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Dr Helen Bellchambers

Casual Research Assistant

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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/2015 - 20/12/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
28/07/2014 - 22/12/2014Casual Academic Clinical SupportUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
20/01/2014 - 6/07/2014Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
6/08/2007 - 24/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
5/07/2007 - 6/07/2007Sessional TeacherUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/05/2002 - 18/11/2005LecturerUniversity 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Keatinge 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Bellchambers HL, 'Vital signs', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 602-648 (2012) [B2]
2011Bellchambers 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-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2011Levett-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-authorsTracy Levett-Jones

Journal article (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ebert 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2013.11.003
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson, Lyn Ebert
2012Harmon 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1748-3743.2010.00261.x
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsPeter Summons, Isabel Higgins
2011Ebert LM, Ferguson AJ, Bellchambers HL, 'Working for socially disadvantaged women', Women and Birth, 24 85-91 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2010.08.002
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsLyn Ebert, Alison Ferguson
2011Perry 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05655.x
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsLin Perry, Julie Byles, L Parkinson
2010Lapkin 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ecns.2010.05.005
CitationsScopus - 48
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2007McMillan MA, Bellchambers HL, '(Guest Editorial) Nurse prescribing: Adding value to the consumer experience', Australian Prescriber, 30 2-3 (2007) [C3]
2007Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'Critical elements within a journey towards the achievement of quality use of medicines', Collegian, 14 31-36 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60545-4
2007Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'The critical elements within a journey towards the achievement of quality use of medicines', Collegian, 14 31-36 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60545-4
2006Bellchambers HL, McMillan MA, 'Progressing QUM in aged care', Geriaction, 24 15-26 (2006) [C2]
2002Keatinge 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]
CitationsScopus - 12
2000Keatinge 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]
CitationsScopus - 9
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Conference (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ebert 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-authorsLyn Ebert, Alison Ferguson
2011Levett-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-authorsConor Gilligan, Tracy Levett-Jones
2011Parkinson 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-authorsL Parkinson, Julie Byles
2010Bellchambers 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-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2010Levett-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-authorsConor Gilligan, Tracy Levett-Jones
2010Bellchambers 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]
2009Perry 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-authorsL Parkinson, Julie Byles, Lin Perry
2009Lapkin 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-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2009Byles 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-authorsJulie Byles, Lin Perry, L Parkinson
2009Phelan 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-authorsIsabel Higgins, Peter Summons
2009Parkinson 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00398.x
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Lin Perry, L Parkinson
2009Parkinson 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00398.x
Co-authorsLin Perry, Julie Byles, L Parkinson
2009Parkinson 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x
Co-authorsL Parkinson, Julie Byles, Lin Perry
2009Reid-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-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2002Cholowski 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]
2001Bellchambers 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]
2001Keatinge 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]
2001McMillan 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 grants6
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 bodyAustralian Learning and Teaching Council
Project TeamProfessor Tracy Levett-Jones, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Doctor Conor Gilligan
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000934
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Helen Bellchambers
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190129
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Helen Bellchambers
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188437
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyCommonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project TeamDoctor Helen Bellchambers
SchemeQuality Use of Medicines
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181608
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Krystyna Cholowski, Doctor Robert Cantwell, Doctor Helen Bellchambers
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181455
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $49,961

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

Funding body: Australian Nursing Federation

Funding bodyAustralian Nursing Federation
Project TeamProfessor Diana Keatinge, Doctor Helen Bellchambers, Mrs Elizabeth Bujack
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178706
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY
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Research Supervision

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Woman-centred Care and the Socially Disadvantaged Woman: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Helen Bellchambers

Positions

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

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

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

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

Office

RoomRW1:20 Richardson Wing Callaghan Campus
BuildingRichardson Wing
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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