Journal of Clinical Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith

Impact Factor: 1.384

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 31/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 34/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

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The primacy of the biosciences: a forgotten priority in nurse education?
Globally, clinical nurses are required to have a comprehensive understanding of both basic and applied human biology (NMC 2010). However, there appears to be little evidence, or consensus, as to the appropriate level or depth of bioscience education in preregistration nursing curricula.
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Special Issue - Cultural Issues - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Journal of Clinical Nursing is calling for papers for two special issues:

Fundamental Care – the last evidence-free zone?
This issue will highlight the issues around fundamental care from both patient and professional perspectives, in particular addressing the gaps in our understanding and knowledge. Read more here.

The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2017.

Cultural Issues in Nursing and Health Care. Culture has a powerful influence on health care and experiences of health care, with some communities experiencing poorer morbidity and mortality, and finding accessing health care challenging. This special issue will highlight the health and healthcare experiences of what are often very marginalised groups of people.

The deadline for submissions is 30th October 2016.

For more information please see our Author Guidelines or contact the Editorial Office at

Editor's Choice

Editor's Choice

‘Nurses don't deal with these issues’: nurses’ role in advance care planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients

Rebecca Carabez PhD, RN, and Megan Scott MSN, RN

Sexual minority groups have long experienced significant discrimination. This is despite legislative changes in some parts of the world including the decriminalisation of homosexuality, passing of antidiscrimination laws, as well as recognising civil partnerships. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and same sex couples remain vulnerable when accessing health services especially end of life and palliative care. Carabez and Scott highlight in this paper that advanced care planning for LGBT is poorly understood by health professionals as well as by many LGBT individuals. Findings reported in this qualitative study identified that registered nurses lacked knowledge about advance care directives and had difficulty deciding who has the legal right to make decisions for LGBT individuals. As nurses are frequently the first point of contact and spend the most time with consumers of health care services they are well placed to positively influence the type and quality of care offered to LGBT people. For this to successfully occur the authors identify that nurses need to be knowledgeable with all aspects of the advance care planning process particularly in relation to LGBT and same sex couples. They recommend that undergraduate nursing programmes incorporate advanced care planning and foster cultural sensitivity toward sexual minority groups into their curricula.

Associate Professor Stephen Neville
December 2016


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World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day 2016
To mark Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2016 we are proud to provide free access to a selection of articles on pressure injury. We hope these will be widely circulated and read.

We have also created this infographic highlighting some key statistics and issues of this form of patient harm.

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