Doctor Jann Foster

Doctor Jann Foster

Senior Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Dr. Jann Foster is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with over 30 years experience, holds a Masters in Health Science Education, and completed her PhD in 2011 - "A history of the Nurse Practitioner Role in New South Wales, Australia". Jann has substantial experience in education and as a researcher and  coordinator of research projects at the local, state, national and international level. She undertakes research projects that investigate practical aspects of neonatal care. Jann has over 50 peer-reviewed nursing and medical journal publications, and her work undertaking neonatal Cochrane systematic reviews has also resulted in her providing recommendations critical to safe and effective clinical practice in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Jann teaches nursing students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Jann is a peer-reviewer for numerous nursing and medical journals including the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, Archives of Diseases in Childhood, BMC Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Early Human Development, Journal of Perinatal Medicine, Journal of Child and Youth Health, American Journal of Perinatology, Journal of Holistic Nursing, Western Journal of Nursing Research, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Annals of Intensive Care and the Joanna Briggs Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. Jann has received a New Investigator Award at the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 4th Annual International Congress, a recipient of a Research Excellence Award from the Association of Neonatal Nurses and Women's Scholarship, Western Sydney University (2016). She has presented her research at the local, national and international level. Jann was sponsored by WHO to attend and contribute to the revised version of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)  at UNICEF in Italy in 2016.

 

External Roles

- Director, NSW Centre for Evidence Based Health Care: A Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence (located at CANR, Ingham Institute)

- Associate Editor, Cochrane

- Member, Non-tertiary Neonatal Care Centres Collaborative  (reports to, and provides recommendations for clinical practice to the NSW Perinatal Services Network and NSW Ministry of Health). 

Jann's expertise and areas of interests are:

- Pain management of neonates, infants and children;

- Nutrition and feeding of neonates and infants including gastrointestinal disorders;

- Infant development and assessment

- Infant mental health

- infant palliative care

- Respiratory management of neonates and infants;

- The use of technology in the neonatal intensive care setting;

- Translation of evidence into clinical practice;

- Leadership;

- Reflection and reflective practice;

- Adult learning;

- The Nurse Practitioner Role;

- Quantitative research methodologies, and

- Qualitative research methodologies.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Foster.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • GCertResH University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • MHScEd University of Sydney
  • GDipAppSc University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • College of Nursing Australia (2019)
  • NSW Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (2013)
  • Australian College of Neonatal Nurses Research Special Interest Group (2011)
  • Council of International Neonatal Nurses (2012)

Awards

  • Women's Scholarship Western Sydney University 2017-11-01
  • New Investigator Award Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 2002-09-04

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Contact

Email: J.Foster@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9115
(02) 9685 9115
Mobile:
Location: EB.LG.80
ParramattaEB.LG.40
Parramatta

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400755 Evidence-Based Nursing 1, 2013
  • 400765 Evidence-Based Nursing 2, 2013
  • 400835 Infant Mental Health, 2014
  • 400835 Infant Mental Health, 2016
  • 401001 Primary Health Care in Action, 2015
  • 401001 Primary Health Care in Action, 2016
  • 401001 Primary Health Care in Action, 2017
  • 401007 Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice, 2015
  • 401007 Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice, 2019
  • 401021 Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife, 2017
  • 401021 Being a Professional Nurse or Midwife, 2018
  • 401205 Professional Communication in Nursing, 2019
  • 401208 Research for Nursing and Midwifery, 2018
  • E3044 Research Principles and Processes (Nurs), 2014

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Psaila, K. and Foster, J. (2015), 'Critical ill infants with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease', Diet and Nutrition in Critical Care, Springer 9781461478379.

