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Gadgets And Grieving: A Chronological Analysis On The Ways In Which Advancements In Medical Technologies Have Altered The Grieving Process, Grace McNair 2017 Abilene Christian University

Gadgets And Grieving: A Chronological Analysis On The Ways In Which Advancements In Medical Technologies Have Altered The Grieving Process, Grace Mcnair

Dialogue & Nexus

Since the 1940s, both end-of-life care and advancements in medical technologies have expanded exponentially. This article explores the advancements in medical technologies and how these have altered the way that Western society grieves death. With the capabilities to prolong life, the family, the patient, and the medical team, all grieve the end of life in different ways. This article provides a chronological analysis of palliative care, hospice care, and various medical advancements. These changes in medicine are then paralleled with alterations in the bereavement process. This article explores historical narratives of Western society’s transformation of grief through the lens ...


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Skin-Care Team, Anna Therianos Konstantin 2017 usf

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Skin-Care Team, Anna Therianos Konstantin

Master's Projects and Capstones

In the United States, pressure injuries (PIs) cost $9.1–$11.6 billion per year and claim more than 60,000 patient lives. The large Northern California hospital where this CNL project was conducted has had an 8.33% incidence of hospital-acquired PIs at or greater than stage two in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Pressure injury prevention was not a high priority for the nursing staff; nurses were unaware of current PI prevention protocols or the PI prevalence in the PICU. The goals are to reduce PIs by 20% in 3 months, increase PI nursing education, and improve ...


An Eicu/Icu Collaborative To Reduce Sepsis Mortality, Laura S. Maples Ms. 2017 University of San Francisco

An Eicu/Icu Collaborative To Reduce Sepsis Mortality, Laura S. Maples Ms.

Master's Projects and Capstones

Sepsis costs over 20 billion dollars annually to treat making it the most expensive diagnosis for hospitals (Afrefian, et al., 2017) and carries with it an average mortality rate of 45% (SCCM, 2016). The eICU/ICU collaborative project was developed to improve sepsis mortality at Sutter Health’s Solano hospital affiliate from 41.2% to the system-wide goal of 18.8% over the course of a year by implementing two technologies. The first was the onboarding of the non-invasive cardiac output monitoring (NICOM) technology by Sutter Solano to fulfill the 6-hour bundle compliance for septic shock resuscitation. The other technology ...


I’M A Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition Rn Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care, Emily W. Lam 2017 University of San Francisco

I’M A Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition Rn Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care, Emily W. Lam

Master's Projects and Capstones

The title of the clinical nurse leader project is “I’m a Big Kid Now: Enhancing Transition RN Residents’ Confidence During Pediatric Patient Care”. The project aims to improve the support components for Transition RN residents during their Transition RN Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The clinical leadership theme that correlates to this project is communication. The clinical nurse leader’s role is to act as an educator and a facilitator throughout this project. In examining the clinical nurse leader competencies, competencies “use performance measures to assess and improve the delivery of evidence-based practices and promote outcomes that ...


Standardization Of Shift Report By Implementing A Nursing Report Sheet And Addressing Patient Values To Meet Patient Needs, Roman A. Salas 2017 University of San Francisco

Standardization Of Shift Report By Implementing A Nursing Report Sheet And Addressing Patient Values To Meet Patient Needs, Roman A. Salas

Master's Projects and Capstones

Bedside shift report is a complex process, which involves the transition of care from one clinician to another. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (2013) reported that approximately 70% of patient adverse events are attributed to communication failures between healthcare providers. Nurses remain inconsistent with information sharing during bedside shift report leading to communication gaps. The object of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) internship project is to provide true patient-centered by standardizing bedside shift report by implementing a nursing report sheet and addressing patient needs. The project was conducted in a level-one trauma center in San Diego, CA ...


