Dr Melissa Robinson-Reilly

Dr Melissa Robinson-Reilly

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Melissa Robinson-Reilly is a Lecturer and Program Convenor of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). Recently relocated to the Port Macquarie Campus.

Melissa is an endorsed nurse practitioner within the disciplines of Oncology, Supportive and Palliative Care, Renal Supportive Care. As previous student of the University of Newcastle NP program, Melissa has first hand experience in the program and a personal insight into the challenges of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Melissa has over 35years of nursing experience in both acute and community health. During her career she has strived for excellence in patient care provision grounded in evidence based practice. Melissa's philosophy of nursing is attributed to knowing the patient in one's care and to seek knowledge to enable the best outcomes. Advocacy, autonomy and accountability are attributes to empower nursing.

Melissa's experience as an advanced practice nurse within oncology led to implementing a nurse-initiated venous access team with her colleague in a rural setting, and was the impetus for her doctoral study, the lived experience of venous access - "more than a mozzie bite". This qualitative study explored what it is like for cancer patients to undergo multiple cannulations to have their treatments for a potentially life limiting illness and understand the impact. This research presented, at 6 international conferences, has opened several opportunities to engage in international collaborations.

Melissa's passions involve patient/clinician experience, cancer nursing, venous access, education, qualitative research/hermeneutic phenomenology, and ethics.

Membership

2010 - Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, NSW Chapter Secretary.

2012 - Australian College of Nursing.

Conference Presentation

30th August – 2nd September, 2016:  ACNP Conference, Alice Springs.

11th September, 2016:  9th ICN INP/APN Conference Hong Kong.

6th April 2016, Royal College of Nursing UK – International Nurses Research Conference, Edinburgh Scotland.

14-16 June 2015, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) on vascular access.

20-23 October 2013,National Nurse Forum, Canberra. The lived experience of venous access – implications for policy and practice.

22-24 October 2012, Faculty of the Professions – 7th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. Title: The lived experience of venous access – the conclusions?

26-29 June 2012, 2nd World Congress on Vascular Access, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Title: The lived experience of venous access – within a cancer journey.

24 April 2012,Quality Forum and Essentials in Care Showcase, Manning Rural Referral Hospital, Taree NSW. Title: Time-out Antineoplastic Administration.

22 – 24 September 2011, Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference & 7th Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care, Hong Kong. Title: The lived experience of venous access – within a cancer journey.

30 June 2011, Medical Grand Rounds, Manning Rural referral Hospital Taree NSW. Title: Cancer in the elderly: who really cares?

10-11 February 2011, 13th Breast Cancer Nurse Conference, Melbourne. Title: The lived experience of venous access – within a cancer journey.

7-11 March 2010,16th International Cancer Conference in Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Title: The lived experience of venous access.

9th February, 2010,Research Intensive School, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, NSW. Title: My living experience of data analysis.

18th November, 2009, Oncology Society of Australia, Broadbeach, QLD. Title: The lived experience of venous access.

28th October 2009, Rural Health Research Colloquium, Ballina, NSW. Title: The lived experience of venous access – the preliminary findings.

4th October 2009, National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Birmingham, UK. Title: The lived experience of venous access – the preliminary findings.

16th July 2009,Higher Degree Research Conference, University of New England, Armidale, NSW. Title: “the lived experience of venous access”.

26th June 2009, MASCC/ISOC - Multinational Supportive Care in Cancer Conference, Rome, Italy

20th June 2009, Nurse Society Australia, Newcastle.

23rd-26th September 2008, 8th Australian New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Darwin, NT. Title: Redefining Care, Cancer Institute NSW - coauthor.

13th September 2008, 2nd Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference, Adelaide. Title: Palliative Care Information – A Cancer Institute NSW Initiative - coauthor.

26th August 2008, HNEHealth Palliative Care Interest Group, Taree NSW. Title: Palliative Care & Primary Health Care – CI-SCaT – Cancer Institute Standard Cancer Treatments coauthor.

2nd August 2007, MOGA/CNSA Conference, Grand Hyatt, Melbourne. Title: ‘PICC Us’.

7th-9th March 2007, NZ Intravenous Nursing Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. Title: ‘PICC Us’.

30th November 2006, 3rd Australian Health & Medical Congress – COSA Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, Melbourne Convention Centre 30th November 2006. Title: PICC Us – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters.

14th November 2006, 29th Annual Oncology Nurses Group Conference, Brisbane Hilton. Title: “PICC Us” Nurse Innovation into Venous Access.

22nd June 2006, Hunter New England Health 2nd Annual Showcasing Innovation in Clinical Practice, Tamworth Campus. Title: “PICC Us” Nurse Innovation into Venous Access. Website: ARCHI – Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare.

30th Aug – 2nd Sept 2005, 8th Annual Palliative Care Conference 2005, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. Title: Dying to get in – A fast tracking project, coauthor.

27th May 2004, MNCAHS Palliative Care Transition Workshop. Title: Oncological/Palliative Care Emergencies.

