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Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet

Associate Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Extensive experience in nursing and nurse education including informational teaching and research in support of upgrading nurse qualifications and nursing practice. Provided leadership in academic and university governance in senior positions within the university sector.

Research Expertise
I am currently a member of three active research teams at the University of Newcastle and I have established links with senior medical and health professionals to conduct research in palliative care, cancer research and complementary therapies. Much of my research work has been as a principal researcher of multidisciplinary teams. Examples of this research: * 2004 Hydration and Nutrition at the end Stage of Life (Victorian Registration Board). Awarded jointly with Denise Brookes (Unit Manager Palliative Care Unit) and Professor M. Ashby (Monash Medical Centre). Duration of project: 2 years. *2005 Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting. New Staff Grant. The University of Newcastle. Research team members include Dr Isabel Higgins and Milly Sneesby and Dr Phillip Good from the Mater Hospital. *2005 RIB Grant - Attitudes of health care staff regarding older people. Shared with Dr Isabel Higgins. *2006 Grant applications submitted with 3 colleagues (Dr Isabel Higgins, Dr Phillip Good and Milly Sneesby) for Margaret Mitchell Grant and Wig Week Grant . Investigation of Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes towards patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in an acute care setting. In 2009 I undertook two projects in Northern Thailand with Thai nursing colleagues to investigate the use of complementary therapies in patient care: (i) Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation:A Thai Perspective. (ii) An exploratory pilot study of the health benefits of selected complementary therapies used during the rehabilitation of brain and spinal injury patients in Thailand. Results of these studies have been submitted to professional journals for publication.

Teaching Expertise
I have over 20 years of teaching experience in tertiary institutions (at five different universities) both in Australian and overseas. I have also had extensive experience in the health care industry and the corporate environment.

Administrative Expertise
I have broad experience as a program coordinator, course coordinator, Deputy Head of School and Head of School in the tertiary education sector. In each of my positions I have been responsible for academic policy development and implementation, management of large enrolments in undergraduate and post-graduate programs, monitoring of student progress, and marketing of nursing programs for the community. For example in 2004 I was Undergraduate Convenor of the Bachelor of Nursing and in 2005 Postgraduate Convenor. Both of these positions involved curriculum development, review of teaching and learning practices, working with teaching staff and collaboration with domestic and international partners (John Hunter Hospital, Hunter New England Heatlh and Hartford, Hong Kong). In 2008 I was appointed Deputy Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery with responsibility for administrative matters including staffing. In 2010 I was appointed Head of School (Associate Professor level) for the 12-month period in the absence of the designated Head of School. Following the completion of this role as Head of School, I have returned to the position of Deputy Head of School (Admin). In 2011 the University fo Newcastle has seconded me for a position as Student Experience and Engagement Coordinator to work within the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Faculty of Health. This position in 0.5 of my total load and involves the work accross the three campusus (Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie).

Collaborations
Palliative care, in particular feeding and hydration in terminally ill patients. Chronic illness Attitudes of nurses to the older person Cancer nursing Complementary Therapies-Relaxation, massage, meditation, visualisation Wellness and wellbeing for health professionals and the community. Stroke-Complementary therapies


Qualifications

  • PhD, James Cook University
  • Diploma in Nurse Education, Lincoln College of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), La Trobe University
  • Master of Education, University of New England

