THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 27 NUMBER 1

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Editorial

Lee Thomas

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Australian practice nurse immunisation scholarships: an evaluation study
This paper reports on an evaluation of an Australian Government program to improve immunisation services in primary care settings through the provision of scholarships to support access to education for Practice Nurses (PNs).

Key words: Practice nursing, immunisation, scholarships, evaluation research, continuing education

Dr Colleen Smith, RN, DipT(NEd), BEd, MEd, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. colleen.smith@unisa.edu.au
Dr Marie Heartfield, RN, BN(Edu), MN, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. marie.heartfield@unisa.edu.au

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Cardiac arrest resuscitation policy and practice: a survey of Western Australian hospitals
To determine if cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) policy and practice in Western Australian (WA) hospitals changed since the release of an operational directive from the WA Department of Health.

Key words: advisory external defibrillation (AED), cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nurse, survey

Sonya Rogal, BN, GradCertCritCareNurs, Cert IV WT&A, MNurs, PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia. srogal@meddent.uwa.edu.au
Judith Finn, PhD, MEdStudies, GradDipPH, BSc, DipAppSc(Nsg), RN, RM, ICCert, FRCNA, Winthrop Professor, Chair of Nursing Research, University of Western Australia and Sir Charles
Gairdner Hospital, Crawley, Western Australia. judith.finn@uwa.edu.au
Ian Jacobs, PhD, DipEd, BAppSc(Nsg), FRCNA, FACAP, Professor, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia. ian.jacobs@uwa.edu.au

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Effectiveness of an advanced practice emergency nurse role in a minor injuries unit
To evaluate the effect of an emergency department discharge initiative (EDDI) nurse on discharge processes and patient transition outcomes.

Key words: emergency service, emergency department, patient discharge, advanced nursing practice, emergency nursing, patient discharge education

Professor Marianne Wallis, RN, PhD, Chair Clinical Nursing Research Griffith University and Gold Coast Health Service District, Gold Coast, Australia. m.wallis@griffith.edu.au
Dr Jeffrey Hooper, MBBS, FACEM, Emergency Department Consultant, Gold Coast
Hospital, Australia.
Mr David Kerr, RN, Emergency Department Discharge Initiative, Gold Coast Hospital, Australia.
Dr James Lind, MBBS MRCP FACEM, Staff Specialist Emergency Medicine, Director of Emergency Training Gold Coast Hospital, Australia.
Ms Nerolie Bost, RN, MN, Research Nurse Officer, Emergency Department, Gold Coast Hospital, Australia.

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Developing the Nurse Practitioner role in a rural Australian hospital - a Delphi study of practice opportunities, barriers and enablers
To gain a consensus view of potential roles for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in a rural Australian hospital and identify the barriers and enablers in their development and implementation.

Key words: rural, Nurse Practitioners, Delphi study

Helen M Haines, RN, RM, MPH, Nurse Practitioner Project Officer, Northeast Health. Lecturer, Rural Health Academic Network, University of Melbourne, School of Rural Health, Wangaratta,
Victoria, Australia. hhaines@unimelb.edu.au
Dr Jennifer Critchley, RN, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. crj@unimelb.edu.au

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The breast or bottle? Women’s infant feedings choices in a subsequent birth after a previous Caesarean Section
The objective of the study was to explore, from mothers’ perspectives, the experiences and decision-making associated with a subsequent birth following a Caesarean Section (CS) of which feeding their newborns was a specific focus. This article presents the sub-set of findings on infant feeding choices.

Key words: birth, Caesarean Section, breastfeeding

Dr Pam McGrath, B.Soc.Wk., MA., Ph D, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Director, International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research (IPP-SHR), Central Queensland University, Brisbane Office, Kenmore, Queensland, Australia. pam_mcgrath@bigpond.com
Mrs Emma Phillips, Research Assistant, International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research (IPP-SHR), Central Queensland University, Brisbane Office, Kenmore, Queensland, Australia.

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Farewell to the handmaiden? Profile of nurses in Australian general practice in 2007
To describe the characteristics of nurses working in Australian general practice, including their backgrounds, working environments, tasks and duties.

