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Overview

Current Work

Professor Chaboyer’s program of research has focused broadly on patient safety and nursing interventions that contribute to improving care of hospitalised patients. Three significant bodies of her research have influenced health policy and practice, all of which are underpinned by patient centred care: ICU Liaison Nurse, Bedside Nursing Handover, and Pressure Injury Prevention. More recently, Professor Chaboyer's work has expanded into Patient Participation, and Surgical Wounds.

ICU Liaison Nurse: Initially funded by an ARC Linkage grant and then Qld Health funding, Professor Chaboyer began studying the ICU discharge process. In subsequent research she evaluated a new nursing role, the ICU Liaison Nurse, to assist both patients and staff in this process. A 2014 meta-analysis confirmed the ICU Liaison Nurse was associated with decreased ICU readmissions (Niven et al., Crit Care Med 2014; 42(1):179-87.) Over the past 15 years Professor Chaboyer has continued to focus on the ICU discharge process (see publications and grants). and CI, she recently assisted a Swedish team of researcher to undertake the first Implementation study of a ICU Liaison Nurse Service in Sweden. This project has begun in March 2016.

Nursing Bedside Handover: Professor Chaboyer’s research into nursing bedside handover (2008 – 2010) provided the seminal evidence base for this nursing activity, now regarded as best practice. This research showed patients and families were supportive of bedside handover and were willing to actively participate in it. In fact, the standard operating protocols she developed for the ACSQHC as a result of this work is reproduced in the Joint Commission’s text “Improving Communications During Transitions of Care” (2010). Since 2013 she has been involved in support Swedish research into bedside handover.

Pressure Injury Prevention: Professor Chaboyer’s pressure injury prevention program of research first showed the gap between best evidence and practice and went on to demonstrate patients were willing to participate in pressure injury prevention. It also showed the cost of treating pressure injuries in Australia. Her NHMRC funded cluster randomised trial of a pressure injury prevention care bundle focuses on active patient participation and developing patient-nurse partnerships in prevention. The patient education materials (DVD, brochure and poster) have now been translated into eight other languages and are freely available on the Patient-Centred Health Services website, which is situated in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland website.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Adverse Events in ICU Patients
  • Clinical Handover
  • Continuity of Care for Intensive Care Patients
  • Continuity of care
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • ICU Patient Outcomes
  • ICU Practice
  • Intervention research
  • Interventions to improve nursing practice
  • Mixed methods
  • Nursing Handover
  • Nursing Sensitive Indicators
  • PDSA quality improvement processes
  • Patient Centered Care
  • Patient Engagement
  • Patient Safety
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Statistical Process Control analysis
  • Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB)

Country Affiliations

  • Thailand

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 336 (Other: 336)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Keynote Address
    Emergency Nursing in the Future,   Swedish Association for Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Nurses 50th Anniversary Conference (Riksföreningen för Anestesia och Intensivård), Stockholm, Sweden.,   2012,  
  • Keynote Address
    Pressure Injury Prevention: State of the Evidence,   International Nursing Symposium Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Development, Kunming Nursing Association & Kunming Nursing Quality and Safety Centre, China,   2017,  
  • Keynote Address
    Holistic Nursing Care; Caring for the Patient and Caring for the Nurse.,   19th Annual Meeting of Integrated Medicine of Japan. Yamaguchi, Japan. 12-13 December, 2015,   2015,  
  • Keynote Address
    Developing and leading a high impact research centre: Strategies for success.,   Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurses Honor Society 26th Annual Research Congress 23-27 July, 2015, Puerto Rico.,   2015,  
  • Keynote Address
    Designing a pressure injury program of research.,   40th Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care Auckland, NZ,   2015,  
  • Keynote Address
    Patient Safety.,   International Council on Women’s Health Issues, Cape Town, South Africa 10 – 12 November, 2014,   2014,  
  • Collaboration
    Developing a Centre of Nursing Research Excellence.,   RCN 2013 International Nursing Research Conference. 20 – 22 March, 2013. Belfast.,   2013,  
  • Keynote Address
    Building and Leading a High Performing Research Centre; Strategies for Success.,   Europe Region Sigma Theta Tau International Conference. 16-18 June, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden.,   1970,  
  • Keynote Address
    ICU Liaison Nurses.,   Swedish Association for Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Nurses 50th Anniversary Conference (Riksföreningen för Anestesia och Intensivård). 22-23 November, 2012, Stockholm, Sweden,   2012,  
  • Keynote Address
    ICU Liaison Nurse Role Development in Australia,   II Congreso de la Federación Latinoamericana de Enfermería en Cuidado Intensivo (Second Latin American Critical Care Nursing Conference). 24 – 26 June, 2011. Cordoba, Argentina.,   2011,  

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Wendy focuses her research interests on nurses’ contribution to patient safety. This work has been in relation to adverse events, clinical handover, the ICU discharge process and more recently in the areas of patient participation, pressure injury prevention and surgical wounds. Her work in these areas has involved testing complex healthcare interventions. Wendy has been very active in the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN), having sat on the National and State Boards of Directors for several terms. She has been the Chair of Research Advisory and the Quality Advisory Panels, and the lead professor of the National Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing. Wendy has over $9 million in research grants, over 230 peer reviewed publications, 13 book chapters and one edited book in its third edition. She has supervised 16 PhD students, 1 Master of Philosophy, 20 Masters and 2 Honours students to completion. In July, 2015 Wendy was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI International Nursing Honour Society) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and in 2017 was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.  

