Dr Debra Kerr

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Nursing

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Contact

d.kerr@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72501

Research interests

Research focuses on decision support and communication with applied research to enhance the safety and quality of health care. Areas of interest include the process of communication between nurses and patients in clinical contexts such as bedside nursing handover and in acute medical/surgical ward settings. She has also led projects in which evidence based practice and decision support tools have been developed and validated in the clinical context, particularly in the emergency setting for cardiac conditions. An area of specific focus, intranasal medical administration, has been explored as a novel and safe mode of drug delivery for naloxone and fentanyl.

Methodological approaches have predominantly focused on quantitative methods including randomised controlled trials, feasibility studies, audits and surveys. She has published over 67 peer reviewed articles and presented at international and national medical and nursing conferences. It is her aim to direct future research on the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, in particular, the impact of communication skills training for enhancing quality and safe nursing care.

Affiliations

  • Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) (Deakin University)
  • Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare (OCPH) (Deakin University)

Teaching interests

Supervision of Honours, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy students.

Debra’s teaching expertise is focused on appraisal, understanding and use of evidence, and ethical considerations relating to research.

Knowledge areas

Debra has extensive experience in investigating quality and safety in patient care, with a specific focus on quality audit and nursing care delivery in acute care settings. She has expertise in intranasal medication delivery for acute opioid overdose related to PhD research and ongoing work at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Clinic.

Professional activities

Inaugural and Current President for Psi Zeta at-Large Chapter of Sigma.

Projects

  1. Principal author: Systematic review of effectiveness of skills training to enhance communication between nurses and patients.
  2. Principal author: Development of a dignity tool for older people hospitalised in acute care settings.

Publications

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2020

Challenges for nurses when communicating with people who have life-limiting illness and their families: A focus group study

D Kerr, S Milnes, J Ammentorp, C McKie, T Dunning, J Ostaszkiewicz, M Wolderslund, P Martin

(2020), Vol. 29, pp. 416-428, Journal of Clinical Nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Undergraduate nursing student perceptions of directed self-guidance in a learning laboratory: an educational strategy to enhance confidence and workplace readiness

D Kerr, J Ratcliff, L Tabb, R Walter

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 1-6, Nurse education in practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The effectiveness of training interventions on nurses' communication skills: a systematic review

D Kerr, J Ostaszkiewicz, T Dunning, P Martin

(2020), Vol. 89, pp. 1-12, Nurse education today, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Effect of intranasal vs intramuscular naloxone on opioid overdose: a randomized clinical trial

P Dietze, M Jauncey, A Salmon, M Mohebbi, J Latimer, I van Beek, C McGrath, D Kerr

(2019), Vol. 2, pp. 1-12, JAMA network open, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal article
2018

Pilates program design and health benefits for pregnant women: a practitioners' survey

M Mazzarino, D Kerr, M Morris

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 411-417, Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of early motivational interviewing on post-stroke depressive symptoms: a pilot randomized study of the Good Mood Intervention program

Debra Kerr, Terence McCann, Elizabeth Mackey, Tissa Wijeratne

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 1-8, International journal of nursing practice, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2016

Impact of a modified nursing handover model for improving nursing care and documentation in the emergency department: A pre- and post-implementation study.

D Kerr, S Klim, A-M Kelly, T McCann

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 89-97, International journal of nursing practice, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article
2015

Pilates method for women's health: systematic review of randomized controlled trials

M Mazzarino, D Kerr, H Wajswelner, M Morris

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. 2231-2242, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Patient-controlled intranasal fentanyl analgesia: a pilot study to assess practicality and tolerability during childbirth.

D Kerr, D Taylor, B Evans

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 117-123, International journal of obstetric anesthesia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Peers experience of delivering a problem-solving programme to enhance antipsychotic medication adherence for individuals with schizophrenia

G Boardman, D Kerr, T McCann

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 423-430, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2014

A peer support programme for enhancing adherence to oral antipsychotic medication in consumers with schizophrenia

G Boardman, T McCann, D Kerr

(2014), Vol. 70, pp. 2293-2302, Journal of advanced nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Towards patient-centred care: perspectives of nurses and midwives regarding shift-to-shift bedside handover

D Kerr, S Lu, L McKinlay

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 250-257, International journal of nursing practice, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Bedside nursing handover: patients' opinions

S Lu, D Kerr, L McKinlay

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 451-459, International journal of nursing practice, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Attitudes of emergency department patients about handover at the bedside

D Kerr, K McKay, S Klim, A-M Kelly, T McCann

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 1685-1693, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2013

