Kim Usher

Kim Usher
University of New England (Australia) | UNE · School of Health

AM RN DipAppSc BA MNSt PhD FACN FACMHN

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Introduction
Professor Kim Usher is a highly regarded nurse academic, leader and researcher with a strong track record in areas related to Indigenous health, mental health, psychotropic medication, and the psychosocial impact of disasters. Dr Usher is also a highly respected and sought after higher degree supervisor and examiner.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - December 2022
University of New England (Australia)
Position
  • Professor (Full)
January 2014 - present
University of New England (Australia)
Position
  • Professor and Head of School
March 2007 - November 2013
James Cook University Brisbane
Position
  • Professor
Education
February 1994 - October 1997
Deakin University
Field of study
  • Nursing
January 1992 - November 1993
Deakin University
Field of study
  • Nursing
February 1979 - November 1981
University of New England (Australia)
Field of study
  • Psychology/physiology

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Publications (369)
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MENTAL HEALTH NURSES AS MOTHERS OF ADULT CHILDREN WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
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There is no regular mandated increase in minimum wages for workers employed in the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) industry. Workers in the past have relied on optional bonuses added to their monthly incomes to supplement their wages. However, a new minimum wage implemented in January 2019 in the Bangladesh RMG sector increased wages for many w...
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Providing care to methamphetamine‐related callout events in the pre‐hospital environment is often complex and resource‐intensive, requiring staff to manage agitation and violence related side effects of methamphetamines. In Australia, emergency responders are increasingly required to attend events related to methamphetamines, even though reports su...
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The aim of this study was to investigate coping styles, posttraumatic stress, and mental health symptoms among a sample of community members affected by 2019-20 Australian bushfires. Using a convenience sampling approach, an online survey was used to assess a range of coping strategies, posttraumatic stress and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and...
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AimWe compared the prevalence of smoking and smoking predictors among adolescents between cities running a Healthy City Programme (HCP cities) and cities not running such a programme (NHCP cities) in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia.Subject and methodsUsing multi-stage cluster sampling with probability proportionate to size, we surveyed 364 school...
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Aims To explore pre‐registration nursing students' understandings and experience of intentional rounding in education and clinical sectors. Intentional rounding is a patient safety intervention used in clinical settings to regularly check and document patients' welfare and environment throughout the course of a shift. Design An explanatory sequent...
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Objectives: There has been debate regarding the working conditions for employees of the Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) industry since the 1980s. Little is known how the existing working conditions of the Bangladesh RMG sector impact workers’ health and overall wellbeing, which remains the key aim of this study. Methods: The study adopted a qual...
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Background: The recovery approach involves providing a holistic and integrated service that is centered on and adapts to the aspirations and needs of consumers, who are seen as the expert on their health and well-being. Evidence is needed to address the current ambiguities related to the concept of recovery and its application. Aim: A scoping re...
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Aim: To explore how compassion is received by patients in a hospital setting and how compassion is expressed by health professionals in a hospital setting. Background: Compassion is important to health professionals and patients. Perceived deficits in compassion in healthcare have led increasing concerns about the quality of care for patients. T...
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Background: The continued use of a deficit discourse when researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia is problematic. Understanding and challenging the researchers position and the power of the words they use is important. It will ensure we do not persist in framing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as a probl...
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Progression issues can be a common challenge with supervision. Difficulties with progression can occur with any student at any time in their candidature and can occur even with students who appear on the surface to be moving along as planned. It can take a little while for students themselves and their supervision teams to fully realise they are st...
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The examination of a PhD thesis or dissertation represents the culmination of a journey involving a lot of work on behalf of the student and their supervisors. It is also of huge significance to the institution. The end of the journey that culminates with the examination process also involves a lot of emotion as the student and supervisors have bee...
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Doctoral training is a journey of considerable personal and professional development. Supervision of doctoral students can be an extremely rewarding activity. Doctoral supervision is quite unlike other forms of teaching and involves closer and more sustained relationships with students. There are various types of doctoral training available to stud...
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Feedback is an essential and important aspect of supervision. In the context of doctoral training, the provision of feedback is absolutely central to student development. Providing quality feedback to students is labour-intensive and can be time-consuming and constitutes a major element of the work of doctoral supervisors. Given the investment of t...
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Completing a doctoral degree is a major achievement and one that deserves considerable celebration. However, completion of the doctoral degree is not an end, but a beginning. The doctoral degree brings many new opportunities and opens many doors. With a completed doctoral degree, the graduate is now suitably prepared to become an active and product...
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Writing is central to doctoral studies and is what composes the product to be examined – that is, the thesis. With very few exceptions, the awarding of a doctoral degree requires submission of a large and comprehensive written document written to a particular standard and style. So, there can be no doctoral degree awarded without high-quality writt...
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Supervision of doctoral candidates is a relationship-based form of teaching that continues over several years and should be based upon role clarity, respect, and reciprocity. Therefore, an important part of supervision is establishing norms and maintaining an enabling and resilient relationship that is able to withstand the full duration of a docto...
