Overview

Current Work

Prof Rickard leads the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research group within the Optimising Health Outcomes program of MHIQ.

Vascular access devices (catheters) are vital to treatment in most health specialties and diseases, with over 2 billion used globally each year. However, they can be painful to insert, and as many as 1 in 2 devices fails from complications.

Occlusion, vein irritation, blood clots, dislodgement from the vein, tissue damage from incorrect placement, and serious infections can all result, preventing needed medication therapy, and increasing pain, workload and costs to insert new devices.

Prof Rickard's work takes a life-cycle approach to improving vascular access - innovations are focused on optimal device selection, the insertion procedure, post-insertion care, and timely, safe removal.

Recent work included a worldwide collaborative of 400 hospitals who studied 41,000 patients worldwide (omgpivc.org) identifying areas for improvement to be large numbers of IVs left in place despite no required treatment, many patients with unaddressed painful symptoms, and dressings that were not clean, dry and intact.

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has funded projects on safe duration of infusion tubing use, dressings and device securement in medical, surgical and cancer patients, and criteria for removing peripheral IV catheters.
 

News

Expertise Keywords

  • Arterial catheter
  • Catheter related bloodstream infection
  • Central venous access device
  • Infiltration
  • Infusion therapy
  • Intravenous catheter
  • Medical device securement
  • Peripheral intravenous cannula
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter
  • Phlebitis
  • Vascular access
  • Wound dressing

Subject Area Codes

  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
  • Intensive Care
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
  • Nursing

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 175 (Other: 175)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Keynote Address
    One patient, one PIV - taking PIVs into the quality stratosphere,   IV Nurses New Zealand ASM, March 18-19th, Christchurch,   2016,  
  • Keynote Address
    Vascular Access Device complications and failure: Accepted but Unacceptable.,   ACCCN/World Federation of Critical Care Nurses Joint Congress. 20-23 April, Brisbane.,   2016,  
  • Keynote Address
    Guiding Guidelines to Greatness in Vascular Access,   Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) 1st Scientific Meeting. 29-30 April, Brisbane.,   2016,  
  • Plenary
    Bundle for insertion/care/removal of PIVCs,   World Congress on Vascular Access (WoCoVA). 22-24 June, Lisbon.,   2016,  
  • Plenary
    Research programs all over the world (Debate),   World Congress on Vascular Access (WoCoVA). 22-24 June, Lisbon,   2016,  
  • Plenary
    Bundling PIV Practice: What Evidence-based Interventions Do We Include in the Bundle?,   Association for Vascular Access 30th Annual Scientific Meeting 16-19 September, Orlando, Florida.,   2016,  
  • Keynote Address
    Making vascular access complications history: the CHQ and Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research partnership,   Children’s Health Queensland Research Symposium,   2016,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Dissertation Part 4 (8001HLS_P4)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 4 (8001HLS_P4)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 3 (8001HLS_P3)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 3 (8001HLS_P3)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 2 (8001HLS_P2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 2 (8001HLS_P2)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 1 (8001HLS_P1)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Dissertation Part 1 (8001HLS_P1)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Peripheral IV Access and Care (8035NRS)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, Logan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Prof Rickard is currently supervising 7 PhD students and 2 Grad Dip/Masters research dissertations

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Education and Training

  • BN Bachelor of Nursing, QUT - 1992
  • GDipN Graduate Diploma Of Nursing, QUT - 1995
  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, Qld University of Technology - 2004

Academic experience

  • Nurse Researcher (Acting), Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital 2001 - 2001
  • Research Coordinator, Department of Intensive Care, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital 1997 - 2000
  • Sessional lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Monash University 2002 - 2003
  • Research Assistant, School of Rural Health, Monash University 2001 - 2003
  • Lecturer, School of Rural Health, Monash University 2002 - 2005
  • Associate Professor in Clinical Research, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Tasmania 2005 - 2006
  • Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Griffith University 2007 -
  • Research Assistant, 2001 - 2002
  • Lecturer, 2002 - 2005
  • Associate Professor, 2005 - 2006
  • Acting Director, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Griffith University 2008 - 2008

Awards and Honours

  • Top 10 National Emerging Leaders (Health), The Weekend Australian Magazine “Next 100” 2009 - 2009
  • Top 10 Developments in Intravenous Care, IVTEAM international 2010 - 2010
  • Highly commended, Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Excellence of a Research Group 2010 - 2010
  • Mid Career Researcher, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Research Excellence Award 2011 - 2011
  • International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 2013 - 2013
  • Leadership in Research, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Research Excellence Award 2014 - 2014
  • IV Therapy Nurse of the Year (Runner Up), British Journal of Nursing 2016 - 2016
  • Best Quality and Safety Presentation, Australia & New Zealand Intensive Care Society 2011 - 2011
  • Best Critical Care Presentation, Royal Brisbane Hospital Health Care Symposium 2000 - 2000
  • Best Nursing Presentation, Royal Brisbane Hospital Health Care Symposium 2000 - 2000
  • Best Nursing Scholarship Presentation, 25th Australia & New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care 2000 - 2000
  • 1st Prize Nursing Research, 9th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive & Critical Care Medicine 2005 - 2005
  • National Quality Improvement Award for Best Clinical Project, Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) 2001 - 2001
  • Publication of the Year, Griffith Health Institute 2012 - 2012
  • QuARRIES Award, Safe Practice & Environment category, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital 2014 - 2014
  • Smart Women, Smart State Award, Highly Commended (Women in Industry/Business – Science), Office for Women, Government of Qld 2008 - 2008
  • Australian Nursing Innovation of the Year, Australian Nursing Awards (sponsored by HESTA) 2008 - 2008
  • Best Health Services Publication, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation 2014 - 2014

