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A/Prof. Melissa Bloomer

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor, Nursing

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2013
Master of Nursing (Honours), University of Sydney, 2010
Master of Professional Education & Training (MPET), Deakin University, 2009
Master of Nursing Practice, Deakin University, 2007
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education, Deakin University, 2002
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, 1994

Biography

Dr Melissa Bloomer has more than 20 year experience as a registered nurse in intensive care (ICU), general acute and sub-acute care settings.  With a passion for research, Melissa joined Deakin University in early 2016.

Melissa's primary research interests relate to end of life care in acute and critical care environments, including management, communication between clinicians and with family, decision making and the preparedness of nurses to deal with dying and death.  Melissa's work focuses on the oldest old, adults, paediatric and neonatal populations in acute care, sub-acute care and rehabilitation. Melissa's work has resulted in 53 peer-reviewed research publications.

In 2019, Melissa was the recipient of an Endeavour Executive Leadership Award.  This highly prestigious award enabled Melissa to spend six weeks at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster Univeristy, UK, undertaking research related to volunteers in end of life care.

From 2017 to 2019, Melissa was the recipient of an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to explore 'Best Practice in End-of-Life Care in Acute Hosptials in Private and Public Settings'. 

Melissa also holds several external leadership roles including:

  • Deputy Chair, End of Life Policy Chapter, Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Chair, Research Advisory Panel, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
  • Editor for Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research (IF1.500)
  • Editorial Advisor for Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (IF1.652);
  • Review Panel member for Nursing in Critical Care (IF1.639)
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Research interests

End-of-Life Care

Palliative Care

Care of the older person

Cultural issues in health care

Intensive Care

Communication and Decision-making

Patient and Family-centred care

Dementia

Affiliations

Deputy Chair, End of Life Care Policy Chapter, Australian College of Nursing

Fellow, Australian College of Nursing

Life Member, Nurses Memorial Centre

Member, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

Member, Palliative Care Nurses Australia

Units taught

2016-2019 - Minor Thesis units (as part of the Master of Nursing Practice)

2019          - HNN732 Clinical Research Methods

2018-2019 - Return to Practice/International Registration of Overseas Nurses

2017          - HNN216 International Study Tour (Undergraduate)

2016          - HNN319 Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

                  - HNN320 Leadership and Clinical Governance

                  - HNN732 Clinical Research Methods

                  - HNN210 Perspectives on Research Leadership

                  - HNN108 Understanding Research

Knowledge areas

Qualitative Research Methods

Mixed Methods

End-of-Life Care

Palliative Care

Intensive Care

Professional activities

Deputy Chair, end of Life Policy Chapter, Australian College of Nursing

Chair, Research Advisory Panel, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

Editor, Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research (IF1.500)

Editoral Advisor, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (IF 1.325)

Review Panel Member, Nursing in Critical Care (IF1.652)

Awards

2019 Endeavour Executive Leadership Award

2017-2019 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

2010-2013 Australian Postgraduate Award

2013 Australian Legion Scholarship

2012 Australian Legion Scholarship

2011 Australian Legion Scholarship

Projects

2019                   Chief Investigator - Family needs, involvement and presence at the end of life in inpatient settings: A descriptive retrospective study

2019                   Palliative Care Volunteers in Inpatient Hospital Settings

2017-2018          Chief Investigator - Best practice in end-of-life care in acute hospitals: Mapping and evaluation in public and private settings

2016-2017          Chief Investigator - Understanding End-of-Life Care in the Sub-acute Setting.  Funded by the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Deakin University

2014-2016           Chief Investigator - Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) Experienced Researcher Grant

2013- Current     Research Fellow - INACTIC Project, funded by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Publications

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2020

'It's not what they were expecting': a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the role and experience of the hospital palliative care volunteer

M Bloomer, C Walshe

(2020), Vol. 34, pp. 589-604, Palliative medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

End-of-life care for older people in subacute care: a retrospective clinical audit

