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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538139/advanced-musculoskeletal-physiotherapists-are-effective-and-safe-in-managing-patients-with-acute-low-back-pain-presenting-to-emergency-departments
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James M Sayer, Rita M Kinsella, Belinda A Cary, Angela T Burge, Lara A Kimmel, Paula Harding
Objective The aim of this study was to compare emergency department (ED) key performance indicators for patients presenting with low back pain and seen by an advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapist (AMP) with those seen by other non-AMP clinicians (ED doctors and nurse practitioners).Methods A retrospective audit (October 2012-September 2013) was performed of data from three metropolitan public hospital EDs to compare patients with low back pain seen by AMP and non-AMP clinicians. Outcome measures included ED length of stay, ED wait time, admission rates and re-presentation to the ED...
May 25, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528126/emotional-intelligence-increases-over-time-a-longitudinal-study-of-australian-pre-registration-nursing-students
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Kim Foster, Judith Fethney, Heather McKenzie, Murray Fisher, Emily Harkness, Desirée Kozlowski
BACKGROUND: Emotional intelligence (EI) has been associated with positive outcomes for nursing students. Higher EI is associated with personal wellbeing and stress management, higher academic performance, stronger nursing leadership and practice performance, and greater patient safety. While there is an increasing body of evidence on nursing students' EI, there is minimal evidence on EI over time during pre-registration programs. OBJECTIVES: To measure EI in pre-registration nursing students from program commencement to conclusion to ascertain EI over time and examine the relationship between EI and academic performance...
May 15, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514641/mapping-workforce-configuration-and-operational-models-in-australian-emergency-departments-a-national-survey
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Glenn Gardner, Anne Gardner, Sandy Middleton, Julie Considine, Gerard Fitzgerald, Luke Christofis, Anna Doubrovsky, Margaret Adams, Jane O'Connell
Objective Hospital emergency departments (ED) in Australia and internationally have been experiencing increased demand, resulting in reduced hospital quality, impaired access and adverse health outcomes. Effective evaluation of new ED service models and their effect on outcomes is reliant on baseline measures of the staffing configuration and organisational characteristics of the EDs being studied. The aim of the present study was to comprehensively measure these variables in Australian EDs.Methods Australian hospital EDs with 24-h medical and nursing cover were identified and invited to participate in the study...
May 18, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512997/research-publication-performance-of-australian-professors-of-nursing-midwifery
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EDITORIAL
Lisa Mckenna, Simon J Cooper, Robyn Cant, Fiona Bogossian
Professors of nursing and midwifery are recognized as discipline leaders and thus have a key role to play in the development of disciplinary knowledge, especially through their research activity. Watson and Thompson (2008) paraphrased the research and scholarship roles of the professoriate, from the UK National Conference of University Professors, as a requirement to "maintain individual authoritative industry in scholarship and research" (p 981). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 17, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505518/registered-nurse-buddies-educators-by-proxy
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REVIEW
Geraldine Rebeiro, Alicia Evans, Karen-Leigh Edward, Rose Chapman
The informal clinical teaching role of the buddy nurse seems to be a uniquely Australian title, with little consistency in terminology for informal nurse educator roles internationally. Not all registered nurses are professionally developed for the informal role of facilitating the clinical learning of students in clinical settings, yet these roles are expected by nursing professional bodies. In Australia the registered nurses (RN) experience of being a buddy nurse has been reported as lacking clarity, being unsupported and structureless...
May 1, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499065/not-sick-enough-experiences-of-carers-of-people-with-mental-illness-negotiating-care-for-their-relatives-with-mental-health-services
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Michael Olasoji, Phil Maude, Kay McCauley
AIM: The literature reporting experiences of relatives of people with mental illness regarding their interactions with mental health services identifies many commonalities. However, the actual experience of carers engaging the services and understanding health care systems remains a gap in the literature. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of carers (of people with a severe mental illness) in a major area mental health service in Victoria Australia as they fulfil their caring role whilst negotiating support for their relative...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494806/what-makes-weekend-allied-health-services-effective-and-cost-effective-or-not-in-acute-medical-and-surgical-wards-perceptions-of-medical-nursing-and-allied-health-workers
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Lisa O'Brien, Deb Mitchell, Elizabeth H Skinner, Romi Haas, Marcelle Ghaly, Fiona McDermott, Kerry May, Terry Haines
BACKGROUND: There is strong public support for acute hospital services to move to genuine 7-day models, including access to multidisciplinary team assessment. This study aimed to identify factors that might enable an effective and cost-effective weekend allied health services on acute hospital wards. METHODS: This qualitative study included 22 focus groups within acute wards with a weekend allied health service and 11 telephone interviews with weekend service providers...
