Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, 2007

Clinical Judgement and Communication in Nurse Practitioner Practice
Clinical Judgement and Communication in Nurse Practitioner Practice Susan K Chase (2004) FA Davis, Philadelphia; ISBN 0-8036-0797-0; PB; 349 pages; AUD 58.00This book is described as being useful throughout a nurse practitioner student's education in...
Divisions of General Practice and Practice Nurse Development in Australia
INTRODUCTIONNurses have been working in general practices in Australia for several decades (ADGP 2006; Halcomb, Patterson & Davidson 2006). However there has been an increasing focus on this domain of nursing practice in recent years, especially...
Expanding Roles of Aboriginal Health Workers in the Primary Care Setting: Seeking Recognition
INTRODUCTIONAboriginal health workers are an important part of the health care workforce and the primary health team. They often work in partnership with non-Indigenous nurses and general practitioners, a partnership which has its strongest benefit in...
Exploring the Development of Australian General Practice Nursing: Where We Have Come from and Where to from Here?
INTRODUCTIONDespite the pivotal roles played by general practice nurses in health care delivery in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand (NZ), the role of Australian practice nurses is much less apparent in the health care system (Halcomb & Davidson...
Increasing Research in Primary Care: Critical for Consolidating Nurses' Position in the Primary Health Care Team?
Escalating rates of chronic conditions, health inequities and workforce shortages challenge health care systems globally (World Health Organization [WHO] 2003). Nurses work in both autonomous and collaborative care practice settings (International Council...
Investing in Primary Care Nursing: An Important Strategy in Improving the Health and Well-Being of Women
The gender divide continues to compromise health care for women globally. Women constitute one-third of the world's labor force, they work two-thirds of the world's working hours, and yet they earn one-tenth of the world's income (International Council...
Leadership in Primary Health Care: An International Perspective
INTRODUCTIONLeadership is a topic high on the global nursing agenda. It is especially important to those practising in areas where they have the capacity to achieve the goals of primary health care (PHC): promoting access, equity, empowerment, and intersectoral...
Meeting a Primary Care Challenge in the United States: Chronic Illness Care
INTRODUCTIONLeading health care experts in the United States have stated that the greatest primary care challenge today is meeting the complex needs of patients with chronic illness or impairment (Wagner et al. 2001). This challenge, noted in several...
Multiprofessional Working, Interprofessional Learning and Primary Care: A Way Forward?
INTRODUCTIONIn 1988 the World Health Organisation (WHO) identified multi professional education, not as an end in itself, but as a means to ensure that a variety of health professionals could work together to meet the health needs of the people. The...
Nurses in General Practice Settings: Roles and Responsibilities
INTRODUCTIONThe Nursing in General Practice Initiative [NIGPI] was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001 to provide support to general medical practitioners [GPs] in rural and remote communities to employ nurses (often known as practice nurses)...
Nurses in Primary Care and the Nurse Practitioner Role in Thailand
Internationally, primary care plays an increasingly important role in improving health outcomes particularly in Thailand. This global trend is consistent with the philosophy of economic sufficiency as proposed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of...
Policy Development to Support Nursing in Australian General Practice: An Overview
BACKGROUNDGeneral practice is at the centre of primary health care in Australia and is the most frequent point of entry into the health system, with around 85% of the population reported to visit the general practitioner (GP) in any one year (Australian...
Practice Nursing in Australia: Ready for Prime Time
Significant discussion and debate in contemporary health care systems focuses on workforce issues, particularly addressing the shortage of personnel and the access scope, setting and models of practice of health care workers. Although the popular media...
Practice Nursing in Rural Australia
INTRODUCTIONThis paper provides the findings of a review the literature relating to the role of the practice nurse in rural and remote Australia. To provide a greater understanding of the role of the practice nurse in rural Australia, the literature...
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners in Canada
INTRODUCTIONKey elements of primary health care reform in Canada include enhanced access to care, increased emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, and use of multidisciplinary teams including nurse practitioners (NPs). While NPs were introduced...
Professional Organisations and Regulatory Bodies: Forging and Advancing the Role of Nurses in Australian Primary Care
The nursing role in primary care is increasing in importance, particularly in the Australian health care system (Royal College of Nursing Australia [RCNA] 2003). The expanding nursing role in primary care has implications for the health of Australian...
Research and Development: Reflections of Practice Nurse Research Fellows
Due to the infancy of practice nursing, minimal interest, funding, recognition or expertise is apparent. If nursing within general practice is to progress research needs to be high on the agenda for governments, academic institutions, general practices...
Strategic Directions for Developing the Australian General Practice Nurse Role in Cardiovascular Disease Management
BURDEN OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND ACHIEVING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICECardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasingly recognised as an important health concern (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2004). The economic and social burden of CVD...
The Research Potential of Practice Nurses: What Contribution to Primary Health Care Research?
HOW IMPORTANT IS PRIMARY HEALTH CARE RESEARCH?Internationally, it is recognised that there is a clear association between the PHC orientation of a country's health system and improved population health outcomes, particularly within the context of chronic...
Time to Talk, Time to See: Changing Microeconomies of Professional Practice among Nurses and Doctors in Australian General Practice
INTRODUCTIONIn Australia, nursing in general practice is in a state of evolution, as part of a general exploration of wider roles for nurses in primary health care delivery. Altered patient demography, increased emphasis on proactive care, workforce...
Where Does Practice Nursing Fit in Primary Health Care?
INTRODUCTIONThe most frequent contact for Australians with a nurse could be with a practice nurse, especially if the trend to increasing prevalence and expanding scope of practice nurses continues. In Australia, the majority of health care is obtained...
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