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Contemporary Nurse

Joan Garvan
BACKGROUND: Changes to gendered norms have been the single most significant development in the second part of the twentieth century; practices within families have mirrored these changes. Many, however, are falling by the wayside after the birth of an infant, with high rates of marital breakdown, high rates of anxiety and depression, and significant issues related to identity. OBJECTIVES/AIMS: The aim of this research was to gauge how a sample of Australian women were travelling through the Transition to Parenthood, particularly in terms of their relationships; sharing the care and housework; their life course; and their sense of self...
October 14, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Vicki Catherine Cope, Bronwyn Jones, Joyce Hendricks
AIM: To explore residential aged care nurses working in interim, rehabilitation and residential aged care perceptions of resilience. DESIGN: Qualitative Portraiture methodology. Inclusion criteria were that all participants were English speaking; were registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (APHRA) and had more than five years' experience working in an aged care environment. Three participants were interviewed employed within a metropolitan interim, rehabilitation and aged care setting...
October 14, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Kati Päätalo, Helvi Kyngäs
BACKGROUND: Valid and reliable methods to measure nurses' well-being at work are needed. Well-being at work refers to a positive viewpoint and experience in a work context. AIM: The aim of this study is to test the psychometric properties of Nurses' well-being at work -scale (NWB). METHOD: The scale (NWB) was tested in a Finnish hospital (N=233) using statistical methods. RESULTS: The NWB consists of 67 items and 12 factors: patients' experience of high-quality care, assistance and support among nurses, nurses' togetherness and collaboration, satisfying practical organization of work, challenging and meaningful work, freedom to express diverse feelings in a work community, well-conducted everyday nursing, status related to the work itself, fair and supportive leadership, opportunities for professional development, fluent communication with other professionals and being together with other nurses in an informal way...
October 13, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Melanie Birks, Jenny Davis, John Smithson, Robyn Cant
The nursing profession comprises Australia's largest regulated health workforce yet its practice boundaries are poorly understood. The ambiguity surrounding the practice scope of nurses limits the profession's ability to fully respond to Australia's current and emerging health system challenges. The aim of this review is to explore the concept of scope of practice of registered nurses (RN) in Australia, as reflected in contemporary literature. An integrative review of literature relating to the scope of practice of the Australian registered nurse published between 2007 and 2014 was conducted...
October 13, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Jacquie McBride, Alana Russo, Andrew Block
Asylum seekers and refugees experience a range of barriers to health service access and competent use. The Refugee Health Nurse Liaison initiative was piloted at a hospital in a high-settlement region of Victoria, Australia. This initiative aimed to build capacity within the health sector to more effectively respond to the needs of asylum seekers and refugees. A mixed-methods evaluation was undertaken to: describe issues encountered by asylum seekers and refugees within the hospital setting; capture the nature of the Refugee Health Nurse Liaison position; and document key outputs...
October 4, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Elizabeth Jillian Adams, Lucia Gillman
BACKGROUND: The catalyst to revise the graduate nurse program at an inner city hospital was a major service reconfiguration, which reduced services, staffing and graduate nurse positions. Parameters for the new program were that it was evidence-based and could function within the reduced resources. OBJECTIVE: Review current literature and design an evidence-based transition program. METHODS: Eight databases were searched for primary and secondary research and unpublished theses (2004-2014), which were then hand searched...
September 20, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Tineke Water, Katrina Ford, Deb Spence, Shayne Rasmussen
Patient advocacy is central to the nursing profession yet a sense of certainty about the concept, its meaning and its implications for nursing practice, remains elusive. This scholarly paper examines the concept of patient advocacy and its relevance to the nursing profession in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A broad historical overview of the evolution of the role of advocacy in nursing practice is provided including factors that encourage or discourage nurses to practice patient advocacy. This paper highlights the gap between the ideal of patient advocacy and the realities of everyday nursing practice...
September 16, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Meghana Pai, Bonnie Ribot, Helen Tane, Janice Murray
: Nurses make up a large portion of health care professionals, are part of the first line of health care and in a position to provide health education, advice and referrals for patients at high risk of experiencing systemic diseases such as cancers and life-threatening illnesses that are often firstly evident in the mouth. OBJECTIVES: To assess final-year nursing students about their awareness of periodontal disease and its impact on general health; and to ascertain their knowledge about the periodontal links to systemic disease as well as their perceived knowledge and abilities to provide informed advice and referrals to at-risk patients...
September 7, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Judith Anderson, Brenda Bruce, Meryn Edwards, Maryanne Podham
BACKGROUND: Reports into neglect by nursing staff have included recommendations to develop policies indicating the fundamental standards of care (Garling, 2008 ; Francis, 2013 ). An area health service in a rural setting in Australia moved to develop such a policy. OBJECTIVES: This project was designed to engage nursing staff in a rural health service in the development of a minimum nursing standards policy. METHODS: A participatory action research methodology was used to engage with nursing staff...
