THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 20 NUMBER 4

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Editorial
Maintaining ethical practice: the challenges for clinicians, scholars, reviewers and editors

Margaret McMillan and Jane Conway

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Guest Editorial
Six weeks in....

Professor Mary Chiarella

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PREVENTING AGEISM IN NURSING STUDENTS: AN ACTION THEORY APPROACH
The aim of this study was to explore final year Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students' attitudes toward ageism, and, emancipate them to come to terms with these issues to prevent replication of ageism in their future practice as registered nurses (RNs).

Key Words: ageism, nursing students, participatory action research

Mary Beth de la Rue, RN, DipAppSci (NAdmin), BAppSci(Nsg), GradDipEd (Tert), MN, PhD, former Lecturer, Department of Nursing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.

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NURSING STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF OLDER PEOPLE: CONTINUING SOCIETY'S MYTHS
This study aimed to identify student nurses' views of older people as a means of offering insight into how these perceptions might influence where students choose to work and the care they might provide to older people.

Key Words: stereotyping, ageism, nursing education, aged care

Dr Wendy Moyle, RN, PhD, MHSc, BN, DipAppSci, is a Senior Lecturer, Centre for Practice Innovation in Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Australia.

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PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS DEBRIEFING BY AUSTRALIAN NURSES
This paper examines the perceived effectiveness of stress debriefing by a sample of 129 Australian hospital nurses and the relationship of their perceptions to demographic variables such as qualifications and work area.

Key Words: clinical events, critical incidents, registered nurses, stress debriefing, sharing, understanding, procedure, group dynamics

Dr Jillian O'Connor is a clinical psychologist, Aged Psychiatry Service, Caulfield General Medical Centre, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Dr Sue Jeavons is a lecturer, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

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ETHICAL ISSUES ARISING WHEN PLANNING AND COMMENCING A RESEARCH STUDY WITH CHEMICALLY DEPENDENT PREGNANT WOMEN
This paper explores some ethical issues in relation to access, informed consent, the interview process, potential exploitation, invasion of privacy, and confidentiality related to information obtained and the publication of results.

Key Words: chemical dependency, ethical issues, feminist methods, ethnomethodology

Lynette Tuttle, PhD Candidate, MMid, BA, GradDipAdvNsg (Wmn's Hlth), RM, RN, Australian Catholic University, Victoria, Australia. Carmel Seibold, PhD, MAppSc, BA, DipNursEd, RM, RN, is a Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University, Victoria, Australia

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STUDENT NURSES' PERCEIVED GOALS AND FUTURE CAREER PATHWAYS WITHIN NURSING. ARE THEY REALISTIC?
The purpose of this study is to explore student nurses' perceptions of nursing, their perceived goals as nurses and their future career pathways.

Key Words: student nurses, image of nursing, goals, career pathways

Catherine Ward, RN, MEd, PhD, is a Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Anna Bosco, RN, MSc, is a Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Irene Styles, RN, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Psychology, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

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COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE BETWEEN REGISTERED NURSES AND MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL PRACTICE: MOVING FROM RHETORIC TO REALITY
Collaborative practice between medical practitioners and nurses is purported to improve patient access to services, improve health outcomes, provide a more 'seamless service', increase efficiency of care, reduce health care costs and improve practitioner job satisfaction. Therefore, it is important to understand what hinders and what facilitates this type of interdisciplinary functioning. This paper will examine these factors in the context of the Australian general practice setting.

Key Words: practice nurse, general practice, collaborative practice, expanded role, practice model

Elizabeth Patterson, RN, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head, School of Nursing, Griffith University - Gold Coast Campus, Australia. Anne McMurray, RN, PhD, is Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Health, Griffith University, Australia

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