Keywords

  • Aged Care
  • Cancer nursing
  • Complementary therapies
  • Palliative care
  • Teaching and Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 10
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 10
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Fellow College of Nursing
Australia
1/01/2011 -  Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2010 - 1/12/2010 Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2009 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2009 Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/12/2006 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/05/2005 - 1/12/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/05/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/07/2004 - 1/12/2004 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/02/2004 - 1/06/2004 Lecturer University of Technology Sydney
Australia
1/01/2003 -  Membership Palliative Care Special Interest Group
Australia
1/01/2002 -  Membership Complementary Therapies Special Interest Group
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2003 Registered Nurse/Div 1 Nurse Monash Medical Centre (Clayton)
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2003 Senior Lecturer Monash University
Australia
1/06/2001 - 1/06/2002 Clinical Learning and Development Manager Mayne Health
Australia
1/01/1999 -  Membership Australian Complementary Health Association
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/12/2000 Registered Nurse Albury/Wodonga Private Hospital
Australia
1/01/1994 - 1/05/2001 Post Graduate and Undergraduate Co-ordinator La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1993 - 1/12/1993 Registered Nurse Armidale District Hospital
Australia
1/01/1990 - 1/12/1993 Lecturer University of New England
1/01/1990 - 1/05/2001 Lecturer La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1989 Lecturer La Trobe University
Australia
1/01/1978 -  Membership RCNA
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2010 Leadership Award
University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Van Der Riet PJ, Pitt VL, 'Caring for a person requiring palliative care', Clinical Reasoning : Learning to Think Like a Nurse, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 244-263 (2013) [B2]
2012 Levett-Jones TL, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Teaching and learning', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 558-586 (2012) [B2]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2012 Bourgeois S, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Caring', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 504-520 (2012) [B2]
2011 Van Der Riet PJ, Pitt VL, Blyton GM, 'Nursing care of clients experiencing loss, grief and death', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 90-106 (2011) [B2]
2010 Bourgeois S, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Caring', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 464-481 (2010) [B2]
2010 Levett-Jones TL, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Teaching', Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 517-545 (2010) [B2]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
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Journal article (51 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Van der Riet P, Rossiter R, Kirby D, Dluzewska T, Harmon C, 'Piloting a stress management and mindfulness program for undergraduate nursing students: Student feedback and lessons learned', Nurse Education Today, 35 44-49 (2015)

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reducti... [more]

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reduction and support student resilience and wellbeing. There is growing evidence that regular mindfulness practice may confer positive health benefits and reduced stress levels. Objectives: The aim of this pilot project was to explore the impact of a seven-week stress management and mindfulness program as a learning support and stress reduction method for nursing and midwifery students. Setting: The program was conducted at a large regional university in Australia. Participants: Fourteen first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students agreed to attend the program and to participate in a follow-up focus group. Method and Design: A descriptive qualitative design was utilised to examine the impact of the program. A semi-structured focus group interview was conducted with a thematic analysis undertaken of the transcript and process notes. Results: Ten students completed the research component of this project by participating in the focus group interview. Three main themes capture the participants' experience: attending to self, attending to others and attending to program related challenges. Data indicate a positive impact on sleep, concentration, clarity of thought and a reduction in negative cognitions. Participants also identified challenges related to timetabling, program structure and venue. Conclusions: Overall, this pilot program enhanced the participants' sense of well-being. Despite the challenges, benefits were identified on a personal and professional level. Valuable feedback was provided that will be used to further develop and expand stress management and mindfulness programs offered to students attending this university.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.05.003
Co-authors Rachel Rossiter
2015 Van der Riet P, Rossiter R, Kirby D, Dluzewska T, Harmon C, 'Piloting a stress management and mindfulness program for undergraduate nursing students: Student feedback and lessons learned', Nurse Education Today, 35 44-49 (2015)

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reducti... [more]

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reduction and support student resilience and wellbeing. There is growing evidence that regular mindfulness practice may confer positive health benefits and reduced stress levels. Objectives: The aim of this pilot project was to explore the impact of a seven-week stress management and mindfulness program as a learning support and stress reduction method for nursing and midwifery students. Setting: The program was conducted at a large regional university in Australia. Participants: Fourteen first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students agreed to attend the program and to participate in a follow-up focus group. Method and Design: A descriptive qualitative design was utilised to examine the impact of the program. A semi-structured focus group interview was conducted with a thematic analysis undertaken of the transcript and process notes. Results: Ten students completed the research component of this project by participating in the focus group interview. Three main themes capture the participants' experience: attending to self, attending to others and attending to program related challenges. Data indicate a positive impact on sleep, concentration, clarity of thought and a reduction in negative cognitions. Participants also identified challenges related to timetabling, program structure and venue. Conclusions: Overall, this pilot program enhanced the participants' sense of well-being. Despite the challenges, benefits were identified on a personal and professional level. Valuable feedback was provided that will be used to further develop and expand stress management and mindfulness programs offered to students attending this university.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.05.003
Co-authors Rachel Rossiter
2015 van der Riet P, Maguire J, Dedkhard S, Sibbritt D, 'Are traditional Thai therapies better than conventional treatment for stroke rehabilitation? A quasi-experimental study', European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 7 16-22 (2015)

Introduction: Worldwide, stroke is the principal cause of adult disability and second leading cause of death. Traditional and complementary therapies such as yoga, tai chi, massag... [more]

