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Dr Jenny Day

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Jenny has been a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle since early 2006. Prior to this she gained extensive community nursing experience and expertise in Sydney. Much of this experience involved working in partnership with older people and their formal or informal carers, often family members. 

She is passionate about improving the quality of care for older people and their family members and has developed an interest in the experiences of families during care of the older person in various settings. In 2007 this passion led her to lead an a pilot study designed to test a participatory action research approach to a range of problems associated with assessing, preventing and managing older person delirium in acute care settings. This was followed a year later with involvement in a study designed to evaluate the outcomes of the PAR pilot study. Her PhD research built further on this interest and turned to exploring the experiences of families during an older loved one’s delirium.  Her current research relates to community based aged care and consumer directed care.

Whilst at the University Jenny's teaching has focused on the undergraduate nursing program where she has co-ordinated partnership/therapeutic relationship and primary health care courses, as well as teaching into a range of other courses, including those related to older person care and foundational first year studies. Her expertise in teaching has been acknowledged through receipt of Faculty and University awards (individual and team based) related to student learning/teaching.

Research Expertise
Delirium in older people, older people and their family members, consumer directed care, community aged care, qualitative research methodologies, in particular phenomenology and participatory action research.

Teaching Expertise
Undergraduate course co-ordination across multiple campuses and with large student populations/teaching teams

Collaborations
Jenny maintains close ties with the Collaborating Centre for Older Persons' Care, a centre which collaborates on research and scholarly activity relating to the provision of optimal care for older people in a range of settings. Researchers in this centre respond to issues and concerns in pursuit of Person Centred Care for older people and seek to understand the experience of older adults and their families or significant others in a range of contexts in which they deal with and manage their health concerns. She is also a member of the University's Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and the BRICS Nursing and Midwifery Network with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Associate Diploma in Community Health Nursing, Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Charles Sturt University
  • Master of Education in Adult Education, University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Community nursing
  • Delirium
  • Family Members/Carers
  • Older people
  • Older person nursing
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Phenomenology
  • Primary care
  • Primary health care
  • Qualitative Research

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111001Aged Care Nursing90
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
13/03/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/09/2006 - 30/09/2006Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2006 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2004Senior Nurse Manager Information & QualityNorthern Sydney Area Health Service
Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service
Australia

Teaching appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1992 - 1/01/1998Nurse EducatorNorthern Sydney Area Health Service
Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service
Australia

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
2013University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Citation
Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2011University of Newcastle Faculty of Health Award
Community Partnerships
2008University of Newcastle Faculty of Health Award
Indigenous Collaboration

Research Award

YearAward
2010Emerging Researchers in Ageing
National Conference
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Publications

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


Chapter (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Day J, Levett-Jones T, Kenny R, 'Communicating and Relating', Kozier & Erb¿s fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson, Frenchs Forrest, NSW 509-543 (2015)
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2014Higgins I, Conway J, Hullick C, Maslin-Prothero S, Day JL, Armitage D, Hewett J, 'Communicating with older people', Critical conversations for patient safety: An essential guide for healthcare professionals, Pearson Australia, Sydney 114-124 (2014) [B2]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2013Day JL, Taylor ACT, Hunter S, Jeong S, Armitage D, Keatinge D, Higgins I, 'Community Care', Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical thinking in Client Care, Pearson, Sydney 35-54 (2013) [B2]
Co-authorsSharyn Hunter, Sarah Jeong, Ann Taylor, Isabel Higgins
2012Day JL, Levett-Jones TL, Kenny RP, 'Communicating', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 521-557 (2012) [B2]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2011Day JL, Armitage D, Jeong Y-S, Hunter S, Keatinge DR, Higgins IJ, 'Community-based nursing care', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 37-52 (2011) [B2]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins, Sarah Jeong, Sharyn Hunter
2010Day JL, Levett-Jones TL, 'Communicating', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 482-516 (2010) [B2]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2009Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Delirium and older people in acute care', Older People: Issues and Innovations in Care, Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 244-260 (2009) [B1]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2008Day JL, Koch T, 'Community-based nursing practice', Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nurisng, Elsevier, Sydney 35-48 (2008) [B2]
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Journal article (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Day J, Higgins I, 'Adult family member experiences during an older loved one's delirium: a narrative literature review.', J Clin Nurs, 24 1447-1456 (2015)
DOI10.1111/jocn.12771Author URL
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2015Day J, Higgins I, 'Existential Absence: The Lived Experience of Family Members During Their Older Loved One's Delirium.', Qual Health Res, (2015)
DOI10.1177/1049732314568321Author URL
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2014Day J, Levett-Jones T, Taylor ACT, 'Using a virtual community to enhance nursing student's understanding of primary health care', Collegian, 21 143-150 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.colegn.2013.09.006
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsAnn Taylor, Tracy Levett-Jones
2014Rossiter R, Day J, 'Cycles of reflection and challenge: Using sequential blended learning strategies to enhance student understanding of, and transition to, the Nurse Practitioner role in Australia', Collegian, (2014)

Aim: This paper describes and discusses the development and implementation of sequential blended learning strategies in one Australian post-graduate nursing program designed to support student transition to the Nurse Practitioner (NP) role. Background: Despite the availability of NP practice standards and role descriptions, the diversity and complexity of NP practice can make it difficult for students commencing post-graduate NP programs to comprehend what ways they need to develop to meet professional expectations. Scholarly critique: This paper examines this contemporary post-graduate education issue. Blended learning strategies provided an opportunity to address the requirements, diversity and complexity of NP practice early in the NP program. Students were confronted with the gap between their current level of competence and NP competence, and supported to plan and travel the transitional and developmental pathway to achieve competence. Conclusion: Working with students from early on in their degree enables them to progressively and more clearly envision the gap between their current level of competence and that required of the Australian NP role. Adopting a sequential blended learning approach is one way to engage students in preparing for their future role. Consideration of design elements integral to blended learning approaches is important, including a need for authenticity and support. Preparing NPs who fully comprehend the nature and scope of their practice is both vital for safety and of strategic importance to the nursing profession. Examples of how to facilitate student understanding of the NP role are needed to inform educational practice.

DOI10.1016/j.colegn.2015.04.001
2014Day JL, Levett-Jones T, Thorington Taylor A, 'Using a virtual community to enhance nursing student's understanding of primary health care', Collegian, 0-0 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.colegn.2013.09.006
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones, Ann Taylor
2014Rossiter RC, Day J, McDonald VM, Hunter S, Jeong S, Van Der Riet P, et al., 'Redefining old: Optimising health and wellbeing', Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health, 40 59-72 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins, Vanessa Mcdonald, Jane Maguire, Pamela Vanderriet, Sarah Jeong, Sharyn Hunter, Rachel Rossiter
2011Day JL, Higgins IJ, Keatinge DR, 'Orientation strategies during delirium: Are they helpful?', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 3285-3294 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03849.x
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2009Li P, Giles M, Dumont FA, Day JL, Higgins IJ, 'The uptake and utility of a protocol for delirium prevention: An evaluation study', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 2 7-11 (2009) [C2]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2009Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'The process of practice redesign in delirium care for hospitalised older people: A participatory action research study', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46 13-22 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.013
CitationsScopus - 21Web of Science - 19
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2008Day JL, Higgins IJ, Koch TG, 'Delirium and older people: What are the constraints to best practice in acute care?', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 3 170-177 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1748-3743.2008.00115.x
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2000Jannings W, Day JL, 'A tool to ease the strain', Australain Council of Community Nursing Services Journal For Community Nurses, 5 9-10 (2000)
2000Fleming A, Day JL, Glanfield L, 'Registered nurse management of urinary catheters in a rehabilitation and long term care hospital', International Journal of Nursing Practice, 6 237-256 (2000)
1999Fleming A, Day JL, Glanfield L, 'Enrolled nurse management or urinary catheters in a rehabilitation and long term care hospital', Official Journal of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association, 21-25 (1999)
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Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Turning to Media Depictions of Delirium: A PhD Student¿s Approach and Insights during a Phenomenological Study [Poster]', Care and Compassion iin a Changing World. 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Experiencing a loved one¿s sudden absence during delirium: The perspectives of family members of older people [oral paper]', DECLARED: Delirium Clinical and Research Day: A One Day Multidisciplinary Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Experiencing a loved one¿s sudden absence during delirium: The perspectives of family members of older people [oral paper]', DECLARED: Delirium Clinical and Research Day: A One Day Multidisciplinary Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'The lived experience of family members during their older loved one¿s delirium: A phenomenological study.[poster]', DECLARED: Delirium Clinical and Research Day: A One Day Multidisciplinary Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
2013Day JL, Higgins I, Keatinge D, 'Family member experiences during an older loved one's delirium', Emerging Researchers In Ageing, Sydney (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2012Levett-Jones TL, Day JL, 'Wiimali: A virtual community that engages nursing students in learning about primary health care', Conference Proceedings. 4th International Nurse Education Conference, Baltimore, MD (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2010Day JL, 'Moving on: Partnering to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students', 12th National Conference - Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Day JL, 'The lived experience of family members who visit a hospitalised older person when the older person has delirium', 2010 National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing: "Getting the Right Skill Mix". Abstracts & Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Higgins IJ, Li P, Day JL, Giles M, Dumont F, 'PAR and the prevention of delirium in older people in the acute care setting: Outcomes and meaning of participation', 8th World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2009Higgins IJ, Day JL, Koch TG, Li I, Giles M, Dumont FA, 'The detection & prevention of delirium in acute care: An evaluation of the uptake & utility of guidelines by health professionals', New Zealand Association of Gerontology & Age Concern New Zealand Conference 2009: Conference Downloads, Wellington, NZ (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
2008Higgins IJ, Day JL, Koch TG, 'The detection and prevention of delirium in an acute care setting', Australasian Journal of Ageing, Fremantle, WA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins
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Other (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'Older loved one¿s and delirium: The experiences of family members in Australia. The Annals of Delirium Care', [Newsletter item] ( issue.October pp.7-9). Scotland: European Delirium Association (2014)
2014Day JL, Higgins I, 'A Case for Compassion: Family Member Experiences During Their Older Loved One¿s Delirium [Oral paper]', ( pp.53-53). Newcastle: School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle (2014) [O1]
Co-authorsIsabel Higgins

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Day JL, Changing family portraits: Sudden existential absence during delirium. A phenomenological study of the lived experience of family members during their older person¿s delirium, University of Newcastle (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$4,080

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20143 grants / $4,080

Stepping together - Co-designing Consumer Directed Care$2,500

Funding body: Home Care Today

Funding bodyHome Care Today
Project TeamDoctor Jenny Day
SchemeCDC Co-Production Action Research Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401519
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, Australia, 1 - 3 October 2014.$970

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Jenny Day
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400904
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

'DECLARED' Delirium Clinical and Research Day, Melbourne Australia, 27 May 2014$610

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Jenny Day
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400535
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Management
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Jenny Day

Position

Lecturer
Older Persons' Care Research Group
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Emailjenny.day@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 2091

Office

RoomRW1-45
BuildingRichardson Wing
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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