Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, June

Creating Comfort: Nurses' Perspectives on Pressure Care Management in the Last 48 Hours of Life
ABSTRACTThe aim of this paper is to report the results of a study exploring the pressure care management of patients during their last 48 hours of life, from the perspective of registered nurses caring for such patients in an acute care hospital setting....
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Enhancing Scope of Practice for the Second Level Nurse: A Change Process to Meet Growing Demand for Rural Health Services
ABSTRACTThis article reports on Australian research, funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services Nurse Policy Branch and conducted in two rural Victorian health services. Predicted workforce shortages in the health professions and accompanying...
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Examining the Methods Used for a Critical Ethnographic Enquiry
ABSTRACTMethodology articulates the broad theoretical and philosophical framework which researchers employ when conducting an inquiry. Methods are the procedural rules by which research inquiry is conducted; giving authority to articulate and communicate...
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Exploration of Social Support Systems for Older Adults: A Preliminary Study
ABSTRACTObjectives: To explore the lived experience of older adults participating regularly in a social support network group in the community.Method: Hermeneutic phenomenology was employed JOT this preliminary study as little was known about the lived...
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Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide (2Nd Edn)
Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide (2nd edn) Braun L and Cohen M (eds) (2007) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, Edinburgh ISBN 978 0 729537 96 4;PB;xvi + 792 pages; AUD 69.95Over the past decade, increasing use of complementary and...
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Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
Midwifery: Preparation for Practice Pair man S, Pincombe J, Thorogood C and Tracy S (eds) (2006) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, Edinburgh; ISBN 978 0 7295 37 56 8;PB;xvi + 878 pp; AUD 99.00When this book was published in 2006, many midwives in Australia...
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Patient and Professional Dissatisfaction: A Literature Review of Prognosis Communication Related to Hospital Settings
ABSTRACTAn essential element of health care decision making is related to 'what is going to happen next' (or prognosis). Patients are often dissatisfied with prognosis communication (Chan & Woodruff 1997; Kirk, Kirk & Kristjanson 2004). Yet there...
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Perceptions of People with Type 2 Diabetes about Self-Management and the Efficacy of Community Based Services
ABSTRACTSelf-management has become a key strategy for managing the health care of people with diabetes. This study explored issues people with type 2 diabetes experienced in their self-management practices and access to regional community based services....
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Risk Assessment and Fall Prevention: Practice Development in Action
ABSTRACTAmongst the health disciplines, nurses spend the most time with patients providing most of the supervision in care. Therefore, nurses have a primary role to play in contributing to knowledge surrounding the best methods of assessment of risk...
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The Implications of Policy on Delivering a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care: Rhetoric or Reality?
ABSTRACTThis critical ethnographic study aimed to understand policy and documentation in relationship to guiding nursing practice in delivering a palliative approach to residents of an aged care unit of a Multi-purpose Service (MPS). A thematic analysis...
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Unstructured Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention in Rural South Australia: Does It Meet Best Practice Guidelines?
ABSTRACTComprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs that address risk factors, psychological problems, and physical activity are essential in optimizing health and reducing the risk of further cardiac events. Behavioural and lifestyle modification...
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Young Men's Health: A Balance between Self-Reliance and Vulnerability in the Light of Hegemonic Masculinity
ABSTRACTMasculinity, in its hegemonic form, can have the effect that men avoid talking about health problems and do not consult health care, even when help is needed. This study had two aims: firstly to describe how young men relate to health, ill health,...
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