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  • Using Theory to Guide Nursing Practice
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    Educational theories can be useful in designing education for nurses. The Andragogical theory (Knowles, Holton, & Swanson, 2005), identified six assumptions about adult learners. These six assumptions were used to develop an AD educational program for nurses at the hospital.
  • Do We Really Know Our Patients?
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    The profession of nursing has become so task oriented that we forget to simply ask who are our patients, what were their life's dreams and ambitions.
  • Early vs Later Rhythm Analysis Quantitative Critique
    Lacy Lewis
    The critique of the study Early versus Later Rhythm Analysis in Patients with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest evaluates strengths and weaknesses in relation to the generalizability of the study. The significance of the study is assessed, as well as the literature review, purpose, hypothesis, findings, and limitations. The study provided information regarding protocols on performing CPR on out-of-hospital patients. Although the findings were not clinically or statistically significant, the study did offer useful knowledge that both methods of rhythm analysis with CPR provide similar outcomes. This study failed to provide additional knowledge on the topic. Ultimately, further research should be completed on the best treatments for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
  • Dr. (assistant professor of nursing for Anne Arundel Community College, MD)
    Lena Choudhary
    This article discusses horizontal violence in the field of nursing and how we as educators can provide them with the skills to create a more civil work environment
  • Seconds Of Safety Port Angeles, S.O.S. PA
    Stefanie Carroll, Ryan Dill, Stacy Forshaw, Melissa Hamilton, Megan Larrechea, Stephanie Speicher
    In response to the need for hand hygiene education the second year nursing students of Peninsula College created a campaign centered around the W.H.O. guidelines for the citizens and healthcare workers of Clallam County, Washington. The project received positive response from Olympic Medical Center and other local area businesses and was featured in multiple local publications.
  • Author Seeking Participants for Survey of RNs
    Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, RN, APRN
    A short survey is being conducted to explore the perceptions of registered nurses regarding the current status and anticipated future of the nursing profession.
  • FOLEY CATHETERS IN MEN AND WOMEN: LUBRICATION, ANESTHESIA, AND ATTITUDE: A RANDOMIZED TRIAL
    John D. Fisher, MD; Stanley Boczko, MD; Eileen Monahan, RN: Vanessa Taylor, RN; Soo G. Kim, MD; Kevin J. Ferrick, MD; Jay N. Gross, MD; Judith Durkin, RN;
    Foley insertion in alert patients not in retention: males benefit from lidocaine jelly. All staff appear to underestimate discomfort.
  • recognising and overcoming toxic leadership
    Zangaro, G. Yager, K. Proulx, J.
    Toxic nurse managers are detrimental to organizations, diminishing staff morale, thwarting creativity, and creating unnecessary job stress. Toxic nurse managers can also negatively affect an organization’s bottom line as staff absenteeism may increase, job satisfaction and critical thinking may decrease, leading to turnover and complicating innovation, decision making, and problem solving. The authors discuss the signs of toxic nurse managers and strategies for addressing their impact on organizations.
  • Managing wounds in the home
    Judy Berden RN MSN/ED
    a brief article on wound care by caregivers in the home
  • Our Responsibility at Tech-Savvy Nurses
    Diane Yeager RN
    With the advent of electronic charting in the workplace comes new challenges for nurses and medical professionals. As computer users, we can help make the transition easier for those nurses, nursing assistants and nursing students who are not as comfortable with technology. This article lists a few ways to do so.
