The Journal of Nursing Research and Practice; November 2008 Volume 26 Number 1 IN THIS ISSUE ;RESEARCH PAPERS How general practice nurses view their expanding role australian journal of advanced nursing An international peer reviewed journal of nursing research and practice AJAN The changing role of practice nurses in Australia: an action research study Nurses’ descriptions of changes in cognitive function in the acute care setting Nurses’ views and practices regarding use of validated nutrition screening tools.

Exploring womens reactions to a diagnosis of endometrial carcinoma: a pilot study of Australian women Nurses’ knowledge and practice involving patients’ resuming sexual activity following myocardial infarction: implications for training Critical care nurses’ knowledge about the care of deceased adult patients in an intensive care unit The impact of therapeutic relationship on preoperative and postoperative patient anxiety.

SCHOLARLY PAPERS Assessing leadership in nurse practitioner candidates Legality, morality and reality ? the role of the nurse in maintaining standards of care Sampling methods: methodological issues involved in the recruitment of older people into a study of sexuality Where have all the nurses gone? POINTS OF VIEW 26:1 A nurses’ guide to the critical reading of research THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing aims to provide a vehicle for nurses to publish original research and scholarly papers about all areas of nursing. Papers will develop, enhance, or critique nursing knowledge and provide practitioners, scholars and administrators with well?tested debate. The AJAN will: publishoriginalresearchonallnursingtopics publishoriginalscholarlyarticlesonallnursingtopics processmanuscriptsefficiently encourageevidence?basedpracticewiththeaim of increasing the quality of nursing care provideanenvironmenttohelpauthorstodevelop their research and writing skills provideanenvironmentfornursestoparticipate in peer review PRODUCTION Editor Jill Iliffe Journal Administrator Rebecca Shaw EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD David Arthur, RN, PhD, FANZCMHN Professor and Head, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore Dr Joy Bickley Asher, RN, RM, Teaching Cert(Sec), BA, Ophthalmic N Dip(Hons), PG Dip(Nurs), PG Dip(Soc), PhD Research Advisor, Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Wellington, New Zealand Yu?Mei (Yu) Chao, RN, PhD Adjunct Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan Mary Courtney, RN, BAdmin(Acc), MHP, PhD, FRCNA, AFCHSE Assistant Dean (Research) Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Karen Francis, RN, PhD, MHlthSc, MEd, Grad Cert Uni Teach/Learn, BHlth Sc Nsg, Dip Hlth Sc Nsg Professor and Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria, Australia Desley Hegney, RN, RM, CNNN, COHN, DNE, BA(Hons), PhD, FRCNA, FAIM, FCN(NSW) Professor, University of Queensland, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Linda Kristjanson, RN, BN, MN, PhD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Edith Cowan University, Churchlands, Western Australia, Australia Anne McMurray, RN, BA(psych), Med, PhD, FRCNA Peel Health Campus, Chair in Nursing, Murdoch University, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia Colin Torrance, RN, BSc(Hon), PhD Professor in Health Professional Education Department of Professional Education and Service Delivery Faculty of Health, Sport and Science University of Glamorgan Pontypridd, United Kingdom Lesley Wilkes, RN, CM RenalCert, BSc(Hons), GradDipEd(Nurs), MHPEd, PhD Professor of Nursing, Sydney West Area Health Service and the University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Publisher & Editorial Office Australian Nursing Federation PO Box 4239 Kingston…