M Bloomer, M Botti, F Runacres, P Poon, J Barnfield, A Hutchinson

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 22-27, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cultural considerations at the end of life in a geriatric inpatient rehabilitation setting

M Bloomer, Mari Botti, Fiona Runacres, Peter Poon, Jakqui Barnfield, Alison Hutchinson

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 165-170, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Culturally sensitive communication at the end-of-life in the intensive care unit: a systematic review

Laura Brooks, Melissa Bloomer, Elizabeth Manias

(2019), Vol. 32, pp. 516-523, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Culturally sensitive communication in healthcare: a concept analysis

L Brooks, E Manias, M Bloomer

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 383-391, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

End-of-life care in hospital: an audit of care against Australian national guidelines

M Bloomer, alison Hutchinson, Mari Botti

(2019), pp. A-G, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

Supporting Muslim families before and after a death in neonatal and paediatric intensice care units

Abbas Al Mutair, Maram Al Ammary, Laura Brooks, Melissa Bloomer

(2019), Vol. 24, pp. 192-200, Nursing in critical care, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

World federation of critical care nurses 2019 position statement: provision of a critical care nursing workforce

Melissa Bloomer, Paul Fulbrook, Sandra Goldsworthy, Sarah Livesay, Marion Mitchell, Ged Williams, Adriano Friganovic

(2019), Vol. 13, pp. 3-7, Connect: the world of critical care nursing, [Cham, Switzerland], C1

journal article

Placing the preferences of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities at the center of end-of-life decision making through storytelling

J Watson, H Voss, M Bloomer

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 267-279, Research and practice for persons with severe disabilities, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Achieving quality palliative care for all: the essential role of nurses-a White Paper by ACN 2019

Patsy Yates, Melissa Bloomer, Janice Bartley, Lexie Brans, Susan Emerson, Musette Healey, Sara Karacsony, Jason Mills, Margaret O'Connor, Mark Staaf, Carolyn Stapleton, Faye Tomlin, Claudia Virdun

(2019), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Position statement: Provision of a critical care nursing workforce

Melissa Bloomer, Leanne Aitken, Eva Barkestad, Nicola Credland, Adriano Friganovic, Paul Fulbrook, Sandra Goldsworthy, Rossana Gonzales, Sarah Livesay, Marion Mitchell, Ged Williams, Pauline Wong, Susan Yeager

(2019), Dayboro, Qld., A6

research report/technical paper
2018

Nurses' prioritization of enteral nutrition in intensive care units: a national survey

M Bloomer, A Clarke, J Morphet

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 152-158, Nursing in critical care, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

How nurses cope with patient death: a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis

R Zheng, S Lee, M Bloomer

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. e39-e49, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Dying persons' perspectives on, or experiences of, participating in research: an integrative review

M Bloomer, A hutchinson, L Brooks, M botti

(2018), Vol. 32, pp. 851-860, Palliative medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Communicating end-of-life care goals and decision-making among a multidisciplinary geriatric inpatient rehabilitation team: a qualitative descriptive study

Melissa Bloomer, Mari Botti, Fiona Runacres, Peter Poon, Jakqui Barnfield, Alison Hutchinson

(2018), Vol. 32, pp. 1615-1623, Palliative medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Understanding the bereavement care roles of nurses within acute care: a systematic review

A Raymond, S Lee, M Bloomer

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 1787-1800, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

An integrative review of how families are prepared for, and supported during withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in intensive care

M Coombs, R Parker, K Ranse, R Endacott, M Bloomer

(2017), Vol. 73, pp. 39-55, Journal of advanced nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Prevention of central venous line associated bloodstream infections in adult intensive care units: a systematic review

D Velasquez Reyes, M Bloomer, J Morphet

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 12-22, Intensive and critical care nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Using non-participant observation in the clinical setting

M Bloomer, W Cross, M O'Connor, R Endacott

(2017), London, Eng., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

How new graduate nurses experience patient death : a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis

