The Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Nursing and Midwifery Directorate, the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, and the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee take great pleasure in presenting the Nursing and Midwifery Research Annual Report 2021. There is no doubt that 2021 proved to be another challenging year in which nurses and midwives demonstrated their knowledge, agility and commitment to meet the ongoing issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this report nurses and midwives showcase their dedication, leadership and commitment to evidenced based practice, innovation and creativity to meet health service demands. The NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Annual Report 2021 highlights the health outcomes and difference that nurses and midwives are making to the health system, practice and our broader community. The report details nursing and midwifery educational activities, practice development programs and innovative activities and research implemented across our health care systems.
RESEARCH GRANTS There were 10 grants awarded from government and non- government organisations to NSLHD nurses and midwives for $2,046,215.45. In 2021, NSLHD nurses and midwives submitted 24 grant applications. PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS There were 76 peer reviewed publications in which NSLHD nurses and midwives are named lead investigator or co- investigator. The publications frequently involved other health care disciplines and other health districts. Similarly, many of the publications involved key industry partners from the university sector. Frequent partners include: University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. In addition to the peer reviewed publications, 29 NSLHD nurses and midwives presented their work at either international or national conferences. These events were often multidisciplinary.
RESEARCHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The education program provided by the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre continues across NSLHD, metropolitan health districts and for university partners. The researcher education program was delivered to 452 participants. The Research Master Classes were provided to 192 participants, including 138 NSLHD staff and 54 external attendees and Higher Degree Research students. The NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Health Informatics Mentorship Program provided by the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre was completed by 12 nurses. The Clinical Researcher Development Program provided by the NSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre delivered five study days to 133 NSLHD staff and 5 external attendees. The Practice Inquiry Online Drop-in sessions were attended by 95 NSLHD staff and 15 external attendees. The Health Informatics Mentorship Program was funded by the NSW Ministry of Health Nurse Strategy Reserve ($170,398.00) for 2020-2021. Of note, and despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we endeavoured to continue meetings and education programs using digital platforms and provided many more individual consultations with the same dedication, leadership and commitment as in past years. Our education attendance metrics continue to demonstrate that the programs are popular and needed.
PEER REVIEWED BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
NSLHD nurses and midwives were sought for their expertise and knowledge during 2021. Several NSLHD nurses and midwives were lead authors and co-authors for 4 peer reviewed international books or book chapter publications.
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