Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1/2, April-June

Are We Failing to Prepare Nurses in the UK and Australia to Practice by the Codes of Conduct?
Nursing pre-registration curricula in the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia (Aust.) are underpinned by codes of conduct which will guide their everyday practice when they complete their program and register as a nurse. These codes are prescribed by national...
Burden versus Benefit: Continuing Nurse Academics' Experiences of Working with Sessional Teachers
ABSTRACTSessional teachers are taking an increasing role in classroom teaching in Schools of Nursing. However, there is a paucity of literature reporting the experiences of, and impact on, career academics working with or alongside the burgeoning numbers...
Concerns among First Year Midwifery Students: Towards Addressing Attrition Rates
ABSTRACTSince 2000, there has been a shift to undergraduate midwifery education in Australia. Midwifery students are generally highly motivated, however attrition rates remain high among fi rst-year students. This study was undertaken in one Australian...
Determining Frameworks for Interprofessional Education and Core Competencies through Collaborative Consultancy: The CARE Experience
ABSTRACTIt is claimed that an interprofessional approach to health care aims to provide optimal client care, reduce duplication of services, address gaps in service delivery and prevent adverse consequences to patients. Hence there is widespread international...
Developing the Health Workforce: What Constitutes Clinical Education?
A couple of years ago (Cross, 2009) I wrote about some of the policy directions influencing nurse education and what I saw as the response needed by universities and health services in addressing them. One of the important policy changes was related...
Doctorates and Nurses
ABSTRACTThere is a plethora of routes to obtaining a doctorate in nursing and this arises due to international differences in the modes of study, preparation of the final submission and examination systems. The variety of pathways and outcomes leads...
Enhancing Preparation of Undergraduate Students for Practice in Older Adult Settings
ABSTRACTAim: The aim of this study was to explore what factors may enhance the teaching and preparation of undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students to better prepare them for practice in older adult settings in a provincial region of New Zealand. Background:...
Evaluating an Academic Writing Program for Nursing Students Who Have English as a Second Language
ABSTRACTAcademic writing skills are essential to the successful completion of preregistration nursing programs, yet the development of such skills is a challenge for many nursing students, particularly those who speak English as a second language (ESL)....
Evaluation of a Critical Care Simulation Series for Undergraduate Nursing Students
ABSTRACTSimulation is increasingly being used to prepare and supplement clinical practice in critical care areas for undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students, with some success. However, the effects of multiple, medium-high fidelity simulations...
Factors Associated with Learning Outcome of BSN in a Blended Learning Environment
ABSTRACTThis paper is a report of a study to examine the infl uence of demographic, learning behavior and learning performance variables on learning outcomes of baccalaureate nursing students within a blended learning environment. A cross-sectional survey...
Factors Impacting on Career Progression for Nurse Executives
ABSTRACTThis discursive paper examines recent research on career progression for nurse executives in Australia. In particular, it focuses on the personal, work-related and professional factors which infl uence progression. The role of gender, location...
Knowledge and Positions on Bioethical Dilemmas in a Sample of Spanish Nursing Students: A Questionnaire Study
ABSTRACTThis study, performed in Madrid, Spain, evaluates nursing students' understanding and attitudes about bioethical dilemmas that they will likely confront as health care providers. We asked 86 juniors in the King Juan Carlos University Nursing...
Legitimation Code Theory: A New Lens through Which to View Our Academic Practice
As nursing academics based in Ireland, where nursing is a relatively new entrant to the academy, we are interested in how the field of academic nursing legitimates its place in the academy (McNamara, 2009). In the age of austerity that now characterises...
Linguistic Diversity as Sociodemographic Predictor of Nursing Program Progression and Completion
ABSTRACTAttrition from undergraduate nursing programs continues to warrant investigation particularly in the climate of nursing shortages and fiscal refl ection on academic institutional programs. This three-year study used a prospective longitudinal...
Mature Age Students Access, Entry and Success in Nurse Education: An Action Research Study
ABSTRACTThis action research study involved an 'expert group' that was convened to consider issues for mature age nursing students in the Australian context and develop recommendations that could be used to strengthen mature age entry, access and success...
Practical Advice to Support Mid-Career Doctoral Students in Nursing: Some Considerations for Academic Supervisors
ABSTRACTMid-career students who undertake doctoral studies have often achieved standing and success in their careers and may already hold quite senior leadership positions in the profession. In view of this, mid-career students may struggle with the...
Preparing Health Professionals for Community-Based Practice: Some Issues for Consideration
Changes to models of health care delivery and chronic disease management have shifted the focus of care from in-patient hospital settings to the community. This provides an impetus for educationalists to facilitate adequate student clinical exposure...
Retention of Indigenous Nursing Students in New Zealand: A Cross-Sectional Survey
ABSTRACTInternationally the recruitment and retention of Indigenous and minority peoples into nursing is a persistent challenge, despite their participation being essential in reducing health disparities and improving health service quality for Indigenous...
Steps towards Empowerment: An Examination of Colleges, Health Services and Universities
ABSTRACTIn Australia, nursing educators work across three main contexts - training colleges, health services and universities. Because the pace of change for nursing has increased dramatically and the curriculum is becoming even more crowded, educators...
The Transition Experience of Enrolled Nurses to a Bachelor of Nursing at an Australian University
ABSTRACTEndorsed Enrolled Nurses (EENs) articulating from diploma level to Bachelor of Nursing (BN) studies at university experience many transitional barriers. Flexible credit arrangements can create further difficulties because students may enter directly...
Undergraduate Midwifery Students' First Experiences with Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
ABSTRACTWhile midwifery practice predominantly deals with happy experiences, unexpected and unpredictable events occur. This paper reports on a study that explored undergraduate midwifery students' first experiences of stillbirth and neonatal death....
Using an Interdisciplinary Partnership to Develop Nursing Students' Information Literacy Skills: An Evaluation
ABSTRACTAs learning paradigms shift to student-centred active learning, development of effective skills in locating and retrieving information using electronic sources is integral to promoting lifelong learning. Recency of information that is evidence...
Workplace Learning: A Continuing Concern in Nurse Education
As a practice discipline, nursing has a long and well-established history of teaching and learning that occurs in the clinical environment (Mannix, Faga, Beale, & Jackson, 2006). For many years, the workplace, as a site of clinical learning, was...