Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, February/March

Capacity, Consent, and Mental Health Legislation: Time for a New Standard?
ABSTRACTRecent international reforms in mental health legislation have introduced a capacity test as a criterion for civil commitment. There are proposals that a common test of incapacity should apply in both mental and physical health under a single...
Conceptualising the Functional Role of Mental Health Consultation-Liaison Nurse in Multi-Morbidity, Using Peplau's Nursing Theory
ABSTRACTThis paper examines the mental health consultation-liaison nursing (MHCLN) role and links this to the interpersonal relations theory of nurse theorist Hildegard Peplau. The paper argues that, as mental health nursing care around the world is...
Consultation-Liaison Nursing: A Personal Reflection
ABSTRACTThis paper summarises a consultation-liaison nurse's journey as a senior mental health clinician working within the general hospital setting. It begins with a brief history of consultation-liaison nursing (CLN) and covers the CLN experience in...
Cultural Boundary Surfing in Mental Health Nursing: A Creative Narration
ABSTRACTIn the mental health context, nurses navigate multifaceted boundaries every day in an effort to develop and maintain the therapeutic relationship; an endeavour that is breathtaking in its complexity. In this paper, I adopt an unconventional form...
Exploring the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice in Youth Early Psychosis: An Anecdotal Account
ABSTRACTThe development of the Victorian mental health nurse practitioner youth early psychosis, is a pioneer advance in clinical psychiatric/mental health nursing. This paper will explore and describe the scope of practice for the youth early psychosis...
Informed Consent for Research Involving People with Dementia: A Grey Area
ABSTRACTResearch involving people with dementia has been flagged as a key priority by Alzheimer's International. Dementia has been an Australian National Health Priority since 2005, yet there are no clear guidelines for seeking and obtaining informed...
In Search of a National Approach to Professional Supervision for Mental Health and Addiction Nurses: The New Zealand Experience
ABSTRACTA competent nursing workforce is crucial for recovery of mental health and addiction service users. Professional supervision is central to facilitating this competency. This article reports on research that scoped the current provision of professional...
Is There a Future in Mental Health Promotion and Consultation for Nurses?
ABSTRACTThere is an increasing focus on the importance of mental health promotion from an international perspective to national and statewide levels within Australia. This focus on promotion is relevant to mental health nurses as we are currently unable...
Paternal Postpartum Depression: How Can Nurses Begin to Help?
ABSTRACTMen's emotional health can be overlooked during their partner's pregnancy and throughout the first postpartum year. Postpartum depression, once expected only in new mothers, is now estimated to occur in 4-25% of new fathers as well. The incidence...
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The Craft of Caring (2Nd Edn)
BOOK REVIEW: Barker P (2009) Psychiatric and mental health nursing: The craft of caring (2nd edn) Hodder and Arnold, London; ISBN 9780340947630; PB 760 pages; AUD 67.74/ USD 50.93/GBP 33.66This second version provides an improved and up to date account...
Self-Esteem and Optimism in Rural Youth: Gender Differences
ABSTRACTAim: To identify and describe gender-related differences in the self-esteem and optimism levels of rural adolescents. Background: Self-esteem and optimism have been broadly examined and are associated with health-practices, social interaction,...
Solution Focused Nursing: A Fitting Model for Mental Health Nurses Working in a Public Health Paradigm
ABSTRACTThe Australian Federal Government health agenda is advocating an extension of public health principles across all levels of the health sector. Since mental health nurses have long been proponents of public health and health promoting behaviours,...
Strategies for Advancing Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Science Relevant to Practice: Perspectives from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Research Council Co-Chairs
In psychiatric-mental health nursing, nurse scientists and practitioners have an ethical obligation to improve practice through the identification of practice-relevant research priorities and through conducting research relevant to these priorities....
Superficial Supervision: Are We Placing Clinicians and Clients at Risk?
ABSTRACTMental heath nurses recognise the importance of professional boundaries and therapeutic relationships and understand that clinical supervision is an important component to good clinical practice and their ongoing professional development. This...
Therapeutic Friendliness and the Development of Therapeutic Leverage by Mental Health Nurses in Community Rehabilitation Settings
ABSTRACTIn a world dominated by technology and driven by fiscal policy emphasis, the therapeutic relationship as a healing modality is still a central theme to mental health nurses (MHN) in their everyday work. This research, as part of a PhD program,...
Towards Innovation and a Partnership Future for Mental Health Nursing
This year's announcement of psychiatrist Professor Patrick McGorry as Australian of the Year has brought mental health into the spotlight. In a public sense, the award represents a significant acknowledgement that mental health is a growing national...
Transcultural Mental Health Nursing in Malaysia: Perspectives and Strategies
The World Federation for Mental Health (2007) urged all world leaders to give more attention to transcultural mental health services and treatment (World Federation for Mental Health, 2007). This is due to the fact that out of the approximately 6.5 billion...
What's the Bloody Law on This? Nurses, Swearing, and the Law in New South Wales, Australia
ABSTRACTMost clinical nurses, particularly those working in mental health areas, have to deal on a regular basis with offensive language including swearing. Despite its prevalence, there has been little academic research concerning the extent of verbal...
Younger Adults with Dementia: A Strategy to Promote Awareness and Transform Perceptions
ABSTRACTWithin modern society, dementia is considered to be an older person's disease yet people younger than 65 years are also diagnosed with this condition. This article describes dementia in the younger person highlighting their experiences and those...

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