Introduction: Worldwide, stroke is the principal cause of adult disability and second leading cause of death. Traditional and complementary therapies such as yoga, tai chi, massage and herbal therapies are widely used to treat a variety of illnesses in developing countries and recent research has shown that they may be of some benefit in stroke rehabilitation. Methods: A quasi-experimental controlled before-and-after study that recruited 40 stroke patients from Thung Bo Paen rehabilitation centre (treatment group) and Lampang hospital (control group), located in Northern Thailand. Measures included activities of daily living (ADLs), involving Barthel Index scores, and pain, emotion and sleep scores. Results: There was a statistically significant difference between the changes in Barthel Index scores in patients from the two treatment locations, where patients from Thung Bo Paen showed greater improvement compared to patients from Lampang hospital (. p=. 0.020). However, there were no significant differences between the changes in pain scores (. p=. 0.492), emotion scores (. p=. 0.671) or sleep scores (. p=. 0.197) in patients from the two treatment locations. Conclusions: Patients receiving traditional Thai therapies had significant improvements in ADLs at 3 months compared to conventional treatments. Future research on the use of traditional Thai therapies for stroke recovery should be conducted using a RCT, to avoid biases such as the differences in baseline measures, and should also contain an evaluation of cost, because if both approaches are shown to be equivalent, the next issue to be addressed is which approach is more cost effective.

DOI 10.1016/j.eujim.2014.01.011
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jane Maguire
2014 Stone TE, Francis LM, van der Riet P, Dedkhard S, Junlapeeya P, Orwat E, 'Awakening to the other: Reflections on developing intercultural competence through an undergraduate study tour', Nursing and Health Sciences, 16 521-527 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12139
2014 Gillan PC, Jeong S, van der Riet PJ, 'End of life care simulation: A review of the literature', Nurse Education Today, 34 766-774 (2014) [C1]

Background: Simulation is an evolving pedagogical approach to teaching in many undergraduate nursing curricula, however, there is little published literature on end of life care s... [more]

Background: Simulation is an evolving pedagogical approach to teaching in many undergraduate nursing curricula, however, there is little published literature on end of life care simulation as an effective means of teaching nursing students about end of life care. Literature review aims: To examine available literature on end of life care simulation. Review methods: An extensive literature search on end of life care simulation in the undergraduate nursing curriculum was conducted in CINAHL, Mosby's Index, Cochrane Database, Scopus, Eric via Proquest, and Medline. 6 research articles and 10 descriptive articles published between 2009 and 2013 that met the selection criteria are included in the review. Findings: Findings of these 16 articles are reported under 4 main themes: 1) Increased knowledge of end of life care through 'experiential learning'; 2) Impact of family presence on student learning; 3) the Debriefing imperative, and 4) Methodological issues raised from studies. Conclusion: The findings of the studies reviewed support end of life care simulation as a strong and viable pedagogical approach to learning for its positive effects on knowledge acquisition, communication skills, self-confidence, student satisfaction and level of engagement in learning. However, the important factors including psychological safety of students and the costs involved require careful consideration. Research on the use of simulation in nursing is still in its infancy, further research using various research designs is required to adequately explore the issues surrounding end of life care simulation. © 2013.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.10.005
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2014 Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: a randomised controlled trial.', Contemporary nurse, 5231-5255 (2014)
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.5231
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2014 Gillan PC, van der Riet PJ, Jeong S, 'End of life care education, past and present: A review of the literature', Nurse Education Today, 34 331-342 (2014) [C1]

Background: Research on end of life care education suggests that undergraduate nursing students are largely unprepared to provide end of life care to dying patients and their fami... [more]

Background: Research on end of life care education suggests that undergraduate nursing students are largely unprepared to provide end of life care to dying patients and their families. Although there have been attempts to address the issue of lack of preparedness, little is known on how to improve this. Literature Review Aims: To examine how end of life care education has been delivered to undergraduate nursing students and to critically discuss the research on modes of delivery and teaching strategies. Review Methods: An extensive literature search on end of life care education in the undergraduate nursing curriculum was conducted in CINAHL, Mosby's Index, Cochrane Database, Scopus, Eric via Proquest, and Medline. 18 research papers published between 1984 and 2012 that met the selection criteria are included in the review. Findings: Findings of these 18 articles are reported under two main themes: Modes of End of Life Education Delivery and End of Life Care Education Initiatives. Conclusion: This review highlights issues with end of life care education and suggests that end of life care simulation is an innovative strategy that may help to prepare undergraduate nursing students to provide quality end of life care. © 2013.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.009
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2014 van der Riet P, Rossiter R, Kirby D, Dluzewska T, Harmon C, 'Piloting a stress management and mindfulness program for undergraduate nursing students: Student feedback and lessons learned', Nurse Education Today, (2014)