  • Cortical Dynamics as a Therapeutic Mechanism for Touch Healing
    Morteza Alibakhshi Kenari
    Touch Healing (TH) therapies, defined here as treatments whose primary route of administration is tactile contact and/or active guiding of somatic attention, are ubiquitous across cultures. Despite increasing integration of TH into mainstream medicine through therapies such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch,™ and somatically focused meditation practices such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, relatively little is known about potential underlying mechanisms. Here, we present a neuroscientific explanation for the prevalence and effectiveness of TH therapies for relieving chronic pain. We begin with a cross-cultural review of several different types of TH treatments and identify common characteristics, including: light tactile contact and/or a somatosensory attention directed toward the body, a behaviorally relevant context, a relaxed context and repeated treatment sessions. These cardinal features are also key elements of established mechanisms of neural plasticity in somatosensory cortical maps, suggesting that sensory reorganization is a mechanism for the healing observed. Consideration of the potential health benefits of meditation practice specifically suggests that these practices provide training in the regulation of neural and perceptual dynamics that provide ongoing resistance to the development of maladaptive somatic representations. This model provides several direct predictions for investigating ways that TH may induce cortical plasticity and dynamics in pain remediation.
  • Effect of Evidence-Based Method Clinical Education on Patients Care Quality and Their Satisfaction
    morteza alibakhshi kenari
    Nowadays, evidence-based education with a serious purpose, explicit and rational than the best current evidence to decision-making in nursing education has been addressed. This study aimed to assess the effect of clinical evidence based on the quality of patient care was performed Usual care based on traditional evidence-based care training has been under almost identical. Student feedback questionnaire data, patient satisfaction and quality of care were collected and then were analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics. This study suggests that the use of evidence-based education in nursing care is not only effective as traditional education. But also knowledge and skills and promote high quality of care and the patient's hospital stay and costs were reduced.
  • Alternative Treatments: Doubting Thomas to Believer
    Christine Beechel, RN
    My experience with reiki therapy and how it forever changed my practice.
  • Nurses And IELTS Exam
    Alon Calinao Dy
    IELTS has been a fast growing organization over the years. I think It's expensive and it shouldn't be a requirement for nurses who want to work abroad. After all, most nurses know how to write, read, speak, and understand English.
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis
    Deborah Miller, RN
    I don't know how else to contact you, but I submitted this story yesterday, please change the last paragraph in the text to the current one I am sending. Thanks
  • The Summer I Disappeared
    Robin Wilson EdD, MSN, RNC
    Commentary on Disabilities
  • Cardiac Amyloid
    Deborah Miller, RN
    Story is about my personal experience with cardiac amyloidosis in my spouse, misdiagnosed for over 6yrs. and died after receiving heart transplant. Goal is to alert other nurses to the often misdiagnosed and fatal disease before it's too late for help.
  • RN, RRT
    Joann Ciszczon BS, RN, RRT
    This is an article I wrote for a Ethics of Health Policy class in the nurse practitioner program I am presently a part of offered by Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Terminal Illness
    Amber Moore
    Patient with a Terminal Illness Doctors and nurses are faced everyday with the ethical dilemma of telling their patients that they have a terminal illness that they will soon die from. How do we as healthcare professionals address this situation? Patients and their loved ones are also faced with this ethical dilemma. Will that individual’s family tell them about the diagnosis if the patient doesn’t want to know? What if the patient knows about their diagnosis and does not want to share that information with their loved ones? Say the patient is happily confused and has a few weeks to live; should you tell them? Do they have the right to know and who should tell them? Some people feel if they tell their loved one the extent of their illness they will not live life to the fullest with the small amount of time they have left. On the other hand, the individual may not want to tell their loved ones they are ill because they do not want them to worry or consume their lives around their illness. If they choose not to tell their families what is truly going on, then will their family have closure after the individual dies? To have closure and to die without regret that individual needs to make a decision that they feel is right. As healthcare professionals we need to support whatever decision our patient makes even if we do not agree. We also need to be prepared for the conflict that may be caused if information is withheld.
  • Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: The Question for Treatment
    Gulenia Rikabi, FNP, DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Biloxi, MS [email protected] & Jennie Gunn, PhD, FNP, CTN-A Associate Professor University of South Alabama Mobile, AL [email protected]
    To improve the quality of care in patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria to promote safety.
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