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Issue 94 - 29 May 2009


1. The complexities and value of research
by Serrant-Green, Laura. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p3
The author reflects on the complexities and importance of research. She cites that such an activity fulfills several essential roles in nursing and health care. Also noted is that research provides nurses with the insight to inform policy, service delivery and healthcare education. She adds that the significance of research lies in the detail that is contained in it as well as in the action that it evokes as a result.

2.  Action research
by Dampier, Sally. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p4-6
The article presents an introduction to a series of articles on action research that can be used to advance nursing practice.
Author Affiliations: Lecturer, School of Nursing, Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

3. Partnership for healthy living: an action research project
by Gallagher, Louise P et al. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p7-29
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an advanced practice nurse case-management intervention programme in a US senior citizen community centre. Researchers Louise Gallagher, Marie Truglio-Londrigan and Rona Levin used a participatory action research method and found that a number of
themes emerged to guide nursing interventions [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

4. Using group reflection in an action research study
by Lee, Nancy-Jane. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p30-42
The author discusses the results when group reflection was used to identify participants' learning in an action research study. She examines the similarities and differences between reflection and reflexivity. The principal goals for the research study are mentioned, including to develop research skills among research team members. She notes that an interesting part of such a reflection was its use in thinking about areas for further development
following the study.

5. Methodological challenges in intervention studies
by Porter, Brian et al. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p43-63
Parental substance abuse is a risk factor for child maltreatment, neglect and multi-generational drug abuse. Developing efficacious, cost-efficient interventions is critical to addressing this growing problem. This article by Brian Porter, Luz Porter, Virginia McCoy, Mayra Lima, Clare Pryce and Sachin Nunnewar highlights lessons learned during the first year of a study based in Florida to evaluate a novel parenting intervention targeting substance-abusing mothers and their babies [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

6. Formulating a web-based educational needs assessment questionnaire from healthcare competencies
by Cochrane, David et al. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p64-75
This paper by David Cochrane, Janette Palmer, Grace Lindsay, Elizabeth Tolmie, Douglas Allan and Kay Currie describes a project that led to the formulation of an online educational needs assessment tool by drawing on national healthcare competencies in coronary heart disease. It discusses the merits of web-based data collection and concludes that web-based survey systems offer distinct advantages providing researchers proceed with care [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

7. Survey postal questionnaire: optimising response and dealing with non-response
by Curtis, Elizabeth A et al. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p76-88
Non-response is a major concern for users of surveys as it threatens the validity of the findings and consequently any conclusions drawn, and trend studies indicate that participation in surveys is declining. This paper by Elizabeth Curtis and Richard Redmond aims to raise awareness about non-response in survey research and to suggest strategies researchers can use for increasing response rates. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

8. 'Ideal nurses and the emotional labour of nursing
by Mazhindu, Deborah. Nurse Researcher, 2009, Vol 16 Issue 2:p91-94
A personal narrative is presented which recounts how an examination of the emotional labour of nursing has been the vein running through the career of the author.
Author Affiliations: Senior research fellow in advanced practice, Directorate of Academic Delivery, Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Journals - Table of Contents

9. From the Journal of Nursing Administration, Volume 39, Number 5, May 2009
Special Issue devoted to Research in Nursing Administration

9A.  Guest Editorial - Evidence-Based Management: Linking the Data and AONE Resources
9B. The Value of a Nonlinear Model in Predicting Nursing Turnover
9C. Medication Administration Time Study (MATS): Nursing Staff Performance of Medication Administration
9D. Development and Psychometric Testing of a Tool to Measure Missed Nursing Care
9E. Organizational Effects on Patient Satisfaction in Hospital Medical-Surgical Units
9F. Context Matters: The Impact of Unit Leadership and Empowerment on Nurses' Organizational Commitment
9G. Psychometric Evaluation of the Revised Professional Practice Environment (RPPE) Scale

10. From Nursing Economic$, Volume 27, Number 2, March/April 2009

10A. Critical Thinking in Nurse Managers.
The concept of critical thinking as a requisite skill for nurse managers to function effectively in their role is explored. A literature review of critical thinking was conducted. An example and a contrasting example of the engagement of critical thinking to solve a common problem faced by nurse managers are described, along with strategies to enhance the development of critical thinking in nurse managers.

10B. Understanding New Registered Nurses’ Intent to Stay At Their Jobs
This study uses a randomly selected nationally representative analytic sample of 1933 newly licensed registered nurses (NLRN) working in hospitals to study factors that impact intent to stay in their jobs. NLRNs reporting more satisfaction, organizational commitment, autonomy, promotional opportunities, and fewer local and non-local job opportunities were more likely to intend to stay, as were older NLRNs and those with higher spouses’ income.