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reducti... [more]

Background: Widespread reports of high stress levels and mental health problems among university student populations indicate the use of interventions to facilitate stress reduction and support student resilience and wellbeing. There is growing evidence that regular mindfulness practice may confer positive health benefits and reduced stress levels. Objectives: The aim of this pilot project was to explore the impact of a seven-week stress management and mindfulness program as a learning support and stress reduction method for nursing and midwifery students. Setting: The program was conducted at a large regional university in Australia. Participants: Fourteen first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students agreed to attend the program and to participate in a follow-up focus group. Method and Design: A descriptive qualitative design was utilised to examine the impact of the program. A semi-structured focus group interview was conducted with a thematic analysis undertaken of the transcript and process notes. Results: Ten students completed the research component of this project by participating in the focus group interview. Three main themes capture the participants' experience: attending to self, attending to others and attending to program related challenges. Data indicate a positive impact on sleep, concentration, clarity of thought and a reduction in negative cognitions. Participants also identified challenges related to timetabling, program structure and venue. Conclusions: Overall, this pilot program enhanced the participants' sense of well-being. Despite the challenges, benefits were identified on a personal and professional level. Valuable feedback was provided that will be used to further develop and expand stress management and mindfulness programs offered to students attending this university. © 2014.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.05.003
Co-authors Rachel Rossiter
2014 Van der Riet P, Jitsacorn C, Junlapeeya P, Dedkhard S, Thursby P, 'Nurses' stories of a 'Fairy Garden' healing haven for sick children', Journal of Clinical Nursing, (2014) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To report on the stories of registered nurses and nurse administrators in a Thai hospital that recently constructed a healing haven environment called a 'Fair... [more]

Aims and objectives: To report on the stories of registered nurses and nurse administrators in a Thai hospital that recently constructed a healing haven environment called a 'Fairy Garden' to support the formal and informal activities of sick children. Background: While there has been some research into healing environments in health for adults, there has been no qualitative research into healing environments such as natural gardens for children. Design: Narrative inquiry was selected to capture the holistic notion of the participant's experience. Clandinin's narrative inquiry framework involving three dimensions sociality, space and temporality was used to analyse the data. Methods: Eight nurses (including two head nurses, three ward nurses and three nurse administrators) were interviewed in three separate focus groups between November 2011-June 2012. Results: Findings included storylines/threads of happiness, relaxation and calmness, imagination, spirituality and cooperation in reporting observed responses of sick children to the 'Fairy Garden'. Importantly, play was seen as a distractor from the children's pain and illness, with the children's ward no longer viewed as simply a clinical hospital site. Rather the opportunities that were afforded to children to interact with the 'Fairy Garden' environment expanded their hospital experience to include play, social interaction and educational activities. Conclusion: The Nurses' stories capture numerous storylines and threads in which the 'Fairy Garden' becomes an environment beyond the constraints of the hospital ward. Storylines indicate increased acceptance and adherence to treatment as the 'Fairy Garden' opens up alternatives for children, especially those children long term in the hospital. Children exhibit behaviours that suggest the 'Fairy Garden' supports psycho-social and physical benefits that improve their hospital stay and provide potential for improved clinical outcomes. Relevance to clinical practice: Designed hospital environments need to consider the addition of natural and activity spaces to support sick children and their families. Reports from nurses caring for children indicate benefits of the natural environment outside the clinical area. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI 10.1111/jocn.12637
2014 Higgins I, van der Riet P, Sneesby L, Good P, 'Nutrition and hydration in dying patients: The perceptions of acute care nurses', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 2609-2617 (2014)
DOI 10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2014 Higgins I, van der Riet P, Sneesby L, Good P, 'Nutrition and hydration in dying patients: The perceptions of acute care nurses', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 2609-2617 (2014) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To explore the perceptions of nurses regarding the provision and nonprovision of medical nutrition and hydration during the end stage of life when death is im... [more]

