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Primary health care, partnership and polemic: child and family health nursing support in early parenting

Kruske, Sue, Barclay, Lesley M. and Schmied, Virginia (2006). Primary health care, partnership and polemic: child and family health nursing support in early parenting. Australian Journal of Primary Health,12(2):57-65.

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IRMA ID 79260824xPUB13
Title Primary health care, partnership and polemic: child and family health nursing support in early parenting
Author Kruske, Sue
Barclay, Lesley M.
Schmied, Virginia
Journal Name Australian Journal of Primary Health
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1324-2296   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33747203294
Start Page 57
End Page 65
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher La Trobe University
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
1117 - Public Health and Health Services
1701 - Psychology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This qualitative research utilised a health services research framework and ethnographic methods to explore, describe and analyse contemporary child and family health (C&FH) nursing practice in an area of New South Wales, and identify the major factors that impact on their ability to effectively support families. The research identified the complexity of current C&FH nursing practice and changes in the philosophy that underpinned this at the policy level that were difficult to adopt. Despite a change in policy direction that advocated a partnership approach, nurses predominantly continue to frame their practice within an “expert” model. The nurses also struggled to deliver new service models while maintaining access for all families. Some explanations for the tensions experienced by the nurses relate to their age and educational preparation within the workforce. Other factors relate to the structures and management systems evident within the health service that employs them. To effectively support new families within the community, health systems must adequately resource services and support C&FH nurses in changing from a paradigm of expert to partner, consistent with primary health care practice.
Keywords Partnership
Child health nurse
Parenting
Strenghts-based
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY06023   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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