THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING

VOLUME 27 NUMBER 3

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Development of a clinician-led research agenda for general practice nurses
This study sought to identify and prioritise research issues as perceived by Australian general practice nurses. In this context, a research priority refers to the most pressing research problems that necessitate exploration to improve clinical practice.

Elizabeth J. Halcomb, RN, BN (Hons), Grad Cert IC, PhD, FRCNA, Senior Lecturer, Family & Community Health Research Group & School, of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia. e.halcomb@uws.edu.au
Louise Hickman, RN, BN, MPH, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Darlinghurst Campus, the University of Notre Dame, Australia. lhickman@nd.edu.au

Key words: General practice, practice nurse, research, research priorities

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Living with type 2 diabetes: ‘Putting the person in the pilots’ seat’
To better understand the day-to-day lived experiences of those adults with type 2 diabetes, in particular, their historical and current ability to self manage this condition.

Janice Handley, MPHC, PG Dip, PHC, BA (Nursing), RN, Research Facilitator, Massey University, Whanganui, New Zealand. janice.handley@ihug.co.nz
Dr Sue Pullon, MPHC PGDipGP FRNZCGP (Dist) DipObs MBChB, Academic Co-ordinator, PG Dip Program/Senior, Lecturer Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellington South, New Zealand. Sue.pullon@otago.ac.nz
Dr Heather Gifford, PhD MPH RN, Director Whakauae Research Services, Whanganui, New Zealand. heather.whakauae@xtra.co.nz

Key words: Type 2 diabetes, Self‑management, Primary Health Care, Control

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The relevance of psychosocial indicators in community palliative care: A pilot study
The objective is to discuss a framework in psychosocial care in community palliative care and the outcomes of a pilot study. This study adds to the existing body of knowledge in palliative care especially in psychosocial
aspects of community care.

Associate Professor Mary Oliver, RN, B.Ed and Nsg. M.Ed, PhD, Dean, Teaching and Learning, University of South Australia, Centre for Regional Engagement, Whyalla, South Australia. mary.oliver@unisa.edu.au

Key words: Psychosocial indicators, community palliative care, health professionals, Delphi method.

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Expert to novice: Experiences of professional adaptation reported by non-English speaking nurses in Australia
Adaptation to a new area of clinical practice creates a significant challenge for any nurse, but this is particularly so for migrant nurses of non‑English speaking background (NESB). The aim of the study was to understand the perceptions of overseas qualified nurses, from non‑English speaking backgrounds of their educational experiences in a competency based assessment program (CBAP) in Melbourne with a particular focus on the clinical component.

Dr Joan Deegan, RN PhD, LaTrobe University Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Dr Keith Simkin, PhD, La Trobe University Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Key Words: Nurse education, competency based assessment, professional adaptation.

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Reasons for and barriers to influenza vaccination among healthcare workers in an Australian emergency department
To examine attitudes and beliefs to influenza vaccination among healthcare workers in an Australian emergency department and to assess the vaccine uptake for 2007 influenza season and intentions for the 2008 season.

Abdi D. Osman, RN, BN, Grad Cert Emergency Nursing, MPHTM, DrPH, Candidate, Registered Nurse, Austin Hospital Emergency Department, Melbourne, Vic, Australia. abdosma@gmail.com

Key words: Influenza, Emergency Department (ED), healthcare workers (HCW).

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Women’s experience of postnatal depression – beliefs and attitudes as barriers to care
Despite the increasing use of screening instruments to identify women with postnatal depression (PND), many do not access services and supports. It is unclear how women’s experiences of PND influence their beliefs and attitudes and their choice to seek help.
We will also explore ways family, friends and health professionals can facilitate help seeking behaviours.