Aims and objectives: To explore the perceptions of nurses regarding the provision and nonprovision of medical nutrition and hydration during the end stage of life when death is imminent in the acute care setting. Background: When people are dying, they often experience a loss of appetite and desire for drinking which are natural processes at this time. The cessation of eating and drinking challenges both family members and clinical staff. This article builds on previous studies that describe the perceptions of medical doctors and palliative care nurses regarding medical nutrition and hydration during the end stage of life when death is imminent. Design: Qualitative descriptive design. Methods: This study included three focus group meetings with ten nurses in an acute care setting in medical, oncology and haematology units. An interview schedule was used to guide the discussions. Results: The main theme to emerge from this study was 'finding a comfort space/ambiguous spaces of unrest' that included four subthemes: (1) limited involvement in decision-making, (2) comfort vs. discomfort, (3) uncertainty and (4) the comfort of withdrawing treatment. Finding a comfort space captures the challenges nurses faced when speaking about the concerns of patients and family. In this space, there were ambiguities that created unease and unrest: a reluctance to talk about death; a reluctance to engage with the patient and the family. Conclusions: Acute care nurses need to be more cognisant of the palliative approach to care and become more engaged with decision-making during the end stage of life when death is imminent. Relevance to clinical practice: Nurses in acute care settings need to be involved in decision-making and advocate for patients and family during the dying phase. Nurses in acute care need better understanding about the palliative approach to care and nutrition and hydration for people who are dying. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI 10.1111/jocn.12478
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2014 Haydon G, van der Riet P, 'A narrative inquiry: How do nurses respond to patients' use of humour?', CONTEMPORARY NURSE, 46 197-205 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.46.2.197
Co-authors Gunilla Haydon
2014 Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: a randomised controlled trial.', Contemp Nurse, 5231-5255 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.5231
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2014 Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez J, Sibbritt D, 'The influence of tai chi and yoga on balance and falls in a residential care setting: A randomised controlled trial', Contemporary Nurse, 48 76-87 (2014) [C1]

Falls amongst older people is a global public health concern. Whilst falling is not a typical feature of ageing, older people are more likely to fall. Fall injuries amongst older ... [more]

Falls amongst older people is a global public health concern. Whilst falling is not a typical feature of ageing, older people are more likely to fall. Fall injuries amongst older people are a leading cause of death and disability. Many older people do not do regular exercise so that they lose muscle tone, strength, and flexibility which affect balance and predispose them to falls. The management of falls in residential care settings is a major concern with strategies for prevention and monitoring a focus in this setting. Yoga and tai chi have shown potential to improve balance and prevent falls in older adults. They also have potential to improve pain and quality of life. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of conducting a three-arm randomised controlled trial (RCT) with frail older people in a residential care setting to test the hypothesis that a 14-week modified tai chi or yoga programme is more effective than usual care activity in improving balance function, quality of life, pain experience and in reducing number of falls. There were no statistically significant differences between the three groups in the occurrence of falls. Yoga demonstrated a slight decrease in fall incidence; quality of life improved for the tai chi group. Only the yoga group experienced a reduction in average pain scores though not statistically significant. The findings of the study suggest it is possible to safely implement modified yoga and tai chi in a residential care setting and evaluate this using RCT design. They show positive changes to balance, pain and quality of life and a high level of interest through attendance amongst the older participants. The results support offering tai chi and yoga to older people who are frail and dependent with physical and cognitive limitations.

Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2014 Dowse EM, van der Riet P, Keatinge DR, 'A student's perspective of managing data collection in a complex qualitative study.', Nurse Res, 22 34-39 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.7748/nr.22.2.34.e1302
2014 Rossiter 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-authors Isabel Higgins, Vanessa Mcdonald, Jenny Day, Rachel Rossiter, Sharyn Hunter, Jane Maguire, Sarah Jeong
2013 O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, Clark K, Martin T, Lock M, Pidcock T, et al., 'The Need for Rural and Regional Aboriginal Palliative Care Models', Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 3 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.4172/2165-7386.1000152
Co-authors Mark Lock, Tony Obrien
2013 Gillan PC, Parmenter G, van der Riet PJ, Jeong S, 'The experience of end of life care simulation at a rural Australian University', NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 33 1435-1439 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.11.015
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2013 Gillan PC, Jeong S, van der Riet PJ, 'End of life care simulation: A review of the literature', Nurse Education Today, (2013) [C1]

Background: Simulation is an evolving pedagogical approach to teaching in many undergraduate nursing curricula, however, there is little published literature on end of life care s... [more]

