Kasia Bail

Kasia Bail
University of Canberra · Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Associate Professor. RN. BN(Hons). GCHEd. PhD.

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Introduction
Dr Bail’s research expertise is in the areas of older people, health services, nursing and information systems. Her research aims to influence health care delivery for ageing populations by providing evidence to improve the quality and efficiency of care for people with complex needs.
Additional affiliations
January 2007 - present
University of Canberra
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

Publications

Publications (65)
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Aim To investigate the association of unfinished nursing care on nurse outcomes. Design Systematic review in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline. Data sources CINAHL, the Cochrane Library, Embase, Medline, ProQuest and Scopus databases were searched up until April 2020. Review Methods Two independent reviewers c...
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Background: Misconceptions about men in nursing may influence recruitment and retention, further perpetuating the gender diversity imbalance in the nursing workforce. Identifying misconceptions and implementing early intervention strategies to address these deep-rooted stereotypes remain challenging but is considered critical to support students w...
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Objective: To identify outcomes of using health information technologies to support direct resident care in residential aged care homes, for residents, staff and services. Methods: In May 2022, a systematic search used CINAHL, Cochrane CRCT, MEDLINE, Proquest, PsychINFO and Scopus databases to locate papers published after 1990. Thematic analysi...
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Aims and objective: To describe the experiences of nursing care and partnership nursing as expressed by children living with long-term conditions. Background: Children with long-term conditions have higher rates of hospitalisations and adverse events in hospital, yet little is known about their experiences of nursing care. How children perceive...
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Aims and Objectives: To explore organisation wide experiences of person-centred care and risk assessment practices using existing healthcare organisation documentation. Background: There is increasing emphasis on multidimensional risk assessments during hospital admission. However, little is known about how nurses use multidimensional assessment...
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Aims and objectives: To evaluate acceptability, efficiency, and quality of a new digital care management system in a residential aged care home (RACH). Background: Improving care quality and efficiency in RACH, while simultaneously upgrading data management, is a priority for communities and governments. Design: Participatory action research w...
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Aims To understand the enablers and barriers for delivering fundamental care to hospitalized older patients. Design Explanatory sequential mixed methods design, with qualitative data used to elaborate quantitative results. Methods Set in one medical and one surgical unit of a tertiary hospital in southeast Queensland, Australia. Observations of n...
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Background When a disaster occurs, a health response must adapt to meet the needs of the community. Nursing students may be able to assist in supporting the nursing workforce to meet the community's health needs during and/or following a disaster. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding the educational needs of nursing students regardin...
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Objective Research involving people with dementia is vital to appropriately inform policy and practice decisions affecting this population. As dementia-care researchers, we frequently advocate to Human Research Ethics Committees for the right of people with dementia to choose whether to participate in research. This brief report provides some consi...
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Background Globally, families and communities are impacted by disasters every day. Nurses are integral to assisting in disasters, in the support and enablement of individuals and communities. However, some studies indicate that nurses feel ill-equipped to assist, partially because disaster content is not thoroughly addressed in the undergraduate cu...
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Aim To explore how parents of children with long‐term conditions experience partnership in paediatric and neonatal nursing care and to identify existing partnership barriers and facilitators. Background Parent–nurse partnership is fundamental to paediatric and neonatal nursing. Partnership is characterised by five attributes: parental participatio...
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Aim To use expert consensus to develop guidance for nurse leaders implementing e‐health tools to support nursing work in hospitals. Background Nurse leaders are increasingly required to make decisions about the selection, development, implementation and optimisation of e‐health tools for nursing work in hospitals. Guidance in this rapidly evolving...
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Objective: The aim was to explore and compare documentation of the nursing process for patient safety in two nursing documentation systems: paper and digital records. Background: The ʼnursing process’ (assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation) is recommended by professional nursing registration and health service accreditation bodies as a...
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Aim To determine if there are cross‐national differences in nurse understandings of the terms: missed care, rationed care and care left undone. Background Nurse researchers from a number of countries have published studies on missed and rationed care. It is not clear if there are differences in understanding the key terms across various language g...
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Background Elder abuse is an ongoing issue experienced by older persons in Australia, with instances of neglect, emotional, and physical abuse being reported to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Aim The aim of this integrative review was to explore the evidence on the effectiveness of supported decision-making for applying to...
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Background Research on missed nursing care reveals individual and systems failure. Research on infection control missed care is minimal. Aims Investigate nurse perceptions of missed infection control. Design Qualitative in-depth interviews with 11 Australian infection control nurse experts. Methods Participants were asked whether nursing and hos...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the implementation of a novel electronic bedside nursing chart in an acute hospital setting. The case study used multiple data sources captured within a real-life clinical ward context. Quantitative findings included significant reductions in nurse-reported missed care (P<0.05) and increased mean time spent...
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Objective We developed interim guidance for the care of patients with cognitive impairment in hospital during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Methods A Guidance Committee and Readers Group were recruited. The content was identified by the Committee and content‐specific subgroups, resulting in a draft document, which was sent to the Readers for review. Peop...
