Research visit from Tel Aviv: Semyon Melnikov

We are so delighted that since a couple of weeks we have a new active new member in our research group. At the moment Semyon is working with us online, because of the travel restrictions from Israel to Sweden due to COVID-19, but we hope he can join us physically in March when we will have two weeks where international researcher will visit and work together with members of the CESAR network.

Semyon received a grant of the ESC to visit Tiny Jaarsma and her group to work together on research to increase self-care in cardiac patients, especially in patients who received and LVAD. I asked Semyon to tell a bit about himself and his research interest.

I graduated with a BA in nursing from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. An MSc and a PhD I performed in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. My research explored the association between intracellular trafficking and signaling in mast cells. After graduation, I examined effects of various gene mutations on hypertension development among the affected subjects, in the clinical pharmacology lab at Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Since 2014 I work as a teacher and a lecturer in the Nursing department at Tel Aviv University and since 2018 I am a senior lecturer. My main teaching topics are evidence-based practice, organ donation and transplantation, and cardiovascular nursing. I am mentoring seven MA students. I am a head of the PISGAH program for IDF soldiers, which grants an RN certificate and a BA degree in Nursing.

In Israel, the organization involved in research in the field of cardiac nursing is the Association for the Promotion of Cardiac Nursing and Intensive Care. The members of the Association conduct research in the various fields of cardiac nursing, present their research at national and international conferences and publish papers at scientific nursing journals.

My current research focuses in cardiovascular nursing, heart failure, heart transplantation, Ventricular Assist Device implantation, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in patients with heart and lung failure. Another theme I am interested in explores factors affecting nurses’ readiness to report to work and nurses’ functioning during emergency situations and disasters.

My current research project in collaboration with Prof. Tiny Jaarsma and Dr. Naoko Perkio Kato from Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden, examines psychometric properties of the Self-Care Behavior Scale among patients with implanted Left Ventricular Assist Device and its suitability for use in different cultures.

Semyon Melnikov RN PhD

Nursing Department, Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel