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

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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 extended to 31st May 2017.

RE-OPENED: 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 has been extended to 30th March 2017. Read more here:

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Editor's Choice

Evaluation of an inpatiet fall risk screeing tool to identify the most critical fall risk factors in inpatients
Wen-Hsuan Ho MD, MPH, PhD, Chen-Mei Kang RN, MSN, Mu-Hsing Ho RN, MSN, Jessi Ming-Chuan Kuo RN, MS, Hsiao-Lien Chen RN, PhD, Wen-Yi Chang RN, PhD

This month's editor's choice focuses on patient falls, a prevalent patient safety issue. Patient falls are often associated with significant adverse events (e.g., hip fracture) and clinical deterioration in the patient's condition. Furthermore, the incidence of patient falls is a nurse-sensitive indicator of quality care. Therefore, it is essential that nurses utilize evidence-based strategies to screen patients for fall risk that can trigger tailored plans of care to prevent falls. This study utilized a large data set (205 fallers and 37, 437 non-fallers ) to examine the specificity and and sensitivity of an inpatient fall risk screening tool. The reported sensitivity of the tool was 87% and specificity was 67%. Further evaluation of the screening tool is warranted to establish cut points of the tool that will increase the specificity of the fall risk tool. In this study, patient impaired balance and elimination emerged at two of the most critical risk factors for patient falls.

Prof Susan Barnason
May 2017


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