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Dr Helen Bellchambers

Casual Academic

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Helen Bellchambers is a Senior Lecturer and First Year Experience Coordinator in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Following a career as research assistant in the SoNM, Helen completed her Masters and PhD which both focused on quality medication practices by nurses. Her clinical expertise has been predominantly older person nursing, but she is now exploring ways to improve the first year experience, including academic, clinical and social experiences of nursing students.

Research Expertise
Dr Bellchambers has experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; including mixed methods, action research, case study and evaluation approaches. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Monash University
  • Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • first year experience
  • older person nursing
  • patient safety
  • quality use of medications

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2001 Keatinge DR, Bellchambers HL, Bujack E, Cholowski KM, Conway JF, Neal P, Project to Support Nurses to Involve Consumers in Their Health Care, Publications Unit, Australian Nursing Federation, Victoria, Australia (2001) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Bellchambers HL, 'Vital signs', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 602-648 (2012) [B2]
2011 Bellchambers HL, Levett-Jones TL, 'Health and illness in the adult client', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 17-36 (2011) [B2]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2011 Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, 'Medical-surgical nursing', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 3-16 (2011) [B2]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones

Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ebert L, Bellchambers H, Ferguson A, Browne J, 'Socially disadvantaged women's views of barriers to feeling safe to engage in decision-making in maternity care', Women and Birth, 27 132-137 (2014) [C1]

Background: Although midwifery literature suggests that woman-centred care can improve the birthing experiences of women and birth outcomes for women and babies, recent research h... [more]

