THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 25 NUMBER 2

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Editorial

Jill Iliffe

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Guest Editorial
Reflections on nursing

Dr Joy Bickley Asher

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The future nursing workforce in Australia: baseline data for a prospective study of the profile, attrition rates and graduate outcomes in a contemporary cohort of undergraduates
The aim of the paper was to gather data from ten universities across two Australian states in order to: provide a descriptive demographic profile of undergraduate Australian nursing students; provide baseline data for a prospective analysis of attrition within undergraduate nursing programs; and to facilitate student recruitment into a prospective cohort study to examine graduate outcomes.

Key Words: attrition, retention, undergraduate, nursing, evidence-based, demographic profile.

Lynda Gaynor, BN (Hons), RN, Honours Scholar and Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Australia. l.gaynor@uq.edu.au
Tamara Gallasch, BBSc, Honours Scholar and Research Assistant, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia.
Emily Yorkston, BSc (Hons), PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Australia.
Simon Stewart, BA, Grad Dip Ed, PhD, Professor of Health Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Australia.
Fiona Bogossian, RN, RM, Dip App Sci (NEd), BApp Sci (Distinction), MPH, PhD, Acting Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Queensland, Australia.
Carrie Fairweather, RN, RPN, BN(Hons), PhD Candidate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Logan Campus, Queensland, Australia.
David Foley, RN, BSc, MN, Bachelor of Nursing Coordinator, Adelaide University, South Australia, Australia.
Helen Nutter, RN, BN, Bachelor of Nursing Coordinator, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Jan Thompson, RN, RPN, BN, MA, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.
Lee Stewart, RN, RM, DipTch(Nsg), BHSc, PGCertEd, MDispute Resolution, Deputy Head of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Townsville Campus, Queensland, Australia.
Jenny Anastasi, RN, BHSc(N), MPH and TM, GD.Ed (FET), MEd, Program Coordinator, Post-Graduate Nursing and Midwifery, Competence Assessment Service, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Central Queensland University, Australia.
Jenny Kelly, PhD, Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Australian Catholic University, McAuley Campus, Queensland, Australia.
Dr Lynne Barnes, RN, RMHN, PhD, Program Director Bachelor of Nursing, Academic Liaison, University of South Australia.
Pauline Glover, RN, RM, EdD FACM, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.
Catherine Turner, RN, BA, Grad Dip Ed, MN, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Queensland, Australia.

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Working in an overcrowded accident and emergency department: nurses’ narratives
The aim of this study was to highlight nursing issues associated with overcrowding (or access block) in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Key words: accident and emergency, overcrowding, access block, burn-out, caring, powerlessness.

Mary Kilcoyne, M.H.Sc (Advanced Nursing Practice), RGN, Higher Dip (AandE), Clinical Nurse Manager, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.
Maura Dowling, PhD, MSc (Nursing), BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert. Oncology, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie

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Evaluating the Family Partnership Model (FPM) program and implementation in practice in New South Wales, Australia
This study investigates participants’ experiences of implementing and educating colleagues in the Family Partnership Model (FPM).

Key Words: family partnership model, program evaluation, child and family health, relationship.

Diana Keatinge, RN, RSCN, PhD., M.Admin., G.Cert.TESOL, Professor, Paediatric, Youth and Family Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health, New South Wales, Australia. Diana.Keatinge@newcastle.edu.au
Cathrine Fowler, RN, CM, CM/craft, PhD., M.Ed., B.Ed., Dip.Teach., Professor, Tresillian Chair in Child and Family Health, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, University of Technology, Sydney and Tresillian Family Care Centres, New South Wales, Australia.
Carolyn Briggs, RN, CM, DipCHN, BA, MA, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Can I do everything? time management in a neonatal unit
This paper presents the findings of a study which explored the lived experience of ‘managed time’ for new graduate nurses working in a neonatal unit in the public health system in Australia.

Key words: time management, new graduates, neonatal unit.

Catherine Litchfield, RN (Hons), Royal Children’s Hospital, Croydon, Victoria, Australia. demonbabe69@hotmail.com
Keri Chater, RN, PhD, Lecturer, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

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An exploration of the education and training experiences of ICU nurses in using computerised equipment.
The aim of the paper was to explore the education and training experiences of intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurses in using computerised technologies and to assess the relationship it has with role performance and level of clinical experience.

Key Words: ICU, computerised equipment, nursing education.

