Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession (CONTEMP NURSE)

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Journal description

Contemporary Nurse is the preferred Asia-Pacific forum for nursing educators, researchers and practitioners who require high-quality, peer-reviewed articles, literature reviews, clinical papers & protocols, and cross-cultural research. Special issues dedicated to Advances in topic areas of central interest to contemporary nursing appear twice annually. In 2005, Contemporary Nurse will appear bimonthly (6 issues) in 3 volumes of approximately 300 pages.

Current impact factor: 0.65

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.65
2013 Impact Factor 0.651
2012 Impact Factor 0.439
2011 Impact Factor 0.667
2010 Impact Factor 0.442
2009 Impact Factor 0.497

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5-year impact 0.91
Cited half-life 6.50
Immediacy index 0.20
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.23
Website Contemporary Nurse website
ISSN 1037-6178
OCLC 26350877
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Cultural awareness and cultural competence have been the focus of the transcultural nursing and nurse education literature that has explored the roles and responsibilities of nurses in their care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. An emerging critique of this literature has examined the limitations of these concepts; as they fail to fully address the contexts of care that are characterised by enduring inequalities founded on colonisation, racism and the social determinants of illness. Studies of cultural immersion programs, upholding the concepts of cultural safety and cultural humility, offer valuable guidance to considerations of the education of nursing students regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultures. Objectives: This study seeks to explore nursing students' experiences of a health care cultural immersion program within Aboriginal Medical Services in New South Wales, Australia. Design: Eight final year nursing students participated in a mixed methods design exploratory study of their perceptions of, and responses to, their clinical placement within Aboriginal Medical Services. An anonymous survey gathered qualitative and quantitative data regarding their levels of preparation and confidence, barriers to their learning, placement stressors and personal reflections. A student narrative further discloses experiences of primary health care partnerships within these intercultural learning spaces. Findings: The nursing students reported and disclosed highly positive experiences of intercultural learning, highlighting the supportive and enriching contexts of Aboriginal Medical Services as their clinical placements. Transformative experiences were identified and described. 'Cultural preparedness' was significant to the students. Their learning took place "organically" within the everyday relationships of the Aboriginal Medical Services and their communities. Conclusions: Cultural immersion programs provide a valuable framework for the design and evaluation of clinical placement programs for nursing students within intercultural learning spaces. Further research and critical evaluation is needed from all stakeholders and participants within these programs to strengthen intercultural learning and health care. Transcultural nursing scholarship and research must also continue its appraisal of nursing culture, and its transitions from cultural awareness towards cultural safety and humility.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The global economic downturn and the movement towards standardizing nursing education and practice regulations has encouraged higher education to recruit and retain aspiring nursing students. However, deficiencies in mathematics and English have been linked to disappointing results with economic consequences. Purpose: The objective of this study was to describe the incidence and monetary costs associated with remediation, course repetitions, delay to graduation, and first time passage on the American licensing exam NCLEX-RN. Methodology: A convenience sample of 103 sophomore nursing students from a college in the northeast United States was followed to graduation. The sample was predominately female, single, age 18-25 years, and White. Findings: Mathematics and English remediation courses taken were 123. There were 148 course repetitions with 104 in the biological sciences and 44 in nursing. Direct relationships were found between the number of overall remedial courses and course repeats (r = .40, p = < .001, CI = 95%) with a strong negative correlation with the number of course repetitions (r = -.60, p = < .001, CI = 95%) and on-time graduation. Sixty-two students (60%) of the original cohort graduated and took the registered nurse licensing examination with 56 passing. In this American study, the direct and indirect cost of remediation, course repetition and lost income opportunity was greater than $1.6 million. Conclusion: Interdisciplinary collaboration, including nursing faculty, is critical in the recruitment and retention of nursing students. Without structured pre-admission evaluation the short and long term financial and academic effects of under or unprepared students is disquieting.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Aim We sought to ascertain the nursing and midwifery research priorities at a large private tertiary hospital in Australia. Design A modified Delphi technique with two rounds of questionnaires. Methods The first round survey was distributed to 448 nurses and midwives with a 19.2% (n=86) response rate. Due to a low response rate in some specialties, the second round of the Delphi was only sent to nurses in the Learning and Organisational Development speciality who were asked to rank ten identified topics specific to learning and organisational development using a five point Likert-type scale. Results Two hundred and fifty seven topics were identified in Round One and were condensed to 181 topics. Each topic was assigned to one of four categories: clinical audit; existing evidence base; research; or other topics which fell beyond the bounds of nursing or midwifery research. Twenty three research topics were identified with priorities focusing on learning and development and workforce issues. Conclusion Priorities were congruent with the organisation's strategic workforce focus. Topics identified in this study will ensure that the nursing and midwifery research conducted at the study setting is relevant and reflects priorities as determined by clinical nurses and midwives.