Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1/2, 2007

Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives (2Nd Edn)
Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, cultural and epidemiological perspectives (2nd edn) Waldram J, Herring D and Young T (2006) University of Toronto Press, Toronto; ISBN 0-8020-8579-2; PB; xii + 352 pp; 15 illustrations; AUD 32.25REVIEWERSARLENE...
An Evaluation of the Seminal Work of Patricia Benner: Theory or Philosophy?
Patricia Benner has provided essential understanding of how knowledge and skills are acquired and directly applied to nursing practice, education, research and administration. Specifically, her work indicates a growing concern with the development of...
A Safety Net: Use of Pseudonyms in Oral Nursing History
INTRODUCTIONThis paper derived from a descriptive interpretive historical study entitled 'Madonnas, Martinets and the Malayan Emergency: An historical analysis of events that led Australian Army nurses to war' (McLeod 2005). The study was supported by...
Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument Cottrell S (2005) Palgrave Macmillan, NewYork; ISBN 1403996857; PB; xiv + 250 pp; AUD 36.00REVIEWERLEA BUDDENSenior Lecturer, School of Nursing SciencesJames Cook UniversityTownsville,...
Cultural Diversity in Heart Failure Management: Findings from the DISCOVER Study (Part 2)
INTRODUCTIONHeart failure (HF) is responsible for high rates of mortality, morbidity and poor quality of life in developed countries (Clarke et al. 2004; McMurray & Stewart 2000). Significant improvements in HF management over recent decades have...
Designing an Effective Evaluation Plan: A Tool for Understanding and Planning Evaluations for Complex Nursing Contexts
INTRODUCTIONThe last 20 years have seen a huge increase in the information available to healthcare practitioners and consumers regarding the effectiveness of health care interventions and practices. This is in keeping with the recent emphasis on evidence-based...
Development of a Theoretically Derived Model of Resilience through Concept Analysis
INTRODUCTIONThe concept of resilience has been of interest to various professional groups for many years; however, it is only recently that the nursing profession has begun to recognise its potential contribution in diverse clinical contexts. The concept...
Domestic Violence against Women in Their Childbearing Years: A Review of the Literature
INTRODUCTIONDomestic violence is a principal cause of morbidity for women during pregnancy both within Australia and on a global level.There is evidence that domestic violence in pregnancy is a leading cause of death related to homicide (Campbel, Soeken,...
Engaging Nurses in Patient Care: Clinical Reflection by a Student Nurse
ENGAGEMENTEngagement is the embodiment of the 'humanness' of nursing as an art and profession (Daniel 1998). It is the ability of the nurse to overcome the clinical situation and actually connect with the patient as a unique individual (Eriksson 1997)....
Family Care: An Exploratory Study of Experience and Expectations among Older Chinese Immigrants in Australia
INTRODUCTIONIt is well established that families play a key role in the lives of older people in both western and-Asian countries. In East Asian societies, government ageing policies are based on Confucian ethics of filial piety that require adult children...
Female Genital Mutilation: Origin, Beliefs, Prevalence and Implications for Health Care Workers Caring for Immigrant Women in Australia
INTRODUCTIONImmigrants are a heterogenous population with distinct physical and psychological needs. One group who have significant health needs are women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). Variously conceptualised, the term 'female...
Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies
Health and Social Research in Multiethnic Societies Nazroo J (ed) (2006) Routledge, London; ISBN 0-415-39366-3; PB; xii + 218 pages; AUD 20.99REVIEWERBARBARA LONBAKENAssociate Dean for Student Wellness & Director of Student Health ServiceNorth Dakota...
Issues and Challenges in the Mental Health Workforce Development
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUNDEvery year the number of individuals reported to be suffering from a mental health disorder increases. The World Health Organisation predicts that mental illness will become a leading health problem, second only to heart disease...
'It's Not Easy': Caring for Aboriginal Clients with Diabetes in Remote Australia
REMOTE HEALTH CARE: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVEMonday, the beginning of a new week as a remote area health nurse in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. The day at the community health centre starts with a review of clients who presented to...
Mechanisms and Classifications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Literature Review
INTRODUCTIONIn 2003, the Australian and New Zealand guidelines for the management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) defined the condition as a chronic and progressive illness that may cause serious co-morbidities and exacerbations that...
Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women
Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women Gaffney E (2007) Verdant House, Queensland; ISBN 9780977574209; PB; viii + 112 pp; AUD 44.00REVIEWERSUE FORSYTHSenior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of SydneyCamperdown, NSWIn Mura Solwata...
Nurses on the Move: Evaluation of a Program to Assist International Students Undertaking an Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Program
INTRODUCTIONNurses are increasingly migrating to Australia to seek better wages and working conditions than those that exist in their native (usually Asian) countries. Nurses comprise part of an overall increase in migration of persons from Asian countries...
Role Theory: A Framework to Investigate the Community Nurse Role in Contemporary Health Care Systems
INTRODUCTIONIn recent decades, nursing has witnessed unprecedented changes in both medical and nursing science and in relation to models of health service delivery (Tiedeman & Lookinland 2004). Many facets of clinical nursing practice and the nature...
Successful Qualitative Health Research. A Practical Introduction
Successful Qualitative Health Research. A Practical Introduction Hansen E (2006) Alien and Unwin.Australia; ISBN 174114678 X; PB; xii + 211 pages; AUD 39.95REVIEWERKAY PRICESenior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery University of South Australia...
The Clinical Placement. an Essential Guide for Nursing Students
The Clinical Placement. An essential guide for nursing students Levett-Jones T and Bourgeois S (2007) Elsevier, Australia; ISBN 9780729537988; PB; x + 253 pp; AUD 27.23REVIEWERKAREN WOTTONSenior Lecturer, School of Nursing and MidwiferyFlinders UniversityAdelaide,...
The Impact of a Postgraduate Diabetes Course on the Perceptions Aboriginal Health Workers and Supervisors in South Australia
INTRODUCTIONType 2 diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and premature mortality in the Aboriginal population. Common causes are cardiac, eye and renal disease, and cerebrovascular accidents (Dunning 2003). Significantly, Aboriginal people with diabetes...
The Study Skills Handbook (2Nd Edn)
The Study Skills Handbook (2nd edn) Cottrell S (2003) Palgrave Macmillan, UK; ISBN 1403911355; PB; vi + 295 pp; AUD 36.00REVIEWERMARIE GASPARAcademic Skills AdviserDeakin UniversityBurwood, VictoriaThe fact that the Study Skills Handbook is into its...
Undergraduate Nursing Students' Attitudes towards Mental Health Nursing: Determining the Influencing Factors
INTRODUCTIONA substantial number of studies conducted in Australia and overseas have demonstrated that the majority of undergraduate nursing students do not view a career in mental health nursing favourably (Arnswald 1987; CaroselliKarinja, McGowan &...
Women's Experience of Being Well during Peri-Menopause: A Phenomenological Study
BACKGROUNDMenopause has been shown to be a highly individualised experience. Qualitative research studies examining the experience of menopausal symptoms have shown that the experience of symptoms is subject to a variety of contextual and personal influences,...
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