Dr Richard Wiechula

Richard Wiechula
Senior Lecturer
Adelaide Nursing School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Rick Wiechula is a Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide Nursing School and the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Practice South Australia : A Joanna Briggs Centre of Excellence. He is a registered nurse with a clinical background in orthopaedic and plastic surgical nursing. The focus of his teaching is evidence-based practice and in particular knowledge translation and knowledge synthesis. Research activities include wound care, practice improvement and the conduct of systematic reviews.

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Dr Richard Wiechula

Dr Rick Wiechula is a Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide Nursing School and the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Practice South Australia : A Joanna Briggs Centre of Excellence. He is a registered nurse with a clinical background in orthopaedic and plastic surgical nursing. The focus of his teaching is evidence-based practice and in particular knowledge translation and knowledge synthesis. Research activities include wound care, practice improvement and the conduct of systematic reviews.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2011 Senior Lecturer Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide
2009 Director Centre for Evidence-based Practice South Australia

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2004 University of Adelaide Australia DNurs
1998 University of Adelaide Australia MNSc
1993 University of South Australia Australia BN
1979 Flinders University Australia BA

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
1986 Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
1984 Registered General Nurse Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia

Research Interests

Aged Care Nursing, Decision Making, Health and Community Services, Health Information Systems, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health and Health Services, Quality Assurance