Reducing Alarm Fatigue In Critical Care, Janice A. Winfrey 2017 The University of San Francisco

Reducing Alarm Fatigue In Critical Care, Janice A. Winfrey

Master's Projects and Capstones

Reducing Alarm Fatigue in Critical Care

Abstract

This improvement project took place on the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of a non-profit hospital in Northern California. The unit houses 54 beds, employs over 210 employees, and houses the facility’s central cardiac monitoring station which utilizes unit staff. The objective was to improve patient safety through reducing the risk of alarm fatigue by decreasing the total number of clinical alarms on the unit. Specified goals included a 20% reduction in the number of alarms sounding on the unit with a 20% reduction in telemetry utilization. Goals were chosen based on unit ...


Delirium: A Cnl-Led Protocol To Clear Up The Confusion, Shanda N. Whittle 2017 University of San Francisco

Delirium: A Cnl-Led Protocol To Clear Up The Confusion, Shanda N. Whittle

Master's Projects and Capstones

Project objectives: Delirium is a form of organ failure defined as an acute change in cognition, evidenced by altered consciousness and impaired attention that fluctuates over time, and is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare services utilization. In the hospital where this evidence-based practice project took place, there was no formal protocol or guideline for assessing or managing delirium. Therefore, this project focused on improving the practice of identifying patients at risk for developing delirium with the AWOL tool and treating patients with signs and symptoms of delirium found using the Short-CAM assessment. Population and setting: This project took ...


Is Intense Glycemic Control Really Better?, Cierra W. Schutzman 2017 University of Wyoming

Is Intense Glycemic Control Really Better?, Cierra W. Schutzman

Honors Theses AY 16/17

The following paper and presentation have been put together in my pursuit of finding out whether or not intense glycemic control has proven more beneficial when compared to a conventional type of glucose control in hospitalized adults in an intense care unit (ICU). It is important to note that this paper and the following studies look at acute or short term hyperglycemia, not chronic. Chronic hyperglycemia has many detrimental effects and therefore tight blood glucose control is essential for optimal health when discussing long-term control of glycemic levels. Inspiration came for this project while taking care of ICU patients in ...


The Application Of Grounded Theory: An Example From Nursing Workforce Research, LaToya J. Lewis-Pierre 4572586, Joann Kovacich, Linda Amankwaa 2017 University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

The Application Of Grounded Theory: An Example From Nursing Workforce Research, Latoya J. Lewis-Pierre 4572586, Joann Kovacich, Linda Amankwaa

The Qualitative Report

The application of grounded theory was the conduit to theory development in this study. The intent was to explore nurse manager, educator, preceptor, and new graduates’ perceptions of workplace readiness for new graduates entering an Intensive Care Unit. Research participants were drawn from five different ICUs: Medical, Coronary Care, Surgical, Neuroscience, and Trauma. One-on-one interviews were conducted to collect participants’ perspectives on readiness to practice in the ICU. Using grounded theory, four themes emerged giving rise to the novice nurse embracing the ICU theory (NNEIT). Reflections on the type of grounded theory used, reasons for the selection, challenges faced in ...


Reported Interventions For Reducing Anxiety And Distress In Adult Oncology Patients Throughout Their Cancer Experience: A Review Of The Literature And An Analysis Of Adults In Remission, Katie Gomez 2017 Dominican University of California

Reported Interventions For Reducing Anxiety And Distress In Adult Oncology Patients Throughout Their Cancer Experience: A Review Of The Literature And An Analysis Of Adults In Remission, Katie Gomez

Honors Theses and Capstone Projects

Background: The purpose of this paper is to identify present methods at relieving anxiety and distress in adult oncology patients. According to the American Cancer Association (2016), 1.7 million American will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, and therefore, it is important for nurses to be competent caregivers to this growing patient population.

Literature Review: A comprehensive review of current literature showed that consistent, competent caregivers, honest communication from the medical team, back massage, and music therapy were effective at cutting mean anxiety and distress scores by as much as 50 percent. Sixteen peer-reviewed articles from around the world ...