May 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493647/the-liminality-of-the-patient-with-dementia-in-geriatric-rehabilitation-hospitals
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Robin Digby, Susan Lee, Allison Williams
AIM: The aim was to explore the experiences of people with dementia in sub-acute geriatric rehabilitation hospitals to critically evaluate the care received by such patients. BACKGROUND: Globally the number of people with dementia is growing and is expected to impact progressively more on health systems. People with dementia can become deconditioned and deteriorate in cognitive function while in hospital. The unfamiliar environment and people can cause the person to become disorientated which then leads to behavioural symptoms which complicate care...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490411/is-the-counterweight-program-a-feasible-and-acceptable-option-for-structured-weight-management-delivered-by-practice-nurses-in-australia-a-mixed-methods-study
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Jodi Gray, Elizabeth A Hoon, Hossein Haji Ali Afzali, Catherine Spooner, Mark F Harris, Jonathan Karnon
Nurse-led weight management programs, like the Counterweight Program in the United Kingdom, may offer a way for Australian general practices to provide weight management support to adults who are overweight or obese. During Counterweight, nurses provide patients with six fortnightly education sessions and three follow-up sessions to support weight maintenance. This study examined the feasibility, acceptability and perceived value of the Counterweight Program in the Australian primary care setting using a mixed-methods approach...
May 11, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487185/structures-processes-and-outcomes-of-the-aussie-heart-guide-program-a-nurse-mentor-supported-home-based-cardiac-rehabilitation-program-for-rural-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Terence J Frohmader, Frances Lin, Wendy P Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation has a number of benefits for patients, yet participation in it is sub-optimal, especially in regional Australia. Innovative models of cardiac rehabilitation are needed to improve participation. Providing nurse mentors to support patients transitioning from hospital to home represents a new model of service delivery in Australia. OBJECTIVES: To explore the impact of a home based cardiac rehabilitation program in assisting patients to recover from Acute Coronary Syndrome and meeting the expectations of nurse mentors delivering the program...
May 6, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480602/nursing-students-death-anxiety-and-fear-towards-dementia-patients
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Ellen L McKenzie, Patricia M Brown
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the relationship between death anxiety (DA) and fear towards patients according to the age and illness of the patient. METHODS: A sample of 94 undergraduate nursing students from an Australian university were presented with a hypothetical patient, who varied by age (29 years or 71 years) and illness (arthritis, cancer or dementia). They then completed measures of DA and fear towards the patient. RESULTS: Older patients with dementia were associated with higher DA compared to all other conditions...
May 8, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480568/literature-review-of-trauma-informed-care-implications-for-mental-health-nurses-working-in-acute-inpatient-settings-in-australia
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Allyson Wilson, Marie Hutchinson, John Hurley
Trauma-informed care (TIC) is increasingly recognized as an approach to improving consumers' experience of, and outcomes from, mental health services. Deriving consensus on the definition, successful approaches, and consumer experiences of TIC is yet to be attained. In the present study, we sought to clarify the challenges experienced by mental health nurses in embedding TIC into acute inpatient settings within Australia. A systematic search of electronic databases was undertaken to identify primary research conducted on the topic of TIC...
May 7, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478871/emerging-needs-of-people-living-with-hiv-receiving-community-based-nursing-in-an-australian-setting
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Elizabeth A Crock, Charne Miller, Rosemary McKenzie, Nalla Burk, Judith Frecker, John E Hall, Oscar Morata Ramirez
While the lifespan of people living with HIV (PLWH) in Australia has increased, a minority still experience poor health outcomes and have complex needs. Few studies address this group's emerging needs. Our study, a component of a larger evaluation, aimed to identify current and projected needs of PLWH receiving HIV community nursing. We undertook a cross-sectional survey to identify clients' support needs and explore their future concerns. There were 120 of 140 PLWH who met our eligibility criteria to participate in the survey; 86 responded...
