THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 22 NUMBER 1

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Editorial
Developing the profession as a learning organisation: a vehicle for responding to dissonance, discord and discontent?

Margaret McMillan and Jane Conway

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Guest Editorial
Voicing nursing

Donna Diers

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRITICAL THINKING AND CONFIDENCE IN DECISION-MAKING
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between critical thinking and confidence in decision-making for new graduate nurses.

Key Words: decision-making, critical thinking, decision-making confidence, new graduate nurses

Kerry Hoffman, RN, MN, BSc, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Carolyn Elwin, RN, MN, Nurse Educator, Central Coast Area Health Service, Nurse Education Centre, Gosford Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.

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HITTING THE FLOOR RUNNING: TRANSITIONAL EXPERIENCES OF GRADUATES PREVIOUSLY TRAINED AS ENROLLED NURSES
The aim of this study was to explore the transitional experiences of graduate nurses who had previously trained as enrolled nurses (ENs).

Key Words: graduate nurse, role transition, reality shock, enrolled nurse conversion

Kathleen K. Kilstoff, RN, BA, Dip Ed, MA (Macq), is a Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Suzanne F. Rochester, RN, RM, BA (Macq), MA (Syd), MN (UTS), is a Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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PERSPECTIVES OF CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY IN TERMS OF GENDER, AGE, PREVIOUS MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION AND SPIRITUALITY
The aim of this paper was to explore the relationship between the spiritual experience and the physical well-being of patients following coronary bypass surgery.

Key Words: caring, health, spirituality, coronary surgery

Maj-Britt RÃ¥holm, RN, PhD, Principal Lecturer, Vasa Central Hospital and Tampere University Hospital, Department of Caring Science, Vasa, Finland.
Katie Eriksson, RN, Director of Nursing and Professor, Helsinki University Hospital, Department of Caring Science, Vasa, Finland.
Lisbet Lindholm, RN, PhD, Lecturer Department of Caring Science, Faculty of Social and Caring Science, Vasa, Finland.
Nina Santavirta, PhD, Docent, Lecturer, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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REGISTERED AND ENROLLED NURSES' EXPERIENCES OF ETHICAL ISSUES IN NURSING PRACTICE
The aim of this paper was to explore and describe registered and enrolled nurses' experiences of ethics and human rights issues in nursing practice in the Australian State of Victoria.

Key Words: ethics, human rights, ethical issues, nursing

Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone, PhD, BA, RN, FCRNA, FCN(NSW), is Professor of Nursing and Director of Research, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, RMIT University, Victoria, Australia.
Associate Professor Cliff Da Costa, PhD, EdS, MSc, Department of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Sue Turale, DEd, MNursSt, BAppSci, DAppSci, RN, FRCNA, Director of Nursing, Medea Park Residential Care, St Helens, Tasmania, Australia.

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NURSES ON THE MARKET: THE IMPACT OF NEO-LIBERALISM ON THE VICTORIAN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICE
The objective of this paper was to examine maternal and child health (MCH) nurses' experiences of the implementation of the rationalisation processes and compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) associated with neo-liberalism.

Key Words: maternal and child health nurses, managerialism, tendering, maternal and child health services, neo-liberalism

Kerreen Reiger, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.
Helen Keleher, PhD, RN, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

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NON-INTRUSIVE RESEARCH: IDEAS AND GUIDELINES FOR EXPEDIENT THESIS COMPLETION
This paper offers ideas and guidelines for timely completion of nursing theses by way of non-intrusive research - research with minimum impact or intrusion upon research participants. It arises from lessons learned in assisting nursing research students submit their theses within specified timeframes.

Key Words: non-intrusive research, thesis, content analysis

Carolyn Emden, RN, MEd, PhD, Independent scholar, Lobethal, South Australia.
Colleen Smith, RN, MEd, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia.

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