Background: Although midwifery literature suggests that woman-centred care can improve the birthing experiences of women and birth outcomes for women and babies, recent research has identified challenges in supporting socially disadvantaged women to engage in decision-making regarding care options in order to attain a sense of control within their maternity care encounters. Objective: The objective of this paper is to provide an understanding of the issues that affect the socially disadvantaged woman's ability to actively engage in decision-making processes relevant to her care. Research design: The qualitative approach known as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to gain an understanding of maternity care encounters as experienced by each of the following cohorts: socially disadvantaged women, registered midwives and student midwives. This paper focuses specifically on data from participating socially disadvantaged women that relate to the elements of woman-centred care-choice and control and their understandings of capacity to engage in their maternity care encounters. Findings: Socially disadvantaged women participants did not feel safe to engage in discussions regarding choice or to seek control within their maternity care encounters. Situations such as inadequate contextualised information, perceived risks in not conforming to routine procedures, and the actions and reactions of midwives when these women did seek choice or control resulted in a silent compliance. This response was interpreted as a consequence of women's decisions to accept responsibility for their baby's wellbeing by delegating health care decision-making to the health care professional. Conclusion: This research found that socially disadvantaged women want to engage in their care. However without adequate information and facilitation of choice by midwives, they believe they are outsiders to the maternity care culture and decision-making processes. Consequently, they delegate responsibility for maternity care choices to those who do belong; midwives. These findings suggest that midwives need to better communicate a valuing of the woman's participation in decision-making processes and to work with women so they do have a sense of belonging within the maternity care environment. Midwives need to ensure that socially disadvantaged women do feel safe about having a voice regarding their choices and find ways to give them a sense of control within their maternity care encounters. © 2013.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2013.11.003
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Alison Ferguson, Lyn Ebert
2012 Harmon JR, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'Efficacy of the use of evidence-based algorithmic guidelines in the acute care setting for pain assessment and management in older people: A critical review of the literature', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7 127-140 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2010.00261.x
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Peter Summons, Isabel Higgins
2011 Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Bellchambers HL, 'Working for socially disadvantaged women', Women and Birth, 24 85-91 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2010.08.002
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lyn Ebert, Alison Ferguson
2011 Perry L, Bellchambers HL, Howie AJ, Moxey AJ, Parkinson L, Capra S, Byles JE, 'Examination of the utility of the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework for implementation of evidence based practice in residential aged care settings', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 2139-2150 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05655.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Lin Perry, Julie Byles, L Parkinson
2010 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Fernandez R, 'Effectiveness of patient simulation manikins in teaching clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate nursing students: A systematic review', Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 6 e207-e222 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ecns.2010.05.005
Citations Scopus - 48
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2007 McMillan MA, Bellchambers HL, '(Guest Editorial) Nurse prescribing: Adding value to the consumer experience', Australian Prescriber, 30 2-3 (2007) [C3]
2007 Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'Critical elements within a journey towards the achievement of quality use of medicines', Collegian, 14 31-36 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60545-4
2007 Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'The critical elements within a journey towards the achievement of quality use of medicines', Collegian, 14 31-36 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60545-4
2006 Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'Progressing QUM in aged care', Geriaction, 24 15-26 (2006) [C2]
2002 Keatinge DR, Bellchambers HL, Bujack E, Cholowski KM, Conway JF, Neal PW, 'Communication: Principal barrier to nurse-consumer partnerships', International Journal of Nursing Practice, 8 No 1 16-22 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 12
2000 Keatinge DR, Scarfe C, Bellchambers HL, McGee J, Oakham R, Probert C, et al., 'The manifestation and nursing management of agitation in institutionalised residents with dementia', International Journal of Nursing Practice, 6 16-25 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9
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Conference (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Browne J, Bellchambers HL, 'Can't breathe: The socially disadvantaged woman and choice', 4th Biennial Conference Breathing New Life into Maternity Care, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Lyn Ebert, Alison Ferguson
2011 Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Interprofessional education: Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Tracy Levett-Jones
2011 Parkinson L, Bellchambers HL, Moxey AJ, Brookes JA, Howie AJ, Leigh L, et al., 'EBPRAC nutrition and hydration: DEMQoL as a quality of life measure', Across the Divide: Lessons on Care from Urban and Rural Communities. Conference Program & Abstract Book, Cessnock, NSW (2011) [E3]
Co-authors L Parkinson, Julie Byles
2010 Bellchambers HL, Reid-Searl K, Levett-Jones TL, 'The creative use of masks to promote quality teaching and learning of safe medication practices for nurses', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, Gilligan C, 'Enhancing medication safety through the use of innovative multimedia, interprofessional communication and clinical reasoning', Healthcare Communication Symposium 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Bellchambers HL, Reid-Searl K, 'Using unpredictable simulation 'characters' to engage students in learning about quality use of medications', Symposium: Simulation and Beyond. Creative Teaching Approaches for Improving Patient Safety. Program, Pokolbin, NSW (2010) [E3]
2009 Perry L, Bellchambers HL, Howie A, Moxey AJ, Parkinson L, Capra SM, Byles JE, 'Does the PARIHS framework 'work for aged care?', 2009 National Australian Conference on Evidence-Based Practice. Program, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E3]
Co-authors L Parkinson, Julie Byles, Lin Perry
2009 Lapkin S, Levett-Jones TL, Bellchambers HL, 'The effectiveness of using human patient simulation manikins in the teaching of clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate nursing students: A systematic review', Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2009: Poster Presentations, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2009 Byles JE, Parkinson L, Perry L, Capra SM, Moxey AJ, Bellchambers HL, 'Implementing best practice in nutrition and hydration support in residential aged care: Change in resident nutrition status', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Byles, Lin Perry, L Parkinson
2009 Phelan CM, Higgins IJ, Summons PF, Bellchambers HL, 'What is good pain management for the older person in the acute setting?', The Australian Pain Society 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Peter Summons
2009 Parkinson L, Perry L, Capra S, Bellchambers HL, Moxey AJ, Howie A, Byles JE, 'Implementing best practice in nutrition and hydration support in residential aged care: Staff perceptions of contextual influences on practice change', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00398.x
Co-authors Julie Byles, Lin Perry, L Parkinson
2009 Parkinson L, Perry L, Capra S, Bellchambers HL, Moxey AJ, Howie A, Byles JE, 'Implementing best practice in nutrition and hydration support in residential aged care: Staff experiences of participatory action research and sustainability of practice change', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00398.x
Co-authors Lin Perry, Julie Byles, L Parkinson
2009 Parkinson L, Perry L, Bellchambers HL, Moxey AJ, Brookes JA, Leigh L, et al., 'Implementing best practice in nutrition and hydration support in residential aged care: Change in a resident quality of life score', Australasian Journal on Ageing, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
Co-authors L Parkinson, Julie Byles, Lin Perry
2009 Reid-Searl K, Bellchambers HL, Levett-Jones TL, 'Using innovative simulation to teach medication safety to nurses', Third International Clinical Skills Conference. Abstracts, Papers, Workshops and Posters, Prato, Italy (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2002 Cholowski KM, Cantwell R, Bellchambers HL, 'Strategic control over medication compliance amongst elderly cardiac patients', Conference Proceedings of the 31st Scientific Congress of the Polish Psychological Association., Lublin, Poland (2002) [E3]
2001 Bellchambers HL, 'Nurses' perceptions of clinical indicators of the quality use of medications (QUM) by nurses', Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia (2001) [E3]
2001 Keatinge DR, Bellchambers HL, 'Best practice in nurse/consumer partnerships: Both parties perspectives', Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia (2001) [E3]
2001 McMillan MA, Bujack E, Bellchambers HL, 'Boundaries of professional practice', The Seventh Annual QHR Conference 2001, Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea (2001) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $351,361

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20111 grants / $217,000

Enhancing the teaching of medication safety to nursing, pharmacy and medical students through interprofessional education (IPE)$217,000

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Professor Tracy Levett-Jones, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Doctor Conor Gilligan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000934
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,700

3rd International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato Italy, 29 June - 7 July 2009$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Helen Bellchambers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190129
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,700

The First Asian International Conference on Humanized Health Care 2007, Khon Kaen, Thailand, 3/12/2007 - 5/12/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen Bellchambers
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188437
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20022 grants / $81,000

A multi-method study of enrolled Nurses as practitioners in quality use of medicines in aged care facilities in New South Wales.$75,000

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Doctor Helen Bellchambers
Scheme Quality Use of Medicines
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181608
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Quality use of medicines though medication compliance in CCF: Pathophysiological and socio-cognitive factors$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Krystyna Cholowski, Doctor Robert Cantwell, Doctor Helen Bellchambers
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181455
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $49,961

Project to Support Nurses to Involver Consumers in Their Health Care.$49,961

Funding body: Australian Nursing Federation

Funding body Australian Nursing Federation
Project Team Professor Diana Keatinge, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Mrs Elizabeth Bujack
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178706
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 PhD Woman-centred Care and the Socially Disadvantaged Woman: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Helen Bellchambers

Positions

Casual Academic
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Research Assistant
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email helen.bellchambers@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5939
Fax (02) 4921 6301

Office

Room RW1:20 Richardson Wing Callaghan Campus
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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