Journal Articles

  • Manley, B., Arnolda, G., Wright, I., Owen, L., Foster, J., Huang, L., Roberts, C., Clark, T., Fan, W., Fang, A., Marshall, I., Pszczola, R., Davis, P. and Buckmaster, A. (2019), 'Nasal high-flow therapy for newborn infants in special care nurseries', New England Journal of Medicine, vol 380, no 21 , pp 2031 - 2040.
  • George, A., Souza e Sousa, M., Kong, A., Blinkhorn, A., Patterson Norrie, T., Foster, J., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S. and Johnson, M. (2019), 'Effectiveness of preventive dental programs offered to mothers by non-dental professionals to control early childhood dental caries : a review', BMC Oral Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Lui, K., Jones, L., Foster, J., Davis, P., Ching, S., Oei, J. and Osborn, D. (2018), 'Lower versus higher oxygen concentrations titrated to target oxygen saturations during resuscitation of preterm infants at birth', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2018, no 5 .
  • Dahlen, H., Foster, J., Psaila, K., Spence, K., Badawi, N., Fowler, C., Schmied, V. and Thornton, C. (2018), 'Gastro-oesophageal reflux : a mixed methods study of infants admitted to hospital in the first 12 months following birth in NSW (2000-2011)', BMC Pediatrics, vol 18 .
  • Taylor, C., Zhang, M., Foster, J., Novak, I. and Badawi, N. (2018), 'Caregivers' experiences of feeding children with cerebral palsy : a systematic review protocol of qualitative evidence', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 16, no 3 , pp 589 - 593.
  • Ballout, R., Foster, J., Kahale, L. and Badr, L. (2017), 'Body positioning for spontaneously breathing preterm infants with apnoea: intervention review', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 1 , pp 1 - 74.
  • Doctor, T., Foster, J., Stewart, A., Tan, K., Todd, D. and McGrory, L. (2017), 'Heated and humidified inspired gas through heated humidifiers in comparison to non-heated and non-humidified gas in hospitalised neonates receiving respiratory support (Protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 2 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Psaila, K., Foster, J., Pulbrook, N. and Jeffery, H. (2017), 'Infant pacifiers for reduction in risk of sudden infant death syndrome (Intervention review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 4 .
  • Foster, J., Dawson, J., Davis, P. and Dahlen, H. (2017), 'Routine oro/nasopharyngeal suction versus no suction at birth (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 4 , pp 1 - 38.
  • O'Shea, J., Foster, J., O'Donnell, C., Breathnach, D., Jacobs, S., Todd, D. and Davis, P. (2017), 'Frenotomy for tongue-tie in newborn infants (Intervention Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 3 , pp 1 - 35.
  • Foster, J., Taylor, C. and Spence, K. (2017), 'Topical anaesthesia for needle-related pain in newborn infants (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2 , pp 1 - 42.
  • O'Shea, J., O'Gorman, J., Gupta, A., Sinhal, S., Foster, J., O'Connell, L., Kamlin, C. and Davis, P. (2017), 'Orotracheal intubation in infants performed with a stylet versus without a stylet (Intervention Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 6 .
  • Manley, B., Roberts, C., Arnolda, G., Wright, I., Owen, L., Dalziel, K., Foster, J., Davis, P. and Buckmaster, A. (2017), 'A multicentre, randomised controlled, non-inferiority trial, comparing nasal high flow with nasal continuous positive airway pressure as primary support for newborn infants with early respiratory distress born in Australian non-tertiary special care nurseries (the HUNTER trial) : study protocol', BMJ Open, vol 7, no 6 .
  • Gillies, D., Todd, D., Foster, J. and Batuwitage, B. (2017), 'Heat and moisture exchangers versus heated humidifiers for mechanically ventilated adults and children (Intervention Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no 9 .
  • Cochrane, B., Foster, J., Boyd, R. and Atlantis, E. (2016), 'Implementation challenges in delivering team-based care ('TEAMcare') for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a public hospital setting : a mixed methods approach', BMC Health Services Research, vol 16 .
  • Foster, J., Psaila, K. and Patterson, T. (2016), 'Non-nutritive sucking for increasing physiologic stability and nutrition in preterm infants (Intervention Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2016, no 10 .
  • Foster, J., Taylor, C., Patterson, T. and Psaila, K. (2016), 'Experiences of new graduate nurses working in a neonatal intensive care setting : a systematic review protocol of qualitative evidence', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 14, no 10 , pp 105 - 111.
  • Ogunsiji, O., Foster, J. and Wilkes, L. (2016), 'Experiences of African women who migrate to a developed country and encounter domestic violence : a systematic review protocol of qualitative evidence', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 14, no 12 , pp 92 - 99.
  • Foster, J., Kain, V. and Patterson, T. (2016), 'Parents' and families' of palliative and end-of-life neonatal care in neonatal settings : a systematic review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 14, no 11 , pp 99 - 105.
  • Foster, J., Seth, R. and Cole, M. (2016), 'Oral immunoglobulin for preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm and low birth weight neonates (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2016, no 4 .
  • Villanueva, D., Taylor, C., Dickson, C. and Foster, J. (2015), 'The experiences of new graduate nurses working in a pediatric setting : a systematic review protocol of qualitative evidence', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol 13, no 2 , pp 49 - 58.
  • Jones, L., Craven, P., Lakkundi, A., Foster, J. and Badawi, N. (2015), 'Regional (spinal, epidural, caudal) versus general anaesthesia in preterm infants undergoing inguinal herniorrhaphy in early infancy', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 6 , pp 1 - 38.
  • O'Shea, J., Gupta, A., Sinhal, S., Foster, J., O'Connell, L., Kamlin, C. and Davis, P. (2015), 'Rates of successful orotracheal intubation in infants when performed with a stylet versus without a stylet', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 7 .
  • Foster, J., Richards, R., Showell, M. and Jones, L. (2015), 'Intravenous in-line filters for preventing morbidity and mortality in neonates', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 8 .
  • Bhola, K., Foster, J. and Osborn, D. (2015), 'Chest shielding for prevention of a haemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants receiving phototherapy (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , no 11 , pp 1 - 29.
  • Foster, J. (2015), 'The state of nursing specialisation in Australia : implications for neonatal, paediatric and child health nursing', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 18, no 3 , pp 1 - 36.
