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

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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 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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Managing boundaries between professional and lay nursing following the influenza pandemic, 1918–1919: insights for professional resilience today?
Pamela Wood

At the Journal of Clinical Nursing, we do not receive very many papers that take a historical perspective. However, those that we do publish are important, as there is much we can learn from history. In this paper, Pamela Wood scrutinises some of the issues around professional resilience, through the lens of an influenza epidemic that occurred in New Zealand early last century. In today’s environment, it is particularly interesting to read that, as a result of the epidemic and the demands it placed on nursing at that time, there was pressure to have a ‘second line of nursing’ (p.4). Wood provides an insightful analysis of how nursing and health leaders of the time responded to ‘the threat of two grades of nursing’ (p.4), and highlight some of the concerns around what is referred to as ‘lay’ or ‘amateur’ nursing. Reading these, it is quite striking that despite the passage of almost 100 years, the arguments and concerns are so similar to the arguments and concerns presented today. Wood highlights the role of nursing leaders – then and now - in safeguarding nursing within health care, while still ensuring the best outcomes for patients and communities.

Debra Jackson


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