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Nurses and midwives of Australia now is the time for change! As powerfully placed, Indigenous and non-Indigenous nursing and midwifery professionals, together we can ensure an effective and robust Indigenous curriculum in our nursing and midwifery schools of education. Today, Australia finds itself in a shifting tide of social change, where the voi...
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Objectives To evaluate outcomes associated with pharmacist‐led medication reviews in residential aged care facility (RACF) residents with dementia. Methods Six scientific databases were searched. All study designs investigating pharmacist‐led medication reviews in RACF residents with dementia were considered. The protocol was registered with PROSP...
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Background: This pilot study aimed to assess whether an on-site pharmacist could influence indicators of quality use of medicines in residential aged care. Methods: A pharmacist was embedded in a residential aged care home for six months. A similar control site received usual care. Polypharmacy, drug burden index, antipsychotic and benzodiazepine...
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Aim : To determine evidence for the effects of care rationing on nurse related outcomes Systematic literature review: Procedures and agreements Objective We will conduct a systematic review to 1) Identify studies which connect care rationing with nurse related outcomes in acute-and institutional long-term nursing care settings 2) Determine evidence...
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Objective: To explore the feasibility of integrating a residential care pharmacist and describe the activities they subsequently undertake in an established residential aged care facility. Methods: A residential care pharmacist was integrated part-time (15 hours per week) into a 104-bed residential aged care facility in the Australian Capital Te...
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Background: Residential medication management reviews (RMMRs) are the primary strategy enabling collaborative and individualised medication reviews in Australian residential aged care homes (RACHs). Residents with dementia often have complex health needs and care goals, which makes them a useful benchmark of health service efficacy. Objective: T...
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Document recommendation systems for locating relevant literature have mostly relied on methods developed a decade ago. This is largely due to the lack of a large offline gold-standard benchmark of relevant documents that cover a variety of research fields such that newly developed literature search techniques can be compared, improved and translate...
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Document recommendation systems for locating relevant literature have mostly relied on methods developed a decade ago. This is largely due to the lack of a large offline gold-standard benchmark of relevant documents that cover a variety of research fields such that newly developed literature search techniques can be compared, improved and translate...
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Background: Physical examination of potential organ and tissue donors is standard practice to mitigate risks and optimize outcomes for transplant recipients, but the content and process of the examination has not been investigated. The aim of this study was to determine current practice of performing a physical examination on potential organ and t...
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Background Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) increase length of hospital stay and lead to poorer clinical outcomes. HAIs are viewed as preventable through risk monitoring and prevention of transmission. These activities are frequently missed. This study explores missed infection control activities through the lens of missed or rationed care. Aim...
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Aim To describe the self-reported experiences of clinicians evaluating a novel Health Information System in an acute care environment. Design The Health Information System was implemented over a one-month period in 2017 into a 26-bed acute medical ward within a 760-bed tertiary teaching hospital in Australia. Methods Data were collected using int...
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What is known and objective With the ageing of the population also comes increasing comorbidities and the use of multiple medications and administration methods, along with greater susceptibility to adverse drug reactions. Dosage form modification to facilitate drug administration in older adults can be potentially problematic as altering the origi...
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Objectives The feasibility of pharmacist‐led influenza vaccination services in residential aged care homes has not previously been studied. The primary objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of this service. The secondary objective was to assess the effect of the service on employee vaccination rates. Methods An in‐house pha...
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Aim To synthesise international research conducted on dementia‐friendly community initiatives. Background The number of people living with dementia is increasing as a result of population ageing. Impairments related to neurological changes, together with environmental challenges result in disability for people who have dementia. Led by the World H...
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Despite the increasing number of older people, many with cognitive impairment (CI), in hospitals, there is yet to be an evaluation of hospital-wide interventions improving the management of those with CI. In hospitalized patients with CI, there are likely to be associations between increased complications that impact on outcomes, length of stay, an...
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Background Registered nurses (RNs) working in Residential Aged Care Facilities are required to undertake complex management tasks including leading nursing care teams, supervising non‐nursing staff, and allocating workloads according to residents’ care needs, staff skills and experience. Registered nurses plan, assess, manage medication, evaluate e...
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Older adults are particularly susceptible to iatrogenic disease and communicable diseases, such as influenza. Prescribing in the residential aged care population is complex, and requires ongoing review to prevent medication misadventure. Pharmacist-led medication review is effective in reducing medication-related problems; however, current funding...
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Background: Hospital-acquired complications increase length of stay and contribute to poorer patient outcomes. Older adults are known to be at risk for four key hospital-acquired complications (pressure injuries, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and delirium). These complications have been identified as sensitive to nursing characteristics such...
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The Dementia Care in Hospitals program is an all-of-hospital cognitive impairment awareness and communication program supported by cognitive screening of all patients aged 65 years and over, a training program for staff, and a beside alert, the Cognitive Impairment Identifier. Baseline data shows that 34% of hospital patients 65+ have CI.....