  • Foster, J., Buckmaster, A., Sinclair, L., Lees, S. and Guaran, R. (2015), 'Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) for term neonates with respiratory distress (Protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 11 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Atlantis, E., Fahey, P. and Foster, J. (2014), 'Collaborative care for comorbid depression and diabetes : a systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ open, vol 4, no 4 .
  • O'Shea, J., Foster, J., O'Donnell, C., Breathnach, D., Jacobs, S., Todd, D. and Davis, P. (2014), 'Frenotomy for tongue-tie in newborn infants', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 4 .
  • Foster, J., Psaila, K. and Kenner, C. (2014), 'Maintaining the heat on neonatal hypothermia in developing countries', Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, vol 14, no 2 , pp 42 - 44.
  • Psaila, K., Foster, J., Pulbrook, N. and Jeffery, H. (2014), 'Infant pacifiers for reduction in risk of sudden infant death syndrome', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 7 .
  • Richards, R., Foster, J. and Psaila, K. (2014), 'Continuous versus bolus intragastric tube feeding for preterm and low birth weight infants with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 7 .
  • Mohammad, K., Kassab, M., Gamble, J., Creedy, D. and Foster, J. (2014), 'Factors associated with birth weight inequalities in Jordan', International Nursing Review, vol 61, no 3 , pp 435 - 440.
  • Psaila, K., Foster, J., Richards, R. and Jeffery, H. (2014), 'Non-nutritive sucking for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in preterm and low birth weight infants (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2014, no 10 , pp 1 - 13.
  • Foster, J., Spence, K., Henderson-Smart, D., Harrison, D., Gray, P. and Bidewell, J. (2013), 'Procedural pain in neonates in Australian hospitals : a survey update of practices', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 49, no 1 , pp 35 - 39.
  • Foster, J., Taylor, C. and Bredemeyer, S. (2013), 'Topical anaesthesia for needle-related procedural pain in newborn infants', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, .
  • Arora, A., Foster, J., Gillies, D., Moxey, A., Moody, G. and Curtis, B. (2013), 'Breastfeeding for oral health in preschool children', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 3, no Art. No.: CD010416 .
  • Dawson, J., Davis, P. and Foster, J. (2013), 'Routine oro/nasopharyngeal suction versus no suction in the delivery room', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, .
  • Dawson, J., Summan, R., Badawi, N. and Foster, J. (2012), 'Push versus gravity for intermittent bolus gavage tube feeding of premature and low birth weight infants', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 11 .
  • Kassab, M., Foster, J., Foureur, M. and Fowler, C. (2012), 'Sweet-tasting solutions for needle-related procedural pain in infants one month to one year of age', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 12 .
  • Lui, K., Foster, J., Davis, P., Ching, S., Oei, J. and Osborn, D. (2012), 'Higher versus lower oxygen concentrations titrated to target oxygen saturations during resuscitation of preterm infants at birth', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 11 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Bredemeyer, S. and Foster, J. (2012), 'Body position for spontaneously breathing preterm infants with apnoea', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 6 , pp 1 - 40.
  • Richards, R., Foster, J. and Psaila, K. (2012), 'Continuous versus bolus intragastric tube feeding for preterm and low birth weight infants with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 3 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Buckmaster, A., Arnolda, G., Wright, I. and Foster, J. (2012), 'Targeted oxygen therapy in special care nurseries : is uniformity a good thing?', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 48, no 6 , pp 476 - 482.
  • Psaila, K., Foster, J., Richards, R. and Jeffery, H. (2012), 'Non-nutritive sucking for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in preterm and low birth weight infants', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 4 .
  • Bhola, K., Foster, J. and Osborn, D. (2012), 'Chest shielding for prevention of a haemodynamically symptomatic patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants receiving phototherapy', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , no 4 .
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Buckmaster, A., Spence, K., Green, D. and Henderson-Smart, D. (2008), 'A comparison of the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and headbox oxygen on nurses' workload in the special care nursery', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 11, no 2 , pp 11 - 17.
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Buckmaster, A., Lees, S. and Henderson-Smart, D. (2008), 'Parental stress and satisfaction in the non-tertiary special care nursery', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 61, no 5 , pp 522 - 530.
  • Foster, J. (2007), 'Continuous positive pressure therapy for infants with respiratory distress in non-tertiary care centres: A randomised, controlled trial', Pediatrics, vol 120, no 3 , pp 509 - 518.
  • Foster, J., Richards, R. and Showell, M. (2006), 'Intravenous in-line filters for preventing morbidity and mortality in neonates', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , no 2 .
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J. and Todd, D. (2004), 'Transcutaneous CO2 monitoring: effect of electrode position and gestation on arterial partial pressure of CO2 for the first 3 days of neonatal life', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 7 , pp 18 - 25.
  • Foster, J. and Cole, M. (2004), 'Oral immunoglobulin for preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm and low birth weight neonates', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 1 , pp 1 - 20.
  • Foster, J., Todd, D., Bidewell, J. and Askie, L. (2002), 'Pulse oximetry measures compared for neonates <28 weeks gestation', Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, vol 5 , pp 5 - 10.
  • Foster, J. and Cole, M. (2001), 'Oral immunoglobulin for preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm and low birth-weight neonates', The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , no 3 .
  • Foster, J., Bidewell, J., Todd, D. and Lloyd, J. (2001), 'Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring: Effect of electrode position and gestation on arterial partial pressure of oxygen for the first three days of neonatal life.', Journal of Neonatal, Pediatric and Childhealth Nursing, vol 4 , pp 16 - 24.
  • Harrow, D., Foster, J. and Greenwood, J. (2001), 'Evidence and Leadership: The Tools for Change', Contemporary Nurse, vol 11 , pp 9 - 17.

