Assessing the risk of pressure injuries in intensive care, is the topic Paul Fulbrook will be addressing at the 2nd annual Reducing Avoidable Pressure Injuries Conference, held on the 16th and 17th September in Melbourne. Paul is Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Australian Catholic University (ACU). He also holds the position of Nursing Director, Research & Practice Development at the The Prince Charles Hospital and is the National President, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. His talk is based on recent research and will provide a comparison of interrater reliability and validity of the Braden, Norton, and Waterlow Scales with the COMHON Scale.
Paul started his role at the ACU in Brisbane in November 2004. His position is a research role, with a minimum teaching load. He supervises several research students and is working on a range of research projects with local health services and university staff.
Paul qualified as a registered nurse in Winchester in 1985. Following registration he gained experience in general, cardio-thoracic and neuroscience intensive care nursing at Southampton General Hospital, where he also undertook his post-graduate clinical intensive care qualification. Paul developed his career in intensive care nursing as a charge nurse and clinical teacher at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, before taking on the post of Senior Lecturer in Critical Care . He now has over twenty years experience of working in the nursing environment (primarily in critical care) latterly in the contexts of education, research and practice development. Paul is well known nationally and internationally for his critical care nursing work, and has spoken at many national and international conferences.
Paul has a consistent publication record, predominantly in the field of critical care nursing , and he has been publishing in quality journals since 1991. He has co-edited a major nursing text on advanced nursing practice (Rolfe & Fulbrook 1998), in which he has two chapters. He has also contributed chapters to two editions of an important nursing research text (Cormack 1996 & 2000) and has co-written a chapter for the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses new critical care text. Paul is Co-editor of a worldwide critical care nursing journal which was launched in Spring 2001: CONNECT: The World of Critical Care Nursing. It is the official journal of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. In addition, he is an editorial board member of a major critical care nursing journal (Nursing in Critical Care), and a journal referee for several other journals.
Paul completed his PhD in July 2003, titled The Nature of Evidence to Inform Critical Care Nursing Practice, through Bournemouth University, UK. The thesis promotes pragmatic epistemology as a basis for a science of nursing practice, in which all forms of evidence are considered primarily in terms of their value for practice. This area of work continues to be a main research interest.