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There are various models of supervision available, and increasingly, doctoral supervision involves working within a panel or team framework – this can be really useful as it emulates team science in the real world. Membership of the supervision panel or team carries specific responsibilities and brings particular expertise. When forming the supervi...
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Pedagogies of supervision have traditionally had little attention in nursing and health sciences. Supervision is a pedagogical practice, and to be optimally effective to facilitate student learning, it is important that supervisors consider doctoral supervision as pedagogy. In this chapter, we will articulate supervision as pedagogy, consider the r...
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In this chapter, we will consider culture as a key factor in doctoral supervision. We will discuss issues to be considered when working with students from different cultural backgrounds, specifically First Nations/Indigenous students and international students. Also, we address some of the global issues currently influencing doctoral training. Rela...
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This textbook is a practical, user-friendly and essential guide for doctoral students, their supervisors and advisors and administrators of doctoral programs in nursing and health sciences. Nurses and health scientists have a relatively young tradition of doctoral training, and this means students often come to doctoral studies without a clear unde...
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Aim: This study aimed to understand the lived experience of rural mothers caring for a child with a chronic health condition and to understand their perspectives on the support, services and resources they identify as necessary to effectively manage caregiving. Background: Maternal caregivers in rural areas experience difficulty accessing specia...
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Background: Measuring public response during COVID-19 is an important way of ensuring the suitability and effectiveness of epidemic response efforts. An analysis of social media provides an approximation of public sentiment during an emergency like the current pandemic. The measures introduced across the globe to help curtail the spread of the coro...
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1) Background: Following natural disasters, women have a higher prevalence of adverse physical and mental health outcomes. Given that the South and Southeast Asia regions are highly disaster prone, a review was undertaken to identify the potential health impact and key risk factors affecting women after disasters in the countries located in South a...
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This study reports dietary behaviors of adolescents in the Qassim region, Saudi Arabia, and comparison of these behaviors between cities with and without the Healthy Cities Program (HCP). We surveyed 1133 school-attending adolescents aged 15–19, using a multi-staged cluster sampling with probability proportionate to size. Prevalence of daily breakf...
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Eco-anxiety is the distress caused by climate change where people are becoming anxious about their future. The present scoping reveiw critically evaluated and synthesized the scholarly literature on eco-anxiety and reported it using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses for scoping reviews (PRISMA-ScR) [1]. The stud...
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Introduction Chronic conditions impact indigenous peoples of Australia at a much higher rate than non-indigenous Australians. Attendance at the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) supported indigenous health checks are crucial to improve prevention and management of chronic health conditions. However, in conjunction with lifestyle and environmental fact...
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Objective: An analysis of the literature was conducted to clearly define the meaning of cultural responsiveness as it applies to the work of mental health practitioners who engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Method: This concept analysis utilised Rogers’ (2000) protocol, seeking to understand the key terms defining cultural...
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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of insufficient physical activity and excessive screen time among adolescents living in cities participating in the Healthy Cities Program (HCP) and cities not running the program in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia. Methods: We surveyed 1133 adolescents from the Qassim region using systematic random sampl...
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Background Mandatory placement-based work-integrated learning (WIL) poses challenges for nursing students who work whilst studying. The financial burden of WIL links to other known direct and indirect challenges, yet no Australian study has quantified the financial challenges resulting from attending mandatory WIL placements. Placement-based WIL co...
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The Rana Plaza building collapse occurred on 24 April 2013 in Savar, near the capital city of Bangladesh, killing more than 1130 garment workers and injured about 2500, mostly females. Those who survived face ongoing challenges, including socio-cultural constraints, economic hardship, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), depression, and critical...
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Recovery is internationally recognized as a concept to improve the well‐being of consumers. Compared with the numerous measures assessing consumer perspectives of recovery, only a few measures have been developed to assess Mental Health Professionals' (MHPs) perspectives of recovery to inform practice. The present study aims to systematically revie...
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Aim: To better understand the views and experiences of experienced doctoral supervisors in nursing when providing feedback and critique to nursing doctoral students. Background: Feedback refers to information from a provider, intended to inform a receiver about the quality of their work in order for them to be able to see where improvements migh...
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Aims and objectives: To examine what was known about disaster preparedness in residential care and to consider this in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Background: Care homes provide long-term care to vulnerable, frail older people, as well as to young people with profound disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the residen...
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Disasters including public health crises like the COVID‐19 pandemic are known to increase instances of family violence against women, children, and other diverse populations. This paper discusses and provides evidence of disaster‐related vulnerability of and violence towards specific groups of people. We argue that the COVID‐19 pandemic presents th...
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Evidence indicates that people in rural settings may experience difficulties in accessing health services, mainly specialist services. Caring for a child with a chronic health condition in a rural environment can present these mothers' challenges. This article reports one of four finding themes from a more extensive qualitative study on rural mothe...
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Objective The current study was conducted to assess disaster preparedness of hospitals in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia. Methods A descriptive cross-sectional study of all hospitals in the Eastern Region of KSA was conducted between July 2017 and July 2018. The included hospitals were selected using convenience sampling. The questionnaire was...