Bedside handover enhances completion of nursing care and documentation

D Kerr, S Lu, L McKinlay

(2013), Vol. 28, pp. 217-225, Journal of nursing care quality, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

Nurse practitioners treating ankle and foot injuries using the Ottawa Ankle Rules: a comparative study in the emergency department

L Lau, D Kerr, I Law, P Ritchie

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 110-115, Australasian emergency nursing journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Developing a framework for nursing handover in the emergency department: an individualised and systematic approach

S Klim, A-M Kelly, D Kerr, S Wood, T McCann

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 2233-2243, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2012

Medication administration by enrolled nurses: opinions of nurses in an Australian healthcare organization

D Kerr, S Lu, D Mill, L McKinlay

(2012), Vol. 47, pp. 203-209, Nursing forum, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Comparison of preparedness after preadmission telephone screening or clinic assessment in patients undergoing endoscopic surgery by day surgery procedure: a pilot study

M Richardson-Tench, J Rabach, D Kerr, W Adams, S Brown

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 74-78, Ambulatory surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2011

Examination of current handover practice: evidence to support changing the ritual

D Kerr, S Lu, L McKinlay, C Fuller

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 342-350, International journal of nursing practice, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article
2010

What proportion of patients with chest pain are potentially suitable for computed tomography coronary angiography?

S Hamid, F Bainbridge, A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 494-498, American journal of emergency medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Clinical significance of initial troponin I in the grey zone in emergency department chest pain patients: a retrospective pilot study

H Lee, D Kerr, D O'H Ici, A-M Kelly

(2010), Vol. 27, pp. 302-304, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Brief telephone intervention increases testing for osteoporosis in patients treated in emergency departments for wrist fractures

A-M Kelly, M Clooney, D Kerr, P Ebeling

(2010), Vol. 40, pp. 527-530, Internal medicine journal, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Comparison of prognostic performance of scores to predict risk of stroke in ED patients with transient ischaemic attack

H Nguyen, D Kerr, A-M Kelly

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 346-348, European journal of emergency medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article
2009

Randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness and safety of intranasal and intramuscular naloxone for the treatment of suspected heroin overdose

D Kerr, A-M Kelly, P Dietze, D Jolley, B Barger

(2009), Vol. 104, pp. 2067-2074, Addiction, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Prevalence of access block in Australia 2004-2008

D Richardson, A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 472-478, Emergency medicine Australasia, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Does emergency department workload adversely influence timely analgesia?

R Mitchell, A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2009), Vol. 21, pp. 52-58, Emergency medicine Australasia, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Improved response by peers after witnessed heroin overdose in Melbourne

D Kerr, P Dietze, A-M Kelly, D Jolley

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 327-330, Drug and alcohol review, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Are patients on warfarin with high INR treated according to published guidelines?

L Le-Kim, D Kerr, A Kelly

(2009), Vol. 5, pp. 1-8, Internet journal of hematology, Sugar Land, Tex., C1-1

journal article
2008

Outcomes of emergency department patients treated for primary spontaneous pneumothorax

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, M Clooney

(2008), Vol. 134, pp. 1033-1036, Chest, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Intranasal naloxone for the treatment of suspected heroin overdose

D Kerr, P Dietze, A-M Kelly

(2008), Vol. 103, pp. 379-386, Addiction, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Impact of patient and environmental factors on capillary refill time in adults

B Anderson, A-M Kelly, D Kerr, M Clooney, D Jolley

(2008), Vol. 26, pp. 62-65, American journal of emergency medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Impact of oral dexamethasone versus placebo after ED treatment of migraine with phenothiazines on the rate of recurrent headache: a randomised controlled trial

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, M Clooney

(2008), Vol. 25, pp. 26-29, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Attitudes of Australian heroin users to peer distribution of naloxone for heroin overdose: perspectives on intranasal administration

D Kerr, P Dietze, A-M Kelly, D Jolley

(2008), Vol. 85, pp. 352-360, Journal of urban health, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Capillary refill time in adults has poor inter-observer agreement

B Anderson, A Kelly, D Kerr, D Jolley

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 71-74, Hong Kong journal of emergency medicine, Hong Kong, C1-1

journal article

When continuity of care breaks down: a systems failure in identification of osteoporosis risk in older patients treated for minimal trauma fractures

A-M Kelly, M Clooney, D Kerr, P Ebeling

(2008), Vol. 188, pp. 389-391, Medical journal of Australia, Newton, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article
2007

Parental weight estimation of their child's weight is more accurate than other weight estimation methods for determining children's weight in an emergency department?

