Faculty of Health

Issue 11

Nuritinga Issue 11: 2012 (ISSN 1440-1541)

Nuritinga is a special journal. There are many nursing journals but Nuritinga specifically provides a showcase for student work. Nursing students are bright, articulate and seriously concerned with health, this is after all the reason they want to be become nurses. They have important insights to offer to the nursing world. In addition, registered nurses are increasingly expected to publish in order to share knowledge and understandings with colleagues. Publishing is also one way nurses can prove intellectual engagement when seeking advancement within the profession.

For these reasons it is important that students are encouraged to publish their work. Nuritinga accepts papers from all nursing students at all levels of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Papers are reviewed and writers are given feedback on their submissions. The quality of submitted work is high and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to publish a solid body of quality student work on a wide range of subjects over the past few years.

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Articles in Issue No. 11

Total: 2 articles

Models of maternity care: a caseload midwifery perspective

Jenna Keygan, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, first year
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Tasmania


Maternity services within Australia are undergoing major change and under the guidance of the 2010 National Maternity Services Plan will move towards a more women-centred approach to care. This will see maternity services move back under a midwifery led focus of care as opposed to the current medical model of care. This assignment compares four different models of maternity care and argues that the midwifery-led caseload model of care has the most beneficial outcomes for the women during pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period. Moreover, it discusses the benefits of midwife led care in relation to primary health care.

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Gastroenteritis and Pertussis: Contrasting and Comparing Two Infectious Diseases

E. Ruth Webster, Bachelor of Nursing, Second year
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Tasmania


Both pertussis and gastroenteritis are communicable diseases that can spread from one host to another (Lee and Bishop 2010, p. 153) and have severe implications for young children (Steiner and Guerrant 2009, p. 1335; Long and Edwards 2009, p. 859) and the elderly who are at risk of developing complications (Gould 2009, p. 117; Long 2011, p.448). Therefore, prevention of these diseases is paramount (Spratling and Carmon 2010, p. 243). This essay, by comparing and contrasting gastroenteritis and pertussis (whooping cough) offers health care workers (HCWs) an insight into the similarities and differences between these two diseases. A description of the diseases emphasizing clinical manifestations, incidence and occurrence, transmission and the risk to HCWs is discussed, as well as the management of the spread of these diseases within the community and the health care setting.

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