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 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.

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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Supplementing the Braden scale for pressure ulcer risk among medical inpatients: the contribution of self-reported symptoms and standard laboratory tests

Ingrid Johansen Skogestad MSc, RN, Liv Martinsen RN,Tove Elisabet Børsting MSc, Paediatric Nurse, RN,Tove Irene Granheim RN,Eirin Sigurdssøn Ludvigsen MNc, CCN,N, Caryl L Gay PhD, Anners Lerdal PhD, RN

Pressure injury (PI) continues to be a major global concern for nurses. In addition to causing considerable patient pain and suffering, treatment of PI costs literally billions of pounds a year in the UK, and these figures are mirrored internationally. Pressure damage can occur quickly, and once the damage is done, it can be very difficult to rectify. Much nursing efforts are put into assessment of patients for PI and prevention and treatment of PI. The Braden Scale is a structured risk assessment scale that is widely used to identify persons at risk of developing PI. In this paper, Skogestad and colleagues evaluate the potential of patient symptoms and selected laboratory results to supplement the Braden Scale when estimating PI risk. Findings by this team suggest some associations with PI risk and common patient-reported symptoms such as vomiting, shortness of breath, severe pain at rest and urination problems. While these authors highlight the need for further studies to replicate these findings, it is pleasing to see nurse researchers focussing on identifying factors that can enhance the use of the Braden Scale, thus allowing nurses to better identify patients most at risk, to allow these patients to get the benefit of full preventative intervention.

Prof. Debra Jackson
January 2017


JCN Supports
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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