The Influence A Multiple Teaching Modalities Course On Knowledge And Self-Confidence Of Newly Trained Emergency Nurses, Anna C. Montejano 2017 California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Influence A Multiple Teaching Modalities Course On Knowledge And Self-Confidence Of Newly Trained Emergency Nurses, Anna C. Montejano

Doctoral Projects

Many new graduate residency programs exist supporting new registered nurses (RN) transition from theory to practice, but what is not reported in the literature are programs for RNs transitioning in practice to specialty care units, such as the emergency department. Furthermore, literature addressing the use of multiple teaching modalities as a method in course work is limited. A quasi-experimental design study explored the influence a multiple teaching modalities course on the knowledge and self-confidence of newly trained emergency department nurses. Results indicated using multiple teaching modalities provided a benefit to newly trained ED nurses with an increase in knowledge and ...


An Exploratory Study Of The Utilization Of Evidence-Based Pharmacological Treatment On Heart Failure Patients In Mississippi And Its Impact On Readmission, Keri A. Barron 2017 University of Southern Mississippi

An Exploratory Study Of The Utilization Of Evidence-Based Pharmacological Treatment On Heart Failure Patients In Mississippi And Its Impact On Readmission, Keri A. Barron

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of adherence to evidence-based guidelines for pharmacologic management by select Mississippi hospitals and their hospital readmission rates. This was an exploratory study with a retrospective design. This design offered insight into the relationship between readmissions of heart failure patients and adherence to the national guidelines for the pharmacologic treatment of heart failure. The study took place in a hospital in the southeastern section of the United States. Data were collected from a database of patients with heart failure seen between January 2011 and June 2014.

The unit of analysis for ...


End Of Life Care Practices For Patients Who Die In Intensive Care Units (Icu), Jila Ghabeljoo 2017 California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice

End Of Life Care Practices For Patients Who Die In Intensive Care Units (Icu), Jila Ghabeljoo

Doctoral Projects

Today, one in five hospital deaths happens in the intensive care unit with the expectation of twice as many by 2030. Increasing, mortality has triggered a growing attention to end-of-life (EOL) care in the ICU. However, the lack of coveted EOL and palliative care skills creates a challenge for ICU nurses. The aim of this study was to assess the current practices of EOL care in the ICU. In this quantitative research, a retrospective chart review method was employed to analyze the collected data from a population 60 EOL patients who died in the ICU of a Southern California hospital ...


Study Of Nurses' Attitudes And Practices Towards Pain Evaluation In Nonverbal Patients, Rebekah Lovin 2017 Liberty University

Study Of Nurses' Attitudes And Practices Towards Pain Evaluation In Nonverbal Patients, Rebekah Lovin

Senior Honors Theses

Pain, and the appropriate treatment of it, has recently come to the forefront of issues addressed with healthcare providers. Since the cornerstone of pain management is an appropriate assessment, methods of accurate pain evaluation are necessary. This need is particularly important in the population of patients who cannot express their pain. While pain assessment tools are available for use with nonverbal patients and hospitals typically mandate the use of one of these tools, actual compliance with such policy may not actually occur. Various barriers, such as education in the use of a tool, time, and the personal views of the ...


Grounded Theory And The Conundrum Of Literature Review: Framework For Novice Researchers, Mohamed T. El Hussein, Andrea Kennedy, Brent Oliver 2017 Mount Royal University

Grounded Theory And The Conundrum Of Literature Review: Framework For Novice Researchers, Mohamed T. El Hussein, Andrea Kennedy, Brent Oliver

The Qualitative Report

The issue of the literature review remains a conundrum and a controversy within the discourse on grounded theory methodology. Grounded theory researchers are expected to minimize preconceptions to ensure the concept of interest is grounded in data, yet at the same time are required to evaluate existing literature to support institutional ethics and scientific review of the research proposal. In addressing this dilemma, we espouse that literature review in grounded theory should comprise a multistage nonlinear approach to the literature and introduce a framework for novice grounded theory researchers. This framework offers a reflexive, dynamic and integrative process for conducting ...