Co-supervisor (BN Honours) - Ongoing

An exploration of clean catch urine collection from children in hospitals

Supervisor (BN Honours) - Completed 2018 - 2nd Class honours

 Feeding, growth, and developmental outcomes in Infants following cardiac surgery

Co-supervisor (BN Honours) - Completed 2015 - 2nd Class honours

The experiences of new graduate nurses working in a paediatric setting: a systematic review of qualitative evidence

Current research (pain management):

- Pain Management for Older Infants During Immunisation: A pilot randomised, controlled trial (The MINDI Trial Pilot Study) - ACTRN12614000784617

Researchers:

Jann Foster (School of Nursing & Midwifery (SoNM, UWS), Kaye Spence (Children Hospital at Westmead), Nicholas Wood (National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance), Christine Taylor (SoNM UWS), Kathryn Cannings (National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance), Anthony Good (School of Science and Health, UWS), Manal Kassab (SoNM UWS/SoN Jordan University of Science & Technology).

- A survey of current pain management practices for infant immunisation in general medical practices

 Jann Foster (School of Nursing & Midwifery (SoNM, UWS), Kaye Spence (Children Hospital at Westmead), Nicholas Wood (National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance), Christine Taylor (SoNM UWS), Kathryn Cannings (National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance), Anthony Good (School of Science and Health, UWS), Manal Kassab (SoNM UWS/SoN Jordan University of Science & Technology).

Current research (infant feeding)

- Current practices for the transition from tube to suck feeding in preterm infants in Australian special care units

- An exploration of the feeding experiences of parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care or special care and following hospital discharge

- A qualitative exploration of transitional feeding issues in preterm infants

- Care of the late preterm infant in the postnatal setting

Current research (respiratory management)

- A comparison of parental stress and satisfaction for high-flow nasal cannula versus CPAP in the non-tertiary special care nursery

- A comparison of the effects of high flow nasal cannula and CPAP on nurses’ workload in the special care nursery

- Improving Breathing Support for Newborn Infants in Non-Tertiary Centres: The HUNTER Trial

This information has been contributed by Doctor Foster.

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Co-bedding of Twins in the Neonatal Period ? A mixed methods study exploring variations in practice and perceptions in the hospital and home setting
Field of Research:

Media

Title: A spoonful of sugar: Sweet taste comforts babies during injections
Description: Fictional character Mary Poppins may have been correct when she sang a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down . Dr Jann Foster from the University of Western Sydney s School of Nursing and Midwifery was a co-author on a Cochrane systematic review of 14 published clinical studies that found babies did not cry for as long if they were given drops of sugar solution before immunisation.
Title: Babies given sugar to alleviate pain
Description: ABC Radio PM Current Affairs Program. The program highlighting the use of sucrose to alleviate pain in infants undergoing immunisation was syndicated across Australia on 51 ABC radio stations and reached a total national radio audience of over 110,000.

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