THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 21 NUMBER 2

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Editorial
Advanced Nursing practice

Margaret McMillan and Jane Conway

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Guest Editorial

Ella Lowe

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A SHELF-LIFE TRIAL: EXAMINING THE EFFICACY OF EVENT RELATED STERILITY PRINCIPLES AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE
This study set out to test the hypotheses that: 1) stock sterilised in a central sterilizing supply department using the guidelines from the Australian Standards (AS4187) will not become contaminated over two years unless it is exposed to an event; and 2) a variety of packaging types can be used successfully in maintaining a sterile barrier over the two year trial period.

Key Words: event related sterility, sterile stock trial, safety risk management, managing sterile stock, standards of stock management

Robyn Barrett, RN, is Nursing Unit Manger, CSSD, St Vincent's Hospital, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.
John Stevens, RN, PhD, FRCNA, Joint Appointment School of Nursing and Health Care Practices, Southern Cross University and St Vincent's Hospital, Lismore, and Director of the Collaborative Health Education Research Centre, New South Wales, Australia.
John Taranter, MAppSc(BioMed), BAppSc(Comput), MASM(USA), is a Senior Hospital Scientist, Microbiology, Northern Rivers Pathology Service, New South Wales, Australia.

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THE DEAKIN COPING SCALE: STRATEGIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF DEMANDS
The aim of this paper is to present The Deakin Coping Scale, a scale grounded in theory and in the qualitative reports of nurses' coping strategies.

Key Words: challenge, resources, appraisal, coping, stress, demands, avoidance, management

Kathleen A. Moore, BA, GradDipAppPsych, MSc, DipClinHyp, GradDipMentalHlth(Hypnosis), PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

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THE COURSE OF DEPRESSION IN MOTHERS OF PREMATURE INFANTS IN HOSPITAL AND AT HOME
This study compared reports of maternal depressive symptomatology at one month after infant birth (Phase 1) and three months following infant hospital discharge (Phase 2).

Key Words: premature infant, postpartum depression, NICU, family, psychological distress

Leigh Davis, BN, RM, PhD, Centre for Health Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.
Helen Edwards, RN, PhD, Head, School of Nursing, QUT, Australia. Heather Mohay, PhD, School of Psychology and Counselling, QUT, Australia.
Judy Wollin, RN, PhD, Lecturer, School of Nursing, QUT, Australia.

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PROFILING THE 'PAIN-AWARE' NURSE: ACUTE CARE NURSES' ATTITUDES AND KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING ADULT PAIN MANAGEMENT
The authors sought to explore this subject by surveying registered nurses (n=272) in a metropolitan teaching hospital about pain-related knowledge and attitudes/beliefs related to pain management.

Key Words: pain, nurses' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs

Grazyna Jastrzab, RN, MNEd, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Pain Management, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.
Greg Fairbrother, RN, BA, MPH, Research Officer, Clinical Academic Research Nursing Evaluation Service, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.
Susie Kerr, RN, GradDipScMed(PM), Nurse Manager, Pain Management, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.
Marita McInerney, RN, BA, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Pain Management, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, Australia.

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RESEARCHING THE SEXUAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER SCOPE OF PRACTICE: A BLUEPRINT FOR AUTONOMY
This paper reports on the investigation of a sexual health nurse practitioner trial of practice.

Key Words: nurse practitioner, sexual health nurse practitioner, scope of practice, clinical protocols, health service, sexual health outreach

Elissa J. O'Keefe, RN, BAppSci (Nursing), GradCert (Sexual Health and Related Communicable Infections), is an Outreach Sexual Health Nurse, The Canberra Sexual Health Clinic, The Canberra Hospital, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
Glenn Gardner, RN, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Nursing, The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.

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ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES IN MELBOURNE'S HOSPITALS: CLINICAL COORDINATORS IN A RAPID ASSESSMENT MEDICAL UNIT
A hospital in Melbourne has developed a Rapid Assessment Medical Unit (RAMU) which provides comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment and commences discharge planning for all medical patients within 48 hours of admission.

Key Words: advanced practice nurse, acute care, elderly

Cameron Sinclair, RN, BSc, BN(Hons), is Director of Nursing/Manager, Church Nursing Home, Baptist Community Care, Hawthorn, Australia.
Kerri Boyd, RN, BAppSc is Coordinator, HIV Clinic, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Carlton, Australia.
Helen Sinnott, RN, BSc(Hons), is Clinical Coordinator, Rapid Assessment Medical Unit, Western Hospital, Footscray, Australia.

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