Changing Perioperative Practice In An Indonesian Hospital: Part I Of Ii

Elsevier Inc.
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AORN journal, 2011, 94 (4), pp. 403 - 408
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Australian culture is well known for its egalitarianism and directness,1 and nursing in Australia provides many examples of these cultural traits. Within hospitals, for example, nurses strive to be seen as integral and equal members of the health care team, and nearly 70% report that they are able to practice autonomously, have control over their practice, and experience good nursing leadership.2 Within the perioperative setting, Australian nurses both lead and participate in activities aimed at improving patient care and clinical practices.3 For example, in New South Wales, the Agency for Clinical Innovation has established a series of specialist networks, including the Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network, which was established in response to requests from frontline clinicians who saw the need for a multidisciplinary network that would further enhance their ability to increase patient access to services and improve patient safety, quality of care, and satisfaction. This statewide network is cochaired by an anesthesiologist and a perioperative nurse.3 With regard to education, the majority of nurses who work in Australian hospitals have a bachelor's degree as their basic qualification,4 and many of them either have or are working toward higher degrees or speciality clinical qualifications. This is not dissimilar to RNs in other developed countries.
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