R Zheng, S Lee, M Bloomer

(2016), Vol. 53, pp. 320-330, International journal of nursing studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Something normal in a very, very abnormal environment - Nursing work to honour the life of dying infants and children in neonatal and paediatric intensive care in Australia

M Bloomer, R Endacott, B Copnell, M O'Connor

(2016), Vol. 33, pp. 5-11, Intensive and critical care nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The experience of family carers of people with dementia who are hospitalised

M Bloomer, R Digby, H Tan, K Crawford, A Williams

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 1234-1245, Dementia, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Single-room usage patterns and allocation decision-making in an Australian public hospital: a sequential exploratory study

M Bloomer, S Lee, D Lewis, M Biro, C Moss

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 2200-2210, Journal of clinical nursing, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Intensive care nurses' knowledge of enteral nutrition: a descriptive questionnaire

J Morphet, A Clarke, M Bloomer

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 68-74, Intensive and critical care nursing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Family centred care before and during life-sustaining treatment withdrawal in intensive care: a survey of information provided to families by Australasian critical care nurses

K Ranse, M Bloomer, M Coombs, R Endacott

(2016), Vol. 29, pp. 210-216, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Navigating communication with families during withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in intensive care : a qualitative descriptive study in Australia and New Zealand

M Bloomer, R Endacott, K Ranse, M Coombs

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 690-697, Journal of clinical nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2015

Transitioning from caregiver to visitor in a long-term care facility: the experience of caregivers of people with dementia

K Crawford, R Digby, M Bloomer, H Tan, A Williams

(2015), Vol. 19, pp. 739-746, Aging & mental health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Nursing care for the families of the dying child/infant in paediatric and neonatal ICU: Nurses' emotional talk and sources of discomfort. A mixed methods study

M Bloomer, M O'Connor, B Copnell, R Endacott

(2015), Vol. 28, pp. 87-92, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2014

End-of-life care in an Australian rehabilitation facility for older people: staff focus groups

H Tan, M Bloomer, R Digby, M O'Connor

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 186-193, Death studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Vulnerability at the end of life: Australian veterans requiring home-based palliative care

M O'Connor, B Brennan, M Bloomer, K Shimoinaba

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 134-140, Home health care management & practice, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The effectiveness of interventions on the quality of life of people with major neurocognitive disorder (dementia) in residential long-term care: a systematic review protocol

K-M Cho, S Lee, M Bloomer

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 79-79, JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal article

People with dementia and the hospital environment: the view of patients and family carers

R Digby, M Bloomer

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 34-43, International journal of older people nursing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Families and caregivers of older people: expectations, communication and care decisions

R Digby,, M Bloomer

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 345-351, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2013

The acceptability and efficacy of a group cognitive behavioural therapy programme in a community mental health setting

A Naik, A O'Brien, C Gaskin, I Munro, M Bloomer

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. 368-372, Community mental health journal, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

End-of-life care in a rehabilitation centre for older people in Australia

H Tan, R Digby, M Bloomer, Y Wang, M O'Connor

(2013), Vol. 32, pp. 184-187, Australasian journal on ageing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Palliative care for the person with a serious mental illness: The need for a partnership approach to care in Australia

M Bloomer, A O'Brien

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 27-31, Progress in palliative care: science and the art of caring, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Nursing care of the family before and after a death in the ICU - an exploratory pilot study

M Bloomer, J Morphet, M O'Connor, S Lee, D Griffiths

(2013), Vol. 26, pp. 23-28, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The 'dis-ease' of dying: challenges in nursing care of the dying in the acute hospital setting. A qualitative observational study

M Bloomer, R Endacott, M O'Connor, W Cross

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 757-764, Palliative medicine, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

How the observed create ethical dilemmas for the observers: experiences from studies conducted in clinical settings in the UK and Australia

M Bloomer, M Doman, R Endacott

(2013), Vol. 15, pp. 410-414, Nursing & health sciences, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Ensuring cultural sensitivity for Muslim patients in the Australian ICU: considerations for care