Background: Simulation is an evolving pedagogical approach to teaching in many undergraduate nursing curricula, however, there is little published literature on end of life care simulation as an effective means of teaching nursing students about end of life care. Literature review aims: To examine available literature on end of life care simulation. Review methods: An extensive literature search on end of life care simulation in the undergraduate nursing curriculum was conducted in CINAHL, Mosby's Index, Cochrane Database, Scopus, Eric via Proquest, and Medline. 6 research articles and 10 descriptive articles published between 2009 and 2013 that met the selection criteria are included in the review. Findings: Findings of these 16 articles are reported under 4 main themes: 1) Increased knowledge of end of life care through 'experiential learning'; 2) Impact of family presence on student learning; 3) the Debriefing imperative, and 4) Methodological issues raised from studies. Conclusion: The findings of the studies reviewed support end of life care simulation as a strong and viable pedagogical approach to learning for its positive effects on knowledge acquisition, communication skills, self-confidence, student satisfaction and level of engagement in learning. However, the important factors including psychological safety of students and the costs involved require careful consideration. Research on the use of simulation in nursing is still in its infancy, further research using various research designs is required to adequately explore the issues surrounding end of life care simulation. Crown Copyright © 2013.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.10.005
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2013 O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, McGrath P, Clarke K, Martin T, Lock M, et al., 'Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 13 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mark Lock, Tony Obrien
2012 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Reflexivity :A mainstay in promoting rigor and trustworthiness in qualitative research. Philippine Journal of Nursing, 82: 28-32', Philippine Journal of Nursing, 82 28-32 (2012)
2012 Van Der Riet PJ, Dedkhard S, Srithong K, 'Complementary therapies in rehabilitation: Nurses' narratives. Part 1', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21 657-667 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2012 Van Der Riet PJ, Dedkhard S, Srithong K, 'Complementary therapies in rehabilitation: Stroke patients' narratives. Part 2', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21 668-676 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2012 Sibbritt DW, Van Der Riet PJ, Dedkhard S, Srithong K, 'Rehabilitation of stroke patients using traditional Thai massage, herbal treatments and physical therapies', Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 10 743-750 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2011 Van Der Riet PJ, Francis LM, Levett-Jones TL, 'Complementary therapies in healthcare: Design, implementation and evaluation of an elective course for undergraduate students', Nurse Education in Practice, 11 146-152 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2010.10.002
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2011 Sneesby L, Satchell R, Good P, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Death and dying in Australia: Perceptions of a Sudanese community', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 2696-2702 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05775.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2011 Good PD, Sneesby L, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Medical officers in acute care settings: Their views on medically assisted hydration at the end of life', Journal of Palliative Care, 27 303-309 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2011 Sibbritt DW, Adams J, Van Der Riet PJ, 'The prevalence and characteristics of young and mid-age women who use yoga and meditation: Results of a nationally representative survey of 19,209 Australian women', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 19 71-77 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ctim.2010.12.009
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2011 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Exemplar: Effleurage and petrissage: Holistic practice in Thailand', Contemporary Nurse, 37 227-228 (2011) [C3]
2011 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Vipassana meditation: One woman's narrative', Collegian, 18 36-42 (2011) [C2]
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2010.10.002
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2011 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Complementary therapies in health care', Nursing & Health Sciences, 13 4-8 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00587.x
Citations Scopus - 3
2010 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Editorial - Partnerships in nursing', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 3 2 (2010) [C3]
2010 Sneesby LB, Satchell R, Good P, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Death and dying in Australia: Perceptions of a Sudanese community', HNE Handover. For Nurses and Midwives, 3 4-7 (2010) [C2]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05775.x
2009 Ebert LM, Van Der Riet PJ, Fahy KM, 'What do midwives need to understand/know about smoking in pregnancy?', Women and Birth, 22 35-40 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2008.11.001
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Lyn Ebert
2009 Levett-Jones TL, Kenny RP, Van Der Riet PJ, Hazelton MJ, Kable AK, Bourgeois S, Luxford Y, 'Exploring the information and communication technology competence and confidence of nursing students and their perception of its relevance to clinical practice', Nurse Education Today, 29 612-616 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.007
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Tracy Levett-Jones, Ashley Kable
2009 Van Der Riet PJ, Higgins IJ, Good PD, Sneesby LB, 'A discourse analysis of difficult clinical situations in relation to nutrition and hydration during end of life care', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 2104-2111 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02760.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2009 Ebert LM, Freeman L, Fahy KM, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Midwives' interactions with women who smoke in pregnancy', British Journal of Midwifery, 17 24-29 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Lyn Ebert
2008 Van Der Riet PJ, Good PD, Higgins IJ, Sneesby LB, 'Patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life', Australian Nursing Journal, 15 40 (2008) [C3]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2008 Van Der Riet PJ, Good PD, Higgins IJ, Sneesby L, 'Palliative care professionals' perceptions of nutrition and hydration at the end of life', International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 145-151 (2008) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 23
