VOLUME 36 ISSUE 4
Workplace environment for nurses and healthcare assistants in residential aged care facilities in New Zealand
Continuous work under environmental and thermal discomfort such as cold, heat, and dim light has the potential to affect the health of nurses and healthcare assistants working in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF). The resulting health issues to workers from exposure to thermal discomfort include fatigue, concentration difficulty and work-related diseases such as cold and muscle tensions. Consequently, this often leads to higher labour absenteeism due to sick-leave which in turn correlates to poor nursing care quality for residents. This research investigated environmental factors which are temperature, humidity, noise, and lighting in nurse offices and resident lounges in RACFs in New Zealand and compared them with international standards.
KEY WORDS: Residential Aged Care Facility, environmental, noise, temperature, humidity, lighting
MA, PhD candidate, RN,
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Evaluating the efficacy and impact of the Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program: a study protocol
KEY WORDS: rural, remote, exchange, workforce, nurse, midwifery
RN, BN, GCEmNurs, GCCFH,
Nursing Director Clinical Excellence, South West Hospital and Health Service
Pressure injury point prevalence: state-wide survey to identify variability in Western Australian hospitals
A point prevalence survey was conducted across Western Australia to monitor adherence to national safety and quality health service standards, and to create baseline data on which to improve. The study identified significant areas for targeted interventions.
KEY WORDS: pressure injury, prevalence, risk factor, survey
Dr Chantal Ferguson,
BMBS, BMedSci, BSc, MPH, FAFPHM, Senior Medical Advisor WA Department of Health,
Perth, Western Australia
Side effects of chemotherapy in children with cancer: effects of nursing training administered to caregivers
The present study aimed to assess the consequences of providing nursing training to caregivers of children with cancer on the side effects associated with chemotherapy.
KEY WORDS: caregiver, chemotherapy, child, education, nurse
Department of Child Hematology Oncology, Ankara Child Health Diseases Hematology Oncology Education Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Exploring life history methodology in chronic illness: a study in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
The aim of this study was to gain insights into the lived experience of a chronic disease, Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). Selecting the most effective methodology to reflect the life span proved challenging. However, the life history approach proved to be a data-rich methodology for this study and is explored in detail in this paper as a qualitative nursing tool.
KEY WORDS: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, chronic illness, lived experience, life history, ethnography
PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, The University of Notre Dame, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia