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Contemporary Nurse

Yueh-Chen Yeh, Winsome St John, Yeu-Hui Chuang, Yu-Ping Huang
BACKGROUND: In contemporary Taiwan, after giving birth, many women undertake a traditional postpartum practice called "doing the month", which occurs in the medical context of postpartum nursing centres instead of at home. Thus, healthcare workers must identify and address the care needs of new mothers in this setting to improve the care of new mothers and their baby and family. AIM: To explore new mothers' care needs from their own perspectives during the period of doing the month...
October 10, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Michele J Upvall, Ho Thi Thuy Trang, Jill B Derstine, Maria A Mendoza, Priscilla L Sagar, Pat Scheans
Objectives/Aims Partnerships in global health nursing are dynamic, developing over time according to the ever-changing context of the relationship. The purpose of this discussion is to explore the dynamics of partnership and its impact on both nursing faculty at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HueUMP) and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) volunteers through documenting the historical context of the partnership and discussing the variety of volunteer activities. Lessons learned in Vietnam may be applicable to other global partnerships...
October 6, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Martin Salzmann-Erikson, Henrik Eriksson
BACKGROUND: Technology in the healthcare sector is undergoing rapid development. One of the most prominent areas of healthcare in which robots are implemented is nursing homes. However, nursing and technology are often considered as being contradictory, an attitude originating in the view of "the natural" versus "the artificial". Social media mirror this view, including in attitudes and societal debates regarding nursing and care robots. However, little is known about this topic in previous research...
October 5, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Narelle Biedermann
The Internet and the development of more user-engaging applications have opened a whole new world for researchers as a means of recruitment and data collection source. This paper describes the methodological approach of a research study that explored the experiences of Australian military spouses who packed up their family and home to accompany their spouse on an overseas posting. The study used Facebook as a recruitment tool and then as a data source through the conduct of an asynchronous virtual focus group...
October 4, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Leah East, Marie Hutchinson, Tamara Power, Debra Jackson
BACKGROUND: Families come in many forms and single parent women headed households are common with nurses being well positioned to provide support for these women and their children. For children growing up in lone parent households, the nature of family relationships and the availability of a social support network are important factors in reducing developmental risks. AIM: The aim of this study was to explore adult men's recollections of growing up in a father absent home...
September 29, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Eun Ju Lee, Euna Park
BACKGROUND: Effective self-care behavior can help reduce hypertension complications, but the rate of engagement in self-care behavior is relatively low among elderly patients. OBJECTIVES: To examine levels of self-care and factors affecting self-care among elderly patients with uncontrolled hypertension compared with those with controlled hypertension. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: A total of 255 elderly patients were selected to measure hypertensive patients' self-care behavior and self-efficacy, knowledge of hypertension management, family support, and perceived severity of hypertension as well as their depression levels...
August 23, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Debra Jackson, Lisa Durrant, Emily Bishop, Helen Walthall, Ria Betteridge, Sarah Gardner, Wendy Coulton, Marie Hutchinson, Stephen Neville, Patricia M Davidson, Kim Usher
BACKGROUND: Health care within the home setting is a vital and growing component of pressure injury (PI) prevention and management. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of health services and pressure-redistributing devices in community dwelling patients with PI's. DESIGN: Mixed-methods collective case study of a defined, diverse geographic postcode area in the United Kingdom. METHODS: Quantitative retrospective analysis of electronic and paper medical records of adult PI patients from 2015 district nursing reports...
August 18, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Michael Neufeld, Deborah Spence, Tineke Water
Background Ketamine provides an efficient and economical way to perform painful procedures without general anaesthesia. The physiological risks of ketamine have been well researched in adult and paediatric populations, yet for health professionals (HPs) undertaking paediatric ketamine sedation, questions of benefit and harm remain. Uncertainty around children's experiences of emergence phenomenon, bring moral and ethical tensions. Research question What are health care professionals' experiences of undertaking ketamine sedation with children? Methodology This study was underpinned by a hermeneutic narrative approach...
August 8, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Henrik Eriksson, Martin Salzmann-Erikson
People use social media to express perceptions, attitudes and a wide range of concerns regarding human life. In this study, discussions on the microblog site Twitter regarding nursing robotics in aged care were used to study and analyse some of the predicaments presented regarding the impact robots will have in geriatric nursing. Data were retrospectively collected from Twitter. In the final analyses 1,322 mentions were included in the final analyses, where principles of interpreting data by using netnography were utilized...
August 7, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Ailsa Munns, Christine Toye, Desley Hegney, Marion Kickett, Rhonda Marriott, Roz Walker
BACKGROUND: Participatory action research (PAR) is a credible, culturally appropriate methodology that can be used to effect collaborative change within vulnerable populations. AIM/OBJECTIVE: This PAR study was undertaken in a Western Australian metropolitan setting to develop and evaluate the suitability, feasibility and effectiveness of an Aboriginal peer-led home visiting programme. A secondary aim, addressed in this paper, was to explore and describe research methodology used for the study and provide recommendations for its implementation in other similar situations...
