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Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien

Conjoint Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Louise O’Brien holds a joint appointment position with the University of Newcastle and Western NSW Local Health District. She is based at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Bloomfield Campus Orange NSW. Her research and clinical interests focus on aspects of mental health nursing models of care, the organisation and development of nursing practice, psychotherapeutic relationships, mental health aspects of health care, family–focused mental health services and mentorship and leadership. Professor O’Brien’s research is highly collaborative with clinical nurses, and other mental health professionals. She has twice received Mental Health Research Awards. She is an experienced research higher degree supervisor with fourteen completions and 8 current students. She has published 8 book chapters and fifty nine refereed journal articles. She sits on a number of editorial boards and manuscript review panels for nursing journals. Her teaching experience includes curriculum development and subject co-ordination and teaching of master of mental health nursing and nurse practitioner degrees. Professor O'Brien has extensive experience in health service teaching and workshop facilitation. She has provided consultations to health services and to not-for-profity organisations and has sat on a range of national and state committees for mental health issues. She is an active member of the Australian College of Mental Halth Nurses holding positions of scientific convenor of the ACMHN International Conference 2009, Sydney, Australia; Chair of the ACMHN Research Committee; and Chair of the NSW Branch of the ACMHN Education Committee. Previous academic positions include Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University NSW and Associate Professor of Nursing University of Western Sydney, NSW. She has adjunt professorial status at University of Western Sydney, NSW and Charles Sturt University NSW Australia.

Research Expertise

Professor Louise O'Brien's research and clinical interests focus on aspects of mental health nursing models of care, the organisation and development of nursing practice, psychotherapeutic relationships, mental health aspects of health care, family –focused mental health services and mentorship and leadership. Professor O’Brien’s research is highly collaborative with clinical nurses, and other mental health professionals. She has twice received Mental Health Research Awards. She is an experienced research higher degree supervisor with seventeen completions and 7current students. Methodologies for research are primarily qualitative, with a particular emphasis on hermeneutic phenomenology, however she also has expertise in mixed methods studies. She has published 8 book chapters and fifty eight refereed journal articles.

Teaching Expertise
Professor Louise O'Brien has taught both on-line and face-to-face courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has extensive experience writing curriculum and teaching in masters level mental health nursing, nurse practitioner, and research methodology programs. Professor O'Brien has also extensive experience developing and conducting workshops and in-service training programmes in clinical supervison, mentorship, clinical decision-making, care of clients with borderline personality disorder, childhood abuse and its impact on adult mental health, clinical assessment in mental health services, managing abnormal illness behaviour in general hospitals.

Administrative Expertise
Professor Louise O'Brien has held management and adminstative positions in both clinical and academic areas. She has provided management and leadership expertise to Nursing Unit Manager Positions. She has led academic teams in the delivery of mental health nursing education at both undergraduate and postgraduate positions; and co-ordinated postgraduate programmes. She has led research teams from idea conception to completion of projects.

Collaborations
Professor O'Brien has conducted research in collaboration with Associate Professor Kim Foster, University of Sydney; Dr Kay McCauley, Monash University, Victoria; and Professor Debra Jackson University of Technology, Sydney.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New England

Keywords

  • Health
  • Hermeneutics
  • Midwifery
  • Mixed Methods
  • Nursing
  • Phenomenology
  • acute mental health inpatient services
  • community mental health
  • depression
  • legal and ethical issues in mental health care
  • mental health
  • mental health nursing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2009 - 1/09/2010 Professor of Nursing Charles Sturt University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
1/01/2004 - 1/02/2009 Associate Professor of Nursing (Mental Health) University of Western Sydney
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/1995 - 1/01/2004 Senior Lecturer, Joint Appointment Mental Health University of Western Sydney
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.


Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 O'Brien LM, 'Principles for nursing practice: Schizophrenia', Living With Chronic Illness and Disability Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Australia 232-246 (2017)
2017 O'Brien LM, 'Principles for nursing practice: Depression', Living With Chronic Illness and Disability Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier, Australia 247-266 (2017)
2014 O'Brien L, Rossiter R, McMinn B, 'Depression in Older People', Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice, Wiley, Milton, Queensland 455-488 (2014) [B2]
2013 Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'The effective nurse', Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW 3-13 (2013) [B2]
2009 Maharaj R, Andrew S, O'Brien L, Gillies D, 'A Mixed Methods Sequential Explanatory Study: Police Referrals to a Psychiatric Facility', Mixed Methods Research for Nursing and the Health Sciences 181-194 (2009)
DOI 10.1002/9781444316490.ch10
Citations Scopus - 2
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Journal article (63 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Gillies D, Maiocchi L, Bhandari AP, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien L, 'Psychological therapies for children and adolescents exposed to trauma', COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD012371
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2015 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, Peters K, 'Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI): sources of support for young women', CONTEMPORARY NURSE, 50 50-57 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2015.1013427
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2014 Matheson A, O'Brien L, Reid J-A, 'The impact of shiftwork on health: a literature review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 3309-3320 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/jocn.12524
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 33
2014 McCloughen A, O'Brien L, Jackson D, 'Journey to become a nurse leader mentor: past, present and future influences', Nursing Inquiry, 21 301-310 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/nin.12053
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Dywili S, Bonner A, O'Brien L, 'Why do nurses migrate? a review of recent literature', JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, 21 511-520 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01318.x
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 30
2013 Maharaj R, O'Brien L, Gillies D, Andrew S, 'Police referrals to a psychiatric hospital: Experiences of nurses caring for police-referred admissions', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 22 313-321 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00881.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 O'Brien L, Lakeman R, O'Brien A, 'Managing potential conflict of interest in journal article publication', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 22 368-373 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00869.x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2013 Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien L, D'Abrew N, 'Psychological therapies for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents (Review)', Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal, 8 1004-1116 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ebch.1916
Citations Scopus - 39
2012 Dywili S, Bonner A, Anderson J, O'Brien LM, 'Experience of overseas-trained health professionals in rural and remote areas of destination countries: A literature review', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 175-184 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01281.x
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11
2012 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, Peters K, 'Stigma and stereotypes: Women and sexually transmitted infections', COLLEGIAN, 19 15-21 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2011.10.001
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9
2012 Foster K, O'Brien LM, Korhonen T, 'Developing resilient children and families when parents have mental illness: A family-focused approach', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 3-11 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 43
2012 O'Brien LM, 'Talking about what we do', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 495-496 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2012 Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien LM, D'Abrew N, 'Psychological therapies for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CD006726 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 50Web of Science - 28
2011 McCloughen A, O'Brien L, Jackson D, 'Nurse Leader Mentor as a Mode of Being: Findings From an Australian Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study', JOURNAL OF NURSING SCHOLARSHIP, 43 97-104 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01377.x
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2011 Maharaj R, Gillies D, Andrew S, O'Brien L, 'Characteristics of patients referred by police to a psychiatric hospital', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18 205-212 (2011)

To identify any differences between patients referred by police compared with patients referred from other sources, to a psychiatric hospital in Australia, a retrospective audit o... [more]

To identify any differences between patients referred by police compared with patients referred from other sources, to a psychiatric hospital in Australia, a retrospective audit of 200 patient files was undertaken. The two most common reasons for the involuntary referral of patients by police were bizarre ideas (33%) and threats of suicide (28%). When 101 patients referred by police were compared with 99 patients from other sources, police referrals were three times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental and behavioural disorder because of psychoactive substance use, less likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, and less likely to be diagnosed as psychotic. Police referrals were more likely to have worse functional scores; exhibit aggressive behaviour; spend fewer days in hospital; more likely to be admitted to the psychiatric intensive care unit, and to be secluded. The most important predictor for a police referral was drug or alcohol problems. The study indicates that patients referred by the police were more likely to demonstrate particular characteristics compared with patients referred by other sources. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing.

DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01653.x
Citations Scopus - 7
2011 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Condom negotiation: Experiences of sexually active young women', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 77-85 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05451.x
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 24
2011 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, Peters K, 'Healthcare experiences of women who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 20 2259-2265 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03707.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2011 East L, Jackson D, Peters K, O'Brien L, 'Response to Hayter M (2010) Commentary on East L, Jackson D, Peters K & O'Brien L (2010) Disrupted sense of self: young women and sexually transmitted infection. Journal of Clinical Nursing 19, 2952-2953', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 20 2378-2379 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03641.x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2011 McCloughen A, Gillies D, O'Brien L, 'Collaboration between mental health consumers and nurses: Shared understandings, dissimilar experiences', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 20 47-55 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00708.x
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
2011 O'Brien L, Anand M, Brady P, Gillies D, 'Children visiting parents in inpatient psychiatric facilities: Perspectives of parents, carers, and children', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 20 137-143 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00718.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2011 O'Brien LM, Brady P, Anand M, Gillies D, 'Children of parents with a mental illness visiting psychiatric facilities: Perceptions of staff', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 20 358-363 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2011.00740.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18
2010 East L, Jackson D, Peters K, O'Brien LM, 'Disrupted sense of self: Young women and sexually transmitted infections', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 1995-2003 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03183.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17
2010 McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'More than vision. Imagination as an elemental characteristic of being a nurse leader-mentor', Advances in Nursing Science, 33 285-296 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181fb2e62
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
2010 Milton-Wildey K, O'Brien L, 'Nursing care of older patients in hospital: implications for clinical leadership', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 28 6-16 (2010) [C2]
Citations Web of Science - 2
2010 Milton-Wildey K, O'Brien LM, 'Care of acutely ill older patients in hospital: Clinical decision-making', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 1252-1260 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03141.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2010 Vallido T, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Nurses' management of adolescent sleep disturbance: A qualitative study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 324-331 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03059.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2010 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Storytelling: an approach that can help to develop resilience', Nurse Researcher, 17 17-25 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 40
2009 Sgorbini M, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Living with hepatitis C and treatment: The personal experiences of patients', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 2282-2291 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02806.x
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 29
2009 Vallido T, Peters K, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Sleep in adolescence: A review of issues for nursing practice', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 1819-1826 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02812.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
2009 McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Esteemed connection: Creating a mentoring relationship for nurse leadership', Nursing Inquiry, 16 326-336 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2009.00451.x
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 24
2009 Johnson A, Chang E, O'Brien L, 'Nursing the dying: A descriptive survey of Australian undergraduate nursing curricula', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 15 417-425 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01790.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16
2009 Vallido T, Jackson D, O'Brien L, 'Mad, sad and hormonal: the gendered nature of adolescent sleep disturbance', JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE, 13 7-18 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1367493508098377
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 4
2008 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'The benefits of computer-mediated communication in nursing research', Contemporary Nurse, 30 83-88 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.673.30.1.83
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20
2008 McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Gillies D, McSherry C, 'Nursing handover within mental health rehabilitation: An exploratory study of practice and perception', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 287-295 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00545.x
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 18
2008 O'Brien L, Buxton M, Gillies D, 'Improving the undergraduate clinical placement experience in mental health nursing', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29 505-522 (2008)

Recruitment in mental health nursing is an international problem. Improving the undergraduate clinical placement experience may help to attract students into mental health nursing... [more]

Recruitment in mental health nursing is an international problem. Improving the undergraduate clinical placement experience may help to attract students into mental health nursing. In this paper, the authors describe the development and evaluation of a clinical facilitation program aimed at improving the placement experience. Students were surveyed about their attitudes to mental health nursing before and after placement. Based on the results from 254 pre-placement and 248 post-placement surveys there was a large significant increase in students' interest in mental health nursing following clinical placement. Data collected from focus groups also indicated that facilitators, students, and clinical nurses all viewed the program positively. Copyright © Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

DOI 10.1080/01612840801981355
Citations Scopus - 31
2007 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Use of the male condom by heterosexual adolescents and young people: Literature review', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59 103-110 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04337.x
Citations Scopus - 61Web of Science - 57
2007 Atsalos C, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Against the odds: Experiences of nurse leaders in Clinical Development Units (Nursing) in Australia', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58 576-584 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04249.x
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2007 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, ''I don't want to hate him forever': Understanding daughter's experiences of father absence', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24 14-18 (2007) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2007 O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'It's a long way from the office to the creek bed: Remote area mental health nursing in Australia', Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 18 135-141 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1043659606298612
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2007 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Exploring women's experiences of STIs', Australian Nursing Journal, 15 33-33 (2007) [C1]
2007 Usher K, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Shattered dreams: Parental experiences of adolescent substance abuse: Feature Article', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 422-430 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00497.x
Citations Scopus - 17
2007 Endrawes G, O'Brien LM, Wilkes L, 'Egyptian families caring for a relative with mental illness: A hermeneutic study: Feature Article', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 431-440 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00498.x
2007 Endrawes G, O'Brien LM, Wilkes L, 'Mental illness and Egyptian families', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 178-187 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2007.00465.x
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 14
2007 McDonald G, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Guilt and shame: experiences of parents of self-harming adolescents', Journal of Child Health Care, 11 298-310 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1367493507082759
Citations Scopus - 27
2007 Gillies D, O'Brien L, Rogers P, Meekings C, 'Psychological therapies for the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2007)
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD006726
Citations Scopus - 12
2006 Foster K, McAllister M, O'Brien L, 'Extending the boundaries: Autoethnography as an emergent method in mental health nursing research', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15 44-53 (2006)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00402.x
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 41
2006 McCloughen A, O'Brien L, 'Interagency collaborative research projects: Illustrating potential problems, and finding solutions in the nursing literature', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15 171-180 (2006)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2006.00416.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
2006 Montgomery-Downs HE, O'Brien LM, Gulliver TE, Gozal D, 'Polysomnographic characteristics in normal preschool and early school-aged children', PEDIATRICS, 117 741-753 (2006)
DOI 10.1542/peds.2005-1067
Citations Scopus - 322Web of Science - 283
2006 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Disrupted relationships: adult daughters and father absence', Contemporary Nurse, 23 252-261 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2006.23.2.252
Citations Scopus - 8
2006 Jackson D, Usher K, O'Brien LM, 'Fractured families: parental perspectives of the effects of adolescent drug abuse on family life', Contemporary Nurse, 23 321-330 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2006.23.2.321
Citations Scopus - 17
2006 Gillies D, O'brien L, 'Interpersonal violence and mental illness: a literature review.', Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 21 277-286 (2006)