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Sabyani, H., Wiechula, R., Magarey, J. & Donnelly, F. (2017). Experiences of healthcare professionals of having their significant other admitted to an acute care facility: a qualitative systematic review.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 15, 5, 1409-1439.
10.11124/jbisrir-2016-003028
2017 Feo, R., Rasmussen, P., Wiechula, R., Conroy, T. & Kitson, A. (2017). Developing effective and caring nurse-patient relationships.. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 31, 28, 54-63.
10.7748/ns.2017.e10735
2017 Voldbjerg, S., Grønkjær, M., Wiechula, R. & Sørensen, E. (2017). Newly graduated nurses' use of knowledge sources in clinical decision-making: An ethnographic study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, 9-10, 1313-1327.
10.1111/jocn.13628
2016 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Marshall, R., Rasmussen, P., Wiechula, R. & Kitson, A. (2016). Using holistic interpretive synthesis to create practice-relevant guidance for person-centred fundamental care delivered by nurses. Nursing Inquiry, 24, 2, -.
10.1111/nin.12152
2016 Rochmawati, E., Wiechula, R. & Cameron, K. (2016). Current status of palliative care services in Indonesia: a literature review. International Nursing Review, 63, 2, 180-190.
10.1111/inr.12236
2016 Sabyani, H., Wiechula, R., Magarey, J. & Donnelly, F. (2016). Healthcare professionals' experiences of having a significant other admitted into an acute care facility: a qualitative systematic review protocol.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14, 5, 103-109.
10.11124/jbisrir-2016-002617
2016 Wiechula, R., Conroy, T., Kitson, A., Marshall, R., Whitaker, N. & Rasmussen, P. (2016). Umbrella review of the evidence: What factors influence the caring relationship between a nurse and patient?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, 4, 723-734.
10.1111/jan.12862
2016 Schultz, T. J., Roupas, P., Wiechula, R., Krause, D., Gravier, S., Tuckett, A. ... Kitson, A. (2016). Nutritional interventions for optimizing healthy body composition in older adults in the community: an umbrella review of systematic reviews.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14, 8, 257-308.
10.11124/jbisrir-2016-003063
2016 Page, T., Magarey, J. & Wiechula, R. (2016). The impact of exposure time on biophysical parameters of the wound environment and patient comfort during dressing changes: a descriptive study. Wound Practice & Research: Journal of the Australian Wound Management Association, 24, 3, 151-158.
2016 Wright, S., Wiechula, R. & McLiesh, P. (2016). The effectiveness of prehabilitation for adults having elective surgery: a systematic review protocol.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14, 2, 78-92.
10.11124/jbisrir-2016-2460
2016 Dale, C., Wiechula, R., Lewis, A., McArthur, A., Breen, H., Scarborough, A. & Rose, L. (2016). Partnerships to improve oral hygiene practices: Two complementary approaches. Nursing leadership, 29, 1, 47-58.
10.12927/cjnl.2016.24645
2016 Kerr, F., Wiechula, R., Feo, R., Schultz, T. & Kitson, A. (2016). The neurophysiology of human touch and eye gaze and its effects on therapeutic relationships and healing: a scoping review protocol.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14, 4, 60-66.
10.11124/jbisrir-2016-2628
2015 Sharrad, S., de, C., Aylward, P. & Wiechula, R. (2015). An exploration of adolescents' decisions to abstain or refrain from alcohol consumption in Australian social settings: a qualitative systematic review.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13, 10, 156-179.
10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2359
2015 Kornhaber, R., Wiechula, R. & McLean, L. (2015). The effectiveness of collaborative models of care that facilitate rehabilitation from a traumatic injury: a systematic review. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13, 8, 190-210.
10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2383
2015 Kraft, L., Wiechula, R. & Conroy, T. (2015). The effectiveness of acute pain management for opioid tolerant or opioid dependent patients: a systematic review protocol.. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13, 9, 120-135.
10.11124/jbisrir-2015-1743
2015 Kornhaber, R., Wiechula, R. & McLean, L. (2015). The effectiveness of collaborative models of care that facilitate rehabilitation from a traumatic injury: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13, 4, 100-113.
10.11124/jbisrir-2015-1597
2014 Schultz, T., Kitson, A., Soenen, S., Long, L., Shanks, A., Wiechula, R. ... Lange, K. (2014). Does a multidisciplinary nutritional intervention prevent nutritional decline in hospital patients? A stepped wedge randomised cluster trial. e-SPEN Journal, 9, 2, 284-e90.
10.1016/j.clnme.2014.01.002
2014 Wiechula, R. & Everett, I. (2014). Effectiveness of pro-forma use in the assessment of minor upper limb injuries for minimizing diagnostic error, inappropriate investigations, referral, mismanagement and suboptimal patient care: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12, 8, 27-37.
10.11124/jbisrir-2014-1034
2014 Schultz, T., Roupas, P., Wiechula, R., Krause, D., Gravier, S. & Kitson, A. (2014). Nutritional interventions for optimizing healthy body composition in older adults in the community: a protocol for an umbrella review of studies of effectiveness and qualitative perceptions and experiences. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12, 11, 31-47.
10.11124/jbisrir-2014-1832
2013 Donnelly, F. & Wiechula, R. (2013). An example of qualitative comparative analysis in nursing research. Nurse Researcher, 20, 6, 6-11.
10.7748/nr2013.07.20.6.6.e332
2013 Kitson, A., Schultz, T., Long, L., Shanks, A., Wiechula, R., Chapman, I. & Soenen, S. (2013). The prevention and reduction of weight loss in an acute tertiary care setting: Protocol for a pragmatic stepped wedge randomised cluster trial (the PRoWL Project). BMC Health Services Research, 13, 1, 1-9.
10.1186/1472-6963-13-299