M Bloomer, A Al-Mutair

(2013), Vol. 26, pp. 193-196, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services

A O'Brien, M Bloomer, P McGrath, K Clark, T Martin, M Lock, T Pidcock, P van der Riet, M O'Connor

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 2339-2349, Rural Remote Health, Deakin West, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article
2012

The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care

M O'Connor, A O'Brien, M Bloomer, J Morphett, L Peters, H Hall, A Parry, K Recoche, S Lee, I Munro

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 104-116, HERD: health environments research & design journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Transferring from an acute hospital and settling into a subacute facility: the experience of patients with dementia

R Digby, C Moss, M Bloomer

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 57-64, International journal of older people nursing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Caring for patients dying with dementia: challenges in subacute care in Australia

M Bloomer, R Digby

(2012), Vol. 28, pp. 164-168, Journal of palliative care, Toronto, Ont., C1-1

journal article

Qualitative observation in a clinical setting: challenges at end of life

M Bloomer, W Cross, R Endacott, M O'Connor, C Moss

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 25-31, Nursing and health sciences, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Low frequency ultrasound debridement (Sonoca-185) in acute wound management: a case study

M Bloomer, M Shannon, A Williams

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 200-205, Wound practice and research, Osborne Park, W.A., C1-1

journal article

Providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit : issues that impact on nurse professionalism

M Bloomer, M O'Connor

(2012), Vol. 39, pp. 25-30, Singapore nursing journal, Singapore, C1-1

journal article
2011

Improving call bell response times

R Digby, M Bloomer, T Howard

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 22-27, Nursing older people, Harrow, Eng., C1-1

journal article

End-of-life care in acute hospitals: an integrative literature review

M Bloomer, C Moss, W Cross

(2011), Vol. 3, pp. 165-173, Journal of nursing and healthcare of chronic illness, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

journal article

An exploration of the role and scope of the clinical nurse consultant (CNC) in a metropolitan health service

M Bloomer, W Cross

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 61-69, Collegian, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Understanding consumer participation in mental health: issues of power and change

W Bennetts, W Cross, M Bloomer

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 155-164, International journal of mental health nursing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

End of life clinician- family communication in ICU : a retrospective clinical study- implications for nursing

M Bloomer, S Lee, M O?Connor

(2011), Vol. 28, pp. 17-23, Australian journal of advanced nursing, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Factors affecting peritoneal dialysis selection in Taiwanese patients with chronic kidney disease

C Liang, C Yang, K Lu, P Chu, C Chen, Y Chang, A O'Brien, M Bloomer, K Chou

(2011), Vol. 58, pp. 463-469, International nursing review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Problems associated with end of life care in acute hospitals

M Bloomer, C Moss, Wendy Cross

(2011), Vol. 1, pp. 1-7, End of life journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2010

Loss and grief in the workplace. What can we learn from the literature?

M O'Connor, J Watts, M Bloomer, K Larkins

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 131-142, International journal of workplace health management, Bingley, England, C1-1

journal article

Australians living with and managing hepatitis C

A O'Brien, W Cross, P Higgs, I Munro, M Bloomer, K Chou

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 520-524, Issues in mental health nursing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Extending boundaries: clinical communication with culturally and linguistically diverse mental health clients and carers

W Cross, M Bloomer

(2010), Vol. 19, pp. 268-277, International journal of mental health nursing, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

End of life management of adult patients in an Australian metropolitan intensive care unit : a retrospective observational study

M Bloomer, R Tiruvoipati, M Tsiripillis, J Botha

(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 13-19, Australian critical care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

End of life care: the importance of advance care planning

M Bloomer, H Tan, S Lee

(2010), Vol. 39, pp. 734-737, Australian family physician, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

End of life clinician-family communication in ICU: a retrospective observational study - implications for nursing

M Bloomer, S Lee, M O`Connor

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 17-23, Australian journal of advanced nursing, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

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