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Establishing A Center Of Excellence On Health Disparities In Rural Populations, Kathryn Anderson, B. Smalley, J. Warren 2016 Georgia Southern University

Establishing A Center Of Excellence On Health Disparities In Rural Populations, Kathryn Anderson, B. Smalley, J. Warren

Kathryn H. Anderson

No abstract provided.


Pathophysiology, Lee Ellen Kirkhorn, Jacquelyn Banasik 2016 IPFW

Pathophysiology, Lee Ellen Kirkhorn, Jacquelyn Banasik

Lee Ellen C Kirkhorn

No abstract provided.


Health Literacy As A Moderator In The Relationship Between Diabetes Knowledege And Diabetes Outcomes, Jameshyia Ballard Thompson 2016 University of Southern Mississippi

Health Literacy As A Moderator In The Relationship Between Diabetes Knowledege And Diabetes Outcomes, Jameshyia Ballard Thompson

Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to determine if health literacy was a moderator in the relationship between diabetes knowledge and diabetes outcomes, and explore the relationship between diabetes knowledge and health literacy. The target population included adults living in Mississippi with a diagnosis of diabetes at any point in life. A pilot study was performed to determine if the Functional Communicative Critical Health Literacy scales (FCCHL) and the Spoken Knowledge in Low Literacy in Diabetes scale (SKILLD) were appropriate for use in a population of adults in Mississippi with a diagnosis of diabetes. Participants for the pilot study were ...


Use Of The Patient Whiteboard To Improve Communication Of Pain Medication Schedule, Carmela Gonzalez-Shalaby MSN, RN 2016 usfca

Use Of The Patient Whiteboard To Improve Communication Of Pain Medication Schedule, Carmela Gonzalez-Shalaby Msn, Rn

Master's Projects

Abstract

Despite advances in treatment, pain remains a significant problem in healthcare today. Sub-optimal pain management results in poor patient outcomes and patient satisfaction, culminating in decreased quality of life and financial loss for the health care facility. An important component of pain management is transparent and timely health care team/ patient communication. This project aims to improve patient satisfaction in pain management by incorporating pain medication last given and next available times on patient whiteboards. The targeted floor was a busy post-op medical floor in a medium sized community hospital. Staff were educated with short educational sessions, educational pamphlets ...


Exploring Older Adults’ Perceptions Of The Utility And Ease Of Use Of Personal Emergency Response Systems, Patricia A. McLean 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Exploring Older Adults’ Perceptions Of The Utility And Ease Of Use Of Personal Emergency Response Systems, Patricia A. Mclean

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Key Words: Older adults, aging in place, functional impairment, assistive home-based technology, personal emergency response system (PERS).

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore and describe perceptions of the utility and ease of use of a personal emergency response system (PERS) among older adults who are aging in place.

Research Question: “What is the meaning of a PERS use for functionally impaired older adults?”

Design: An exploratory-descriptive qualitative design was used to recruit members of a VNSNY CHOICE Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) site in Queens, NY, who met the study’s eligibility through the selection criteria. Fourteen ...


Hope And Health Related Quality Of Life Of Older Women Who Have Had Heart Attacks, Alice Mary Kelly-Tobin 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Hope And Health Related Quality Of Life Of Older Women Who Have Had Heart Attacks, Alice Mary Kelly-Tobin

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Background: Heart disease is the number one cause of death and leading cause of disability in adults in the United States. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of heart disease with heart attack as its acute manifestation. Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is a multidimensional concept of self-perception of physical, emotional health, and overall sense of well-being. Hope, an inner process focusing on maintaining physical and mental well-being, is considered necessary for survival of chronic illnesses, such as CHD.

Method: Women age 65 and older who have had heart attacks (N=91) volunteered to participate in ...


Shifting The Load: Improving Bioscience Performance In Undergraduate Nurses Through Student Focused Learning, Angela Owens, Tracey Moroney 2016 The University of Notre Dame Australia

Shifting The Load: Improving Bioscience Performance In Undergraduate Nurses Through Student Focused Learning, Angela Owens, Tracey Moroney

Angela Owens

Background
Bioscience has a long history of being challenging to teach and learn within nursing courses and little has been published on new ways to assist students in their learning. The aim of this study was to determine which of three different interventions would assist student performance in a nursing bioscience unit.
Method
To begin, the contribution of recent prior learning in science was investigated by comparing the final exam marks of 182 students in the bioscience unit with the science marks they achieved at high (secondary) school. The effect of recent prior learning was then tested by investigating whether ...


The Male Of The Species: A Profile Of Men In Nursing, David Stanley, Tania Beament, Darren Falconer, Margaret Haigh, Rosemary Saunders, Karen Stanley, Peter Wall, Sharon Nielson 2016 Edith Cowan University

The Male Of The Species: A Profile Of Men In Nursing, David Stanley, Tania Beament, Darren Falconer, Margaret Haigh, Rosemary Saunders, Karen Stanley, Peter Wall, Sharon Nielson

Darren Falconer

Aim : To establish a profile of men in nursing in Western Australia and explore the perception of men in nursing from the perspective of male and female nurses. Background : A project team, including some of the current authors, produced a YouTube video and DVD about men in nursing which led to further enquiry on this topic. Design : The study employed a non-experimental, comparative, descriptive research design focused on a quantitative methodology, using an online survey in early 2014. Method : A convenience sample incorporated registered and enrolled nurses and midwives in Western Australia. Findings : The range of data included demographic information ...