2012 McLiesh, P. & Wiechula, R. (2012). Identifying and reducing the incidence of post discharge Venous ThromboEmbolism (VTE) in orthopaedic patients: a systematic review. JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 10, 41, 2658-2710.
10.11124/jbisrir-2012-30
2012 Donnelly, F. & Wiechula, R. (2012). Clinical placement and case study methodology: a complex affair. Nurse Education Today, 32, 8, 873-877.
10.1016/j.nedt.2012.02.010
2012 Lau, B., Magarey, J. & Wiechula, R. (2012). Violence in the emergency department: an ethnographic study (Part I). International Emergency Nursing, 20, 2, 69-75.
10.1016/j.ienj.2011.07.006
2012 Lynch, T., Magarey, J. & Wiechula, R. (2012). What is the experience of migrant nurses in attempting to meet the English language requirements for registration in Australia?. Journal of Teaching and Education (Online), 1, 3, 143-149.
2012 McLiesh, P. & Wiechula, R. (2012). Identifying and reducing the incidence of post discharge Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in orthopaedic patients: a systematic review.. JBI library of systematic reviews, 10, 28 Suppl, 1-14.
10.11124/jbisrir-2012-315
2012 Lau, B., Magarey, J. & Wiechula, R. (2012). Violence in the emergency department: an ethnographic study (part II). International Emergency Nursing, 20, 3, 126-132.
10.1016/j.ienj.2011.08.001
2011 Frankowska, D. & Wiechula, R. (2011). Women's experience of becoming caregivers to their ill partners: Gadamerian hermeneutics. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17, 1, 48-53.
10.1071/PY10038
2011 Conlon, L. & Wiechula, R. (2011). Preparing nurses for future disasters - the Sichuan experience. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 14, 4, 246-250.
10.1016/j.aenj.2011.08.001
2011 Kitson, A., Silverston, H., Wiechula, R., Zeitz, K., Marcoionni, D. & Page, T. (2011). Clinical nursing leaders’, team members’ and service managers’ experiences of implementing evidence at a local level. Journal of Nursing Management, 19, 4 Sp Iss, 542-555.
10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01258.x
2010 Rochmawati, E. & Wiechula, R. (2010). Education strategies to foster health professional students' clinical reasoning skills. Nursing and Health Sciences, 12, 2, 244-250.
10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00512.x
2009 Wiechula, R., Kitson, A., Marcoionni, D., Page, T., Zeitz, K. & Silverston, H. (2009). Improving the fundamentals of care for older people in the acute hospital setting: facilitating practice improvement using a Knowledge Translation Toolkit. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 7, 4, 283-295.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00145.x
2009 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Jordan, Z. & Stern, C. (2009). Policy related to varicose veins in publicly funded elective surgery programs: a comprehensive systematic review. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 7, 4, 250-269.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00148.x
2009 Gordge, L., De Young, J. & Wiechula, R. (2009). Reducing functional decline of older people in an acute-care setting: are we providing adequate care to maintain/optimise the functional status of our elder patients?. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 7, 3, 181-186.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00139.x
2009 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Jordan, Z. & Henstridge, V. (2009). Policy related to rhinoplasty in publicly funded elective surgery programs: a systematic review. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 7, 2, 94-111.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00129.x
2009 Davy, C., Lovino, C., Kavanagh, S. & Wiechula, R. (2009). Organisational challenges when enabling ease of access for the elderly around a large acute hospital campus. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 2009, 7, 296-300.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00146.x
2009 Mcliesh, P., Mungall, D. & Wiechula, R. (2009). Are we providing the best possible pain management for our elderly patients in the acute-care setting?. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 7, 3, 173-180.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00138.x
2009 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Jordan, Z. & Louey, M. (2009). Policy related to abdominoplasty in publicly funded elective surgery programs: a systematic review. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 2009, 7, 75-93.
10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00128.x
2007 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Court, A. & Lockwood, C. (2007). A re-consideration of what constitutes "evidence" in the healthcare professions. Nursing Science Quarterly, 20, 1, 85-88.
10.1177/0894318406296306
2006 Pearson, A., Pallas, L. O., Thomson, D., Doucette, E., Tucker, D., Wiechula, R. ... Jordan, Z. (2006). Systematic review of evidence on the impact of nursing workload and staffing on establishing healthy work environments.. JBI library of systematic reviews, 4, 8, 1-69.
2006 Donnelly, F. & Wiechula, R. (2006). The lived experience of a tracheostomy tube change: a phenomenological study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15, 9, 1115-1122.
10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01384.x
2006 Pearson, A., O'Brien Pallas, L., Thomson, D., Doucette, E., Tucker, D., Wiechula, R. ... Jordan, Z. (2006). Systematic review of evidence on the impact of nursing workload and staffing on establishing healthy work environments. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 4, 4, 337-384.
10.1111/j.1479-6988.2006.00055.x
2005 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Court, A. & Lockwood, C. (2005). The JBI model of evidence-based health care. International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare, 3, 8, 207-215.
10.1111/j.1479-6988.2005.00026.x
2003 Wiechula, R. (2003). The use of moist wound-healing dressings in the management of split-thickness skin graft donor sites: a systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 9, 2, S9-S17.
10.1046/j.1322-7114.2003.00417.x