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Aim: To investigate and understand how compassion is expressed by nurses and received by patients in a hospital setting. Background: Concerns regarding the absence of compassion in a healthcare setting has necessitated further research in the field. To define and measure compassion is difficult and problematic. Compassion is subjective and in th...
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Contemporary definitions and understandings of resilience refer to an individual's positive adaptation to the experience of adversity. One of the challenges of this extant body of work is that the central concept of resilience is rarely questioned. Current understandings of these concepts, largely framed in Western understandings, are unquestioning...
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Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate an Aboriginal‐led diabetes lifestyle program catering to urban Aboriginal people in an Aboriginal organisation. Methods: Mixed‐methods study that employed routinely collected physiological data and audio‐recorded focus group sessions. Physiological data were analysed using a multi‐level model t...
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Objective: Physical inactivity and unhealthy dietary habits are behavioral risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases. The current study aimed to determine the prevalence of physical activity and dietary habits among adolescents in Saudi Arabia. Methods: A systematic electronic literature search of PubMed, SCOPUS, Web of Science, and...
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(1) Background: This article examines whether connection to digital technologies helps connect young Indigenous people in Australia to culture, community and country to support good mental health and well-being and protect against indirect and potentially long-term effects of COVID-19. (2) Method: We reviewed literature published between February a...
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It is well established that bushfires and other natural disasters have long term-effects on the mental health of affected individuals and communities (Black Dog Institute, 2020). These effects can last for years as demonstrated following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Australia: one fifth (21.9%) of the highest impacted communities repo...
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Background Increasing the numbers of doctorally prepared nurses is essential to the continuing development of the nursing discipline. However, supervision can be fraught with relationship issues including role blurring, boundary issues, mis-matched expectations and students and supervisors not being fully equipped for doctoral training. Objective...
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Aims and objectives Given the importance of doctoral training to the future of the discipline, we sought to gain insight into nurse doctoral supervisor’s experiences of supervision training and preparation and their views on what quality training for doctoral supervisors in nursing would look like. Background Doctorally prepared nurses have been f...
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Aim Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. Farmers are a high-risk population due to mainly outdoor work and subsequent overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The aim of this study was to evaluate farmers’ and farm workers’ personal sun-protection behaviours and their perception of the importance of sun protection....
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Moral injury is the current term describing the breaching or violation of one's moral code and has gained international research attention due to suicide linkages in military populations (Jamieson et al., Invisible wounds and suicide: Moral injury and veteran mental health. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 29, 105-109, 2020). Moral i...
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Problem/background Intentional rounding or regular patient checks were introduced in to healthcare settings to enhance patient safety and satisfaction. Patient and staff experiences have been explored in the literature, however the student nurse’ experience of this intervention has not been explored in the context of their learning on clinical plac...
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Background: Novice researchers can face many challenges throughout their journey as researchers in training, particularly when interviewing for qualitative research. Aim: To present an authentic account of the challenges a novice researcher faced when collecting data using narrative interviews. Discussion: The researcher reconsidered how previ...
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This editorial article examines nursing students with disabilities, the precepts of inclusive education, and its application in preregistration nursing education with a predominant focus on students’ mental health.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the centrality and importance of fundamental and core nursing skills including everyday skills such as handwashing, infection control measures, patient safety and comfort measures (Alzyood, Jackson, Aveyard & Brooke, 2020; Cruickshank & Shaban, 2020). Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been concerns...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes across the globe challenging every aspect of what was previously considered 'usual' or 'normal' life. Everyday aspects of previous life as we knew it has changed and impacted our personal lives, employment, education, community connections and social activities. For many people, the impact of t...
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The novel coronavirus, COVID‐19, was first reported in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and in March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic (World Health Organization, 2020). What quickly became clear is that COVID‐19 spreads rapidly between people who are in close contact (Nussbaumer‐Streit et al., 2020) and so, in efforts...
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COVID‐19 spread rapidly causing widescale loss of life and economic devastation. Efforts to contain it have resulted in measures such as closing of borders and restrictions around travel, social activities and attending places of worship. We conducted this rapid review to systematically examine, synthesise and critically appraise the available evid...
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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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Worldwide, mothers provide lifelong care for their ill children. Our aim in this paper was to describe the development of post-traumatic growth in an international group of mothers. Interviews with a feminist storytelling approach were conducted with 13 health professionals who were mothers of adult children with schizophrenia. Using thematic analy...
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This paper describes the potential impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the readymade garment (RMG) workers of Bangladesh. It articulates the RMG workers' existing vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic based on currently available evidence and personal conversations/communications with RMG workers. COVID-19 has already...
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Aim: To compare the prevalence of smoking and smoking predictors among adolescents between cities running a healthy city program (HCP cities) and the cities that are not running such a program (NHCP cities) in the Qassim region, Saudi Arabia. Subject and Methods: A cross-sectional survey using a self-reported questionnaire on the prevalence of smok...
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In this qualitative narrative study, we critically reflected upon mothering experiences of health professionals with adult children with schizophrenia. Thirteen participants from Australia, Canada, Scotland, and the United States were interviewed. The thematic analysis of the interviews resulted in one overarching theme—mothering in the context of...