THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 23 NUMBER 3

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Editorial
Is nursing becoming a political minefield of the unachievable?

Dr Jackie Jones

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Guest Editorial
Health choices for an ageing population

Professor Jennifer Abbey

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SHROUDS OF SILENCE: THREE WOMEN'S STORIES OF PRENATAL LOSS
The objective of this paper was to give voice to the experiences of women who have suffered a prenatal loss prior to a full term pregnancy.

Key Words: prenatal loss, experience, grief

Annette St John RN, Clinical Nurse, Sunnybank Hopsital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Marie Cooke RN, MSPD, PhD, Deputy Head of School of Nursing, Nathan Research Centre for Clinical Practice Innovation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
Suzanne Goopy RN, PhD, Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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PARENTS' PREFERRED CHILD HEALTH INFORMATION SOURCES: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE
The aim of this paper was to ascertain parents' preferences in sources of health information concerning their children's general health care needs, and caring for their children when they are sick.

Key Words: telephone triage, person to person contact, paediatric, after hours care, currency of nursing knowledge

Diana Keatinge, RN, RSCN, M. Admin, PhD, Professor Paediatric, Youth and Family Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle & Hunter New England Health, New South Wales, Australia.

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WARFARIN USE IN THE ELDERLY: THE NURSE'S PERSPECTIVE
The objective of this paper was to explore the barriers to warfarin use from the perspective of nurses working in aged care.

Key Words: aged care, anticoagulation, clinical services, professional role, drug therapy

Beata V Bajorek, BPharm, DipHPharm, PhD, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Sydney, Research Associate, Clinical Pharmacology and Aged Care and Rehabilitation, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.
Ines Krass BPharm DipHPharm PhD, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Susan J Ogle, MBBS, FRACP Head Aged Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Margaret J Duguid, BPharm, Head Department of Pharmacy, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.

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PREDICTORS OF DIETARY AND HEALTH SUPPLEMENT USE IN OLDER AUSTRALIANS
This study aimed to identify the health conditions and symptoms that predicted dietary and health supplement use in older Australians.

Key Words: aged, elderly, complementary medicines, dietary supplements, health surveys

Sonya Brownie Grad Dip Science, PhD candidate, Lecturer and Clinic Supervisor, Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine, Southern Cross University and Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine, Education and Research, a joint venture of the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University, Australia.

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MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION ERRORS: UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES
This paper surveys current literature related to medication administration errors, the role of nurses in such errors, and current initiatives that are underway within New Zealand to address this aspect of patient safety.

Key Words: quality and safe use of medicines, professional practice, nursing research, literature review

Karen McBride-Henry, BScN(hons), MN, PhD Research Fellow, Clinical Effectiveness Unit (Nursing and Midwifery), Capital & Coast District Health Board, Wellington South, New Zealand.
Maralyn Foureur, BA, GradDipClinEpidem, PhD, Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Nursing & Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington New Zealand.

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MISMANAGEMENT OF DELERIUM PLACES PATIENTS AT RISK
This paper discusses the problem of delirium and the challenges of accurately assessing, preventing and managing patients with delirium in an acute care setting.

Key Words: delirium, acute confusion, ageing, treatment, risk management

Dr Chantal Ski BA (Hons), PhD, Research Fellow, Deakin University/Eastern Health, School of Nursing, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Bev O'Connell RN, MSc, PhD, FRCNA, Chair in Nursing Cabrini - Deakin Centre for Nursing Research, Victoria, Australia

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BEYOND THE RHETORIC: WHAT DO WE MEAN BY A 'MODEL OF CARE'?
This paper aims to define what is meant by the term 'model of care' and document the pragmatic systems and processes necessary to develop, plan, implement and evaluate novel models of care delivery.

Key Words: models of care, systems, health care delivery, development, evaluation.

Associate Professor Patricia Davidson RN BA MEd, PhD, School of Nursing, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney and Nursing Research Unit, New South Wales, Sydney West Area Health Service, New South Wales, Australia.
Elizabeth Halcomb RN BN (Hons) PhD Candidate, Senior Research Fellow School of Nursing, College of Health & Science University of Western Sydney, New South Wales and Centre for Applied Nursing Research Sydney South West Area Health Service, New South Wales, Australia.
Hickman L RN BN MPH PhD Candidate, Associate Lecturer School of Nursing, College of Health & Science University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Phillips J RN B App Sci (Nurs) Grad Dip Health Promotion PhD Candidate, Project Officer, Mid North Coast Division of General Practice, Coffs Harbour, NSW. Associate Lecturer School of Nursing, College of Health & Science , University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Graham, B RN RM MMGMT (Pub Health) Prof Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Redesign Coordinator Sydney South West Sydney Area Health Service, New South Wales, Australia and University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales

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