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 on 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.

In this special edition we welcome: original research; review papers; exploration of methodological issues; discursive papers addressing nursing and healthcare issues experienced by culturally diverse groups; and, innovation in care and service delivery which demonstrate an impact on enabling services to be culturally sensitive whilst addressing poor health outcomes of culturally diverse groups.

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2016. For more information please see our Author Guidelines or contact the Editorial Office at

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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


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