Mary O’Connell, RN, BHlthSc (Nursing), MHIM USyd, Candidate, Health Science Doctorate, Faculty of Health Sciences, Cumberland Campus, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Beth Reid, BA, MHA, PhD, Professor Health Information Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Cumberland Campus, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Kate O’Loughlin, BA(Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Behavioural and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Cumberland Campus, The University of Sydney, Australia.

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What do we know about the long term medication adherence in patients following percutaneous coronary intervention?
This cross sectional study sought to evaluate the long term adherence to medications in patients following PCI.

Key words: medications, percutaneous coronary intervention, adherence.

Ritin Fernandez, RN, MN (Critical Care), Nurse Manager, South Western Sydney, Centre for Applied Nursing Research, NSW, Australia. Deputy Director, New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute). ritin.fernandez@swsahs.nsw.gov.au
Patricia Davidson, PhD, RN, Director, Nursing Research Unit, Cumberland Hospital, NSW Australia. Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Rhonda Griffiths, D.PH, RN, Director, South Western Sydney Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Australia. Professor of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Director, New South Wales Centre for Evidence Based Health Care (a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute).
Craig Juergens, FACC, FRCAP, MBBS, Director, Interventional Cardiology, Liverpool Health Service, Sydney, Australia.
Yenna Salamonson, PhD, RN, Lecturer, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

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Evaluation of a generic integrated care pathway for rehabilitation
The aim of this study was to determine if a process-oriented integrated care pathway (ICP) was effective in a rehabilitation setting and whether the improvement gained through the rehabilitation process was sustained post discharge.

Key words: integrated care pathway, rehabilitation, aged care, multidisciplinary care plan.

Daniel Chew, RN, Dip Ed, Grad Cert (Diabetes Education), B Ed, M Ed, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Post Graduate Programs, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Daniel.Chew@vu.edu.au
Donna Brook, RN, Welfare Head of Department, Mt Alexander Hospital, Cornish Street, Castlemaine Victoria, Australia.
Kathryn Sheridan, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mt Alexander Hospital, Cornish Street, Castlemaine Victoria, Australia.
Heather Silvagni, RN, Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Dr G.T. Connolly Rehabilitation Unit, Mt Alexander Hospital, Cornish Street, Castlemaine Victoria, Australia.

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Practice development: a critique of the process to redesign an assessment
This paper presents a brief description of an activity to redesign a nursing assessment followed by a critique of the practice development process used.

Key words: practice development, assessment, acute care, facilitation, process.

Jane Cioffi, RN, B.App.Sc (Adv Nsg), Grad Dip Ed (Nsg), M.App.Sc (Nsg), PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia. j.cioffi@uws.edu.au
Clair Leckie, B.Sc, Dip ND, PhD student, National Centre for Social and Economic Modeling, University of Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Jan Tweedie, RN, M.Sc (Health Policy and Management), Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Manager, Auburn Hospital, Auburn, NSW, Australia.

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Pre-registration nurses: an investigation of knowledge, experience and comprehension of e-health
This study investigates the perceptions and attitudes of nursing students with regard to e-health, the level of their knowledge in e-health and their expectations of e-health. Barriers which impede the development of knowledge and skills in e-health within a nursing curriculum are also explored.

Key words: e-health, nursing informatics, nursing education, curriculum development.

Sisira Edirippulige, PhD, MSc, Lecturer, Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland, Australia. s.edirippulige@coh.uq.edu.au
Anthony C Smith, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland, Australia.
Heather Beattie, RN, BN, Dip App Sc, MEd, EdD, Associate Professor, Deputy Head, School of Nursing, University of Queensland, Australia.
Elizabeth Davies, RN, BSc, Dip App Sc, Med, PhD, FRCNA, Professor, Head, School of Nursing, University of Queensland, Australia.
Richard Wootton, DSc, PhD, Director, Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland, Australia.

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Income inequality and health status - a nursing issue
The aim of the paper was to review the association between income inequality and health status, and consider an appropriate nursing response.

Key Words: socio-economic, nursing, population health, inequality.

Peter Massey, RN, Grad Cert PH, Clinical Associate College of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Program Manager Health Protection, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Population Health, Tamworth, NSW, Australia. peter.massey@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au
David Durrheim, BM, BS, Dip Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dip Community Health, Masters Public Health and Tropical Medicine, DrPubHlth, Fellow Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, Fellow Faculty Travel Medicine, Fellow Australasian Faculty Public Health Medicine, Service Director Health Protection, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Population Health, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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