THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 33 ISSUE 1

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Specialist nurses experiences of using a consolidated patient information system portal: a pre-post implementation survey
Evaluate changes in specialty areas nurses’ knowledge and perceptions of a consolidated electronic medical record (EMR) system before and after implementation.

KEY WORDS: computerised medical records system; computerised patient medical records; electronic medical records; evaluation; nurses; pre-post tests.

Jane Mills, RN, PhD, MN, MEd, PGCertEd, FACN, Professor, Director Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, James Cook University
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Cindy Woods, BEd, PhD, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Marnie Hitchins, BA, GradDipEd, Research Officer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Glynda Summers, RN, RM MHA, MPub Pol, BA, Dip Admin (Nsg), Adjunct Associate Professor, (Academic), Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Exploring values in nursing: generating new perspectives on clinical practice
The ‘Essentials of Care’ (EoC) program seeks to develop a shared vision amongst nurses within particular workplace teams. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of nurses during the process of exploring their values and developing these into a shared vision at both an individual level and as a team.

KEY WORDS: practice development, culture change, essentials of care, nursing, practice.

Nicola Drayton, Masters Nursing, Dip App Sc, Nurse Manager Practice Development Centre for Nursing Research and Practice Development, Nepean Blue Mountains Local health District, Nepean Executive Unit, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Dr Kathryn M. Weston, BSc (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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The clinical environment – do student nurses belong? A review of Australian literature
This paper aims to identify some of the issues related to the nursing students’ experience of belonging on clinical placements from the current Australian literature. Anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests that nursing students on clinical placements often experience problems that can adversely affect their feeling of belonging in the clinical setting and ultimately their career decisions. As nursing shortages increase, retention of student nurses in their chosen profession is often affected by their clinical experiences, both positively and negatively (HWA, 2012).

KEY WORDS: student nurses, clinical environments, sense of belonging.

Julia Gilbert, RN, RM, BHsc, Grad Dip Bus Man, Bach Laws, Grad Dip Legal Prac., Lecturer, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Southport, Queensland, Australia.
Lynne Brown, RN, BHSc, MN (Hons.), Lecturer, Griffith University, Logan Campus, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia.


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Prevention of postnatal mental health problems: a survey of Victorian Maternal and Child Health Nurses
To investigate Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses’ views on what contributes to mental health problems among new mothers, and their current practices regarding risk factors for maternal mental health problems that are potentially modifiable in primary care.

KEY WORDS: prevention, postnatal depression, risk factors, primary care.

Karen Wynter, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD, Research Fellow, Jean Hailes Research Unit, The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Heather Rowe, BSc (Hons), PhD, Jean Hailes Research Unit, The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Joanna Burns, BA, Grad Dip Psych Studies, BSocSci (Psych) (Hons), Jean Hailes Research Unit, The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Jane Fisher, BSc (Hons), PhD, MAPS, Jean Hailes Research Unit, The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Literature review: “Are you ok there?” The socialisation of student and graduate nurses: do we have it right?
To determine the effectiveness of the current socialisation processes for student and graduate nurses, into the clinical practice setting.

KEY WORDS: socialisation, nurses, student nurse, undergraduates, graduate nurse, literature review.

Pete Goodare, RN, CNS, BN, Grad Cert Clinical Teach/Learning (nursing), Grad Dip Acute Care (nursing), MCN (acute care nursing), St Vincents Private Hospital, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia.

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Delirium in the intensive care unit and long–term cognitive and psychosocial functioning: literature review
This paper reviews existing literature on delirium that arises during mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It looks at the physiology of delirium, its subtypes and risk factors. It further considers the impact of delirium on cognitive and psychosocial function of patients after their discharge from acute care. The aim of this paper was to increase awareness of ICU delirium, accentuate the potential link between different sedation agents and the development of delirium, and inform practitioners, especially nurses, about this common neurocognitive disorder that appears in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

KEY WORDS: intensive care, delirium, sedation, cognitive function, outcomes.

Daniella Bulic, Ba(Sc) Economics (Honours), NAATI 3, BSW, AMHSW, BBH CertEdu, PostGrad Supervision, Master Community Health and Development (MCHD),PhD Scholar, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Clinical School,Randwick, New South Wales, Australia.
A/Professor Mike Bennett, MBBS, DA, FFARCSI, FANZCA, MM(Clin Epi), FUHMS, DipDHM, ANZCA, CertDHM, MD
Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Clinical School of Medicine, Director Anaesthetics Department, Prince of Wales Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.
A/Professor Yahya Shehabi, MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM, EMBA, Professor and Program Director, Critical Care Monash Health and Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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The role of specialist nurses in cardiac genetics - the Victorian experience: supporting partnerships in care
In Victoria, Australia, a unique referral process exists for families who require investigation for possible inherited cardiac disease. This is spearheaded by a team of specialist nurses located at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH), the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), who ensure that all potentially at-risk families are offered the opportunity for clinical assessment and consultation.

KEY WORDS: partnerships; cardiac genetics; sudden unexplained death; screening; specialist nurse.

Tina Thompson, B.Nurs. Nurse Specialist - Genetic Medicine. The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
Natalie Morgan, RN, Crit Care Cert, Grad Dip Genetic Counselling. Medical Liaison Nurse. Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank Victoria, Australia.
Vanessa Connell, Dip App Sci (Nursing), Grad Dip Adv Clinical Nursing (Paediatric Intensive Care). Clinical Nurse Consultant – Electrophysiology. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Dominica Zentner, MBBS(Hons), FRACP, PhD. Consultant Cardiologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville Victoria, Australia.
Associate Professor Andrew Davis, MBBS, MD, FRACP, FCSANZ, FHRS. Paediatric Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist. The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Andreas Pflaumer, MD, FRACP, FCSANZ, CEPS. Consultant Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Melbourne & Honorary Fellow Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Noel W F Woodford, MBBS LLM DMJ(Path) FRCPath FRCPA. Professor of Forensic Medicine, Monash University & Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Ingrid Winship, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FACD. Professor - Adult Clinical Genetics. The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

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