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The experience of socially isolated older people in accessing and navigating the health care system
This article reports findings from a study exploring the challenges experienced by socially isolated and unwell older people as they attempted to access the health care system. Understanding the specific issues confronting these individuals would inform the development of more appropriate models of community-based aged care.

Moira Greaves, RN, BN, MHealth, PhD student, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Heights, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. [email protected]
Professor Cath Rogers-Clark, Head, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Evidence Based Practice, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Heights, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. [email protected]

Key words: social isolation, older, aged, access health / medical services, aged care

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Nurse Practitioner provision of patient education related to medicine
To describe the perceptions of Australian NPs and NP candidates (student NP and NPs in transitional roles but not yet authorised) in regards to their confidence and practice in providing medicine information to patients / clients.

Andrew Cashin, RN, MHN, NP, Dip App Sci, BHSC, GCert PTT, MN, PhD, FACMHN, FCN, MACNP, Professor of Nursing, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University and Adjunct Professor, Charles Darwin University, Australia.
Thomas Buckley, RN, BSc, MN, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Claire Newman, RN, Dip MH Nursing, Research Nurse, NSW Justice Health and University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health, New South Wales, Australia. [email protected]
Sandra Dunn, RN PhD FRCNA, Professor in Nursing - Clinical Practice, Charles Darwin University, Australia.

Key words: Nurse Practitioner (NP), nurse prescribing, patient education, Consumer Medicines Information

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Inflammatory bowel disease management: a review of nurses’ roles in Australia and the United Kingdom
To explore the role of Australian nurses in the provision of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) health services.

Ms Lai Wan Reid, RN (UK), DipHSW, BSc, IBDCert., Manager, Eastern Health Research and Ethics Department, Box Hill Hospital, East Doncaster, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]
Ms Sarah Chivers, RN, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Monash University Department of Medicine, Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]
Dr Virginia Plummer, PhD, RN, RM, GCHPE, CertCritCare, BN, GradDipHlthAdmin, MSc., Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]
Prof Peter Gibson, MB BS (Hons), MD, FRACP, Professor of Medicine, Monash University, Department of Medicine, Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]

Key words: inflammatory bowel, nurse, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, role

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Rethinking student night duty placements
Student clinical placements principally occur over morning and afternoon shifts. This paper reports findings from a qualitative study that investigated experiences and value of night duty placements for undergraduate nursing students.

Dr Lisa McKenna, PhD, MEdSt, GradDipHealthAdmin&InfoSys, BEdSt, RN
Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Peninsula campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]
Ms Jill French, MEdSt, ONC, RN, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Peninsula campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia. [email protected]

Key words: clinical placement, graduate preparation, night shift, nursing student, work readiness

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Practice nurses best protect the vaccine cold chain in general practice
Maintenance of the vaccine cold chain is integral to administering potent vaccines thereby protecting individuals and communities against vaccine preventable diseases. Previous studies have highlighted threats to vaccine cold chain integrity. The aim of this study was to assess vaccine cold chain integrity and to identify local factors affecting vaccine cold chain integrity in Hunter general practices, where approximately 85% of vaccines are administered.

Christine Carr, PhD, MMedSc, GradDipHSSc, RN, RM, Area Immunisation Coordinator, Hunter New England Health Service, Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia. [email protected]
Julie Byles, Professor, Director of Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. [email protected]
David Durrheim, Professor, MBChB, DrPH, Service Director for Health Protection at Population Health, Hunter New England Health Service, and Conjoint Professor of Public Health, University of Newcastle, Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia.
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Key words: general practice nurse, vaccine cold chain, vaccine

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Enhancing the roles of practice nurses: outcomes of cervical screening education and training in NSW
There is a dearth of information about the roles practice nurses (PN) undertake in Australian general practice and what impact these roles have on patient health outcomes following specific education and training programs. Accurate data is vital to evaluate the usefulness and cost effectiveness of item numbers for PN and funding for PN education, in addition to providing some direction for the future education and support of PN.

Ms Shane Jasiak, RN, RM, BNursing, Graduate Diploma Adolescent Health and Welfare
Director of Nursing, Family Planning NSW, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia. [email protected]
Ms Erin Passmore, BA (Hons), Associate Lecturer in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. [email protected]

Key words: practice nursing, cervical screening, education and training

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Factors affecting sexual satisfaction in Korean women who have undergone a hysterectomy
This study was undertaken to examine the factors affecting sexual satisfaction in women who had undergone a hysterectomy.

Mi Hae Sung, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Inje University, Korea.
Young Mi Lim, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing, Yonsei University, Wonju College of Medicine, Korea. [email protected]

Key words: hysterectomy, sexual satisfaction, spousal support, body image

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Investigating people management issues in a third sector health care organisation – an inductive approach
To explain use of inductive convergent interviewing to generate the perceived critical people management issues, as perceived by staff, as a prelude to longitudinal surveys in a third sector health care organisation.

John James Rodwell, BA, PG Dip Psych, PhD, Professor, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
Andrew James Noblet, BEd (Sec), Grad Dip Mgt, PhD, Associate Professor, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
Peter Steane, BTheol, GDipEd, MEd, PhD, FAICD, MAAPT, Professor of Management, Graduate School of Business, RMIT University, Australia. [email protected]
Stephen Osborne, BA, MA, PhD, Professor of International Public Management, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Amanda Faye Allisey, BA (Psych), PG Dip Psych, PhD Candidate, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

Key words: health care, non profit, nursing, retention, interviews, Australia

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Acute care and older people: challenges and ways forward
This article aims to (a) suggest ways in which acute hospital environments might be modified to better meet the needs of the older person and (b) question whether options other than acute care should be canvassed for older people.

David Edvardsson, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Umea University, Sweden, Adjunct Associate Professor, Australian Centre for Evidence-Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University, Australia. [email protected]
Rhonda Nay, RN, PhD, Professor and Director, The Australian Centre for Evidence‑Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University, Australia. [email protected]

Key words: acute care, hospitals, older people, cognitive impairment, person‑centred care

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Side effects of treatment in patients with hepatitis C - implications for nurse specialist practice
To identify patients’ perceptions of the side effects of Hepatitis C treatment.

Ms Anne Grogan, MSc, BNS, RGN, Dip HSM., Nurse Manager, National Centre for Hereditary Coagulation Disorders, St. James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland. [email protected]
Dr Fiona Timmins, Msc, MA, BSc, BNS, FFNRCSI, NFESC, RGN, RNT., Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. [email protected]

Key words: hepatitis C, nurse specialist, nursing, symptoms, needs

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