Justin Bilszta, BSc(Hons), PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and Austin Health, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia. jbilszta@unimelb.edu.au
Jennifer Ericksen, MPsych, Parent Infant Research Institute, Austin Health, Victoria, Australia. jennifer.ericsken@austin.org.au
Anne Buist, MBBS, MMed, MD, FRANZCP, Professor of Women’s Mental Health, Austin Health and Northpark, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia. a.buist@unimelb.edu.au
Jeannette Milgrom, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne and Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health,
VIC, Australia. jeannette.milgrom@austin.org.au

Key words: Postnatal depression, barriers to care, patient beliefs and attitudes, qualitative

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The influence of personal characteristics on student nurse health attitudes
To measure student nurses’ attitudes toward health and identify the influence of demographic
characteristics and psychological wellbeing on these attitudes.

Professor Wendy Moyle, RN, Dip App Sc, BN, MHSc, PhD, Deputy Director of RCCCPI, Griffith Institute of Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. w.moyle@griffith.edu.au
Professor Yeon Suk Park, RN, PhD, Dean of Visual Image and Health College Kongju National University, Department of Nursing, Kongju, Chungnam, Republic of Korea; RCCCPI Visiting Scholar. yspark@kongju.ac.kr
Rachel Olorenshaw, RN, BN, Research Assistant, RCCCPI, Griffith Institute of Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. r.olorenshaw@griffith.edu.au
Dr Peter Grimbeek, BA, DipEd (PG), BA (Hons), PhD, Senior Research Fellow, RCCCPI, Griffith Institute of Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. p.grimbeek@griffith.edu.au
Susan Griffiths, BA, Senior Research Assistant, RCCCPI, Griffith Institute of Health and Medical Research, Griffith University,
Nathan, QLD, Australia. s.griffiths@griffith.edu.au
Jenny Murfield, BSc Hons, Senior Research Assistant, RCCCPI, Griffith Institute of Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. j.murfield@griffith.edu.au

Key words: Student nurses, personal characteristics, health attitudes, feelings, beliefs, intentions to act

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Shift work and work related injuries among health care workers: a systematic review
To review the published scientific literature for studies analysing the associations between shift work and work related injuries among health care workers.

Isabella Zhao, RN, BN, BN (Hons), PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brisbane, Australia. i.zhao@uq.edu.au
Fiona Bogossian, RN, Midwife, DipAppSci, BAppSci, MPH, PhD, MACMI, Associate Professor, The University of Queensland,
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brisbane, Australia. f.bogossian@nursing.uq.edu.au
Catherine Turner, RN, BA, Grad Dip Ed, MN, PhD, Professor, Head of School, The University of Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brisbane, Australia. catherine.turner@uq.edu.au

Key words: shift work, needlestick injury, musculoskeletal disorder, motor vehicle crash

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Getting connected: How nurses can support mother/infant attachment in the neonatal intensive care unit
To explore how nurses can support the mother-infant dyad within the neonatal intensive care unit.

Hayley Kearvell, RN, BN, Flinders University, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Women’s and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide, South Australia. hayley007@live.com.au
Julian Grant, BN, PhD. RN, Lecturer in Nursing, Child and Youth Health, Flinders
University, Adelaide, South Australia. Julian.grant@flinders.edu.au

Key words: Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); neonatal nursing, mother‑infant attachment; breast feeding; kangaroo care; support.

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Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis: The Role of the Nurse in Changing Practice and Saving Lives
The broad aims of this paper is to provide evidence based information on VTE and to report on the rate of appropriate VTE prophylaxis pre and post nursing educational sessions.

Renea Collins, BN, G Cert Health Management, Clinical Nurse Consultant (VTE), Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. Renea_collins@health.qld.gov.au
Lorna MacLellan, RN, SCM, MN, MNP, G Cert PTT, Nurse Practitioner Program Convenor, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia.

Harry Gibbs, FRACP, Vascular Physician, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
Donald MacLellan, FRACS, Conjoint Professor of Surgery, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia.
John Fletcher, FRACS, Professor of Surgery, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Key words: Nursing, venous thromboembolism, risk assessment, prophylaxis.

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