Intensive care unit nurse educator Jenny Jaspers collaborates with ICU clinical coaches Alex Ensor, Alison Bruce and registered nurse Jeraldene McKenna at Nambour General Hospital.
Intensive care unit nurse educator Jenny Jaspers collaborates with ICU clinical coaches Alex Ensor, Alison Bruce and registered nurse Jeraldene McKenna at Nambour General Hospital. John McCutcheon

Patients benefit in nursing trial

PATIENTS are the winners with the introduction of a revolutionary nursing trial on the Sunshine Coast that could be adopted across the state.

The program, which has been at Nambour General Hospital's intensive care unit for 12 months, has been hailed a success in improving the knowledge and practical skills of nurses.

It centres around staff keeping up to date with the newest nursing methods and technological developments.

Staff surveys have shown it has changed the workplace culture to one of ongoing learning.

On Friday its accomplishments were recognised at the inaugural research day at the hospital.

Nurse educator Jenny Jaspers said it was an honour to present the program, changing the culture of learning in an intensive care unit using educational leadership and a clinical coach framework.

"The framework had not been used in ICU before," she said.

"Historically, the traditional business of a nurse was patient care in ICU where there is a complex environment.

"The program encourages improved clinical learning."

As part of the trial, three part-time clinical coaches were employed in ICU.


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