Melanie R Bish

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This article reports on Australian research, funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services Nurse Policy Branch and conducted in two rural Victorian health services. Predicted workforce shortages in the health professions and accompanying growth in demand for services have set the scene for exploring new ways of working. Focused on Victoria's second(More)
PURPOSE Rural nurse leaders on a global scale are being challenged to create structures and processes to enable excellence in nursing care. The purpose of this scoping review is to offer an indication of the available literature relating to contemporary issues in rural nursing leadership. A review of contemporary issues facing rural nurse leaders is timely(More)
This paper outlines the processes and results of a participatory action research study undertaken to identify issues that may impact on strategies to foster nurse leadership in rural hospitals. Five Directors of Nursing from rural regions of Victoria, Australia participated. The group activities involved discussion and analysis of previous research, a(More)
BACKGROUND Choice to live and die at home is supported by palliative care policy; however, health resources and access disparity impact on this choice in rural Australia. Rural end-of-life home care is provided by district nurses, but little is known about their role in advocacy for choice in care. OBJECTIVES The study was conducted to review the scope of(More)
AIM To provide insight into the perceptions of structural empowerment of nurse leaders working in rural and regional Victoria, Australia. BACKGROUND Fostering nurse leadership in rural health services may be informed by gaining insight into rural nurse leaders' perceptions of structural empowerment. METHOD A sample of nurse executives (n = 45) from(More)
AIM The development of a practice model for rural district nursing successful end-of-life advocacy care. BACKGROUND Resources to help people live well in the end stages of life in rural areas can be limited and difficult to access. District nurse advocacy may promote end-of-life choice for people living at home in rural Australia. The lack of evidence(More)
AIM To identify factors that influence directors of nursing in their approach to leadership when working in rural Victoria, Australia. BACKGROUND In rural areas, nurses account for the largest component of the health workforce and must be equipped with leadership knowledge and skills to lead reform at a service level. METHOD A qualitative descriptive(More)
This interpretive descriptive, qualitative study explored secondary school nurses' perceptions of factors that impact on their role and their views on how their role can be best supported. Nine secondary school nurses from four Department of Human Services regions in Victoria, Australia, participated in semistructured, in-depth interviews. Purposive(More)
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