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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An isolated involvement in mental health care – experiences of parents of young adults
Birgitta Andershed, Mats Ewertzon and Anita Johansson

For parents a diagnosis of mental illness in their child of any age is devastating. Prior to diagnosis, parents may have experienced months and years of disruption to schooling/work, family life and relationships, as the illness progresses. The situation for parents is often made more difficult by the challenges in finding appropriate help and support for the young person, and then, forming positive relationships with care providers. In this paper, Andershed and colleagues sought to explore parents’ involvement in the informal and professional care of their young adult child with mental illness. They acknowledge that young adults and their family members often feel both unprepared for and frustrated with informal care, and lack adequate formal support. Findings highlight the mutual dependence of young people, parents and health professionals in this context, and reinforce the importance of forming positive collaborative relationships, to enhance outcomes for young people with mental illness.

Professor Debra Jackson
Chief Editor
April 2017


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