THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 19 NUMBER 3

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Editorial
Embracing collaborative research

Margaret McMillan

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Guest Editorial
Reflections on nursing

Mary FitzGerald

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QUEENSLAND PUBLIC SECTOR NURSE EXECUTIVES: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDS
This research aimed to provide an understanding of nursing executives' roles and professional development needs and obtain concise information for the development of strategies and professional development programs to enhance the effectiveness of the present and future roles of nursing executives.

Key Words: roles, responsibilities, nurse executive, professional development

Mary Courtney, RN, Badmin(Acc), MPH, PhD, is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Centre for Nursing Research, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Jane Yacopetti, RN, BA, MHA, is Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Development), Mater Misericordiae Hospitals, Brisbane, Australia. Catherine James, RN, DipAppSci, BA, MBA, is District Director of Nursing, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and Health Service District, Brisbane, Australia. Anne Walsh, RN, DipAppSci, BA, GradDipHP, is Senior Research Assistant, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Mary Montgomery, RN, BAppSci, GradDipHP, is Associate Professor and Executive Director of Nursing Services, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Women's Hospital and Health Service Districts, Brisbane, Australia

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THE EVERYDAY REALITIES OF THE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ROLE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY NURSE
This article describes a qualitative study in which nine community health nurses from eight different high schools completed a diary of the interventions and events during the course of two working days in order to identify the dimensions of their role.

Key Words: school nurse, role, community health nurse, primary health care, adolescents

Jill Downie, PhD, RN, RM, Cert CHN, FRCNA, is Senior Lecturer, Acting Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Director of Research and Development, Curtin University of Technology and Nurse Research Consultant, Community & Women's Health, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Australia. Rose Chapman, RN, MSc, is Lecturer, Academic Clinical Coordinator, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Angelica Orb, RN, PhD, MACE, is Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Dianne Juliff, RN, RM, CertCHN, RAN, BSc(Nsg), is Staff Development & Projects Officer, Community & Women's Health, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Australia

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LIVING WITH LOSS: DEMENTIA AND THE FAMILY CAREGIVER
Two focus group interviews with 15 relatives, investigated family caregivers' perceptions of having a relative in a dementia care unit. Data analysis revealed the significant theme of living with loss.

Key Words: dementia, loss, family caregiver, institutionalisation

Dr Wendy Moyle, RN, PhD, is Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing and Health, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Queensland, Australia. Associate Professor Helen Edwards, RN, PhD, is Head of School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia. Professor Michael Clinton, RN, PhD, is Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia

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PREGNANT WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES OF MODELS OF CARE IN SOME HOSPITALS IN VICTORIA
The future of implementing midwifery models of care into the hospital system will depend on effective change management and an acknowledgment of consumer needs by administrators.

Key Words: pregnancy, models of care, health care system, antenatal education, labour, birth

Zevia Schneider, PhD, MEd, MAppSc, RN, RM, FRCNA, is an independent consultant, formerly Associate Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

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THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEKING HELP FOR POSTNATAL DEPRESSION
Recommendations are made to involve families and to use the unique position of the maternal health nurse in assessing new mothers.

Key Words: postnatal depression, support, phenomenology, understanding

Debbi Holopainen, BA(Hon)Psychology, is on placement with the Action Research Issues Centre at Ross House, Melbourne, Australia

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