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Queensland - 1999
  • MN Master Of Nursing, University Of Alberta 2008
  • BS Bachelor of Science, University Of Alberta 2008

Awards and Honours

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 2017 -
  • International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing 2015 -
  • Vice Chancellor's and President's Research Leadership Award, Griffith University 2013 -
  • Research Leadership, Griffith University Health Group - 2013
  • Technical advisory panel member for Australian Safety and Quality Goals, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 2011 - 2012
  • Expert Committee on Clinical Handover, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 2008 - 2011
  • Best Research Team, Griffith University Health Group - 2010
  • Research Leadership, Griffith University Health Group - 2009
  • Postgraduate Coursework and Supervision, Griffith University - 2006

Professional experience

  • Deputy Head of School - Research, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery 2018 -
  • Group Co-Lead, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Patient Centred Health Services 2016 -
  • Director, NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients 2010 - 2016
  • Professor, Griffith University, School of Nursing 2004 -
  • Director, Griffith University, Centre for Clincal Practice Innovation 2003 - 2011
  • Associate Professor, Griffith University 2002 - 2004
  • Coordinator of Bachelor of Nursing (post-registration), Griffith University, School of Nursing 2001 - 2002
  • Intensive Care Research Fellow, Gold Coast Hospital 2000 -
  • Acting Deputy Head of School, Griffith University, School of Nursing 2000 - 2001
  • Lecturer & Coordinator of the Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Critical Care, Gold Coast Hospital 1994 - 1999
  • Registered Nurse (Intensive Care Unit), Gold Coast Hospital 1996 - 1997
  • Registered Nurse (General Medicine, Post Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care & Critical Care Float Pool), Various Hospital and Health Centres, Canada (Manitoba & Alberta) 1982 - 1992

Internal service roles

  • Expert Panels: ARC Linkage, Griffith University 2005 -
  • Health Group Research Committee, Griffith University 2004 -
  • Senior Staff Selection Committees, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery 2003 -
  • Health Group Strategic Board, Griffith University 2006 - 2008
  • Health Group Board, Griffith University 2006 - 2008
  • Senior Staff Review Committee, Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery 2003 - 2008
  • School of Nursing Committee, Griffith University 1995 - 2004
  • Expert Panels: RHD Supervision, Griffith University 2006 -

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Professor in Health Science, Gunma University 2017 - 2018
  • Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Queensland Health, Patient Safety Centre 2008 - 2010
  • Frances Bloomberg Distinguished International Visiting Professor, University of Toronto 2008 - 2009
  • Visiting Professor, University of Kuwait, Faculty of Medicine - 2005
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Intensive Care Unit 2001 -
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Gold Coast Hospital, Intensive Care Unit 2000 -
  • Visiting Scholar, Yagamata University, School of Medicine - 2001
  • Visiting Scholar, Malmo University, Centre for Evidence Based Practice - 2002

Editorial roles

  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Nursing Studies 2014 - Present
  • Editorial Board, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences -
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Nursing Studies -
  • Editorial Board, Nursing in Critical Care -
  • Editorial Board, Australian Critical Care -
  • Editorial Board, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing -

External advisory roles

  • Advisory Group - Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE), National Health and Medical Research Council 2016 -
  • Conference Organising Committee, Australian Critical Care Nurses (QLD) - 2002
  • Conference Organising Committee, Second International Conference on Safety, Quality, Audit and Outcomes in Intensive Care - 2008
  • Conference Organising Committee, Third International Conference on Safety, Quality, Audit and Outcomes in Intensive Care - 2009
  • Grant Reviewer, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses -
  • Grant Reviewer, Australian Research Council -
  • Grant Reviewer, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia -
  • Grant Reviewer, Intensive Care Foundation -
  • Grant Reviewer, Research Foundation Flanders -
  • Grant Reviewer, Medical Research Council, South Africa -
  • Grant Reviewer, Health Board, Ireland -
  • Chair of the Quality Advisory Panel, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 2008 - 2010
  • Safety and Quality Committee, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society 2008 - 2010
  • Assessor, Nurse Practitioner Licence NSW Registration Board 2003 - 2008
  • National Board, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 2003 - 2005
  • Queensland Vice President, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 2001 - 2003
  • Chair, Research Advisory Panel, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) 1999 - 2005
  • Conference Organising Committee, Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses - 1998
  • Management Committee (QLD), Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 1994 - 2005
  • Conference Organising Committee, Qualitative Health Research - 1991
  • Conference Organising Committee, Critical Care Conference - 1988

Professional memberships

  • FAAN Fellow, American Academy of Nurses - 2017
  • FACCCN Fellow, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses - 2017
  • Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Society - 2015
  • FACCCN Honourary Life Member and Fellow, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 2006 - Present
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing Australia 1996 - 2011
  • Member, Australian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 1994 - 1996
  • Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 1994 - 2017
  • Member, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 1992 - 1996
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Society 1991 -
  • Member, Canadian Nurses Association 1982 - 1995