THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 26 NUMBER 3

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Editorial

Jill Iliffe

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Guest Editotial

Lesley Wilkes

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Development of a questionnaire to assess health care students’ hand hygiene knowledge, beliefs and practices
This papers objective is to determine the reliability and validity of a hand hygiene questionnaire (HHQ) developed to examine health care students’ hand hygiene knowledge, beliefs and practices.

Key words: hand-hygiene, student, knowledge, beliefs, questionnaire, Marlowe-Crowne

Thea van de Mortel, MHlthSc, FCN(NSW), FRCNA, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Southern Cross, University, Lismore, Australia.
tvandemo@scu.edu.au

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Exploration of interaction and shared care arrangements of generalist community nurses and external nursing teams in a rural health setting
The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the understanding of nurses within a shared care model and the degree of interaction evident in their practice in the shared care nursing environment in a rural care setting.
Sharing of care between different nursing teams can allow for the improved use of minimal resources available in rural communities.
The objectives of the research were firstly, to identify the interactions of nursing teams in a shared care model and secondly, to determine how shared care is evident in their practice. The final objective was to draw attention to the importance of shared care models in rural health settings and to develop recommendations to support shared care models.

Key words: Nursing, shared care, interaction, communication, care planning, case coordination

Gay Woodhouse, RN, CM, GradCert Community Nursing, GradCert, Advanced Rural Nursing, Master of Clinical Nursing, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Greater Southern Area, Health Service, Braidwood NSW, Australia. gay.woodhouse@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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Comorbid illness affects health-related quality of life after coronary artery bypass graft surgery
The purpose of this study was primarily to examine patients’ health related quality of life (HRQoL) and secondarily to examine the effect of comorbid illness on HRQoL five years after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABGS).

Key words: Cardiac surgery, SF‑36, comorbid illness, quality of life, self report

Geraldine Lee, MPhil, DipEd, BSc, RGN, Lecturer, Co‑ordinator Masters of Nurse Practitioner program, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Latrobe, University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. g.lee@latrobe.edu.au

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Cardiac patients’ knowledge and use of sublingual glyceryl trinitrate (SLGTN)
This study examined cardiac patients’ knowledge and use of sublingual glyceryl trinitrate.

Key words: Sublingual glyceryl trinitrate, medication self-administration, knowledge, angina, chest pain

Ming-I Fan, MAP, MHSM, BS, RN, Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Research, Department, Qualitix Clinical Research Co. Ltd. Taiwan. phoebe0612@gmail.com
Marion Mitchell, PhD, BN(Hon), GradCert HigherEd, RN, RM, CHN, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of School, School of
Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. marion.mitchell@griffith.edu.au
Marie Cooke, PhD, MSPD, RN, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. m.cooke@griffith.edu.au

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Distress levels in Turkish parents of children with congenital heart disease
The purpose of this research was to determine the distress levels of parents of children with congenital heart disease and identify factors that influenced the levels of distress.

Key words: Congenital heart disease, distress, mothers, fathers, parents

Aynur Yildiz, Msc, RN, Doctoral student, Atatürk University Nursing College, Erzurum, Turkey.
Ayda Celebioglu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Atatürk University, Nursing College, Erzurum, Turkey. ayda@atauni.edu.tr
Haşim Olgun, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiologist, Atatürk, University, Medicine Faculty, Erzurum, Turkey.

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The evaluation of the impact of the use of wool in patients with fibromyalgia on life quality
The study was conducted to evaluate the impact of the use of wool on the quality of life of patients with fibromyalgia.

Key words: Fibromyalgia, wool, life quality, pain, sleep disturbances

Emine Kiyak, PhD, RN, Research Assistant, Department of Internal Diseases, Nursing, School of Nursing, Ataturk University,
Erzurum, Turkey. frtemine@hotmail.com
Nuran Akdemir, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, School of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
Hatice Fesci, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, School of Nursing, Gazi University, Ankara,
Turkey.

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Implementing clinical guidelines for acute stroke management: do nurses have a lead role?
Health professionals should be aware of, and implement, best practice clinical guidelines for stroke care. Using the latest National Stroke Foundation Clinical Guidelines for Acute Stroke Management this study aimed to determine which member of the multidisciplinary team would most likely be responsible for taking the lead role for implementing each recommendation.

