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: 1.255

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 31/109 (Nursing (Social Science)); 35/111 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

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World Heart Day takes place on 29 September. Over the years, nursing research has made a significant contribution to our knowledge and management of patients with heart disease. Globally, heart disease and stroke for over 17 million lives each year...
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To acknowledge World Heart Day the Journal of Clinical Nursing is providing free access to recently published papers that reflect theme of this day.

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Read the latest Virtual Issue: Medication Management, edited by Professor Graeme D. Smith

Medication Management
Medication management Within healthcare provision, medication regimes are used to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes for patients. Medication management is one of the fundamental aspects of the nursing role and clinical nurses are accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of medications to ensure safe and appropriate medication management. Safety in medication management includes medication error awareness and risk reduction. In recent years, the potential role of patient awareness and participation in medication safety management to reduce the risk of drug administration errors has been demonstrated.

This virtual edition of Journal of Clinical Nursing includes several papers published over the last couple of years, which have focused on issues associated with medication management. The first five papers explore issues surrounding medication self-management and barriers to good medication practice. Attention is given to interventions, such as motivational interviewing, as an intervention to promote medication adherence. The final three papers specifically address issues surrounding medication errors in clinical practice, which can happen at any stage of the administration process. All of these papers highlight the important role that all nurses play as educators and promoters of good clinical practice in medication management. Read all the articles for free here.

Special Issue: Call for Papers

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Special Issues

Announcing two Special Issues for the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The papers should be submitted using the online submission service, Scholar One Manuscripts, available here. Papers should be prepared according to the Author Guidelines, which can be found here.

LGBTI Health

We are seeking original research, review papers, exploration of methodical issues and discursive papers addressing nursing issues for LGBTI people. The deadline for these submissions is 1st February 2016. For more information, please see the call for papers here.

Abuse and Violence in Families
We welcome original research, and review papers on nursing issues, and innovations in care and service delivery for those people affected by abuse and violence in their families. The submissions deadline is 1st December 2015. More information is available here.

Editor's Choice October 2015

Editor's Choice

Effects of handholding and providing information on anxiety in patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty

In the high-tech, fast paced world that we all live in, it is sometimes good to be reminded about the things that nurses can provide that does not require expensive equipment and advanced training. Kim et al have updated Hayward’s seminal 1975 work on the importance of pre-operative information by exploring the provision of information to conscious patients during surgery, this information in one of the intervention groups coupled with hand holding.

What makes this paper unique is the focus upon the combination of handholding and information provision. Kim et al note that the combination of handholding and spoken information resulted in lower anxiety than hand holding alone but that handholding alone resulted in decreased systolic blood pressure during surgery. It is encouraging to see that the simple touch of a fellow human being still has an important role to play in modern healthcare.

Carol Haigh

JCN Reviewers of the Year 2014

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