Assessment Of Air Force Providers’ Adherence To Overweight And Obesity Guidelines, Dale Harrell 2016 Otterbein University

Assessment Of Air Force Providers’ Adherence To Overweight And Obesity Guidelines, Dale Harrell

Doctoral Theses

Despite the existence of obesity treatment guidelines, Air Force healthcare providers may offer suboptimal weight management. The purpose of this quality improvement project is to assess adherence by healthcare practitioners with adult overweight and obesity guidelines before and after an educational session on the optimal management of the overweight or obese patient. Overweight or obese adults treated in Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) may not be properly identified and controlled, as providers may not be adhering to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the management of obesity.


Improving Outcomes By Optimizing Sleep Opportunities In The Critically Ill Neuroscience Patient, Marie Wilson, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN 2016 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Improving Outcomes By Optimizing Sleep Opportunities In The Critically Ill Neuroscience Patient, Marie Wilson, Bsn, Rn, Ccrn, Cnrn

Department of Nursing papers and presentations

Purpose

The purpose of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is to provide specialized quality care to a high acuity and vulnerable critically ill population with the desired outcome of health improvement. It would appear that the goal for both Neuroscience Intensive Care Units and “sleep” would be one of healing; however it is also well documented that routine sleep disturbances due to either deprivation or disruption in neuroscience critical care units negatively affects patient outcomes.

Further exploration of sleep architecture, physiologic responses that occur during sleep and factors contributing to a lack of qualitative and quantitative sleep in critical care ...


"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns 2016 The University of Texas at Tyler

"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns

Melinda Hermanns

This poster was presented at the National Gerontological Association Annual Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky.


"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns 2016 The University of Texas at Tyler

"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns

Melinda Hermanns

This poster was presented at the National Gerontological Association Annual Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky.


"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns 2016 The University of Texas at Tyler

"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns

Melinda Hermanns

This poster was presented at the National Gerontological Association Annual Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky.


"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns 2016 The University of Texas at Tyler

"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns

Melinda Hermanns

This poster was presented at the National Gerontological Association Annual Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky.


"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns 2016 The University of Texas at Tyler

"It's Like We're Grasping At Anything!", B. Mastel-Smith, Melinda Hermanns

Melinda Hermanns

This poster was presented at the National Gerontological Association Annual Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky.


Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates Of Women At Discharge, Three And Six Months Postpartum Prior To Bfhi Implementation At A Tertiary Facility: A Prospective Cohort Study, Michelle Kelly 2016 Australian Catholic University

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates Of Women At Discharge, Three And Six Months Postpartum Prior To Bfhi Implementation At A Tertiary Facility: A Prospective Cohort Study, Michelle Kelly

Theses

Background: Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is recommended for both short and long term optimal infant and maternal health. There is currently a national focus on improving breastfeeding duration rates, with Australian rates for exclusive breastfeeding at six months postpartum 15.4%, below the national recommendation of 50%. The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) promotes The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as a benchmark that assists maternity facilities to improve breastfeeding practices and thus breastfeeding rates. This project explored breastfeeding initiation and duration rates of women discharged from a tertiary hospital in Australia prior to achieving ...


Bachelor Of Midwifery Students' Experiences Of Achieving Competency For Beginning Practice, Sharon Licqurish 2016 Australian Catholic University

Bachelor Of Midwifery Students' Experiences Of Achieving Competency For Beginning Practice, Sharon Licqurish

Theses

This study, commencing in 2005, explored the experiences of Bachelor of Midwifery students' achievement of competency for beginning practice. Data were collected via interviews with nineteen final year Bachelor of Midwifery students, completed competency assessments and reflective journals, along with field observation of 5 of the students periodically during their final placement, for a total of 48 hours. Data were analysed using grounded theory methodology augmented by situational analysis. Achievement of competency involved a number of social processes as the students adapted to a largely medically dominated system. The overarching process was termed assimilation, linked to which were realisation, adaptation ...


Transition To End-Of-Life In The Aged Care Setting: Identifying The Changes, Ruth Hohn 2016 Australian Catholic University

Transition To End-Of-Life In The Aged Care Setting: Identifying The Changes, Ruth Hohn

Theses

The purpose of this research study was to identify the perceptions of aged care health care personnel (ACHCP) working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) of the changes that indicate a resident has entered the end-of-life (EOL) phase. This is a challenging time for ACHCP because the changes in the resident's condition are frequently subtle and sometimes difficult to identify due to their slow deterioration, often over many months. In order for the best EOL care to be given to residents, timely and accurate assessment of this phase would enable the best possible and most appropriate care to be ...


Are Graduate Nurses Satisfied With Graduate Nurse Programs?, Julie Reeves 2016 Australian Catholic University

Are Graduate Nurses Satisfied With Graduate Nurse Programs?, Julie Reeves

Theses

The transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse Grade 1 is a difficult journey for many graduates. New graduates experience issues related to reality shock, socialisation, confidence and the theory practice gap. It is well recognised that graduates require extensive support and development throughout this very difficult time. In Victoria graduate nurse programs are a recognised vessel to deliver this support. Quality graduate programs which meet the satisfaction of graduate nurses are required to provide effective support. The implications of minimal support are enormous and can lead to graduates leaving the profession. There is much in the literature suggesting the ...


Virtuous Nursing: More Caring Than Science And More Scientific Than Care, Kristine Morrison 2016 Australian Catholic University

Virtuous Nursing: More Caring Than Science And More Scientific Than Care, Kristine Morrison

Theses

Western nursing has been deeply influenced by Christianity and more latterly by the Nightingale ideal of the good nurse. Both views have, as their foundation, the belief that there is an objectively knowable good way to live. This belief presents problems to the modern nurse and has, in large part, been rejected. However, the rejection of this objective moral foundation for nursing has resulted in a crisis of confidence about the best way to articulate what it is to be a good nurse. Two new ways have emerged in recent times. A scientific approach to nursing has elevated the work ...


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