot) was found to have a significant immediate effect on the(More)
OBJECTIVE To obtain information about aged care services in rural New South Wales public hospitals, and to describe key operational aspects of their service delivery models. DESIGN A mixed methods design was used to combine data collected from: (i) a survey of public hospitals and (ii) qualitative site visits in a sample of eleven rural sites. SETTING(More)
Within nursing education, graduate pedagogies are relatively unexplored, with research commonly focused upon undergraduate and continuing education. In order to address the increasingly complex organisational challenges in the workplace, mid-career nurses and midwives are turning to graduate education. In one graduate course on cultures of learning in the(More)
AIM This paper reports a study to explore nursing students' experience of learning in the clinical setting of a Dedicated Education Unit using a communities of practice framework. BACKGROUND The Bachelor of Nursing curriculum at the University of Canberra is clinically focused, recognizing the importance of learning to be a nurse in and from practice. A(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This paper aims to discuss the implementation of a 'community of practice' model of clinical teaching into four residential aged care facilities. BACKGROUND There is increasing international evidence that aged care is a burgeoning health issue, particularly in developed countries. Recruitment and retention of nurses is problematic in(More)
Australia has a growing number of specialist palliative care services. As they expanded in the Australian Capital Territory, a working party was established to discuss issues associated with palliative care. One activity authorized by this committee was a survey of nurses' knowledge of palliative care. The Palliative Care Quiz for Nurses (Ross et al, 1996)(More)
In Australia, there are two established models for teaching in the clinical setting, supervision and preceptorship. Both models are used in the final year unit at the University of Canberra. In 1995, seven clinical supervisors and 34 preceptors responded to a questionnaire about their perceptions of their respective roles. The most significant findings were(More)
This analysis of the academic and student discourse about learning in the practicum in one Australian pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing course is part of a larger study examining the professional identity of undergraduate students in three professional groups: nursing, teaching and engineering. The focus group discussion of six student nurses reveals(More)
BACKGROUND Nursing work is governed by a web of overarching documents from professional bodies, registration bodies, and individual health care organisations. The focus for these documents is to maintain high standards and protect patients and organisations from unnecessary risk. The presentation of the nurse within these documents has important(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify rates of potentially preventable complications for dementia patients compared with non-dementia patients. DESIGN Retrospective cohort design using hospital discharge data for dementia patients, case matched on sex, age, comorbidity and surgical status on a 1 : 4 ratio to non-dementia patients. SETTING Public hospital discharge(More)