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An Investigation Of Clinical Assessment Processes Of Student Nurses In Jackarta, Indonesia, Dessie Wanda Sep 2007

An Investigation Of Clinical Assessment Processes Of Student Nurses In Jackarta, Indonesia, Dessie Wanda

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Nursing in Indonesia is attempting to achieve a higher standard of education to enable nurses to migrate to global areas of nursing shortages. Assessment of nursing practice during undergraduate nursing education in Indonesia requires investigation to assist in achieving a higher standard of education. For assessment to occur, there are several variables reported in the literature that must be included in the process of assessment, that is assessors, students, methods and tools of measurement as well as clinical environment. It is acknowledged that those factors influence the successfulness of the clinical assessment process. The purpose of this descriptive exploratory study ...


Are Graduate Nurses Satisfied With Graduate Nurse Programs?, Julie Reeves Jun 2007

Are Graduate Nurses Satisfied With Graduate Nurse Programs?, Julie Reeves

Theses

The transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse Grade 1 is a difficult journey for many graduates. New graduates experience issues related to reality shock, socialisation, confidence and the theory practice gap. It is well recognised that graduates require extensive support and development throughout this very difficult time. In Victoria graduate nurse programs are a recognised vessel to deliver this support. Quality graduate programs which meet the satisfaction of graduate nurses are required to provide effective support. The implications of minimal support are enormous and can lead to graduates leaving the profession. There is much in the literature suggesting the ...


Chemical Intent: Imagining The Drug Using Client And The Human Service Worker In Harm Minimisation Policy, Lea Campbell May 2007

Chemical Intent: Imagining The Drug Using Client And The Human Service Worker In Harm Minimisation Policy, Lea Campbell

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This thesis is based on an Australian Research Council funded research grant. Fifty-one qualitative interviews were conducted with human service workers to gain an understanding of their interpretations of their clients' 'drug problems' and of their own role, the service system and wider policies. Although harm minimisation has been Australia's official drug policy since 1985, little is known about how harm minimisation is 'enacted' in the helping culture. To date human service workers have not been recognised in their constitutive role in harm minimisation discourse. Whilst a significant part of drug policy interventions are delivered via human services, the ...


Effects Of Whole Body Vibration On Neuromuscular Performance Of Community Dwelling Older Adults, Trentham Phillip Furness May 2007

Effects Of Whole Body Vibration On Neuromuscular Performance Of Community Dwelling Older Adults, Trentham Phillip Furness

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Whole body vibration (WBV) is a mode of exercise by which an individual stands on a vibration platform that may be oscillating and therefore creating vertical displacement which affects gravitational forces acting upon the whole body. Manipulations of platform amplitude or frequency can affect the rate of change of the WBV (i.e. acceleration) acting upon an individual. The specific influences of frequency or amplitude, however, are unknown. The aim of the study, therefore, was two fold; (1) to identify chronic WBV effects of neuromuscular performance within a community dwelling older adult sample, and; (2) to identify WBV methods that ...


The Inside Story Of Living With Chronic Intractable Nonmalignant Back Pain: An Autoethnography, Susan Patricia White May 2007

The Inside Story Of Living With Chronic Intractable Nonmalignant Back Pain: An Autoethnography, Susan Patricia White

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The aim of this study was to uncover and understand the reality of living with chronic, intractable nonmalignant back pain, as it is understood by sufferers themselves. A narrative autoethnographic research design was chosen, enabling me to interact with participants during the interview process, as well as have the opportunity to further explore my own experiences, as a long time sufferer of chronic, intractable nonmalignant back pain. Thematic analysis of participant interviews, and a deep, introspective scrutiny of my own journey, resulted in four stories being written. These stories illustrate the startlingly similar experiences we share. Although each story is ...


The Theory Of Informed Consent In Medicine: Problems And Prospects For Improvement, Garry Anthony Aloysius Nieuwkamp Mar 2007

The Theory Of Informed Consent In Medicine: Problems And Prospects For Improvement, Garry Anthony Aloysius Nieuwkamp

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Practice and law around informed consent in healthcare have undergone a revolution for the better over recent decades. However the way we obtain informed consent remains problematic and is imbued with irreducible but not ineliminable uncertainty. The reasons for this uncertainty are varied. The uncertainty is partly due to the conceptual opacity of important core concepts. The complexity of communication in clinical encounters is another. The role of autonomy, and the changing nature of the clinician patient relationship, have also contributed to this uncertainty remaining. This thesis is not a panacea for these difficulties. However there have been two quite ...


Evaluation Framework: Australian Government Disaster Assistance Package, Institute Of Child Protection Studies Jan 2007

Evaluation Framework: Australian Government Disaster Assistance Package, Institute Of Child Protection Studies

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

This document outlines a framework to guide the evaluation of “all hazards” disaster recovery assistance provided by the Australian Government. The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been commissioned to develop this framework by the Department of Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA), on behalf of the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Committee (AGDRC).

The aim of the framework is to provide whole-of-government and “all hazards” perspectives for the evaluation of the disaster recovery programs of Australian government departments and agencies, and in this context to promote consistent evaluation processes and where practicable common instruments and approaches.


The Response Of Elderly Female Fast Gait To Whole Body Vibration, Hans Christian Lorenzen Jan 2007

The Response Of Elderly Female Fast Gait To Whole Body Vibration, Hans Christian Lorenzen

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Background: Older adults walk more slowly than healthy young adults at fast and normal walking speeds. These age-associated changes in mobility impact upon daily function. A slower gait, for example, may reduce the older adult's ability to safely cross at traffic intersections due to the time restriction. Recent research has demonstrated whole body vibration (WBV) can improve the strength and power (Roelants, Delecluse & Verschueren, 2004; Russo et al., 2003; Verschueren, Roelants, Delecluse, Swinnen, Vanderschueren & Boonen, 2004) of community dwelling elderly females, and the mobility of nursing home residents (Bautmans, Van Hees, Lemper & Mets, 2005; Bruyere et al., 2005). To date, no published research has examined the impact WBV has on the gait parameters of community dwelling elderly females. The research was ...