THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 18 NUMBER 1

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Editorial
Nursing measures providing positive outcomes for the newborn

Heather Dawson-Bryne

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Guest Editorial
‘They’ say it’s the best health system in the world.....

Rhonda Griffiths

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BIRTH CENTRE OR LABOUR WARD? A COMPARISON OF THE CLINICAL OUTCOMES OF LOW-RISK WOMEN IN A NSW HOSPITAL
The objective of this study was to compare the obstetric outcomes, primarily caesarean section rates, of low-risk women presenting in spontaneous labour to the birth centre with those attending the hospital's conventional labour ward.

Key Words: birth centres, caesarean section, low-risk

Caroline Homer, CM, MN, is a Senior Research Midwife at the Midwifery Practice and Research Centre, Sydney, Australia. Gregory Davis, MD, FRANZCOG, is a Staff Specialist at the Midwifery Practice and Research Centre, Sydney and the Department of Women's Health, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Peter Petocz, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Lesley Barclay, CM, PhD, is a Professor in the Midwifery Practice and Research Centre, Sydney and the Family Health Research Unit, South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Deborah Matha, CM, RN, is a Midwifery Unit Manager at the Midwifery Practice and Research Centre, Sydney and the Department of Women's Health, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Michael Chapman, MD, FRANZCOG, is Professor at the Midwifery Practice and Research Centre, Sydney and the Department of Women's Health, St George Hospital, Sydney and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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A DESCRIPTION OF THE ADOPTION OF THE 'FRESH START' SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM BY ANTENATAL CLINIC MANAGERS
This paper reports the dissemination by the Cancer Education Research Program (CERP) of a previously tested smoking cessation program called 'Fresh start' to 23 antenatal clinics.

Key Words: antenatal, smoking cessation program, management take-up, case history

Margaret Cooke SRN, CM, PhD is a researcher at the Family Health Research Unit, St George Hospital, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia. Richard P. Mattick PhD, is an Associate Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia. Elizabeth Campbell PhD, is an Evaluation Officer at the Health Promotion Hunter Centre for Health Advancement, Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia

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AUSTRALIAN TRIAGE NURSES' DECISION-MAKING AND SCOPE OF PRACTICE
A survey of 172 Australian triage nurses was undertaken to describe their scope of practice, educational background and to explore the self-reported influences perceived to impact on their decision-making.

Key Words: self-reporting, survey, decision-making, triage nurses

Marie Gerdtz, BN, AandECert, GradDip Adult Ed and Training, is a PhD candidate at the School of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Melbourne, and a Clinical Nurse Educator, Emergency Care Centre, St Vincent's Public Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Tracey Bucknall, BN, IntCareCert, GradDip Advanced Nursing, Ph.D is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Melbourne, Australia

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THE ROLE OF THE PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATION-LIAISON NURSE IN THE GENERAL HOSPITAL
The aim of this paper is to discuss the potential contribution of the psychiatric consultation-liaison nurse in addressing such problems in order to improve health outcomes for patients experiencing mental health problems.

Key Words: psychiatric nursing, consultation, liaison, general hospitals, mental health

Julie Sharrock, RN, PsychCert, CritCareCert, BEd, is a Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Nurse at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia. Brenda Happell, RN, BA(Hons), DipEd, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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RELAXATION: A NURSING THERAPY TO HELP RELIEVE CARDIAC CHEST PAIN
This article discusses ways in which relaxation, when used as an adjunct to medical therapies, can be a useful nursing management tool for effectively relieving cardiac pain.

Key Words: cardiac pain, chest pain, patient experience, symptoms, nursing management

Wendy Day, RCompN, BN, MA, is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at the Universal College of Learning, Manawatu Polytechnic, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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