THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 22 NUMBER 4

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Editorial
Political scholarship: nursing, knowledge, evidence and patient care

Dr Jackie Jones

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Guest Editorial
Nursing’s academic future in Australia: is it dependent on setting a national nursing research agenda?

Dr Sally Borbasi and Kate Caelli

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23-HOUR CARE CENTRE: CHANGING THE CULTURE OF CARE
A 23-hour Care Centre was created at a principal referral hospital in Sydney in 2003. Its primary aim was to provide efficient and high quality care to patients requiring a brief stay in hospital for surgical or medical procedures, within one coordinated unit.

Key Words: nurse-initiated discharge, clinical guidelines, surgical care, ambulatory surgery

Richard Ryan, RN, Grad Dip Nurs (C'thoracic), MNL, Project Officer, Division of Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Judith Davoren, BHA, MCoM (UNSW), Former Business Manager, Division of Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Helen Grant, RN, BA (Dip Ed), MN, Nurse Manager, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Professor Leigh Delbridge, MD, FRACS, Divisional Head, Division of Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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THE EFFECT OF PRE-ADMISSION EDUCATION ON DOMICILIARY RECOVERY FOLLOWING LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY
The objectives of this randomised controlled study were to determine if pre-admission patient education affects post-operative pain levels, domiciliary self-care capacity and patient recall following a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). Participants were randomised to receive the standard preadmission program (SP) or an individualised, education intervention (EI).

Key Words: post-operative self-care, information recall, education intervention

Nicole Blay, RN, BHA; Senior Nurse Manager, Acute Care Nursing Professorial Unit, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Judith Donoghue, RN, PhD, Professor of Acute Care Nursing, St George Hospital and Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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MAPPING RECOVERY AFTER TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY: HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AFTER THREE YEARS
The objective of this paper was to investigate recovery from total hip replacement over a three-year period on the basis of patient perceptions of health-related quality of life, demographic (age, gender, family support) and clinical characteristics (co-morbidities, hospital admissions), use of and satisfaction with health services, unmet health needs and social re-engagement.

Key Words: total hip replacement, health-related quality of life, continuity of care, discharge planning, community care

Anne McMurray, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing, Griffith University,Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Sheila Grant, MN, BN, RN, Nurse Researcher, Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
Susan Griffiths, BA, Research Assistant, School of Nursing, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Ali Letford, BN, RN, PGCertOrtho, Clinical Coordinator, Orthopaedics, Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
Dian Wilson, BN, RN, PGCertOrtho, Clinical Nurse, Orthopaedics, Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

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CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY: IMPACT ON RISK FACTORS AND PATIENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF THE SEVERITY OF THEIR CONDITION
The objective of this paper was to explore self-reported changes in coronary risk factors by patients three to nine months following coronary artery angioplasty.

Key Words: coronary artery disease, survey, HPLP II

Dr Michelle Campbell, RN, BAppSc, MNSt, Doctor of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University, St Patrick's Campus, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Colin Torrance, RN, DipLScN, BSc(Hon), PhD, Professor of Acute Care Nursing, Western Health and Victoria University of Technology, Victoria, Australia.

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COMPETENCY STANDARDS FOR CRITICAL CARE NURSES: DO THEY MEASURE UP?
The objective of this paper was to determine the construct validity of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) competency standards as a tool for assessing the clinical practice of specialist level critical care nurses in Australia.

Key Words: competencies, competency standards, construct validity, critical care

Murray J. Fisher, RN, ICCert, DipAppSc(Nurs), BHSc(Nurs), MHPEd, MRCNA, Lecturer, Dept of Clinical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney, Australia.
Andrea P. Marshall, RN, ICCert, BN, MN(Research), GradCertEd Stud(Higher Ed), Senior Research Fellow, Critical Care Nursing Professorial Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Technology, Sydney, PhD candidate, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, Australia.
Tina S. Kendrick, RN, PaedICCert, MN, BN(Hon), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sydney Children's Hospital, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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DOCUMENTATION AND THE TRANSFER OF CLINICAL INFORMATION IN TWO AGED CARE SETTINGS
The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency and time of day that documentation and transfer of clinical information activities occurred for nurses of all skill levels in two aged care facilities in New South Wales, Australia.

Key Words: work sampling, documentation, transfer of clinical information, aged care

Dianne Pelletier, RN, BScN, DipEd(Nsg), MSc(Soc), Deputy Director Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Professor Christine Duffield, RN, BScN, DipNsgEd, MHP, PhD, Director, Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Judith Donoghue, RN, CM, DNE, BA(Hons), PhD, Professor of Acute Care Nursing, Acute Care Nursing Research Unit, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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PHYSICAL RESTRAINT USE ON PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
The objective of this paper was to provide a critical review of contemporary literature published between 1992 and 2003 on the use of physical restraints on residents with dementia in long-term care.

Key Words: restraint, dementia, long term care, aged care

Wei-Wei Wang, RN, BN, MGeroNurs, Regis PTY Ltd, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Professor Wendy Moyle, RN, PhD, MHS,c BN, DipAp Sci, Deputy Director of Research Centre for Clinical Practice Innovation, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia.

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