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Complex older patients represent about half of all acute public hospital admissions in Australia. People with dementia are a classic example of complex older patients, and have been identified to have higher rates of hospital-acquired complications. Complications contribute to poorer patient outcomes, increase length of stay and cost to hospitals....
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Background: Despite improvement in health care, hospital patient safety remains a concern. Quality outcome measures that are sensitive to nursing care provision, such as 'Failure to Rescue'(death following a complication) are used for the general population, but often exclude patients aged over 75. Yet half of hospital populations are aged over 65,...
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Abstract Background: Increased length of stay and high rates of adverse clinical events in hospitalised patients with dementia is stimulating interest and debate about which costs may be associated and potentially avoided within this population. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was designed to identify and compare estimated costs for older peo...
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This chapter provides an historical analysis of the pedagogical imperatives and priorities for nursing education that triggered interest in the Dedicated Education Unit. The authors discuss how the transition from hospital to university nursing education demanded new partnerships between universities and healthcare organisations, a variety of new s...
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This chapter, in keeping with the Dedicated Education Unit principles of valuing everyone’s input, respecting and sharing their knowledge and experience, and learning from one another, presents 14 stories from people performing different roles in establishing, learning, teaching and working within differently structured Dedicated Education Units in...
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This chapter describes the uptake of the Dedicated Education Unit in Canberra, Australia, based on the Flinders University model. The authors provide brief background information about Canberra and the University of Canberra undergraduate nursing curriculum before describing the curriculum redesign required for uptake of the Dedicated Education Uni...
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To obtain information about aged care services in rural New South Wales public hospitals, and to describe key operational aspects of their service delivery models. A mixed methods design was used to combine data collected from: (i) a survey of public hospitals and (ii) qualitative site visits in a sample of eleven rural sites. Rural public hospital...
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To identify rates of potentially preventable complications for dementia patients compared with non-dementia patients. Retrospective cohort design using hospital discharge data for dementia patients, case matched on sex, age, comorbidity and surgical status on a 1 : 4 ratio to non-dementia patients. Public hospital discharge data from the state of N...
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Objective: To determine the proportion of nursing journals that are fully open access or have some elements of openness, and hence are readily accessible by nurses in clinical settings. Design: A descriptive study, with interpretive analysis of existing data sources. Setting: Access to online journals from the perspective of a nurse as a consumer....
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The aim of this study was to complete an audit on the number of open access journals within the discipline of Exercise Science. Publishing in open access journals results in wide dissemination of material in a very short period of time compared with the more traditional way of publishing in a subscription journal. The 2010 ERA journal list, categor...
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The communication of patient prognosis is an essential component of modern healthcare. Previous research has focussed on clinician-to-patient communication only, while the interaction between different professionals in a clinical setting remains relatively unexplored. The research reported here investigated how multidisciplinary clinicians (nursing...
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Prognosis communication is a significant area of patient dissatisfaction, and one of the most difficult aspects of health care clinicians' roles. The aim of this research was to investigate how prognosis is communicated between medical, nursing and allied health clinicians. A case series method was utilised, sampling patients with haematological ma...
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Awarded ’best poster prize’, this poster describes key findings from qualitative research into communication of prognosis in a haematology setting.
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This paper aims to discuss the implementation of a 'community of practice' model of clinical teaching into four residential aged care facilities. There is increasing international evidence that aged care is a burgeoning health issue, particularly in developed countries. Recruitment and retention of nurses is problematic in residential aged care. Nu...
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Aged care is a growing issue in Australia and other countries. There are significant barriers to meeting the health needs of this population. Current services have gaps between care and lack communication and integration between care providers. Research was conducted in the Australian Capital Territory to investigate the potential role of the aged...
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Nursing work is governed by a web of overarching documents from professional bodies, registration bodies, and individual health care organisations. The focus for these documents is to maintain high standards and protect patients and organisations from unnecessary risk. The presentation of the nurse within these documents has important implications...
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This paper reports a project investigating the potential role of the nurse practitioner in aged care across residential, community and acute care venues in the Australian Capital Territory. Australia, like many other countries, faces unprecedented challenges in the provision of health care. Escalating health care costs, an ageing population, increa...
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This poster briefly presents one of the key thematic findings from qualitative research into prognosis communication in an acute haematology setting.
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An essential element of health care decision making is related to 'what is going to happen next' (or prognosis). Patients are often dissatisfied with prognosis communication (Chan & Woodruff 1997; Kirk, Kirk & Kristjanson 2004). Yet there is a paucity of literature on the contributing factors and resulting consequences of prognosis communication. A...
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I stood by, the endless student nurse observer, as a woman (let’s call her Joan) was transferred by trolley from the helicopter into emergency following an acute period of respiratory distress. Two nurses from the department were present for hand-over, and three ambulance persons brought her in. Joan’s condition appeared stable, as far as I could t...
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