D Krieser, K Nguyen, D Kerr, D Jolley, M Clooney, A-M Kelly

(2007), Vol. 24, pp. 756-759, Emergency Medicine Journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

External validation of the Best Guess formulae for paediatric weight estimation

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, M Clooney, D Krieser, K Nguyen

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 543-546, Emergency Medicine Australasia, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Is cardiac monitoring during transport of low-risk chest pain patients from the emergency department necessary?

A Lin, D Kerr, A-M Kelly

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 229-233, Emergency Medicine Australasia, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article
2006

Predictors of ambulance use in patients with acute myocardial infarction in Australia

D Kerr, D Holden, J Smith, A-M Kelly, S Bunker

(2006), Vol. 23, pp. 948-952, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Potential health promotion benefits of lipid testing for all patients presenting with chest pain to an emergency department

C Elder, D Kerr, R Davey, A-M Kelly

(2006), Vol. 23, pp. 23-26, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

One-handed versus two-handed chest compressions in paediatric cardio-pulmonary resuscitation

E Peska, A-M Kelly, D Kerr, D Green

(2006), Vol. 71, pp. 65-69, Resuscitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Head computed tomography guidelines are being followed

T Brettig, M Clooney, A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2006), Vol. 18, pp. 238-244, Emergency medicine Australasia, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Adverse events associated with the use of intravenous epinephrine in emergency department patients presenting with severe asthma

M Putland, D Kerr, A-M Kelly

(2006), Vol. 47, pp. 559-563, Annals of emergency medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2005

Implementation of the Canadian C-spine rule reduces cervical spine x-ray rate for alert patients with potential neck injury

D Kerr, L Bradshaw, A-M Kelly

(2005), Vol. 28, pp. 127-131, Journal of emergency medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The quality of medical record review studies in the international emergency medicine literature

D Badcock, A-M Kelly, D Kerr, T Reade

(2005), Vol. 45, pp. 444-447, Annals of emergency medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

Randomised trial of intranasal versus intramuscular naloxone in prehospital treatment for suspected opioid overdose

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, P Dietze, I Patrick, T Walker, Z Koutsogiannis

(2005), Vol. 182, pp. 24-27, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article
2004

Asthma in emergency departments: combined adult and paediatric versus paediatric only centres

C Powell, J Raftos, D Kerr, P Rosengarten, A Kelly

(2004), Vol. 40, pp. 433-437, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Clinical features in the emergency department can identify patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes who are safe for care in unmonitored hospital beds

A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2004), Vol. 34, pp. 594-597, Internal medicine journal, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Is severity assessment after one hour of treatment better for predicting the need for admission in acute asthma?

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, C Powell

(2004), Vol. 98, pp. 777-781, Respiratory medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Potential impact of interventions to reduce times to thrombolysis

S Goodacre, A-M Kelly, D Kerr

(2004), Vol. 21, pp. 625-629, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Can nurses apply the Canadian C-Spine Rule? A pilot study

A Kelly, L Bradshaw, D Kerr

(2004), Vol. 6, pp. 161-164, Canadian journal of emergency medicine, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2003

Snapshot of acute asthma: treatment and outcome of patients with acute asthma treated in Australian emergency departments

A-M Kelly, C Powell, D Kerr

(2003), Vol. 33, pp. 406-413, Internal medicine journal, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Call-to-needle times for thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction in Victoria

A-M Kelly, D Kerr, I Patrick, T Walker

(2003), Vol. 178, pp. 381-385, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article
2002

Benchmarking ambulance call-to-needle times for thrombolysis after acute myocardial infarction in Australia: a pilot study

A Kelly, D Kerr, I Patrick, T Walker

(2002), Vol. 32, pp. 138-142, Internal medicine journal, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2001

It is safe to manage selected patients with acute coronary syndromes in unmonitored beds

A Kelly, D Kerr

(2001), Vol. 21, pp. 227-233, Journal of ermergency medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Prevention of stroke in chronic and recurrent atrial fibrillation: role of the emergency department in identification of "at-risk" patients

A Kelly, D Kerr, R Hew

(2001), Vol. 24, pp. 61-65, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Defining and measuring dignity for hospitalised older people

Dr Debra Kerr, Dr Rosie Crone, Prof Trisha Dunning, Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz

  • 2019: $5,290

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Ashlyn Sahay

Thesis entitled: The Impact of Nurse-to-Nurse Interactions on Patient Safety Outcomes: A Qualitative Study of Australian Graduate Nurses and Nurse Leaders

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), School of Nursing & Midwifery