28th April 2003, Port Macquarie Base Hospital Oncology/Haematology 15 year Anniversary, Sails Resort, Port Macquarie. Title: Palliative Care – the last 15 years.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England
  • Graduate Certificate in Oncological Nursing, NSW College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of New England
  • Master of Nursing, University of New England
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW TAFE
  • Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cancer Nursing, Haematology, Palliative Care
  • Cancer, Palliative Care, Qualitative Research,
  • Ethics
  • Lived experience
  • Qualitative, Hermeneutic Phenomenonology

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 50
130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
12/05/2014 - 7/05/2015 Nurse Practitioner, Supportive & Palliative Care Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Nepean Cancer Care Centre
Australia
23/08/2010 - 27/10/2013 TNP/Nurse Practitioner Oncology Manning Rural Referral Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 5/09/2016 - 22/12/2016
NURS6622 Learning Contract B
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordiantor 5/09/2016 - 22/12/2016
NURS6711 Palliative Care Practice
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 5/09/2016 - 22/12/2016
11383 Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Program Convenor 4/01/2016 - 31/12/2017
12244 Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Program Convenor 4/01/2016 - 31/12/2017
NURS3106 Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/08/2016 - 22/12/2016
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Publications

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


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Robinson-Reilly MJ, 'Application of heat prior to intravenous catheter insertion to improve comfort and safety for patients requires further research', Evidence-based nursing, 20 15-15 (2017)
DOI 10.1136/eb-2016-102451
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly
2017 Govind N, Pich J, 'Measuring the impact of a ¿point of view¿ disability simulation on nursing students' empathy using the Comprehensive State Empathy Scale 75-81 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Background Although empathy is an integral component of professional practice and person-centred care, a body of research has identified that vulnerable patie... [more]

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Background Although empathy is an integral component of professional practice and person-centred care, a body of research has identified that vulnerable patients groups frequently experience healthcare that is less than optimal and often lacking in empathy. Aim The aim of this study was to examine the impact of an immersive point-of-view simulatio n on nursing students' empathy towards people with an Acquired Brain Injury. Setting and Participants A convenience sample of 390 nursing students from a cohort of 488 participated in the study, giving a response rate of 80%. Students undertook the simulation in pairs and were randomly allocated to the role of either a person with Acquired Brain Injury or a rehabilitation nurse. The simulated ¿patients¿ wore a hemiparesis suit that replicated the experience of dysphasia, hemianopia and hemiparesis. Design Characteristics of the sample were summarised using descriptive statistics. A two-group pre-test post-test design was used to investigate the impact of the simulation using the Comprehensive State Empathy Scale. t-Tests were performed to analyse changes in empathy pre post and between simulated ¿patients¿ and ¿rehabilitation nurses¿. Results On average, participants reported significantly higher mean empathy scores post simulation (3.75, SD = 0.66) compared to pre simulation (3.38 SD = 0.61); t (398) = 10.33, p < 0.001. However, this increase was higher for participants who assumed the role of a ¿rehabilitation nurse¿ (mean = 3.86, SD = 0.62) than for those who took on the ¿patient¿ role (mean = 3.64, SD = 0.68), p < 0.001. Conclusion The results from this study attest to the potential of point-of-view simulations to positively impact nursing students' empathy towards people with a disability. Research with other vulnerable patient groups, student cohorts and in other contexts would be beneficial in taking this work forward.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.007
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Kerry Hoffman, Lorna Maclellan, Tracy Levett-Jones, Carol Norton, Melissa Robinson-Reilly, Danielle Noble
2016 Robinson-Reilly M, Paliadelis P, Cruickshank M, 'Venous access: the patient experience', Supportive Care in Cancer, 24 1181-1187 (2016) [C1]

© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Introduction: The evolution of venous access via peripheral cannulation, particularly in relation to the risks and the benefits of this... [more]

© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Introduction: The evolution of venous access via peripheral cannulation, particularly in relation to the risks and the benefits of this procedure, is reported widely in the literature. However, there is limited research specific to the patient experience of undergoing venous access. Aim: The intent of this qualitative study was to understand patients¿ experience of venous access, with the aim of bringing forth their voices about the experiences of repeated venous access/cannulation attempts. Methodology: This qualitative study used a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to explore the experiences of 15 participants in two rural oncology units in Australia. The participants had experienced repeated peripheral cannulation in order to receive chemotherapy. Study participants were asked to describe what it was like for them to be repeatedly cannulated. Data were collected via audiotaped individual interviews, the participants¿ stories were transcribed and analysed thematically. Outcomes: Themes emerged from the participants¿ stories that provided insights into their perceptions of the experience of being cannulated and the decision-making processes regarding how and where the procedure occurred. The findings suggest that a holistic approach to care was often missing causing the participants to feel vulnerable. Gaining insight into their experiences led to a greater understanding of the impact of this procedure on patients and the need to improve care through encouraging more collaborative decision-making processes between clinicians and patients. Conclusion: The implications for policy and practice focus on improving patient outcomes via procedural governance and education, with the intent of translating the findings from this research into evidence-based practice.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-015-2900-9
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly
2010 Robinson-Reilly MJ, Paliadelis P, Cruickshank M, 'This won't hurt a bit - the lived experience of venous access', Australian Journal of Nursing, (2010)
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly
2010 Robinson-Reilly MJ, Paliadelis P, Cruickshank M, 'This won't hurt a bit - the lived experience of venous access', Australian Nursing Journal, 18 19-19 (2010)
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly
2006 Robinson-Reilly M, Fletcher T, 'PICC innovation leads to improved health services.', Australian nursing journal (July 1993), 14 29 (2006)
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,500

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20161 grants / $1,500

RCN International Nursing Research Conference - Edinburgh, Scotland$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Projects

Evaluating the impact of a disability simulation activity for undergraduate nursing students. 2015 - 2017


Nurse's experience of intravenous cannulation a review of the literature. 2017

International collaborative research, University of Hull, UK.


Telehealth education for undergraduate and postgraduate health students: exploring the role of simulation. 2017 - 2018


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Dr Melissa Robinson-Reilly

Position

Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email melissa.robinson-reilly@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 65816356

Office

Room RM 22A
Building NCI-TAFE Block D
Location Port Macquarie Campus
Cnr Oxley Highway and Widderson Street
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Australia
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