Entires with the tag 'Health Care' in the Journal of Nursing

Funding Health Care as a Basic Human Right

Funding Health Care as a Basic Human Right

The United States of America is a nation known and heralded worldwide for its democracy, freedom, and wealth. Through our commerce, we have become a prosperous nation. Through our commonalities we stand united. Through our shared citizenship, we establish our community. Through our voices, we are heard. So why is it, our nation has been divided against the idea of health care being funded as a basic human right? U.S. Senator, Ted Kennedy, once said,

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Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

Substance abuse in the elderly, specifically abuse of alcohol and benzodiazepines, is much higher than most people may think. According to a recent article published by CNN, of the 25.6 million women over the age of 59, seven percent abuse alcohol and eleven percent abuse psychoactive drugs such as benzodiazepines (CNN, 1998).

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Looks Can Be Deceiving 

Looks Can Be Deceiving 

I asked his family to step out for a moment so I could empty his JP drains. I emptied them into a basin and I noticed that they were very dark. I inspected them a little closer and I noticed it had a greenish tinge to it. Remembering what the surgeon had said about the possibility of a bowel perforation I got concerned and called the surgeon.

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Keeping a Positive Outlook: My Clinical Experience as a Student Nurse 

Keeping a Positive Outlook: My Clinical Experience as a Student Nurse 

My experience in my senior year clinical preceptorship was without a doubt unique but I feel its uniqueness was in what I made of it, something every nursing student can do for themselves. If there is one lesson to gain from reading about my experiences it should be that the success of a clinical, whether a preceptorship or group experience, is entirely what the student makes of it.

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IS THERE CARE IN HEALTH CARE 

IS THERE CARE IN HEALTH CARE 

I wrote this poem after going out one day to assist a mother with her 22 year old son who had a traumatic brain injury in a 4-wheeler accident. He had a trach, feeding tube, foley cath and skin breakdown from being in a long term care facility for 2 months. The insurance company allowed me three visits to teach the mother how to care for her son.

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I Quit My RN Job Yesterday 

I Quit My RN Job Yesterday 

Time and time again changes were thrust on us and made to sound as if they were the answers to all our problems, when, in reality, they created more problems and basically cured nothing.

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I AM DEDICATING THIS POEM TO ALL THE NURSES 

I AM DEDICATING THIS POEM TO ALL THE NURSES 

I WAS MERELY TWENTY SOMETHING, WHEN I STARTED MY CAREER. NURSING WAS MY DREAM AND NOW IT IS MY FEAR

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How Personal Digital Assistants Can Increase the Quality of Nursing Care Provided in the Hospital Setting 

How Personal Digital Assistants Can Increase the Quality of Nursing Care Provided in the Hospital Setting 

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), tools that have the potential to help nurses increase the quality of care that they provide in the hospital setting.

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Exploring Communication Technology In the Family Birthing Center

Exploring Communication Technology In the Family Birthing Center

Technology is being used increasingly in the health care field in order to improve patient outcomes. An e-health nursing initiative has been set forth by the Canadian Nurses Association to direct the development of information and communication initiatives. Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (2009) defines e-health as, "The leveraging of information and communication technology to enhance professional practice in order to promote and facilitate the health and well-being of individuals and families.” The purpose of the article is to explore ways in which communication technology in particular can aid nurses in providing more effective care, and allow for an enhanced health outcome.

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DETOUR OFF THE SEPSIS ROAD EARLY RECOGNITION IS KEY 

At present, the US reports approximately 750,000 cases of sepsis a year and estimates 1 million cases by 2020 With a mortality rate of 30%, an estimated 250,000 annual deaths, and hospital costs exceeding $16 billion, sepsis has become a burden. It is imperative to increase the awareness and early recognition of sepsis

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Culturally Competent Nursing in Homecare 

Culturally Competent Nursing in Homecare 

Homecare nurses must be culturally aware in order to appropriately care for homecare patients. Culture plays a part in the care of all types of patients but it plays a more important role in homecare.

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Clinical Profiling: Natural History of Essential Hypertension 

Hypertension is a major cardiovascular risk factor that directly contributes to myocardial episodes such as abnormal wall motion, hypertrophies, and subsequently an infarction (MI). Also noted, are cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), peripheral arterial insufficiency (PAI), and premature mortality. Optimal and cost-effective management of the condition depends on careful diagnosis, treatment minimization, and optimized adherence to the selections of tests and treatment plans.

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Clinical Nursing: Keeping Your Skills In-Tune 

The primary duty of every nurse is the assessment of a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. This basic-skill learned in the very first nursing class is the one skill and primary duty the nurse will use every day with his and/or her patients.

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Change for the Best 

There have been many changes in nursing in the almost thirty years since I graduated.

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Challenges in Nursing Informatics

Challenges in Nursing Informatics

As the use of technology explodes into the health care industry, its effects have the potential to become destructive elements to the nursing profession. This paper will discuss the evolution of nursing documentation, the immergence of health information technology, and the challenges it creates for the nursing profession.

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Are New Graduate Nurses Being Taught About the Importance of Nursing Rounds? 

This study helps to determine if new graduate nurses have any knowledge about nursing rounds and if they are using nursing rounds as a way to organize their practice.

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ACUTE RENAL FAILURE 

Acute renal failure (ARF) has become increasingly common in patients with critical illnesses. Up to two-thirds of intensive care unit (ICU) patients develop ARF with the leading cause being sepsis. Treatment of ARF has been associated with higher costs and the following adverse outcomes: increased length of stay, excess mortality of 30-71%, need for chronic dialysis in the patients who survive, and the requirement of discharge to short-term or long-term care facilities.

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