Key words: stroke, clinical guidelines, implementation, nurses, stroke care team

Kelvin Hill, Manager, Guidelines Program, National Stroke, Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. khill@strokefoundation.com.au
Sandy Middleton, Director, Nursing Research Unit, St Vincents and Mater Health Sydney; Director, National Centre for Clinical
Outcomes Research (NaCCOR), Nursing and Midwifery, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, NSW, Australia. sandy.middleton@acu.edu.au
Elizabeth O’Brien, Clinical Nurse Consultant and Stroke Unit Nurse Coordinator, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards,
NSW, Australia. eobrien@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Erin Lalor, Chief Executive Officer, National Stroke Foundation, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. elalor@strokefoundation.com.au

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Using the ‘six thinking hats’ model of learning in a surgical nursing class: sharing the experience and student opinions
The purpose of the study was to test the use of a creative teaching method in developing nursing students’ critical thinking skills The ‘six thinking hats’ model, which was developed by Edward DeBono in 1994, is a teaching method for developing creative thinking by presenting and systematising thoughts and suggestions within a specific structure. The six different hats (white, yellow, black, red, green, and blue) symbolise the thinking system. In this method the students are expected to change their perspectives symbolised by a colour at regular intervals.

Key words: Six thinking hats model of learning, use in nursing, experience, student opinions

Mevlüde Karadağ, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN, Assistant Professor, Tokat School for Health Sciences, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey. mkaradağ@gop.edu.tr
Serdar Saritaş, MSc, BSc, Instructor, Tokat School for Health Sciences, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey.
Ergin Erginer, PhD, MSc, BSc, Assistant Professor, Education Faculty, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey.

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Cancer patients’ sensemaking of conversations with cancer nurses in outpatient clinics
Communication is of significant importance to cancer patients however little is known about how they experience and make sense of their interactions with cancer nurses. This study was designed to investigate how and in what ways patients interpret initial consultations with cancer nurses in terms of how they perceive the role of the nurse.

Key words: cancer care, communication, concordance, nurse-patient interaction, patient perspectives, sensemaking

Owen Hargie, PhD, BA, DipEd, AFBPsS, CPsychol, Professor, School of Communication and Psychology, Research Institute, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. odw.hargie@ulster.ac.uk
Hildfrid Brataas, PhD, MEd, BN, Professor, Faculty of Education, Engineering and Nursing, Nord‑Trøndelag University College, Norway. hildfrid.brataas@hint.no
Sigrid Thorsnes, MSc, BN, RN, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Aalesund College of Nursing, Ålesund, Norway. Sigrid.LerstadThorsnes@hials.no

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The effect of a Nursing Presence program on reducing stress in older adults in two Korean nursing homes
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a Nursing Presence (NP) program on stress in older adults in two Korean nursing homes.

Key words: nursing presence, older adult, stress, coping, cortisol

Gyeong-Ju An, Assistant professor, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea.
Kae-Hwa Jo, Associate professor, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea.
jokw@cu.ac.kr

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Population ageing and the politics of demographic alarmism: implications for the nursing profession
This article provides a brief examination of the prejudices and politics framing current public debate on population ageing in Australia and the possible implications of this for the allocation of required health and social sector resources. The role and responsibility of nurses and professional nursing organisations to engage in and influence public policy debate
concerning the health and social care of older people is highlighted.

Key words: Population ageing, public policy, social justice, advocacy, nurses, Australia

Megan-Jane Johnstone, PhD, BA, RN, FRCNA, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. megan.johnstone@deakin.edu.au
Olga Kanitsaki, AM, PhD, MEdStud, BAppSc (AdvNsg), RN, FRCN, Independent Scholar. kanitsaki@optushome.com.au

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Barriers that inhibit nurses reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect
An integrative review of the literature was undertaken to identify barriers that inhibit nurses from reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.

Key words: child abuse and neglect, nurses, mandatory reporting, barriers

Anne Piltz, RN, BN, Registered Nurse, Riverland Regional Health Services, Inc, Berri, South Australia. annemdixon6@hotmail.com
Tracey Wachtel, RN, Master Nursing, Grad Cert Nursing, MRCNA, Lecturer in Nursing, Clinical Coordinator (Riverland),
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Renmark Campus, South Australia. tracey.wachtel@flinders.edu.au

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Surviving survival: nursing care at Bergen-Belsen 1945
The purpose of this paper was to explore the previously little known contribution of nursing care at the liberation of Bergen‑Belsen concentration camp.

Key words: history, holocaust, Bergen-Belsen

Ellen Ben-Sefer, RN,BS, MN, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Sydney, Australia. E.BenSefer@uts.edu.au

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