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Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Emergency Department Nurses, Melissa Machado 2018 Rhode Island College

Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Emergency Department Nurses, Melissa Machado

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Individuals employed in healthcare services are exposed daily to a variety of health and safety hazards which include psychosocial risks, such as those associated with work-related stress. Nursing is the largest group of health professionals in the healthcare system. Work-related stress has been associated with substandard quality and safety of care, poor health status, decreased quality of life and compromised safety among staff members (Christodoulou-Fella, Middleton, Papathanassoglou, & Karanikola, 2017).

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) is exacerbated in health professionals who are continuously confronted and care for patients suffering traumatic injuries and are critically ill, while experiencing emotional disruption themselves, thus …


Many People Are Afraid Of White Coats. They Should Be, Kathryn D. Tente 2018 Rhode Island College

Many People Are Afraid Of White Coats. They Should Be, Kathryn D. Tente

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

The concept of “do no harm” is not a figure of speech. It is a pledge to our patients to insert ourselves between them and anything that can harm them physically or emotionally. “Do lab coats harbor microbes that are detrimental to our clients’ health?” was the question that drove this systematic review. Using a search to cover articles regarding the microbial integrity of the coat, several studies were found to include culture and sensitivity reports along with participants’ surveys that increase the data to include demographics, handling habits of the coat along with laundering habits of the owners of …


The Impact Of Rhode Island's Mandatory Health Care Worker Influenza Vaccination Regulation On Influenza Incidence In Long-Term Care Facility Residents, Wendy A. Chicoine 2018 Rhode Island College

The Impact Of Rhode Island's Mandatory Health Care Worker Influenza Vaccination Regulation On Influenza Incidence In Long-Term Care Facility Residents, Wendy A. Chicoine

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that contributes to significant morbidity and mortality locally, nationally, and globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that influenza has caused between 9.2 million and 60.8 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010, and approximately 80- 90 percent of influenza related deaths occurred in people 65 years and older. In 2012, prompted by the mounting\ evidence of the risk of nosocomial influenza infection for patients and low influenza vaccination rates of health care workers, the Rhode Island Department of Health …


Health-Related Fitness Differences Amongst Allied And Non-Allied Undergraduate Health Majors, Grant Ragan, Amy Shepherd, Narges Shirazi, Kaitlin Smith 2018 University of Alabama in Huntsville

Health-Related Fitness Differences Amongst Allied And Non-Allied Undergraduate Health Majors, Grant Ragan, Amy Shepherd, Narges Shirazi, Kaitlin Smith

Research Horizons Day Posters

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Implementation Of The Banner Mobility Assessment Tool For Bariatric Patients, Nicole Benkert 2018 Murray State University

Implementation Of The Banner Mobility Assessment Tool For Bariatric Patients, Nicole Benkert

Scholars Week

Abstract

The prevalence of morbidly obese patient within the United States is on a rapid incline. Evidence correlates an increase in patient falls, comorbidities, and hospital admission among this specific patient group. As a result, there is an increase in workload and injuries to staff as they tend to these patients. Healthcare facilities need to continuously update current patient handling programs and create specific policies for safely handling obese patients. Research suggests that Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Programs, as well as the Banner Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT), have substantially decreased nurse injuries through a wide range of nursing specialties. …


Understanding Occupational Injuries, Hanbit (Joyce) Choi 2018 California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice

Understanding Occupational Injuries, Hanbit (Joyce) Choi

Doctoral Projects

The purpose of this project is to better understand the potential negative impact of longer commute times on work-related health complaints and its relationship with frequency of work-related injuries among general assembly workers from various factories in the Bay Area. Companies in the United States seek to reduce the cost of work-related injuries by investigating the causes of and implementing necessary programs in their workplaces. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 115,000 employees who spend more than 90 minutes commuting to their jobs in the San Francisco Bay and San Jose Silicon Valley areas (2013). However, there …


Telemetry Nurses Knowledge Of Alarm Fatigue And Interventions For Change: An Education Program Development, Samantha Cruz 2018 Rhode Island College

Telemetry Nurses Knowledge Of Alarm Fatigue And Interventions For Change: An Education Program Development, Samantha Cruz