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: An integrated intake, information and intervention service, Triple I (Hub) was evaluated against its goal to be streamlined, co-ordinated and patient focussed. The integrated model seeks to increase equity of access to a comprehensive range of primary and community health care services and enable the patient to be central to their care planning and management. In so doing, greater efficiency and consumer satisfaction are anticipated. The newly integrated service co-located six previously disparate services, often accessed by the same patients and healthcare professionals. The service was evaluated 5 months after implementation. Methods: Review methods included client and staff surveys and observations made during a site visit by an external expert. Results from a purpose designed 22 item survey administered either telephonically or completed online were reported using descriptive statistics. The quantitative survey results were supplemented with observations made during the site visit. Results: Survey findings from 118 participants indicated positive perceptions of all aspects of the service provided by Triple I (Hub), with similar ratings provided by staff (n=56) and clients (n=62). Participants were satisfied or highly satisfied with the integrated service. Increased use and reduced waiting times were reported by staff during the site visit. Improvements in systems to improve efficiency and accountability were identified. The external expert undertook a visit to the Triple I (Hub) reported that there was improved job satisfaction expressed by staff and there was significant reduction in processing time of aged care referrals from 3 weeks to less than 24 hours. Conclusions: Evidence from the mixed methods evaluation was available to guide management. Quantitative survey results only reported satisfaction by users, but observations provided supplementary indications for service development. Incorporating mixed methods in the evaluation of services is supported and could be extended in future reviews. Practical suggestions when adopting a centralised intake system and integrating previously fragmented systems, beyond physical co-location, are provided.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Remote telemonitoring is utilised to provide specialised care to people with heart failure living in rural locations. There is limited research into the patients' experience of telemonitoring. Objective: This literature review was completed to examine the available evidence and inform the development of a telemonitoring service. Methods: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Medline; CINAHL database, Joanna Briggs Institute, AMED, EMBASE were searched using the key words. A thematic analysis was applied. Results: Forty-six studies reviewed, 11 met inclusion criteria. Individual health status, use of technology, and effect on lifestyle influenced the patient experience. Conclusion: Limited literature was available addressing the patient experience of telemonitoring and no studies were found that specifically investigated the experiences of patients with heart failure in rural locations. Further research is required to examine the patient/user perspective of this type of service, and explore the feasibility of including telemonitoring in usual care.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Regionalised transfer of preterm infants is routine practice in neonatal care throughout westernised countries. Regionalised transfer from high to lower acuity units occurs once infants are deemed well enough for convalescence and therefore is a sign of an infant's improving health. However, many parents find transfer a traumatic experience. Aims: To investigate parents' perceptions of the regionalised transfer of preterm infants within the New Zealand context; to provide neonatal healthcare professionals with information regarding parental perceptions of the regionalised transfer of preterm infants with the view to optimising service provision. Methods: Participants were mothers or fathers who were domiciled for two metropolitan hospitals, whose baby was born less than 29 weeks gestation; whose infant received care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and later transferred to their local hospital, within the last three years. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six parents of infants. Design: Data were analysed using a general inductive approach. Findings: Three themes were interpreted through data analysis: NICU - incomparable haven; abandonment; and parental expertise side-lined. These themes represent a journey of interrupted identity that parents undergo when their baby is transferred to another unit. Conclusion: Despite a number of predominantly late 20(th) century studies calling for more family-centred discharge planning from Neonatal Intensive Care Units, gaps may persist. Nursing care might be enhanced by incorporating insight into parental experiences of regionalised transfer and promotion of collaborative changes within and between units.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In Australia, newly graduated registered nurses enter the workforce and a number of these have previous experience as an enrolled nurses. For all newly graduated registered nurses, transitioning to the new role can be challenging. There is, however, an assumption that previous experience as an enrolled nurse may facilitate a smoother transition into the role of the registered nurse. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of enrolled nurses transitioning to the role of the registered nurses with the intent of building on the emerging literature in this area and providing further data to support the development of effective transition programs. Design: An exploratory qualitative design. Methods: In-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 13 newly graduated registered nurses with previous enrolled nurse experience from one health service in South East Queensland, Australia which provides education designed to facilitate transition of recently graduated bachelor of nursing students to the registered nurse role. Data were analysed thematically. Findings: The data illuminated issues of importance to participants about enrolled nurse to registered nurse transition with three main themes emerging from analysis: a new scope of practice, perceptions of capability, building on experience and knowledge. Conclusions: We recommend assessment of individual learning needs and support during the transition period which acknowledges previous experience and recognises learning required to effectively transition to the role of a registered nurse.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To determine the cardiovascular risk factors according to the Framingham, PROCAM and SCORE models, to evaluate the 10-year CVD risk factors, and to compare the suitability of different models in a group of Turkish people with type 2 diabetes. Method: Risk factors and the 10-year risk for CVD in 265 patients with diabetes were evaluated using the Framingham, PROCAM and SCORE calculators. Measurements included blood pressure, weight, height, waist, and hip circumferences. Cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting and postprandial plasma glucose and HbA1c were measured. Low, moderate, and high risk groups were determined according to the three risk calculations. Results: CVD risks, hypertension, obesity and absence of exercise, dyslipidemia and high HbA1c in women, and excessive cigarette/alcohol consumption, increased weight, dyslipidemia and high HbA1c in men were crucial. Men were in the moderate risk group according to the Framingham, PROCAM and SCORE calculations. Women were in the medium risk group according to the Framingham and PROCAM calculations and in the low risk group according to the SCORE calculations. Conclusion: The results estimating the 10-year risk factors for CVD according to the three risk models were inconsistent. More sensitive CVD risk calculators should be developed. Discussion and Practice Implications: This study emphasizes the importance of nurses using population specific risk calculation models in determining the CVD risks of people with type 2 diabetes. Our results could guide diabetes specialists in identifying gender specific risk factors and designing preventive interventions.