THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 23 NUMBER 1

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Editorial
‘I had to act’: in conversation with a whistleblower

Dr Jackie Jones

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MEDICATION KNOWLEDGE AND SELF-MANAGEMENT BY PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
The objective of this paper was to explore medication knowledge and self-management practices of people with type 2 diabetes.

Key Words: type 2 diabetes, medication, knowledge, self-care

Trisha Dunning, AM, RN, MEd, PhD, FRCNA, Director Endocrinology and Diabetes Nursing Research, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, St Vincent's Hospital, School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Elizabeth Manias, RN, MPharm, MNStud, PhD, FRCNA, School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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A COMPARISON OF AN EVIDENCE BASED REGIME WITH THE STANDARD PROTOCOL FOR MONITORING POSTOPERATIVE OBSERVATION: A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL
The objective of this paper was to compare the safety and efficacy of the current standard practice for monitoring postoperative observations in one hospital with an experimental protocol.

Key Words: postoperative, post surgery, monitoring, vital signs, observations

Ritin Fernandez, RN, MN (CritCare), Deputy Director, South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Rhonda Griffiths, MSc (Hons), DrPH, Research Professor, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Director, South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Director, New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care, New South Wales, Australia.

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WHAT WERE THE OUTCOMES OF HOME FOLLOW-UP VISITS AFTER POSTPARTUM HOSPITAL DISCHARGE?
The objective of this paper was to assess health outcomes of home follow-up visits after postpartum discharge and assess relationships between the number of home visits and selected outcomes among women who gave birth at two Queensland, Australia, regional hospitals.

Key Words: postpartum, home visit, regional Australia, health outcome, rural

Sansnee Jirojwong, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Dolene Rossi, MSc, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Sandra Walker, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Barbara Ritchie, MEdSt, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

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IMPLEMENTING FAMILY-CENTRED CARE: AN EXPLORATION OF THE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF PAEDIATRIC NURSES
This study explored paediatric nurses' perceptions of how they include and involve parents in the care of hospitalised children.

Key Words: paediatric nursing, child-centred care, clinical practice guidelines

Penny Paliadelis, RN, BN, MN (Hons), Lecturer, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
Mary Cruickshank, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
Donna Wainohu, RN, Nurse Unit Manager, Ongoing and Extended Care Services, Armidale Community Health, New England Area Health Service, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
Rhonda Winskill, RN, PaedIntCareCert, BSocSci, MN, Paediatric Rural Outreach Clinical Nurse Consultant, Northern Child Health Network, Metford, New South Wales, Australia.
Helen Stevens, RN, BN, Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, New England Area Health Service, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

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UNDERSTANDING THE NURSING WORKFORCE: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN NURSES SIX YEARS AFTER GRADUATE STUDY
The objective of this paper was to determine the impact of graduate education on registered nurses' personal and professional development.

Key Words: nursing workforce, graduate education, career paths

Dianne Pelletier, RN, BScN, BEdStud, MSciSoc, DipEdNsg, FCN(NSW), FRCNA, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Professor Judith Donoghue, RN, RM, BA(Hons), PhD, DNE, FCN(NSW), Acute Care Nursing Professorial Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, and South Eastern Health, New South Wales, Australia.
Professor Christine Duffield, RN, BScN, MHP, PhD, FCN(NSW), FCHSE, Director of the Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF NURSES IN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL PRACTICE
The objective of this paper was to describe the workforce characteristics and current responsibilities of nurses working in Australian general practices.

Key Words: general practice, workforce, roles, primary care, nursing workforce, practice nurses

Tessa Pascoe, MRCNA, RN, RM, BN, BCommEd, Policy Advisor, Nursing in General Practice Project, Royal College of Nursing, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
Elizabeth Foley, FRCNA, AFCHSE, RN, MEd, Director, Nursing Policy and Strategic Developments, Royal College of Nursing, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
Ronelle Hutchinson, BA (Hons), Policy Advisor, Nursing in General Practice, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Ian Watts, BSW, DipSocPlan, CertHealthEcon, National Manager, GP Advocacy and Support, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Lyndall Whitecross, MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Dip Family Med, GP Advisor, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Teri Snowdon, BA(Hons) BSW(Hons) NSW, ARMIT, National Manager, Quality Care and Research, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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DO THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS? NURSING AND THE DILEMMA OF WHISTLEBLOWING
This paper explores current knowledge about whistleblowing in nursing and critiques current definitions of whistleblowing. The authors draw on published perspectives of whistleblowing including the media, to reflect on the role of the media in health related whistleblowing.

Key Words: whistleblowing, nursing ethics, misconduct, media

Angela Firtko, RN, DipAppSci, MHlthScEd, CertCardiacNursing, Associate Lecturer, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Debra Jackson, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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