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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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.

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JCN Supports
In 2016 the WHO is using World Health Day to highlight the growing impact of diabetes around the world. Poorly managed diabetes can have a devastating impact on health and quality of life for individuals and their families so in supporting World Health Day the Journal of Clinical Nursing has made the following papers freely available click here to read them.

Editor's Choice

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