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2008 Maclellan LI, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Conference review: Report on 1st NUS-UH Conference: Advanced Practice Nursing in Multi-Cultural Environments 28 May 2008 Singapore', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 39-40 (2008) [C3]
2007 Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, Slater LE, Peek C, 'The negative attitude of nurses towards older patients in the acute hospital setting: A qualitative descriptive study', Contemporary Nurse, 26 225-237 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2007.26.2.225
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2007 Van Der Riet PJ, Brooks D, Ashby M, 'Nutrition and hydration at the end of life: Pilot study of a palliative care experience', Journal of Law and Medicine, 14 182-198 (2007) [C1]
2007 Van Der Riet PJ, Brooks D, Ashby M, 'Family perceptions of nutrition differ from terminally ill', Australian Nursing Journal, 14 19 (2007) [C3]
2006 Van Der Riet PJ, 'A palliative care story: negotiating the abject', Contemporary Nurse : A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession, 22 81-83 (2006) [C2]
2002 Van Der Riet P, Waskul D, 'Abject embodiment', Symbolic Interaction Journal, 25 486-513 (2002) [C1]
1999 Van Der Riet P, Mackey S, 'Therapeutic Massage: An Educational Program for Rural & Remote Workers in the Palliative Care Field', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 7 186-190 (1999) [C1]
1999 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Massaged embodiment of cancer patients', The Australian Journal of Holistic Health, 6 4-13 (1999)
1998 Van Der Riet P, 'The Sexual Embodiment of the Cancer Patient', Nursing Inquiry, 5 248-257 (1998) [C1]
1995 Van Der Riet P, 'Massage and Sexuality in Nursing', Nursing Inquiry, 149-156 (1995) [C1]
1994 van der Riet, 'Night Shift in ICU.', Contemporary Nurse, 3 95-96 (1994)
1993 Van Der Riet PJ, '(1993). Effects of Therapeutic Massage on Pre- operative Anxiety in a Rural Hospital. Part One.', The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 1 11-16 (1993)
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Conference (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Gillan P, Van der Riet P, Jeong S, 'Undergraduate Nursing Students¿ Experiences with End of Life Care Simulation', https://custom.cvent.com/A96F1FCE15164661A466B58D03796161/files/c18eb203f5924b89896f9665085fb59d.pdf, Newcastle (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2013 Crowfoot GM, Van Der Riet P, Maguire J, 'From symptom onset to doorway: Capturing the stories of patients with Transient Ischaemic Attack', International Journal of Stroke, Queensland (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Jane Maguire
2012 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Valuing community engagement: A School of Nursing and Midwifery's committed approach', Engagement Australia Conference. Proceedings & Handbook, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
2012 Saravanakumar P, Higgins IJ, Sibbritt DW, Van Der Riet PJ, Marquez JL, 'Yoga and tai chi for fall prevention in residential care: A feasibility study', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Glasgow, Scotland (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2012 Hickey N, Jeong Y-S, Van Der Riet PJ, Norton CA, 'The experiences of Australian students with international students from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a Bachelor of Nursing Program', 14th National Nurse Education Conference 2012. Speaker Abstracts, Perth, WA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2012 Dowse EM, Keatinge DR, Van Der Riet PJ, 'The factors influencing, and the nature of their impact, on the child and family health nurse's ability to work in partnership with parents', 23rd International Nursing Research Congress, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012 Haydon GC, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Humour in nursing', 2nd Australian Capital Region Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Conference Proceedings, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Gunilla Haydon
2012 Van Der Riet PJ, 'Reflexivity: A mainstay in promoting rigor and trustworthiness in qualitative research', 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Manila, Philippines (2012) [E3]
2011 Dedkhard S, Van Der Riet PJ, Srithong K, Sibbritt DW, 'The use of traditional Thai massage, herbal treatments and physical therapies to improve activities of daily living, mood and sleep patterns, and pain intensity of stroke patients over time', 6th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research: Evidence-based Decision Making for Traditional and Integrative Medicine Abstracts (JTCM Supplement), Chengdu, China (2011) [E3]
2010 Van Der Riet PJ, Francis LM, Levett-Jones TL, 'Complementary therapies: Design, implementation and evaluation of an elective course for undergraduate nursing students', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Slater LE, Higgins IJ, Van Der Riet PJ, 'It's not easy but so useful! Using discourse analysis to explore attutudes to older persons in acute care', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2010 Schultz A, Ngamvithayapong-Yana J, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Using research to change practice: A comprehensive view of health research utilization', First International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health, Thailand, 2010, Chiang Rai, Thailand (2010) [E3]
2010 Pitt VL, Van Der Riet PJ, Levett-Jones TL, 'Integrating palliative care into undergraduate nursing curriculum. The University of Newcastle's experience', Third National Palliative Care Education Conference, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2009 Slater LE, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Age discrimination defies patient centred care in provision of acute care of the older person. extending knowledge through discourse analysis', The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Paris, France (2009) [E3]
2008 Maclellan LI, Gooley R, Greenwood M, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Nurse practitioner practice: A question of equity!', 1st NUS-UH Conference: Advanced Practice Nursing in Multicultural Environments: Programme, Singapore (2008) [E3]
2008 Levett-Jones TL, Bourgeois S, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Exploring the information and communication technology skills of nursing students and graduates', NETNEP 2008: 2nd International Nurse Education Conference: Abstract Book, Dublin, Ireland (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2007 Van Der Riet PJ, Higgins IJ, Sneesby M, Good PD, 'Does the provision and non-provision of medical nutrition and hydration at the end stage of life cause patient suffering?', The 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Van Der Riet PJ, Terminal dehydration: The experience and perceptions of end-of-life palliative care nutrition and hydration, - (2009) [J1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $41,200