There is a perception that people with a mental illness are dangerous. However, there are still arguments in the research literature as to whether the evidence supports this perce... [more]

There is a perception that people with a mental illness are dangerous. However, there are still arguments in the research literature as to whether the evidence supports this perception. The major aim of this paper is to review the findings of these studies in regard to the risk of violent behaviour in people with mental illness. An additional aim is to give an overview of the risk factors for violence in people with a mental illness. This systematic search of the literature resulted in good evidence that diagnoses such as schizophrenia and personality disorder are associated with an increased risk of violent behaviour. Substance abuse was the risk factor most associated with an increase in the risk of violent behaviour in people with a mental illness. However, there are substantial differences in the methods used in studies of the risk in violence in people with mental illness resulting in a large variability in the estimates of risk. One of the major causes of variation may be due to the different definitions of violence that are used. The need remains, therefore, for a meta-analysis of this literature based on clear definitions of violence in order to get a more accurate estimate of the risk of violence in people with a mental illness.

DOI 10.5172/conu.2006.21.2.277
Citations Scopus - 7
2006 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, 'Father absence and adolescent development: A review of the literature', Journal of Child Health Care, 10 283-295 (2006)

Rapid social change has seen increasing numbers of woman-headed singleparent families, meaning that more and more children are growing up without a father resident in the home. Fa... [more]

Rapid social change has seen increasing numbers of woman-headed singleparent families, meaning that more and more children are growing up without a father resident in the home. Father absence is a term that is not well defined and much of the literature does not discriminate between father absence due to death, parental relationship discord or other causes. This article presents a critical review of the extant literature on father absence, particularly as it relates to adolescent well-being and development. Findings from the literature point to the importance of father presence in children's lives and suggest that father absence has ramifications for children and adolescents. The conclusions drawn from this literature review suggest that father absence and its effects on children and families is an area for further research, with the view of developing strategies to ameliorate the impact of father absence on children and adolescents. © 2006 SAGE Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi.

DOI 10.1177/1367493506067869
Citations Scopus - 43
2005 Usher K, Jackson D, O'Brien L, 'Adolescent drug abuse: Helping families survive', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 14 209-214 (2005)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2005.00383.x
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16
2005 McCloughen A, O'Brien L, 'Development of a mentorship programme for new graduate nurses in mental health', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 14 276-284 (2005)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2005.00394.x
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 27
2004 O'Brien LM, Cole R, 'Mental health nursing practice in acute psychiatric close-observation areas', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 13 89-99 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2004.00324.x
Citations Web of Science - 30
2004 Meekings C, O'Brien L, 'Borderline pathology in children and adolescents', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 13 152-163 (2004)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2004.0327.x
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
2003 O'Brien L, Cole R, 'Close-observation areas in acute psychiatric units: A literature review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 12 165-176 (2003)
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-0979.2003.t01-1-00286.x
Citations Web of Science - 18
2003 Gallop R, O'Brien L, 'Re-establishing psychodynamic theory as foundational knowledge for psychiatric/mental health nursing', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 24 213-227 (2003)

Psychiatric nursing care is based on an interpersonal process that relies on the therapeutic use of self in the service of patient care. Despite acknowledgment of the importance o... [more]

Psychiatric nursing care is based on an interpersonal process that relies on the therapeutic use of self in the service of patient care. Despite acknowledgment of the importance of the relationship, there has been little attention paid to the knowledge embedded in psychodynamic theory that can provide a basis for understanding the nurse-patient relationship. This paper argues that nurses need to understand and apply such theory if they are to pursue the assertion that the relationship with the patient is the foundation of their practice. The authors discuss the essential components of psychodynamic theory and their application to nursing as well as the possible reasons for the loss of interest in such theory.