Key words: general practice, practice nursing, primary health care

Dr Catherine M Joyce, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. catherine.joyce@med.monash.edu.au
Professor Leon Piterman, Head, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Notting Hill, VIC, Australia. leon.piterman@med.monash.edu.au

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Surveying general practice nurses’ communication preferences in Tasmania
To investigate Tasmanian practice nurses preferred means of communication.

Key words: primary health care; practice nursing; professional communication; survey; professional isolation.

Lin Bowers-Ingram, RN, Bch Hlth Sci (Hlth Prom), Practice Nurse/Community Nurse, Research Nurse, Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Lin.BowersIngram@utas.edu.au
Mark R Nelson, MBBS(Hons), MFM, FRACGP, FAFPHM, PhD, Professional Fellow, Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 33, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

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Barriers to the reporting of medication administration errors among nursing students
The main aim of this study was to describe the perceived barriers to medication administration error (MAE) reporting among nursing students.

Key words: medication errors, barriers, reporting, nursing student

Hamid Reza Koohestani, M.Sc. in Nursing, Faculty member, Instructor of Nursing Dept., School of Nursing & Midwifery, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran. Hamid630@gmail.com
Nayereh Baghcheghi, M.Sc. in Nursing, Faculty member, Instructor of Nursing Dept., School of Nursing & Midwifery, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran.

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Pursuing the golden mean - moral decision making for precarious newborns
To demonstrate a need, and develop a process, for moral decision making regarding precarious newborns.

Key words: moral decision-making, formal process, precarious newborns

Dr Tamara Zutlevics, Patient Ethicist, Children Youth Women’s Health Service (CYWHS), Visiting Scholar Flinders University, South Australia. Tamara.Zutlevics@health.sa.gov.au

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The psychosocial needs of families during critical illness: comparison of nurses’ and family members’ perspectives
To explore the needs of relatives whose family member is unexpectedly admitted to an Intensive Care Unit and compare ranked need statements between family members and nurses.

Key words: critical care, family needs, CCFNI

Trish Kinrade, MSW (Hons), Social Worker, Geelong Hospital, Victoria, Australia. TRISHK@BarwonHealth.org.au
Alun C Jackson, PhD, Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne Victoria, Australia. aluncj@unimelb.edu.au
Jane E Tomnay, RN, MHSc (Psychiatric Nursing) PhD, Associate Professor/ Director, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, School of Rural Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. jtomnay@unimelb.edu.au

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Supporting the evolution of a research culture among nurses in Malaysia
This paper describes a project to promote a research culture amongst nurses in Malaysia. The project, funded by the Australian Government’s Australia Malaysia Institute, and implemented by a group of Australian nurse academics, provided a rare professional development pportunity to nurses in urban and remote areas of Malaysia.

Key words: evidence based practice, Malaysia, professional development, research training

Dr Melanie Birks, RN, PhD, MEd, BN, DipAppSci(Nsg), Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Victoria, Australia. Melanie.birks@med.monash.edu.au
Professor Karen Francis, RN, PhD, MEd, MHlth SC PHC, Grad Cert Uni Teach/ Learn, BHlth Sc Nsg, Dip Hlth SC Nsg, MRCNA
Professor of Rural Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Victoria, Australia.
Associate Professor Ysanne Chapman, RN. PhD, MSc (Hons), BEd (Nsg) GDE, DNE, DRM, MRCNA, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Jane Mills, RN, PhD, MN, MEd, BN, Grad Cert (Tert Teach), FRCNA, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and
Nutrition, James Cook,University, Cairns Campus, Queensland, Australia.
Ms Jo Porter, RN, MN, Grad Cert Higher Ed, Grad Dip Crit Care Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Victoria, Australia.

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Fear of falling
The purpose of the paper is to describe the ‘fear of falling’ phenomenon; to raise clinicians awareness; to consider the associated risk factors.

Key words: fear of falls, falling, older people; anxiety, cognitive impairment

Stephen Harding, MMHN, CrMHN, RN, FRCNA, FACMHN, FAAG, Discipline of Nursing, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Andrew Gardner, RGN, RMHN, BN, MMHN, MBus, Dip Medical Hypnosis, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia (City East Campus), North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia. andrew.gardner@unisa.edu.au

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