April 4, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478861/demographic-characteristics-call-details-and-psychosocial-support-needs-of-the-family-friends-of-someone-diagnosed-with-cancer-who-access-australian-cancer-council-telephone-information-and-support-services
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Leila Heckel, Kate M Fennell, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Monica Byrnes, Patricia M Livingston
PURPOSE: Community-based cancer organizations provide telephone-based information and support services to assist people diagnosed with cancer and their family/friends. We investigated the demographic characteristics and psychosocial support needs of family/friends who contacted Australian Cancer Council 13 11 20 information and support helplines. METHODS: Data collected on 42,892 family/friends who contacted a 13 11 20 service across Australia from January 2010 to December 2012 were analyzed...
June 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475261/impact-of-the-orthopaedic-nurse-practitioner-role-on-acute-hospital-length-of-stay-and-cost-savings-for-patients-with-hip-fracture-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Linda L Coventry, Sharon Pickles, Michelle Sin, Amanda Towell, Margaret Giles, Kevin Murray, Di Twigg
AIMS: To compare acute hospital length of stay and cost-savings for patients with hip fracture before-and-after commencement of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner and identify variables that increase length of stay in hospital. BACKGROUND: Globally, hip fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Whilst the practical benefits of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner have been anecdotally shown, an analysis showing the cost-saving benefits has yet to be published...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475224/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-by-australian-children
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Jane E Frawley, Dennis Anheyer, Sandy Davidson, Debra Jackson
AIM: This study was conducted to evaluate the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among Australian children within the previous 12 months. METHODS: Parents with children up to the age of 18 years were recruited from online parenting groups. Questions addressed demographic factors, socio-economic status, conventional health service use, including vaccination status and use of CAM. RESULTS: A total of 149 parents responded to the study of which 73...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472577/improving-blood-pressure-control-in-general-practice-a-pilot-study-of-the-impress-intervention
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Nicholas Zwar, Oshana Hermiz, Elizabeth Halcomb, Patricia M Davidson, Thomas Bodenheimer
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypertension and at high absolute cardiovascular disease risk are a priority group for improved blood pressure control. This study examined the impact of an intervention, primarily delivered by the general practice nurse, to identify, recall and manage patients with uncontrolled hypertension who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. METHODS: A before-and-after pilot study with a six-month follow-up period was conducted in eight general practices in Sydney, Australia...
2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459184/embedding-an-enriched-environment-in-an-acute-stroke-unit-increases-activity-in-people-with-stroke-a-controlled-before-after-pilot-study
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Ingrid Cm Rosbergen, Rohan S Grimley, Kathryn S Hayward, Katrina C Walker, Donna Rowley, Alana M Campbell, Suzanne McGufficke, Samantha T Robertson, Janelle Trinder, Heidi Janssen, Sandra G Brauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether an enriched environment embedded in an acute stroke unit could increase activity levels in acute stroke patients and reduce adverse events. DESIGN: Controlled before-after pilot study. SETTING: An acute stroke unit in a regional Australian hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Acute stroke patients admitted during (a) initial usual care control period, (b) an enriched environment period and (c) a sustainability period...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456062/uncovering-degrees-of-workplace-bullying-a-comparison-of-baccalaureate-nursing-students-experiences-during-clinical-placement-in-australia-and-the-uk
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Melanie Birks, Robyn P Cant, Lea M Budden, Michele Russell-Westhead, Yeter Sinem Üzar Özçetin, Stephen Tee
Bullying in health workplaces has a negative impact on nurses, their families, multidisciplinary teams, patient care and the profession. This paper compares the experiences of Australian and UK baccalaureate nursing students in relation to bullying and harassment during clinical placement. A secondary analysis was conducted on two primary cross-sectional studies of bullying experiences of Australian and UK nursing students. Data were collected using the Student Experience of Bullying during Clinical Placement (SEBDCP) questionnaire and analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics...
April 17, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455088/emergency-department-registered-nurses-conceptualisation-of-recovery-for-people-experiencing-mental-illness
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Donna Marynowski-Traczyk, Lorna Moxham, Marc Broadbent
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Department (ED) is an integral link to both mental health inpatient and community services and people experiencing mental health crisis often access mental healthcare through EDs. As such EDs have a significant role in enabling optimal transition of mental health consumers between services. The notion of recovery as it is understood by people who experience mental illness, and the delivery of recovery oriented mental healthcare services, are now embedded in mental health service provision in Australia and documented in policy...
April 25, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
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