DOI 10.1080/01612840305302
Citations Scopus - 27
2003 Lambert CE, Lambert VA, Davidson PM, Anders R, O'Brien L, Yunibhand J, et al., 'Nurse faculty perceptions regarding psychiatric-mental health nursing behavioral interventions: a cross-cultural comparison.', Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 15 333-346 (2003)

Mental disorders are internationally responsible for significant disease burden and disability. However, limited cross-culturally comparisons, related to psychiatric-mental health... [more]

Mental disorders are internationally responsible for significant disease burden and disability. However, limited cross-culturally comparisons, related to psychiatric-mental health nurses and the care they deliver, have been conducted. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to present information obtained from nurse faculty from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the USA (State of Hawaii) about: a) titles and educational preparation of the psychiatric-mental health nurses; b) the role and perception of others about the psychiatric-mental health nurses; c) nursing behavioral interventions, including medications; d) length of stay of hospitalized psychiatric patients; e) leading mental health problems; and, f) the profile of the population with a mental illness. The findings reflect diversity in the role and educational preparation of psychiatric-mental health nurses, as well as how psychiatric-mental health patients are treated.

DOI 10.5172/conu.15.3.333
1999 Kemppainen JK, O'Brien L, Williams H, Evans L, Weiner KN, Holzemer WL, 'Quantifying patient engagement with nurses: validation of a scale with AIDS patients.', Outcomes management for nursing practice, 3 167-174 (1999)

The purpose of this study was to develop and test a measure of patient engagement with nurses, which is a quantifiable outcome of nurse-patient encounters. This measure, based on ... [more]

The purpose of this study was to develop and test a measure of patient engagement with nurses, which is a quantifiable outcome of nurse-patient encounters. This measure, based on verbatim patient statements, was tested with a multi-site sample of 162 hospitalized patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Although developed and tested with acutely ill AIDS patients, the scales are not AIDS specific and hold promise as a general measure of the outcomes of nurse-patient encounters in other acute and chronic illnesses.

Citations Scopus - 5
1998 O'Brien L, 'Clinical snapshot: angina pectoris.', The American journal of nursing, 98 48-49 (1998)
DOI 10.2307/3471831
1998 Kemppainen JK, O'Brien L, Corpuz B, 'The behaviors of AIDS patients toward their nurses', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 35 330-338 (1998)

The purpose of this study is to identify the behavioral responses of hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS to nursing care providers. The critical incident technique, developed by F... [more]

