THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 21 NUMBER 1

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Editorial
Adopting transformative behaviours to improve practice

Margaret McMillan and Jane Conway

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Guest Editorial
Collaborative care - a challenge for us all

Cecily Begley

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KEEPING HEART FAILURE PATIENTS AT HOME
This qualitative study focused on the needs of heart failure patients in relation to staying at home and out of hospital. The patient's view was seen as critical as the literature predominantly identifies patients' needs from the health care professional's perspective.

Key Words: patient needs, heart failure, readmission, education, compliance, management

Julia Mooney, RN, MN (Cardiothoracic), is a Clinical Nurse Educator, Coronary Care Unit, Concord Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Elaine Boxer, RN, MN, is a Nurse In-service Education Coordinator, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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FROM 'DEPENDENT ON' TO 'DEPENDED ON': THE EXPERIENCE OF TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO REGISTERED NURSE IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL GRADUATE PROGRAM
This study explored the transitional experiences of nurses who had completed their first year of clinical practice after graduation in a Victorian private hospital graduate nurse program.

Key Words: graduate nurse program, transition experiences, private hospital

Karen Goh, BN, MNS, RN, RM, MRCNA, is a Development and Education Coordinator, Nova Health, Australia.
Elizabeth Watt, DipN, BAppSc(AdNur), MNS, RN, RM, FRCNA is a Lecturer, La Trobe University/Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Nursing Clinical School.

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RURAL FATHERS' EXPERIENCES OF LOSS IN DAY-TO-DAY LIFE WITH CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN
The aim of this qualitative study was to gain insight into the experiences of fathers living with their chronically ill children in rural Australia.

Key Words: fathers, chronically ill children, rural, qualitative research, lived experience

Blake Peck, RN, BN(Hons), Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Jennifer Lillibridge, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, California State University, Chico, California, USA.

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OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE OF NURSES WORKING IN HIGH RISK AREAS: AN AUSTRALIAN STUDY
This study aimed to explore the incidence, reporting and management of occupational exposure among nurses working in high-risk areas in two major hospitals in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

Key Words: occupational-exposure, reporting, nurses, high-risk, blood, body fluids

Sharon Hills, MN(Hons), MPHC, GradDipNurs, WHNP, RN, is a Health Improvement Consultant, Wentworth Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia.
Professor Lesley Wilkes, PhD, MHPEd, GradDipEd(Nurs), BSc(Hons), RN, CM, Renal Cert, is Professor of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research Unit, University of Western Sydney/Wentworth Area Health Service, Australia.

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ASSESSING PATIENT SATISFACTION WITH DAY SURGERY AT A METROPOLITAN PUBLIC HOSPITAL
This paper reports on an investigation aimed at assessing patient satisfaction with day surgery in an Australian metropolitan public hospital.

Key Words: day surgery, patient satisfaction, survey, nursing care, quality

Allison Williams, RN, GradDipAdvNsg(ClinNursEd), BAppSc(Nsg), MNSt, MRCNA, is Renal Stream Coordinator, School of Postgraduate Nursing, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Milly Ching, RN, RM, MEdSt, GradDipBus(Mment), BAppSc (AdvNsg), GynaeNsgCert, Family Planning Cert, FRCNA, MACMI, is a Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Janine Loader, RN, CertPeriopNurs, GradDipNurs, MRCNA, is a Manager for the Centre of Education and Research, Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

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NURSING STAFF SHORTAGES: ISSUES IN AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE
This paper explores the current nursing shortage, looks ahead to identify future threats to a viable nursing workforce in residential aged care, and raises some issues for future consideration.

Key Words: aged care, residential care, residential aged care, nursing shortage, staff retention, nursing homes

Debra Jackson, RN, BHSc(Nsg), MN(Ed), PhD, Associate Professor and Coordinator Research Degrees (MHons) and PhD), School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Judy Mannix, RN, BEd(Nsg), MN(Hons), Lecturer, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
John Daly, RN, PhD, Professor and Head, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

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