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20151 grants / $1,000

Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference 2015. Nurses and Midwives: Leading Change, celebrating success Perth WA 26-27 November 2015$1,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500840
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $2,000

Philosophy in the Nurse's World: Troubling Practice, Banff Canada, 25-27 May 2014$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400210
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $2,000

Philosophy in the Nurse's World: Politics of Nursing Practice II Conference, Banff Canada, 13 - 15 May 2012$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200412
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $2,000

Thinking qualitatively Workshop Series Canada, University of Alberta, 20 - 24 June 2011$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100766
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $2,000

International Conference Qualitative Research in Nursing Health, Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai Thailand, 1 - 3 December 2010$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000761
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

2nd Interntional Nurse Education Conference Research and Innovation in International Nurse Education, Dublin Ireland, 9/6/2008 - 11/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188439
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $3,000

18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidenced-Base Practice, Vienna, Austria, 11/7/2007 - 14/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187673
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in an acute care setting$1,300

Funding body: Coalfields

Funding body Coalfields
Project Team
Scheme Mater grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20053 grants / $27,500

2004 Hydration and Nutrition at the end stage of life (Victorian Registration Board). $20,000. Awarded jointly with Denise Brookes (Unit Manager Palliative Care Unit Monash Medical Centre).$20,000

Funding body: Nurses Board of Victoria

Funding body Nurses Board of Victoria
Project Team
Scheme Program Grant (Shared)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

2005 Nurses' and Doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting. The University of Newcastle.$5,000

Funding body: NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

Funding body NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Nurses' and doctors' perceptions and attitudes of patient nutrition and hydration at the end of life in a palliative care setting$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185670
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.35

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD An Exploratory Study of the Adolescent with Cancer Living with Hope and Loss: Do You Feel the Way I Do?
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD What is the Survivors' Experience of a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation?
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD The Influence of Healthcare Pathways upon the Outcomes and Experiences of People with TIA or Minor Stroke: A Mulitmethod Approach
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD The Experience of Undergraduate Nursing Students with End of Life Care Simulation
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD The Factors Influencing, & the Nature of Their Impact, on the Child & Family Health Nurse's Ability to Work in Partnership with Parents
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Like a Breath of Fresh Air: Yoga and Tai Chi for Frail Older People in Residential Care: A Mixed Methods Study
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2009 Masters Attitudes of Health Care Staff Towards Older Persons in Acute Care
General Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Pamela Van Der Riet

Position

Associate Professor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email pamela.vanderriet@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 16261
Mobile 0457845166
Fax 16301

Office

Room RW1-24
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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