August 20, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Carina Anderson, Lorna Moxham, Marc Broadbent
AIM: This discussion paper poses the question 'What enables or deters Registered Nurses to take up their professional responsibility to support undergraduate nursing students through the provision of clinical education?'. BACKGROUND: Embedded within many nursing standards are expectations that Registered Nurses provide support and professional development to undergraduate nursing students undertaking clinical placements. Expectations within nursing standards that Registered Nurses provide support and professional development to nursing students are important because nursing students depend on Registered Nurses to help them to become competent practitioners...
August 10, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Nahla Khamis Ibrahim, Nujood Abdulwahed Alzahrani, Afnan Ateeg Batwie, Razan Abdulaziz Abushal, Ghazwa Ghazzay Almogati, Munirah Abdulrahman Sattam, Bodour Khalid Hussin
PURPOSE: To assess Quality of Life, job satisfaction and their related factors among nurses working in King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 268 nurses, 2014/2015. A validated, confidential data collection sheet was utilized. It contained the World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF), and Job Descriptive Index/Job in General (JDI/JIG) scales. RESULTS: The majority of nurses (83...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Elizabeth Halcomb, Louise Hickman
BACKGROUND: Despite the decline in vaccine-preventable diseases, immunisation rates remain important. Nurses working in general practice (GPN) are often the first contact for childhood and adult immunisations and so impact vaccine provision. AIM: This study sought to describe the current immunisation practices and attitudes of GPN prior to attending the Nurse Immuniser Training Program. METHODS: Prior to undertaking a Nurse Immuniser Training Program, registered nurses completed a survey describing their demographics, immunisation practice and attitudes to immunisation...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Diana-Lyn Baptiste, Patricia Davidson, Lisa Groff Paris, Kathleen Becker, Tye Magloire, Laura A Taylor
AIMS/OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of a nurse-led heart failure (HF) education program using the Self-Care Heart Failure Index (SCHFI) instrument. BACKGROUND: HF is a frequent and burdensome condition requiring support with self-care management strategies and education. Translating best practice to health services is important in improving health outcomes. DESIGN: Longitudinal quasi-experimental design. METHODS: A convenience sample of (N = 41) patients with HF...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Manju Dhandapani, Sivashanmugam Dhandapani, Meena Agarwal, A K Mahapatra
BACKGROUND: Pain following neurosurgery has never been given due attention. OBJECTIVE: This was a prospective study to assess pain following various neurosurgical procedures. METHODS: Patients underwent pain assessment on 11-point scale(0-10) for 24 hours following neurosurgery, and analyzed in relation to various factors. RESULTS: Among total 159 patients, 88(55%), 58(37%) and 13(8%) had undergone cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve procedures respectively...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Zeyu Qin, Xin Zhong, Jiahui Ma, Hongjing Lin
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of stress involved in nursing on the physical and mental health of nurses and reduce their efficiency. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive survey. METHOD: The present study was conducted to investigate job stress among nurses (N = 394) in three hospitals in China. Data were collected via a socio-demographic questionnaire and a nursing stress scale. RESULTS: We found that the dimension "Nursing profession and work issues" was the strongest stress factor affecting the nurses, and that the item "shift work" yielded the highest stress score...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
So Eun Choi, Sang Dol Kim
BACKGROUND: The shortage of nursing workforce has been a critical and global issue and associated with job satisfaction. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the strength of the relationships between job satisfaction and organizational commitment, job stress, and turnover intention among Korean nurses. METHODS: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses; Korean Education & Research Information Service, KISS, DB pia, PubMed, and CINAHL databases were searched...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Zümrüt Akgün Şahin, Funda Kardaş Özdemir
BACKGROUND: Nurses' spiritual care practices have been shown to affect patients' well-being, therefore understanding nurses' spiritual care perceptions and their practices. AIM: The aim of this paper is to investigate the nurses' views to practising spiritual care. METHODS: A descriptive survey of 193 nurses was conducted at a general hospital in Turkey. Data was collected using a demographic questionnaire and The Spirituality and Spiritual Care Rating Scale (SSCRS)...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Mª Isabel Ríos-Risquez, Mariano García-Izquierdo, Emiliana de Los Angeles Sabuco-Tebar, Cesar Carrillo-Garcia, Maria Emilia Martinez-Roche
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between resilience, academic burnout and psychological health in a sample of nursing students. METHOD/DESIGN: A descriptive and cross-sectional design was applied, with questionnaires as tools. PARTICIPANTS: The convenience sample consisted of 113 nursing students in their final academic year, who voluntarily participated in the study. RESULTS: The results indicated a statistically significant relationship between resilience and both emotional exhaustion (r = -...
August 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Caleb Ferguson, Michelle DiGiacomo, Bernard Saliba, Janet Green, Calvin Moorley, Aileen Wyllie, Debra Jackson
BACKGROUND: Social media platforms such as Facebook allow users to connect with each other online. They are also used as tools for creating communities, which can then be utilised as a mean for supportive, professional and social learning. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore first year Bachelor of Nursing student experiences with social media in supporting student transition and engagement into higher education. DESIGN: Qualitative focus groups Methods: First year Bachelor of Nursing students were conveniently sampled for inclusion in this study...
June 23, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Martin Salzmann-Erikson, Henrik Eriksson
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