Nursing Perspective Of Preparedness To Deliver End-Of-Life Care: A Descriptive Study, Caitlin B. McCann 2017 Saint John Fisher College

Nursing Perspective Of Preparedness To Deliver End-Of-Life Care: A Descriptive Study, Caitlin B. Mccann

Nursing Masters

Abstract

Background: Death of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is often sudden and unexpected. When ICU care transitions from curative to palliative, nursing staff frequently feel ill prepared to effectively care for dying patients and their families [1, 2]. The purpose of this study was to identify ICU nursing staff’s perception of the effectiveness of current end-of-life care (EOLC) education methods and their preparedness to deliver EOLC to dying patients and their families.

Methods: A newly developed online survey was utilized on Qualtrics survey generator and distributed through social media to allow for snowball sampling. Descriptive statistics ...


Cerebrovascular Accident Survival: Strategies Of Flight Nursing And Aeromedical Transport, Alexis Caudle 2017 Liberty University

Cerebrovascular Accident Survival: Strategies Of Flight Nursing And Aeromedical Transport, Alexis Caudle

Senior Honors Theses

Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), known as strokes, are a leading cause of death worldwide. The delivery and timing of treatment for CVAs is a critical factor in restoring health to the patient. One of the variables in recovery is the method of transport used in bringing the patient to a health care facility. Aeromedical transport remains a valuable resource to achieve full recovery in stroke patients. An ongoing debate of risk versus benefit of helicopter emergency services will be included as well as examination of variables including location, time, physiology of the flight, and the patient’s condition to be scrutinized ...


From The Top Down: Assisting Critical Care Nurses In Coping With Job Stresses, Cynthia R. Bryant 2017 Liberty University

From The Top Down: Assisting Critical Care Nurses In Coping With Job Stresses, Cynthia R. Bryant

Senior Honors Theses

Critical Care nurses are faced with traumatic scenarios on a daily basis at work and are expected to remain professional in the face of chaos. In the midst of caring for their patients and catering to each family’s emotional needs, their own mental health tends to get pushed aside. Nurses are expected to remain supportive to sick patients and their families while enduring psychologically disturbing images and sounds, witnessing phases of the dying process, and hearing end-of-life care decisions being made. Because these nurses are only human, their energy reserves are rapidly depleted and they are left emotionally exhausted ...


Improving Tissue Integrity In Intensive Care Unit Patients, Stacie L. Hearell 2017 Murray State University

Improving Tissue Integrity In Intensive Care Unit Patients, Stacie L. Hearell

Scholars Week

Throughout clinical experiences in western Kentucky intensive care units, it has been observed that critically ill patients are not receiving fully implemented skin care practice according to hospital and company policy. Patients are not turned completely to one side or the other due to size, mechanical intubation, and other medical devices that may be intimidating to staff. Alderen et al., (2011) states that “in mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients, pressure ulcer risk is high and may result in negative patient outcomes and increased healthcare costs.” Gallant, Morin, St-Germain, and Dallaire (2010) state that “In practice, pressure ulcers are indicators of ...


Preventing Sepsis Mortality, Karli Tabers 2017 Murray State University

Preventing Sepsis Mortality, Karli Tabers

Scholars Week

This research project explores recent evidence based research on preventing sepsis mortality in inpatient units. Sepsis mortality is an increasing problem in the state of Kentucky and demands immediate intervention. At Baptist Health Paducah, 44 deaths were related to sepsis in a 5-month period. Most deaths related to sepsis can be prevented. This research looks at how these deaths can be prevented and how nurses must change their practice to avoid further mortality from sepsis. This paper includes a literature review of recent research proving that sepsis mortality can be prevented by focusing on discharge teaching to all patients, implementing ...


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