Professional experience

  • Assistant in Nursing, 1989 - 1992
  • Registered Nurse (Level 1/ Level 2), 1993 - 1997
  • Research Coordinator, 1997 - 2000
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant: Research (Acting), 2001 - 2001

Internal service roles

  • User Group, Griffith Clinical Trials Unit 2015 -
  • Academic Lead, Griffith Clinical Trial Randomisation Service -
  • Leadership Group, Optimising Health Outcomes 2016 -
  • Strategic Committee, NHMRC CRE for Nursing Interventions 2011 -
  • Coordinating Committee, NHMRC CRE for Nursing Interventions 2011 -
  • Director, Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group -
  • Advisory board member,
  • Research Lead,
  • Chair, 2008 - 2008
  • Chair, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Member, 2008 - 2008
  • Nursing and Midwifery representative, 2008 - 2010
  • Mentor, 2008 - 2011

External service roles

  • Judge, ‘Metro North Research Excellence Awards’ 2015, Metro North, Qld Health 2016 - 2016
  • Judge, ‘Clinical Trial of 2015’, Australasian Clinical Trials Alliance 2016 - 2016
  • Scientific Committee, Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control Annual Scientific Meeting 2013 - 2014
  • Scientific & Organising Committees, Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) 2015 - 2016
  • MPhil thesis examination, Curtin Uni 2010 - 2010
  • External expert, MPhil Confirmation of Candidature panel, School of Public Health,, QUT 2010 - 2010
  • Master of Applied Science (Research) dissertation examination, QUT 2013 - 2013
  • PhD thesis examination, Deakin University -
  • PhD thesis examination, University of Auckland 2014 - 2014
  • PhD thesis examination, Curtin University 2014 - 2014
  • Phd thesis examination, University of South Australia 2014 - 2014
  • Reviewer, project grants scheme, Queensland Health Nursing Research Grants, Office of the Chief Nursing Officer -
  • Reviewer, project grants scheme, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses -
  • Reviewer, Project grant scheme, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation -
  • Reviewer, Project grants scheme, CRE scheme, NHMRC -
  • Reviewer, Doris Bloch project grants scheme, Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing 2014 - 2014
  • Project grant reviewer (2014- ); Scientific Advisory Committee (2016-), Intensive Care Foundation 2014 -
  • Scientific Review Sub-commitee (project grants; scholarships schemes), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Research Advisory Committee 2013 -
  • Member, Grant Review Panel, Project Grants, NHMRC 2016 - 2016
  • Convenor, 2006 - 2006

Visiting appointments

  • Honorary Fellow, Critical Care Research Group, The Prince Charles Hospital 2009 -
  • Visiting Scholar, Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital 2008 -
  • Honorary Fellow, Centre for Clinical Nursing, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 2008 -
  • Honorary Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester 2015 -
  • Visiting Scholar,
  • Visiting Scholar,
  • Visiting Scholar,

Editorial roles

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue "Intravenous Therapy and Vascular Access", Nursing Research and Practice 2014 -
  • Editor, Journal of Vascular Access 2014 -
  • Editor, Vascular Access 2014 -
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Infection Prevention, journal of the UK Infection Prevention Society 2015 -
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Peer-reviewer,
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  • Peer-reviewer,
  • Editor, Research National Network, Connections, 2007 - 2009

External advisory roles

  • Academic Mentor, CVAD Guideline Collective, NSW Health Intensive Care Coordinating and Monitoring Centre 2012 - 2012
  • Guideline Development Committee. Central Venous Access Devices Guideline, Cancer Nurses’ Society of Australia 2013 - 2014
  • International Reviewer for INS Standards of Practice, Infusion Nursing Society -
  • Member, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Research Advisory Committee 2013 -
  • Director, Phi Delta at-large chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 2013 - 2015
  • Director, Australian Vascular Access Society 2013 - 2015
  • Director, Intensive Care Foundation 2014 -
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research Grant Reviewer,
  • Research grant reviewer,

Professional memberships

  • STTI Member, Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing -
  • AAHMS Elected Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences -
  • IVNNZ Member, Intravenous Nursing New Zealand -
  • INS Member, Infusion Nursing Society -
  • ACIPC Member, Australasian College of Infection Prevention & Control -
  • ACCCN Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses -
  • ACN Fellow, Australian College of Nursing -
  • AVA Member, Association of Vascular Access -
  • AVAS Member, Australian Vascular Access Society -

Government representation roles

  • Academic Mentor,

Clinical roles

  • Registered Nurse (pool), West Gippsland Regional Hospital 2001 - 2005
  • Clinical Nurse, General Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital 1997 - 2000
  • Registered Nurse, General Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital 1994 - 1997
  • Registered Nurse, Cardiac Surgery Step-Down Unit, The Wesley Hospital 1994 - 1994
  • Registered Nurse, General Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 1993 - 1993