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Alarm fatigue is known to be one of the top safety concerns in the healthcare setting. The Joint Commission recognized Alarm safety as one of the 2017 National Patient Safety Goals. Alarm fatigue occurs when a healthcare worker becomes overwhelmed and often desensitized to patient monitor alarms. It has been established that interventions including ECG daily electrode and battery changes, skin prep for electrode placement, and adjusting alarm parameters to fit patient needs can lead to a reduction in false or nuisance alarms. In order for these interventions to be carried out successfully, education of nurses regarding alarm fatigue and …


Differences In Preventable Cardiovascular-Related Versus Unavoidable Occupational Causes Of Firefighter Fatalities On Duty, Amy Goad, DNP, MS, NP-C 2018 George Washington University

Differences In Preventable Cardiovascular-Related Versus Unavoidable Occupational Causes Of Firefighter Fatalities On Duty, Amy Goad, Dnp, Ms, Np-C

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects

Background: Firefighters across the United States face high fatality rates in the line of duty of which many are likely related to preventable cardiovascular risk factors.

Objectives: To assess differences in firefighter cardiovascular-related versus unavoidable occupational-related fatalities by career status, age, smoking, obesity, and hypertension.

Methods: We used an exploratory, comparative secondary data analysis design. We extracted data from a national database of deceased firefighters over 14 years. Variables extracted were career status, age, smoking, obesity, and hypertension as well as the reason for death while on duty (i.e., cardiovascular-related or unavoidable occupational-related death). Data were analyzed using Chi-Square to …


Impressions Of Participants In A Chemical Mass Casualty Exercise, Ethan J. Start, Joan M. Culley, Abbas Tavakoli 2018 University of South Carolina - Columbia

Impressions Of Participants In A Chemical Mass Casualty Exercise, Ethan J. Start, Joan M. Culley, Abbas Tavakoli

Senior Theses

A mass casualty exercise was performed to investigate triage and decontamination of patients exposed to an irritant gas. Nursing students participated in two groups: emergency department triage (ED) and decontamination (DECON). While participants felt overall that the experience was valuable, DECON participants had a greater interest in emergency response and were more likely to volunteer again.


The Effectiveness Of Yoga In Preventing And Managing Back Pain, Sonja M. Brockman 2018 Augsburg University

The Effectiveness Of Yoga In Preventing And Managing Back Pain, Sonja M. Brockman

Theses and Graduate Projects

In this Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) scholarly

project, a yoga program was developed and implemented to educate how the practice of yoga can be utilized to manage or prevent back pain in nurses. Back pain in nurses is a common condition that can cause nurses to become unable to work and ultimately affect the nursing work unit. The practice of yoga has gained popularity in Western culture for improving health and back pain. A review of the recent research literature from 2000- 2015 that investigated back pain in nurses, back pain management, treatment, and yoga, is provided …


The Effect Of Training And Recognition On Nursing Assistant Retention In Acute Care Settings, Rachael Austin Swann 2018 Gardner-Webb University

The Effect Of Training And Recognition On Nursing Assistant Retention In Acute Care Settings, Rachael Austin Swann

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

Nursing assistants are being hired in acute care settings to alleviate staffing issues associated with the nursing shortage. This has been a great economical solution to ensure adequate staff because of the large number of trained individuals in this vocation. Turnover and retention with nursing assistants in all settings including acute care is an expensive and reoccurring problem. Although several strategies have been implemented to prevent this, few provide a sustainable positive outcome. This situation requires an approach to look at the causes of turnover and provide interventions to reverse the negative impact. The intent of this research looked at …


Emergency Registered Nurses’ Perceptions Of Workplace Violence, Margarite Elsey 2018 Gardner-Webb University

Emergency Registered Nurses’ Perceptions Of Workplace Violence, Margarite Elsey

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

Workplace violence (WPV) is a significant issue in today’s healthcare field, especially for nurses in the emergency department. WPV is defined by action of verbal abuse, threats, disruptive behavior, harassment, intimidation and/or physical abuse, or assault (Stene, Larson, Levy, & Dohlman, 2015). Emergency Department (ED) registered nurses (RNs) are in a prime position to experience WPV due to the nature and purpose of the emergency room. To address effectively the problem of WPV against RNs in the ED, it is crucial first to understand how nurses in this setting perceive WPV from patients and/or visitors. In a Level I Trauma …


