Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1/2, August-October

A Nurse Practitioner Initiated Model of Service Delivery in Caring for People with Dementia
ABSTRACTThe increasing number of people with dementia in aged care facilities is reported to have a high burden of care among staff. The Nurse Practitioner role can be beneficial in the provision of dementia care particularly when difficult and aggressive...
Child, Youth and Family Health: Strengthening Communities
Child, youth and family health: Strengthening communities Barnes M and Rowe J. (eds) (2007) Elsevier, Australia; ISBN: 9780 7295 3799 5; PB; xiii, 242 pp.; AUD 49.95There is a growing need for child, youth and family health nurses to have their practice...
Close Observation by 'Specials' to Promote the Safety of the Older Person with Behavioural Disturbances in the Acute Care Setting
ABSTRACTThis paper reports a two-phased pilot study that explored the concept of 'specialling' older patients with challenging behaviours in acute ward situations. Previous research suggests that the nursing workforce is not equipped with the skills...
Improving the Workplace: The Pivotal Role of Nurse Leaders
The nursing profession is confronted with navigating the perfect storm as it strives to build cultures of safety for patients and families while simultaneously handling an epic crisis in workforce issues involving both nurses and nursing faculty. This...
Increased Numbers of Australian Indigenous Nurses Would Make a Significant Contribution to 'Closing the Gap' in Indigenous Health: What Is Getting in the Way?
ABSTRACTThe provision of a well trained and culturally safe health workforce is critical to the alleviation of health inequities for Australian Indigenous peoples. Educating and graduating signifi cant numbers of Indigenous registered nurses is one way...
Mental Illness in the Nursing Workplace: A Collective Autoethnography
ABSTRACTMany nurses are burned out, exhausted and have a high intent to leave their jobs. These factors, when experienced over a period of time, are consistent with the development of mental illness. This study takes a collective autoethnographical approach...
Multidisciplinary Teams Caring for Clients with Chronic Conditions: Experiences of Community Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
ABSTRACTIn Western societies the community prevalence of chronic conditions is increasing rapidly. Evidence has shown the benefi ts of care given to these clients by multidisciplinary teams. However, the experience of diverse health professionals working...
Nurse Care Coordinators: Definitions and Scope of Practice
ABSTRACTThe Nurse Care Coordinator role has emerged in recent years as an important means of achieving significant outcomes for patient, their families, and the larger health system. These outcomes include increased patient satisfaction with service...
Nursing the Future in Australia
Workforce issues, particularly shortages and their consequences, have dominated the health debate over the past few years. What has received less debate is the use and appropriateness of current roles given projections about supply, distribution and...
Nursing Workforce and Workplaces: Contemporary Concerns and Challenges
There can be no doubt that a strong, resilient, responsive and effective nursing workforce makes an enormous contribution to positive health outcomes for people. Conversely, a weakened or vulnerable nursing workforce can have negative or deleterious...
Scope of Practice Conflict in Nursing: A New War or Just the Same Battle?
ABSTRACTThe changing roles within health care teams refl ect the rapid pace of change in contemporary health care environments. Traditional nursing roles and responsibilities are being challenged as fi scal constraints drive health reform. How nursing...
The Advent of Mental Health Nurses in Australian General Practice
ABSTRACTThe remarkable progress that has been witnessed in the physical and material wellbeing for most Australians over the 20th century has not been paralleled by gains in the mental and subjective wellbeing of the population. General practice plays...
The Influence of Demographics and Work Related Goals on Adaptive Development for Work Related Learning Amongst Private Hospital Employees
ABSTRACTContemporary lifespan development models of adaptive development have been applied to the workforce to examine characteristics of the ageing employee. Few studies have examined adaptive development in terms of worker perceptions of workplace,...
The Nursing Workforce: Achieving Homeostasis
INTRODUCTIONOn a recent visit to Australia something unique occurred: for the first time, new graduate nurses were unable to find employment. The uniqueness of the event clearly surprised my colleagues and the news was reported in the broadsheets in...
Trial and Retribution: A Qualitative Study of Whistleblowing and Workplace Relationships in Nursing
ABSTRACTThis paper reports a study aiming to present and describe the effects of whistleblowing episodes on nurses' workplace relationships. Eighteen participants with direct experience of whistleblowing were recruited into the study, which was informed...
Who to Turn to? 'Knowing the Ropes' in an Underbounded Health Care System
ABSTRACTThis paper explores the impact of restructuring, conducted under the auspices of new public sector management, on the delivery of hospital based nursing care. Alderfer's model of 'overbounded' and 'underbounded' systems is used to analyse the...
Wonderful Workplace or Woeful Workhouse? Start Creating a More Positive Workplace Culture Today
INTRODUCTION: IS YOUR WORKPLACE MAKING YOU SICK?I love the old Tommy Cooper joke: 'I came home one night and my wife was crying. I said "what's wrong?" She said "I'm homesick." I said "This is your home." She said "Yes and I'm sick of it".' Most of us...
Workplace Conversations: Building and Maintaining Collaborative Capital
ABSTRACTHeavy, pressured workloads are a feature of health workplaces internationally, presenting challenges to communication and contributing to tension and negative emotions. This paper explores supportive and unsupportive workplace conversations between...