Books

Year Citation
2012 Kitson, A., Wiechula, R., Salmond, S. & Jordan, Z. (2012). Knowledge translation in healthcare. United States of America: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
2000 Pearson, A., Wiechula, R., Nay, R., Mitchell, A. & Hodgkinson, B. (2000). Promoting Best Practice in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers. Australia: The Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Wiechula, R., Conroy, T. A. & McLiesh, P. (2016). Evidence-based practice/knowledge translation: a practical guide. In E. Chang & J. Daly (Eds.), Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Practice, 4th edition (pp. 175-193). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier.
2015 Kitson, A., Wiechula, R., Conroy, T., Whitaker, N., Holly, C. & Salmond, S. (2015). Case study of the Signature Project - an Australian- US knowledge translation project. In G. Harvey & A. Kitson (Eds.), Implementing evidence-based practice in healthcare: A facilitation guide (pp. 185-204). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
2015 Wiechula, R., Shanks, A., Schultz, T., Whitaker, N. & Kitson, A. (2015). Case study of the PRoWL project - a whole-system implementation project involving nursing and dietetic lead facilitators. In G. Harvey & A. Kitson (Eds.), Implementing evidence-based practice in healthcare: A facilitation guide (pp. 169-184). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2011 Long, , Kitson, , Shanks, A., Wiechula, , Schultz, , Chapman, ... Whitaker, (2011). Preparing to PROWL‐prevention and reduction of weight loss in the acute care setting. Johanna Briggs Institute International Convention. Adelaide, Australia.
2010 Kitson, A., Marcoionni, D., Page, T., Wiechula, R. & Zeitz, K. (2010). Using knowledge translation to transform the fundamentals of care: the older person and improving care project. Oxford Knowledge Translation symposium. Oxford, UK.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2014 Salkaya, A., Wiechula, R. & Kernick, J. (2014). The lived experiences of graduate nurses working in an intensive care unit as first placement after graduation: A phenomenological study.
10.1016/j.aucc.2013.10.013
2014 Rochmawati, E., Wiechula, R. & Cameron, K. (2014). Family caregiver involvement in home based palliative care for cancer patients in Indonesia. 2014 World Cancer Congress Abstracts. Melbourne, Vic..
10.1111/ajco.12332

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2013 Kitson, A., Wiechula, R., Conroy, T., Muntlin Athlin, A. & Whitaker, N., (2013). The future shape of the nursing workforce: a synthesis of the evidence of factors that impact on quality nursing care, School of Nursing, University of Adelaide,
2011 Kitson, A., Wiechula, R., Zeitz, K., Marcoionni, D., Page, T. & Silverston, H., (2011). Improving older people's care in one acute hospital setting: a realist evaluation of a KT intervention, School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide,
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Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
1994 - ongoing Member Australian Wound Management Association
1993 - ongoing Member South Australian Wound Management Association
1981 - ongoing Member Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Co-Chair Australasian Region Committee of Joanna Briggs Institute Collaborating Centres
2011 - ongoing Member Research & Research Teaching Committee, Adelaide Nursing School

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2017 - ongoing Board Member Program Board Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2014 - ongoing Editor Editorial Board of the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Academic Lead Innovation, Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
2004 - ongoing Peer reviewer, International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
1998 - ongoing Peer reviewer, International Journal of Nursing Practice
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83134878
Fax
8313 3594
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
Room Number
WS4059.20
Org Unit
Nursing

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