THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 36 ISSUE 1

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The care of older people with dementia in rural Australian hospitals – a case study
Investigate how nurses in rural hospitals care for people with dementia.

KEY WORDS: empathy; health resources; length of stay; risk management; workload

Kay Shannon, RN, RM, Auckland University of Technology, Northcote, New Zealand
Dr Laurie Grealish, RN, PhD,FCNA,Griffith University and Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, Queensland, Australia
Mary Cruickshank, RN, PhD, Federation Univeristy, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

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Does studying postgraduate palliative care have an impact on student’s ability to effect change in practice?
To find out from alumni whether their postgraduate course in palliative care had an impact on their ability to change practice.

KEY WORDS: Alumni, survey, higher education, impact of learning, practice change

Deb Rawlings, RN, BSc (Hons), MPH, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Kim Devery, RN, BSocSci (Hons), Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

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Factor analysis to validate a survey evaluating cultural competence in maternity care for Indigenous women
This research set out to develop and validate a tool to assess the self-reported progress of Australian publicly funded maternity services towards the goal of culturally competent maternity care for Indigenous women. The tool aimed to measure the degree to which these services had incorporated actions towards achieving 14 identified characteristics into the current fabric of their organisation.

KEY WORDS: instrument development, cultural competence, Indigenous women

Associate Professor Robyn Aitken,Collaborative Academic Health Science Research, Casuarina, Northern Territory, Australia
Associate Professor Virginia Stulz, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia


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An integrative review: adherence barriers to a low-salt diet in culturally diverse heart failure adults
A sodium restricted diet (SRD) is generally included in chronic heart failure (HF) management. The objective of this review is to explore and synthesise the research findings of the adherence barriers to a SRD in adults from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with HF.

KEY WORDS: heart-failure, salt, diet, CALD, health behaviour

Alex Chan, RN, MN, MEd, University of Tasmania, Darlinghurst New South Wales; University of Wollongong, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Leigh Kinsman, RN, PhD, University of Newcastle and Mid-North Coast Local Health District Port Macquarie Base Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Shandell Elmer, RN, PhD, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Masuma Khanam, PhD, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


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Complexities of the Australian perioperative nurse entrepreneur
This paper articulates a need for the nurse entrepreneur working as a surgical assistant. Negatively impacting on the role are the complex factors of:
lack of professional support from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; lack of a process for remuneration through the Medical Benefits Schedule; and a lack of guidance to navigate the bureaucratic system.

KEY WORDS: nurse entrepreneur, nurse practitioner, surgical assistant

Toni Hains, RN, MClinSc (PNSA), MNPractSt, PhD Scholar, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Catherine Turner, RN, PhD, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, Northern Territory, Australia
Haakan Strand, RN, MNPractSt, PhD, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Preserving families psychological and psychosocial health in PICU: a review on the health professionals role
The aim of this review was to examine the health professional’s role in preserving the psychological and psychosocial health of family units of paediatric intensive care patients, and to identify strategies used to reduce this risk long term.

KEY WORDS: psychological, psychosocial, family unit, paediatric intensive care unit

Teaghan Johnston, BN, RN, GradCert PaedNsg, Logan Hospital, Waterford, Queensland, Australia

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