Peter ‘Kevin’ O’Shaughnessy
School of Nursing and Midwifery
City East Campus
University of south Australia
Phone: +61 8 8302 1012
The ResearchED Unit focusses on collaborative projects between the University of South Australia, School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department.
Over the past seven years there has been an ongoing collaborative effort between the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia and the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department to facilitate nurse-led research in an Emergency Department setting. This process has been championed by Kevin O’Shaughnessy and supported by Professor Adrian Esterman and Professor Carol Grech.
Kevin has focused on engaging and mentoring many emergency nurses into a variety of projects to try and establish and grow a vibrant, challenging and engaging research culture within the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department. As part of establishing a research culture, many forms of investigation have been encouraged. Small projects have been supported, as well as larger research projects have been instigated. A number of Emergency Department nurses have been, and are currently, undertaking postgraduate research including Honours research degrees and PhD study.
The University of South Australia School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of the largest schools of its type in Australia and provides a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree programs. The School has a substantial program of multidisciplinary research that addresses issues related to clinical practice, health, safety and quality, teaching and learning. As part of this research, the School accepts Honours, Masters and PhD students seeking to have an outstanding research education under the supervision of experienced academic staff.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Emergency Department is the main trauma hospital for South Australia. The RAH ED treats over 70,000 patients per year with an admission rate of around 40%.The current Emergency Department was opened in May 2003.At the time of opening, it was the largest and most advanced ED in Australia, with 46 patient cubicles, and 4 separate resuscitation areas.
As the only professorial ED in SA, there is a strong academic focus and an active research program. For medical staff, education is tailored to all levels with an emphasis on preparation for both parts of the FACEM examination. In Nursing, there is particular emphasis on post-graduate study with many of the Emergency Department Registered Nurses undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Science (Emergency Nursing). Professional affiliation with the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is encouraged within the department to assist in developing professional and educational standards for Emergency Nursing practice as well as promoting a high standard of emergency health care.