Sonia is a lecturer in nursing and the learning.futures fellow for the Faculty. She specialised in Neuroscience Nursing and worked as a CNS and Nurse educator for the Neuroscience Clinical Accreditation Program prior to lecturing at UTS.
Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association
Adult Nursing (specialised clinical area) - undergraduate
Neuroscience Nursing - undergraduate and postgraduate
Rochester, SF, Kelly, MA, Disler, RT, White, HL, Forber, J & Matiuk, S 2012, 'Providing simulation experiences for large cohorts of 1st year nursing students: Evaluating quality and impact', Collegian, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 117-124.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
To provide each student within a large cohort the opportunity to participate in a small group simulation that meets recognised quality indicators is a challenge for Bachelor of Nursing programmes in Australia. This paper, as part of a larger longitudinal study, describes one approach used to manage a simulation for 375 1st year nursing students and to report on the quality of the experience from the student's perspective. To ensure quality was maintained within the large cohort, aspects of the simulation were assessed against the following indicators: alignment with curriculum pedagogy and goals; preparation of students and staff; fidelity; and debriefing. Data obtained from a student focus group were analysed in the context of the quality indicators. The following themes emerged from the data: knowing what to expect; assuming roles for the simulation; authenticity and thinking on your feet; feeling the RN role; and, preparation for clinical practice. This paper demonstrates it is possible to provide students in large cohorts with active participatory roles in simulations whilst maintaining quality indicators.
Matiuk, S, Hamlin, L & Fagan, AK 2005, 'Nursing practice to inform learning: the Clinical Accreditation Program', Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 310-311.
The Glasgow Coma Scale, developed by Teasdale and Jennett in 1974, is the most widespread tool used to measure consciousness in clinical practice. The tool was developed to provide consistent terminology to convey the results of assessment of conscious level in acute head injury patients. Nevertheless, it would appear that the GCS has morphed into assessment of non acute head injury patient conscious level. Consequently, the GCS is unable to identify or record the more subtly changes that might be seen in such patients. Assessing clinical changes in patients with neurological disturbance that demonstrate subtle changes in consciousness can be problematic. For example, patients can be confused but be orientated to time, place and person. In this paper, the GCS will be reviewed in terms of its relevancy to neuroscience practice, as well as how clinicians use the tool in practice. In addition, reliable and valid tools that assess consciousness and confusion in the neuroscience patient population will be discussed. Each tool will be evaluated assessment accuracy. Advancements and novel methods for neurological assessment are also considered.
Workshop - enabling participants to respond to a challenge of providing a participatory simulation experience for large numbers of students. Presenters then provided tips and strategies for how this was managed at UTS.