An Interview with Anthony R. Kovner, PhD: Academic-Clinical Partnerships: Building the Case for Evidence-Based Management
Anthony R. Kovner, PhD, professor, program in health policy and management, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, shares his insights on academic-clinical partnerships, nursing leadership, evidence-based management, capstone projects, and challenges and opportunities.

10D. The Implications of Staff ‘Churn’ For Nurse Managers, Staff, And Patients Data on changes to unit staffing on 40 wards (described as staff “churn”) are described, with three wards examined in greater detail. The potential impact for managers, staff, and the continuity of care are discussed.

10E. An Estimation of the Cost Per Visit of Home Care Nursing Services
This secondary analysis of administrative and tumor registry data describes patterns and costs of hospital resource utilization by children with leukemia and central nervous system tumors. An examination of differences in utilization and cost between survivors and children who died is presented.

10F. APR DRG Weights and the Relationship to Patient Falls
Severity of illness was studied to determine if there is an increase in patient falls as the severity of illness increases. Patients with ARP DRG weights greater than 2.5795 have 2.5 times the incidence of falls.

10g. Editorial: Leadership and Artful Persuasion
10h. Call for Manuscripts: Share Your Knowledge With Your Colleagues!
10i. CNE SERIES : Answer/Evaluation Form: Earn 1.4 Contact Hours - Critical Thinking in Nurse Managers
10j. Nurse Faculty/Nurse Executive Summit Audio & CD ROM Order Form - Special Educational Offer
10k. Mary Wakefield Appointed HRSA Administrator
10l. Economic$ of Health Care and Nursing: Messages for Thought Leaders and Health Policymakers
10M. Human Resource Solutions: 2009 - The Year of Positive Leadership
10N. MagnetÆ Mapping: Advancing the Profession - How Will We Do It?
10O. On Leadership - The neuropschology of Good Leaders Making Dumb Mistakes

Conferences, training and seminars

11. 5th Annual HR Directors' Forum
Date: 29 & 30 June 2009
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Auckland
More information:

12. International Conference on Aging and Spirituality
Sunday 30 August to Wednesday 2 September 2009
Venue: University of Auckland School of Engineering, 20 Symonds St, Auckland City
More information:

13. Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2009
Date: 30 September – 2 October 2009
Venue: Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand
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News - National

14. Health: $3b boost and the spectre of cuts
Dominion Post - 29 May 2009

15. Budget Overview: Road to Recovery
The Beehive - 28 May 2009
Budget 2009 will lift economic growth, help New Zealanders through the recession and strengthen the Government's books, Finance Minister Bill English says.

16. Aged Residential Care Sector Welcomes $90 Million
Thursday, 28 May 2009, 5:26 pm
Press Release: Healthcare Providers

17. US insurer offers healthcare savings
Dominion Post - 28 May 2009
The US government can save US$540 (NZ$880.76) billion in healthcare costs by pushing the use of high quality, cost-efficient doctors. The UnitedHealth Group Inc policy centre's report followed the industry's pledge to help President Barack Obama find $2 trillion in savings to help fund medical coverage for millions of uninsured Americans

18. Study adds further fuel to manuka honey testing debate
NBR - Friday May 29 2009 
The war of words between two rival brands of manuka honey testing is set to continue after a new study backed the effectiveness of the newer testing method. The Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) and Manuka Health New Zealand (MHNZ) have been embroiled in a long-running stoush over their different methods of testing for the antibacterial properties manuka honey is famous for.

News - International

19. NSW has 48 swine flu cases
Sydney Morning Herald - May 29, 2009

20. Primary Health raises $315m in funds
The Age - 29 May 2009
Primary Health Care Ltd has raised more than it expected from a placement of new shares to institutional investors. The pathology services and medical centres operator said it had raised $315 million, up from its initial goal of $265 million.

21. Hotels deny evicting swine flu guests
The Age - May 29, 2009 
Sydney hotels have angrily rejected claims they are kicking out guests who have been diagnosed with, or exposed to, swine flu. Meriton and Holiday Inn have guests who have been quarantined or isolated after travelling aboard the swine-flu contaminated cruise ship Pacific Dawn.

22. 'I needed seven courses of chemotherapy'
The Guardian - Tuesday May 26th 2009
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and hundreds of thousands die from male cancers across the globe every year.  For this reason, the Everyman charity has named June its Male Cancer Awareness Month. Here, Martin Carter describes how he almost lost his life because he was too embarrassed to report an abnormality in his testicle to his GP.


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