Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1, August

A Mixed Method Pilot Study: The Researchers' Experiences
ABSTRACTAim: This paper reports on the outcomes of a small well designed pilot study. Background: Pilot studies often disseminate limited or statistically meaningless results without adding to the body knowledge on the comparative research benefits....
A Path of Perpetual Resilience: Exploring the Experience of a Diabetes-Related Amputation through Grounded Theory
ABSTRACTLittle research has been done on the experience of diabetes-related amputation. The aim of this study was to allow amputees to describe their experiences of amputation and to generate grounded theory that will lead health professionals towards...
Cultural and Linguistic Isolation: The Breast Cancer Experience of Chinese-Australian Women - A Qualitative Study
ABSTRACTObjectives: Although Chinese-Australian women are at higher risk of developing breast cancer after migration to Australia, information on their experience is limited. This paper explores Chinese- Australian women's perceptions of the meaning...
Meanings and Aspects of Quality of Life for Cancer Patients: A Descriptive Exploratory Qualitative Study
ABSTRACTGiven the importance of quality of life (QoL) for cancer patients, it is important to work out what this concept means not only for cancer patients, and for the nurses who care for them, but also the aspects of which it is composed. Therefore,...
Outcomes of a Clinical Partnership Model for Undergraduate Nursing Students
ABSTRACTBackground: Over the last decade several innovative approaches to enhance students' transition to graduate nurse year have been implemented or piloted. This paper describes a study that investigated how the social practices of clinical partnership...
Quality of Work Life and Productivity among Iranian Nurses
ABSTRACTNurses are amongst the employees whose lives are fully affected by the quality of work life (QWL) as a consequence of dynamic changes in work environment. Excessive workload and poor work conditions are focal issues in nursing. The QWL assessment...
Reasons for Leaving Nursing: A Study among Turkish Nurses
ABSTRACTBackground: Reasons for the growing nursing shortage are often complex and multidimensional. Aim: To explore the phenomenon of why Turkish nurses leave nursing. Methods: The sample in this descriptive study was 134 nurses who had leftthe profession....
Sex Differences in Gender Characteristics of Australian Nurses and Male Engineers: A Comparative Cross-Sectional Survey
ABSTRACTThere continue to be assumptions within the nursing literature that nursing is synonymous with a feminine sex role identity. A comparative cross-sectional survey consisting of the Bem Sex Role Inventory and the Australian sex role scale was used...
The Development of a Parenting Program for Incarcerated Mothers in Australia: A Review of Prison-Based Parenting Programs
ABSTRACTThe increasing population of children with an incarcerated parent is a signifi cant public health issue. A literature search highlighted that children of incarcerated parents experience psychological stressors that may potentially impact on health...
Theory before Practice: Implicit Assumptions about Clinical Nursing Education in Australia as Revealed through a Shared Critical Reflection
ABSTRACTThe transfer of nursing education into the higher education sector occurred over a 10-year period in Australia (1985-1994). Australian nurse leaders settled on a single outcome measure to be applied for all nursing graduates in the form of national...
The Role of Religiosity as a Coping Resource for Relatives of Critically Ill Patients in Greece
ABSTRACTCritical care hospitalisation is emotionally overwhelming for the relatives of patients. Research has shown that religiosity is an effective coping resource for people with health related problems and has been correlated with better health outcomes....
'Walk-Ins': Developing a Nursing Role to Manage Unscheduled Presentations to a Community Mental Health Clinic
ABSTRACTThis paper reports on the evolution of the role of a 'walk-in' nurse at an Australian urban community mental health clinic. Despite the lack of any indication that a walk-in service was available, people persisted in presenting to the community...