The purpose of this study is to identify the behavioral responses of hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS to nursing care providers. The critical incident technique, developed by Flanagan (1954) was used to obtain a listing of the behavioral responses. Patients were asked to recall brief descriptions of caregiving events. A purposive sample included 118 men and women with HIV/AIDS from broad socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. A total of 273 critical incidents yielded a listing of 393 behaviors. The analysis of data was facilitated by a computer program which allowed for the creation of coding systems and refinement of coded items into behavioral response categories. The inductive content analysis yielded 10 major response categories: participate, anger, appreciate, come close, stay away, match respect, match disrespect, dependent, complaint, and self care. In the largest category, 41% of the patients described ways in which they participate actively in their nursing care. These behavioral responses sharply contrast with current literature which continues to place a negative emphasis on the attitudes and behaviors of nurses. One third of the patients listed angry behaviors which were directed at nurses. Behavioral descriptions of anger reflected increased irritability with advancing illness, intense psychological responses toward an AIDS diagnosis, or a violent and angry style of relating to others in street settings. Two of the response categories describe the reciprocal nature of nurse-patient interactions. By becoming aware of patient responses, nurses will obtain a greater understanding of what changes would influence outcomes in patient behavior. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Citations Scopus - 24
1992 O'Brien LM, Bartlett KA, 'TB plus HIV spells trouble.', American Journal of Nursing, 92 28-34 (1992)
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Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Williams N, Taylor A, Ebert L, O'Brien L, 'Facilitating care for women with intellectual disability in pregnancy: A qualitative study into health professionals' understanding of the issues', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2015) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.07.104
Co-authors Lyn Ebert, Ann Taylor
2013 Parsons VLM, O'Brien LM, James CG, Loxton DJ, 'Paramedics under mental health legislation in Australia', Abstracts of the XXXIIIrd International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Colin James
2013 Norrish S, Foster K, O'Brien L, Edwards C, '"I suppose it keeps them connected to their family": The use of 'family rooms' in mental health inpatient units', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2013)
2013 O'Brien T, Conway J, Conway D, O'Brien L, Giles M, Bantawa K, 'Better prepared, better placement: An online orientation resource for undergraduate nursing students and their supervisors in mental health settings', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Obrien
2012 East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Sources of support: Young women and sexually transmitted infections', Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2012. Program, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012 Rossiter RC, O'Brien LM, 'Reviewing the impact of national registration for nurse practitioners on university curricula in Australia', The 7th Conference of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Surfers Paradise (2012) [E3]
2012 Parsons V, O'Brien LM, Loxton DJ, James C, 'Constructing a social narrative on the foundation of shared experiences: A common bond between mental health nurses and paramedics in pre-hospital mental health care', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2012 Rowe M, O'Brien LM, Harmon CW, 'Frequent re-admission to a rural mental health facility: A mixed method research project', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin (2012) [E3]
2011 McCauley K, Barnfield J, O'Brien LM, 'Assessment of suicidality in perinatal women by midwives and maternal child health nurses', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011 Hartog CY, O'Brien LM, Stone TE, 'That's not my job! Well...whose job is it to place the flags in caring for mentally disordered offenders?', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing: Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 37th International Conference Abstracts, Gold Coast (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Teresa Stone
2010 Johnson A, O'Brien LM, 'Rattling the curriculum cage - the time for reform is now', Third National Palliative Care Education Conference, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
2010 O'Brien LM, Anand M, Brady P, Gillies D, Stathis B, 'Children visiting parents in inpatient psychiatric units: Perspectives of staff, children and parents', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
2010 Harrison B, Moss C, Elsom S, McCauley-Elsom K, Barnfield J, O'Brien LM, 'Perinatal depression and suicide (PDS): A study of midwives and MHCNs ability and confidence to assess the mental health of women', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
2009 Foster K, O'Brien L, 'EI=qr2? Caring for ourselves: Emotional intelligence in mental health nursing research', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2009) [E3]
2008 Fitzgerald M, O'Brien L, Ferguson J, Gartshore L, Clark G, Walker M, Kitto E, 'Psychotherapeutic relationship skills: An education program in the art of adolescent mental health nursing practice', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2008) [E3]
2008 Maharaj R, O'Brien L, Andrew S, Gillies D, 'Mental health nursing research: An investigation on psychiatric referrals from the police', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $110,684

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20122 grants / $110,684

Better Prepared, Better Placements: Online orientation for Mental Health nursing students and their clinical supervisors$109,184

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway, Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien
Scheme NSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200840
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

ACMHN's 38th International mental health Nursing Conference - the Fabric of Life, Darwin Convention Centre, 3 - 5 October 2012$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200927
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2012 PhD Maternity Care for Women with Intellectual Disability: A Qualitative Studies into the Barriers and Facilitators of Care PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Women's experience of working shiftwork while caring for children: A phenomenological study Nursing, Charles Sturt University Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD West African nurses experience of migration to rural Australia Nursing, Charles Sturt University Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Past is Not a Foreign Country. A History of Ideas in Psychiatric Nursing Scholarship Based on Textbook Literature From 1885 to 2013 PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Clinical Decision Making and the Role of Paramedics Fulfilling their Legislative Powers Under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW). A Qualitative Study PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Police Referrals to mental health services: A mixed methods study Nursing, University of Western Sydney Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Nursing the dying: A mixed methods study Nursing, University of Western Sydney Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Mentorship for leadership: A study of Australian nurse leaders Nursing, University of Western Sydney Principal Supervisor
2009 PhD Young women's stories of having a sexually transmitted infection: A feminist perspective Nursing, University of Western Sydney Co-Supervisor
2007 Masters Living with Hepatitis C and its treatment: A phenomenological study of the experiences of patients and their partners Nursing, University of Western Sydney Principal Supervisor
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Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien

Position

Conjoint Professor
School of Nursing & Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email louise.obrien@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 47573253
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