August 2, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Candice Groenewald, Arvin Bhana
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: Research shows that adolescent substance abuse significantly impacts on the lives of mothers. The stresses that mothers endure as a result of the adolescents' substance abuse prompt them to find ways to cope with these stressful experiences. This paper explores the coping responses of South African mothers whose adolescents have been admitted to treatment for alcohol or drug abuse. DESIGN AND METHOD: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) framework was adopted in this study using a multiple case study design...
August 1, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Berrin Pazar, Meral Demiralp, ─░mren Erer
BACKGROUND: The most basic component of communication skills is the complex and multidimensional skill of empathy. AIM: This study was conducted to assess the communication skills and empathic tendency levels of female nursing students Turkish university. METHODS: This cross-sectional study sample consisted of 342 nurse student. RESULTS: There was a significant difference between the classes in terms of communication skills (0...
August 1, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Andrew James Bailey, Sherryn Naree Bailey, Maree Bernoth
BACKGROUND: Food regulations exist to protect older people in residential aged care, leading to the restriction of potentially hazardous foods. The impacts of malnutrition, resident centred care and the importance of maintaining individual autonomy for older people are well documented. By contrast, there is scant literature describing residents' perceptions of food regulations and food risks in the residential aged care setting. AIMS: The aim of this study is to explore resident perceptions of food choice and food restrictions in residential aged care...
July 31, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Jessica Appleton, Cathrine Fowler, Nicola Brown
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is an increasing concern for parents and health professionals alike. Parents' perception of obesity as a current health issue for their children is important for the everyday parenting and health choices parents make. As parents are frequently going online to seek and exchange information about parenting and child health, asynchronous online discussion forums provide an opportunity to investigate their perceptions and concerns. Understanding parents' perceptions, beliefs and attitudes is important in any childhood obesity prevention and intervention...
July 21, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Cathy Maginnis, Judith Anderson
AIM: This paper examines the meaning and experience of culture shock for nursing students undertaking an international clinical placement (ICP) and the role of the clinical facilitator. RESULTS: Oberg's four stages of adapting to culture shock were aligned to anecdotal conversations with nursing students on an ICP. All four stages were identified in anecdotal conversations with the students. Support by the accompanying clinical facilitator is pivotalin overcoming culture shock and maximising the learning experience...
July 18, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Peter Mellor, Carolyn Gregoric, David Gillham
BACKGROUND: New graduate registered nurses (NGRNs) are confronted with a complex, demanding and resource-constrained environment where gaining acceptance into the workplace culture may be difficult. Existing evidence suggests that preparing undergraduate nursing students for this reality can assist with adjustment. OBJECTIVES: To identify the strategies that NGRNs require to care and advocate for themselves during their first year of practice. METHODS: A search of the literature published between 2001 and 2016 was undertaken...
July 13, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Siena C Ramsay, Jed Montayre, Victoria Egli, Eleanor Holroyd
BACKGROUND: Migrant families caring for family members with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) face considerable socioeconomic burden and isolation. AIM: To examine the cultural needs, beliefs and health seeking behaviours of migrant Turkish family member caregivers. DESIGN: An ethnographic approach was used employing in depth interviews. METHODS: Turkish caregivers residing in Melbourne, Australia were purposively sampled...
July 9, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Colleen Ryan, Louise Young, Margaret McAllister
BACKGROUND: Enrolled nurses (ENs) across Australia precept nursing students in the clinical field. Yet learning about the preceptoring role is not widely available to ENs. Educational innovation: EN's in this study participated in a professional development project that utilised the material of an online learning resource, originally designed to inspire clinical registered nurses (RNs), and RN teachers, to develop teaching innovations in their role. AIM: The aim of this paper is to report the results of a pre-post-test questionnaire designed to evaluate the impact of the professional development intervention...
July 6, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Sarah Williams, Annette Dickinson
Background Internationally, nurses have been in the forefront of delivering health care services in the school environment and whilst health care delivery in secondary and high schools is evaluated, this is not the case for services delivered in primary/elementary schools. In countries such as New Zealand there is no significant inter-service collaboration between health and education, therefore the delivery of health services remains fragmented and underdeveloped. Objectives This discussion paper reviews the history and development of nurse-led school based health services internationally and provides an insight into the current provision of primary school based health services in New Zealand...
July 3, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
Mary Ann Matikainen
AIM: This paper explores the legitimacy and agency of new graduate mental health nurses to participate in research activities as a regular part of their professional nursing role. BACKGROUND: There is a wealth of literature describing personal and organisational factors that act as barriers to nurses' engagement in research and overcoming these barriers remains a challenge for health organisations. Some new graduate nurses are well positioned to contribute to research and yet the literature has given little attention to this specific cohort...
June 21, 2017: Contemporary Nurse
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