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The global aging population highlights the importance of care of older people and nurses worldwide are expected to take a leading role. There is considerable literature dedicated to the range and application of assessment skills used by nurses. These skills vary and are often reliant on the level of preparation and knowledge of the individual nurse. While there is much importance placed on nurse's ability to assess patients there is limited knowledge of registered nurses' view of their assessment practices particularly in assessing older adults. Aims: The aim of this project was to explore registered nurses' (RNs) current perceptions of nursing assessment, and the core skills they identified as necessary for assessment. The research also aimed to identify facilitators and barriers to nurse's assessment practices. Design: A qualitative descriptive design study was conducted in three inpatient units in one regional hospital in Victoria. Method: Data were collected through participant observation of RNs (n=13) in both the acute medical and rehabilitation clinical settings followed by one-on-one semi structured interviews. Data were analysed thematically with specific facilitators and barriers to the assessment of older people identified. Conclusion: While this is a small study conducted in one hospital setting, this research has illuminated that an ill-defined repertoire of skills was used by RNs when assessing older persons. These techniques included formal measurement skills as well as less overt observational skills that were integrated with other nursing activities. Skills identified appeared to be based on years of nursing and personal life experience, educational preparation and the environment nurses work in. There were some differences noted between the descriptions nurses gave when they were asked to describe their understanding of assessment and what was actually observed during their interactions with older patients.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Australian legislation supporting the nurse practitioner role was first enacted in 2000 following a decade of turbulent debate and negotiation within the healthcare industry. Since then it has been acknowledged that nurse practitioners play an important advanced clinical role within the interdisciplinary healthcare team of the twenty first century. However, the literature suggests that for many, transition to the nurse practitioner role can be a difficult and challenging experience. Aim: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the complex transition experiences of ten recently endorsed Australian nurse practitioners. The convoluted legislative and regulatory requirements that were negotiated by the nurse practitioners in this study are presented as narratives of their journey. Methods: Informed by an ethnographic approach, each participant was interviewed three to four times during their first year of practice. Interview transcripts were thematically analysed and aggregated into three narratives representative of key findings.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Clinical leadership and the safety, quality and efficiency of patient/client care are inextricably linked in government reports, major inquiries and the professional literature. Objectives: This review explores the literature on clinical leadership development within pre-registration nursing programmes. Method: The literature retrieved from a scoping review was evaluated to identify what is already published on the development of clinical leadership within pre-registration nursing programmes. Twenty seven publications matched the inclusion criteria and were included in this review, fourteen journal articles, one thesis and eleven chapters within one book were analysed and three themes were identified: clinical leadership; curriculum content and pedagogy. Results and Main Outcomes: This review identified a paucity of literature specifically relating to clinical leadership and pre-registration nursing programmes and what is available is inconclusive and unconvincing. Conclusions: Academics, curriculum development leaders and accreditation bodies have a responsibility to influence how nurses are prepared for the profession as such clinical leadership and the new graduate should be considered an area of greater importance.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Despite the importance of critical thinking in clinical and educational settings, little is known about its role in evidence-based practice. Aim: This study examined whether critical thinking disposition mediates the relationship between perceived barriers to research use and evidence-based practice in clinical nurses (N = 409). Methods/design: A path diagram using structural equation modeling was used to estimate the direct and indirect effects of perceived barriers to research use on evidence-based practice, controlling for critical thinking disposition as a mediator. Results: Critical thinking disposition partially mediated the relationship between perceived barriers to research use and evidence-based practice. Furthermore, the hypothesized mediation model demonstrated an appropriate fit to the data. Conclusions: Individual and organizational efforts are needed to help nurses further improve their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking disposition is as important as research barriers to engage effectively in evidence-based practice. Without the skills to evaluate evidence carefully, research utilization may be compromised.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: This study explores the experiences and perceptions of academic nurse mentors supporting early career nurse academics (ECNAs). Methods: Interviews were undertaken with mentors following a mentoring partnership with ECNAs. Data were transcribed verbatim and analysed using a process of thematic analysis. Findings: Four themes emerged from the data, namely; motivation for mentoring; constructing the relationship; establishing safe boundaries and managing expectations. Conclusions: This study provides a unique insight into the experiences of mentoring within the context of an academic leadership programme for nurses. Such insights highlight the issues facing academics from professional disciplines and can inform strategies to support their career development. Clinical relevance: A sustainable academic nursing workforce is crucial to ensure that effective preparation of future generations of expert clinical nurses. Therefore, it is important to consider strategies that could strengthen the academic nursing workforce.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Contemporary nurse: a journal for the Australian nursing profession