Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, 2011

Behind the Scales: Child and Family Health Nurses Taking Care of Women's Emotional Wellbeing
INTRODUCTIONVisiting clients in their homes has been a routine part of child health nursing since inception of the service. In recent times national and international research has revealed the effectiveness of evidence-based home visiting programs targeted...
Children's Postoperative Pro Re Nata (PRN) Analgesia: Nurses' Administration Practices
INTRODUCTIONNurses are charged with the responsibility for assessing and administering the appropriate postoperative analgesia prescribed for children on a pro re nata (PRN) or 'as needed' basis (Karimi et al., 2002). Only minimal published research...
Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations (5Th Ed.)
Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the health of populations (5th ed.) Mary A Nies and Melanie McEwen (2011) ISBN: 978-1-43770860-8; Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, MO, USAThis textbook provides a very broad introduction to a wide range of content...
Comparing Jordanian Nurses' Job Stressors in Stressful and Non-Stressful Clinical Areas
INTRODUCTIONBy its nature, nursing is generally considered a stressful profession. Surveys about occupational stress revealed that nurses reported the highest levels of stress at work (Smith, Brice, Collins, Mathews, & McNamara, 2000). Working in...
Continuous Primary Nursing Care Increases Satisfaction with Nursing Care and Reduces Postpartum Problems for Hospitalized Pregnant Women
INTRODUCTIONPrimary nursing care delivers comprehensive and individualized nursing care to patients through the primary nurse who has the authority and autonomy to plan and implement such care (Sellick, Russell, & Beckmann, 1983). Continuous primary...
Defining Pastoral Care for Older People in Residential Care
INTRODUCTIONPastoral care has been described as being with people in a time of need to promote well-being while strengthening their spirituality (McKinlay, 2001). Spiritual care is often seen as synonymous to pastoral care particularly in health professional...
EDITORIAL: Mental Health Implications of the Christmas Island Boat Crash Tragedy
At approximately 6.30 am local time on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, Australian Federal Police officers on the remote location of Christmas Island witnessed a wooden vessel overloaded with passengers, crash onto the shoreline of Rocky Point. Media reports...
Evaluation of the Organisation and Delivery of Patient-Centred Acute Nursing Care
INTRODUCTIONThe key driver for the commissioning of this study arose from two serious untoward incidents that occurred in a large district general hospital in the United Kingdom. Following investigation of both these events the Director of Nursing in...
EXEMPLAR: Effleurage and Petrissage: Holistic Practice in Thailand
While exploring complementary therapies on study leave in northern Thailand I visited a government-run community hospital that practises holistic medicine combining traditional medicine with the use of complementary therapies. Health care staff of the...
EXEMPLAR: Establishing the Eden Alternative(TM) in Australia and New Zealand
The Eden Alternative(TM) founded in 1991 by US geriatrician Dr. William Thomas, promotes human growth in aged care environments and strives to empower and enable older people in partnership with staff, to construct and pursue meaningful lives (Thomas,...
Factors Influencing Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health
INTRODUCTIONCommunity workers have identifi ed the invisibility of young women (ages 16-24) in terms of their health concerns (Banister & Schrieber, 2001). A biomedical model of health, with an emphasis on detection and treatment, has failed to recognise...
Interpersonal Challenges as a Constraint on Care: The Experience of Nurses' Care of Patients Who Use Illicit Drugs
INTRODUCTIONDespite their high visibility in general hospital wards and emergency departments, patients who use illicit drugs face well-recognised barriers to health care. Nurses' drug and alcohol education is known to be inadequate (Happell & Taylor,...
Long-Term Caring: Residential, Home and Community Aged Care (2Nd Ed.)
Long-Term caring: Residential, home and community aged care (2nd ed.) Karen Scott, Margaret Webb and Sheila Sorrentino (2010) ISBN: 978-072953959-3; Mosby Elsevier, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaThis edition of 'Long term caring - Residential, home and community...
Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certification: Study Question Book (2Nd Ed.)
Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certifi cation: Study question book (2nd ed.) Beth M Kelsey (2012) ISBN: 978-1-44962970-0; 104 pages; Jones Bartlett Learning, Sudbury, MA, USAThis book is badged as 'the perfect guide for the AMCB or...
Monitoring and Evaluation of a Large-Scale Community-Based Program: Recommendations for Overcoming Barriers to Structured Implementation
INTRODUCTIONThe cost of, and demand for, health services are on a continuing upward trend fuelled by the growth of the general and ageing populations, coupled with advances in medical technology and increasing levels of chronic illness (NSW Department...
Nursing Home Placement of Older Parents: An Exploration of Adult Children's Role and Responsibilities
INTRODUCTIONFilial piety is a fundamental element in traditional Chinese society and is considered as one of the roots for all virtue. Because of this, caring for older parents is considered a primary duty of all Chinese adult children. 'Filial piety...
'Once I Became a Pensioner I Became a Nobody - a Non-Entity': The Story of One Woman's Experience of the Health Care System
BACKGROUNDThere are numerous definitions and conceptualisations of social isolation with most identifying socially isolated individuals as rarely or never spending time in the company of friends, associates or other people in social groups (Cattan, White,...
OPINION PIECE: Swimming Pools and Asthma: A New Risk or Premature Concern?
Swimming has been a popular sport among the young and old for years; a near rite of summer passage. However it has recently been called into question by reports linking the chlorine in pool water to adverse respiratory effects and an increased risk of...
Stigma in Abortion Care: Application to a Grounded Theory Study
INTRODUCTIONGynaecological nursing has been described as women in a woman's job carrying out women's work (Porter, 1992). This makes the world of gynaecological nursing a closed one with its own professional culture and shared meanings. Research in this...
The Clinical Placement: An Essential Guide for Nursing Students (2Nd Ed.)
The Clinical Placement: An essential guide for nursing students (2nd ed.) Tracy Levett-Jones and Sharon Bourgeois (2011) ISBN: 978-072953958-6; 251 pages; Elsevier, Sydney, NSW, AustraliaThis second edition of The clinical placement: An essential guide...
The Lived Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause
BACKGROUNDAcross time and cultures, prevailing thoughts about perimenopause and menopause have varied (Houck, 2008; Melby, Lock, & Kaufert, 2005; Savage, 2010). Some viewed perimenopause and menopause as a disease or illness, while others viewed...
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