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In a climate of a declining nursing workforce where violence and hostility is a part of the day-to-day lives of most nurses, it is timely to name violence as a major factor in the recruitment and retention of registered nurses in the health system. Workplace violence takes many forms such as aggression, harassment, bullying, intimidation and assault.(More)
Mother blaming has been identified as a pervasive and serious problem and it is known that the professional literature has strong and entrenched mother-blaming messages. Using a feminist approach, this paper explores mother blaming as it has been experienced by a group of mothers themselves. Analysis of narrative exposes mother blaming as a burden that(More)
Effective clinical leadership is offered as the key to healthy, functional and supportive work environments for nurses and other health professionals. However, as a concept it lacks a standard definition and is poorly understood. This paper reports on an integrative review undertaken to uncover current understandings of defining attributes of contemporary(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood obesity is a growing health concern and the literature implicates parents, particularly mothers. AIM To develop understandings into the views of a group of mothers with an overweight or obese child, about their child's overweight or obesity. METHOD A qualitative design informed by feminist insights. Eleven English speaking mothers(More)
This paper grew from a series of conversations about the challenges associated with clinical education for undergraduate nurses. In it we consider clinical education for undergraduate nurses within the current context of increasing resource and industry constraints. Beginning level clinical competence is the major aim of undergraduate nurse education, and(More)
This paper reports the findings of a study which sought to gain insights about the role of clinical nursing staff in the planned clinical experience of undergraduate nursing students. This study differs from others in that the perspectives of students of nursing in their first year of the undergraduate programme are sought, and the role of clinical nurses(More)
Nursing is facing a crisis nationally and internationall, with Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western Europe experiencing critical shortages of nurses. Problems with recruitment, retention and an ageing workforce means that attempts to ensure a viable nursing workforce must be placed at the top of the professional(More)
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is a crisis for any woman. Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality of all the gynaecological cancers. In addition to the very real threat of death, such a diagnosis raises critical issues concerning femininity, motherhood and sexuality. The high mortality associated with this disease is due (in part) to problems associated(More)
Since the transfer in Australia of preparatory nurse education from the hospital to the university sector, debate and discussion have continued regarding the perceived benefits and failings of the current system. In this paper we consider issues related to student clinical practicum from the perspectives of the student learner, the educational provider, the(More)
Rapid social changes and the pressures of contemporary living have put families under increasing stress. Nurses have the potential to offer support for families experiencing stress. Therefore, it behoves nurses to develop a greater understanding of the stressors affecting families in contemporary Australia. This paper reports an exploratory descriptive(More)