THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 24 NUMBER 3

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Editorial
Scholarship in submission

Dr Jackie Jones

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Guest Editorial
What are we waiting for?

Andrew Robinson, Jennifer Abbey, Brian Abbey

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SCREENING FOR CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS: BARRIERS FOR HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE
This study explored homeless young people’s knowledge and attitudes of Chlamydia trachomatis (Chlamydia) and its screening.

Key Words: Chlamydia, screening, barriers, homeless, young

Dorothy Henning RN, RM, Grad.Dip Adolescent Health and Welfare, MN, Nurse Practitioner and Co-ordinator Young People’s Health Service, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. dot.henning@rch.org.au.
Alice Ryan RN, Grad.Dip Psychiatric Nursing, Youth Health Nurse, Young People’s Health Service, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Lena Sanci, MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, Senior Lecturer Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Trisha Dunning AM, RN, MEd, PhD, FRCNA, Professor / Director Endocrinology and Diabetes Nursing Research, St. Vincent’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

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ACCEPTABILITY OF ANTENATAL SCREENING FOR DEPRESSION IN ROUTINE ANTENATAL CARE
This paper aims to examine how acceptable women find (1) completing a battery of questionnaires, including the EPDS and (2) receiving feedback from midwives regarding the significance of their EPDS score when being screened for depression as part of routine antenatal care.

Key Words: perinatal depression, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, midwife feedback, community sample, telephone interviews

Bronwyn Leigh BA (Hons), DPsych (Health) Parent-Infant Research Institute, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia.
Jeannette Milgrom PhD, Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne and Parent-Infant Research Institute, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia. jeannette.milgrom@austin.org.au

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CRITICAL CARE NURSES’ KNOWLEDGE IN PREVENTING NOSOCOMIAL PNEUMONIA
The purpose of this study was to identify knowledge deficits concerning nosocomial pneumonia (NP) prevention among critical care nurses. The study also determined whether NP knowledge was associated with nurse characteristics.

Key Words: nosocomial pneumonia, critical care, survey research, endotracheal, ventilation care

Kim Lam Soh, MHSc, BSc (Nursing), RN, Lecturer, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. kim@medic.upm.edu.my.
Jane Koziol-Mclain, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Jan Wilson, MA (Hons), Dip Ed, Dip Guidance and Counselling, MNZAC Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Kim Geok Soh, PhD, MS, BA Ed, Senior Lecturer, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

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EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION FOR PATIENTS WITH AUTOMATIC IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATORS
The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of a brief educational intervention administered two weeks after Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD) implantation on subsequent levels of anxiety, depression, stress and hostility.

Key Words: AICD, defibrillator, education, psychological, intervention, counselling

Sarah Edelman, PhD, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. sarah.edelman@uts.edu.au.
Jim Lemon, PhD, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Ann Kirkness RN, CNC, North Shore Cardiovascular Education Centre, Vindin House, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.

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THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF NURSES WORKING IN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL PRACTICES
The aim of this paper was to describe the educational needs of nurses working in general medical practice in Australia.

Key Words: general practice, education, primary care, nursing education

Tessa Pascoe, MRCNA, RN, RM, BN, B.Community Ed, Former Policy Advisor, Nursing in General Practice Project, Royal College of Nursing Australia, Canberra, Australia. ptpascoe@bigpond.com.
Ronelle Hutchinson, PhD, BA (Hons), Former Policy Advisor, Nursing in General Practice, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Elizabeth Foley, FRCNA, AFACHSE, RN, Med, Director, Nursing Policy and Strategic Developments, Royal College of Nursing Australia, Canberra, Australia.
Ian Watts, BSW, Dip Soc Plan, MBA (Exec,), National Manager GP Advocacy and Support, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, Victoria, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer , Faculty of Medicine , University of Sydney, Australia.
Lyndall Whitecross, MBBS, FRACGP, Grad.Dip Family Medicine, 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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ENROLLED NURSE SKILL EXTENSION: METROPOLITAN MYTH OR RURAL REALITY?
The objective of this study was to examine whether the position of ‘after hours clinical support enrolled nurse’ is embracing clinical skill extension in the acute surgical area.

Nicole Blay, RN, BHA, Senior Nurse Manager, Acute Care Nursing Professorial Unit, St. George Hospital, Sydney, Australia. blayn@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au.
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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BURNOUT IN NURSING
The purpose of this study was to assess levels of burnout in nurses and to ascertain if there were individual or work characteristics that were associated with this syndrome.

Key Words: burnout, nurses, age, years of experience, overtime

Kent Patrick, B.App.Sc. (Chiro), Grad.Dip.Psych.Studies, B.App.Sc.(Hons), PhD, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Charles Sturt University , Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. kpatrick@csu.edu.au.
Judy F. Lavery, BA (Hons), PhD, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Victoria, Australia.

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ADOLESCENT APPROPRIATE CARE IN AN ADULT HOSPITAL: THE USE OF A YOUTH CARE PLAN
This paper explores the development of a specific youth care plan which provides a framework for adolescent appropriate care in an adult acute care facility.

Key Words: Adolescent, care plan, adult hospital, communication

Tegan Sturrock, RN, BN, MPH, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Youth Consultancy, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Lisa Masterson, RN, BN, Paediatric Certificate, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
A/Professor Katharine Steinbeck, PhD, FRACP, Director, Youth Consultancy, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. kss@email.cs.nsw.gov.au

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THE USE OF THE TERM VULNERABILITY IN ACUTE CARE: WHY DOES IT DIFFER AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Throughout health care literature, vulnerability is widely accepted as a potential issue for all patients yet the consensus on the meaning of and practical strategies to reduce or manage these ‘harmful agents’ in the clinical context are rarely offered.

Key Words: Vulnerability, socio-economic, physical, psychological, hospitalisation, personal capacity

Andrew Scanlon BN, Grad Dip Critical Care, Grad Cert Clinical Care Nursing (Renal), RN, MRCNA, Lecturer, La Trobe University/Austin Health Clinical School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Clinical Nurse Specialist Neurosurgery/Vascular surgery, Smoking Cessation Nurse, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia.
Geraldine A. Lee RGN, PGDE, BSc, Lecturer, La Trobe University/Alfred Clinical School of Nursing, Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

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THE PROFESSIONAL SELF-CONCEPT OF NURSES: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE FROM 1992-2006
This paper will discuss some recent concerns about research in the area of the professional self-concept of nurses, and trace the development of the literature on professional self-concept of nurses over the last 14 years.

Key Words: self-concept, self esteem, professional self concept, nurses

David Arthur PhD, RN. B. App. Sci (N. Ed), B. Ed. Stud, M. Ed. Stud. Professor and Head, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore. nurdga@nus.edu.sg.
Jacqueline Randle PhD, MSc, BA, RGN. Lecturer, School of Nursing, Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

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