THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 24 NUMBER 4

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Editorial
Recognising and celebrating nursing and nurses

Jackie Jones

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DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A VEIN ASSESSMENT TOOL (VAT)
The objective of this paper was to assess the face validity and the inter-rater reliability of the Vein Assessment Tool (VAT) for classifying veins according to their level of intravenous insertion difficulty.

Key Words: catheterisation, peripheral, vein cannulation, vein quality, inter-rater reliability

Associate Professor Joan Webster, RN, BA, Nursing Director, Research Centre for Clinical Research, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia / Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Health, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia.
Helen-Louise Morris RN, BN, Clinical Nurse, Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
Katharine Robinson RN, Clinical Nurse, Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
Ursula Sanderson, RN, BA, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip (Cancer) Nursing, M Nurs Studies, Clinical Nurse, Cancer Care Services, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TOOL TO ASSESS LEVELS OF STRESS AND BURNOUT
The objective of this paper was to pilot test the reliability and validity of a newly developed tool measuring nursing and midwifery staff stress and burnout.

Key Words: face validity, internal consistency, test re-test

Virginia Skinner, RN, RM, BHsc, MNH, Research Project Officer, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, New South Wales, Australia. PhD candidate, University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Kingsley Agho PhD, Msc, Associate Lecturer, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Trish Lee-White, RN, RM, BSoc Sci, Obstetric Clinical Nurse Consultant, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, New South Wales, Australia.
Dr Judy Harris PhD, Lecturer, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.

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'I DON'T WANT TO HATE HIM FOREVER': UNDERSTANDING DAUGHTER'S EXPERIENCES OF FATHER ABSENCE
This study aimed to generate insights into the lived experience of being a girl-child growing up in a father absent environment through the perspectives of daughters who experienced father absence during their childhood and/or adolescent years.

Key Words: family, father absence, adolescent health, parenting, phenomenology, narrative

Leah East, RN, BN(Hons), Doctoral Candidate, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Debra Jackson RN, PhD, Professorial Fellow, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Louise O'Brien RN, PhD, Chair of Mental Health Nursing, Sydney West Health Service, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, College of Social and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES OF PAIN FOLLOWING DAY SURGERY IN AUSTRALIA
The objective of this paper was to investigate the incidence of pain following discharge from reproductive day surgery.

Key Words: day surgery, pain, gynaecological procedures

Mridula Bandyopadhyay, BS, MSc, CPS, MPhil, PhD, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory, Australia.
Dr Milica Markovic, BSoc, MSoc, PhD, Research Fellow, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
Lenore Manderson, BA(AsStud), PhD, FASSA, ARC Federation Fellow and Professor, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF PATIENT PERCEIVED QUALITY OF LIFE PRE AND POST CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT SURGERY
The aim of this study was to investigate recovery from coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABGS) on the basis of patient perceived QoL and in particular, physical and mental health.

Key Words: Short form health survey, SF-36, quality of life, physical health, mental health

Alicia Ballan, BN (Hons), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ward 3D Cardiothoracic ward, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Geraldine Lee, BSc, RGN, PGDE, Lecturer, La Trobe University/Alfred Clinical School of Nursing, Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

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PATIENT ADVOCACY AND ADVANCE CARE PLANNING IN THE ACUTE HOSPITAL SETTING
The aim of this study was to explain the role of patient advocacy in the Advance Care Planning (ACP-ing) process.

Key Words: patient advocacy, ethics, advance care planning, hospitals, advance directives, nurses

Marion Seal, RN, BN, Respecting Patient Choices Project Nurse Manager, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

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NURSES' ATTITUDES TOWARD ELDERLY PEOPLE AND KNOWLEDGE OF GERONTIC CARE IN A MULT-PURPOSE HEALTH SERVICE (MPHS)
The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes of nurses working in a multi-purpose health service (MPHS) toward elderly people and their understanding of gerontic care.

Key Words: multi-purpose health service (MPHS), attitude, elderly, gerontic, care

Prue Mellor, RN, MN, Managing Director, Age Concern Pty Ltd, Ormond, Victoria, Australia.
Daniel Chew, RN, Dip Ed, Grad Cert (Diabetes Education), B Ed, M Ed, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Post Graduate Programs, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Jennene Greenhill, RN, RPN, BA, MSPD, PhD, Director of Research, Flinders University Rural Clinical School, Renmark, South Australia, Australia.

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THE IMPACT OF HOSPITAL STRUCTURE AND RESTRUCTURING ON THE NURSING WORKFORCE
This paper examines the significant impact of current approaches to restructuring and the loss of, or changes to, nursing management roles and functions.

Key Words: hospital structure, restructuring, nursing, management

Professor Christine Duffield, RN, PhD, Director, Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Mark Kearin RN, MHSM, Area Manager, Nursing careers and professional development, Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery, North Sydney Central Coast Health, Australia.
Associate Professor Judy Johnston PhD, Associate Professor, School of Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Ms Joanna Leonard, BA (Comm), Equity and Diversity Officer, Equity and Diversity Unit, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE FOR NURSING: DOES IT CONVEY COMMONALITY OF MEANING AND IS IT IMPORTANT TO DO SO?
This paper will examine briefly the development of language and how language is used in the health care setting, while recognising that nursing is an internationally recognised profession.

Key Words: language, communication, nurses, patients, meaning, understanding

Sonia Allen, RN, RM, Grad Dip Hlth Sc (Community), BHSM, MACS, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Gippsland Campus, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
Associate Professor Ysanne Chapman , RN, PhD, MSc(Hons), B Ed (Nsg), GDE, DRM, MRCNA, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Gippsland Campus, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Margaret O'Connor, RN, DN, MN, B Theol, FRCNA, Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Peninsula Campus, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
Professor Karen Francis, PhD, MEd, M Hlth Sc PHC, Grad Dip Uni Teach/Learn, BHlthSc(Nsg), Dip Hlth Sc, RN, Professor of Rural Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Gippsland Campus, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

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THE IMPACT OF SURGICAL WARD NURSES PRACTISING RESPIRATORY ASSESSMENT ON POSITIVE PATIENT OUTCOMES
A literature review to examine the incorporation of respiratory assessment into everyday surgical nursing practice; possible barriers to this; and the relationship to patient outcomes.

Key Words: respiratory assessment, critical thinking, competent nursing practice, adverse events

Beverley Duff, RN, EM, BN, MHM, Doctoral Student, Queensland University of Technology, Nurse Educator, Surgical Services, Nambour General Hospital, Sunshine Coast and Cooloola Health Service District, Nambour, Queensland, Australia.
Professor Glenn Gardiner, RN, PhD, Director of the Centre for Clinical Nursing at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston and Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia.
Dr Margaret Barnes, RN, Midwife, BEd (Nurs), MA (Socio), PhD, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia.

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