Exploring Nurse Stress, Andrea Butler 2018 Gardner-Webb University

Exploring Nurse Stress, Andrea Butler

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

Aims: To explore levels of stress among nurses working in medical-surgical, telemetry and medical-telemetry nursing departments. Background: Bedside nurses are continuously confronted with stressful situations. These stressors can be very unpredictable and varying in intensity. As the nurse will face many different stressors, it is important for leadership to recognize the origin of the stress in order do everything possible to promote positive outcomes. Conquering stress within nursing departments provides a benefit for the greater good. Methods: This study used a descriptive, correlational study design. The association of occupational job stress for a nurse working within medical-surgical, telemetry, and medical-telemetry …


The Impact A Nurse's Work Environment Has On Breastfeeding, Ashley Dawn Hull 2018 Gardner-Webb University

The Impact A Nurse's Work Environment Has On Breastfeeding, Ashley Dawn Hull

Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects

Breastfeeding is a global health initiative, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), because of its numerous health benefits to mothers and infants. Despite breast milk’s documented benefits to mothers and babies, many women are not choosing to breastfeed their infants. A lack of paid maternity leave policy within the United States influences postpartum responsibilities, physically, and psychologically. This paper presents nurses’ responses to the Workplace Breastfeeding Support Scale survey regarding their workplace environment support of breastfeeding. Nurses providing direct patient care for more than 50% of their shifts revealed 45.5% disagreed in some variance with their comfort in …


Academic Incivility In Modern Generation Of Nursing Students, Laila Akber Cassum 2018 Aga Khan University

Academic Incivility In Modern Generation Of Nursing Students, Laila Akber Cassum

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Incivility in nursing academia and workplace is one of the emerging and complex issues in recent years, and can have substantial consequences on the organizational benchmark as well as on the teaching and learning milieu of the institution. Growth of academic incivility among the modern and diversified generation of students can have a profound destructive impact on their academic life and professional career. Impolite and discourteous attitude and behavior in a classroom atmosphere can originate from the learners as well the teachers, which can significantly impact the critical thinking and learning outcomes of the learner. This matter needs to be …


Increasing Annual Influenza Vaccination Rates Through Primary Prevention Strategies Among Health Care Workers In A Psychiatric Long-Term Care Facility: An Evidence-Based Approach, Kathleen Miller 2018 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Increasing Annual Influenza Vaccination Rates Through Primary Prevention Strategies Among Health Care Workers In A Psychiatric Long-Term Care Facility: An Evidence-Based Approach, Kathleen Miller

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Abstract

Background: Influenza is a highly infectious, serious respiratory virus that causes almost 226,000 hospitalizations and averages 36,000 deaths annually in the United States (U.S.). Those at the highest risk for influenza-related complications and death include the elderly, the very young, those with chronic disease, and people with weakened immune systems. Since 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) have recommended that all medically eligible healthcare workers (HCWs) receive an influenza vaccination annually. Despite recommendations, many HCWs decline the seasonal influenza vaccination putting themselves and their patients at risk. The CDC …


Evaluating Outcomes Of Education On Waste Management In The Hospital Setting, Taryn N. Schlather 2018 university of central florida

Evaluating Outcomes Of Education On Waste Management In The Hospital Setting, Taryn N. Schlather

Honors Undergraduate Theses

With advancements in healthcare, we continue to find new needs that must be addressed. Hospitals generate a substantial amount of medical waste, and proper disposal is important for patient and staff safety, environmental protection, and cost efficiency. A series of studies show there is a need for further education on hospital waste management policies. This thesis aims to evaluate education interventions to improve knowledge and healthcare waste disposal practices. This literature review was conducted using multiple databases, including MedLINE, CINAHL, GreenFILE, Google Scholar, EBSCOhost, and NCBI, to find qualifying research articles in the English language from 2005-2018. Key terms for …


The Potential Role Of Weightlifting Training On The Biomechanics Of Patient Movements In The Prevention Of Back Injury, Michael Lee Callihan 2018 University of Kentucky

The Potential Role Of Weightlifting Training On The Biomechanics Of Patient Movements In The Prevention Of Back Injury, Michael Lee Callihan

Theses and Dissertations--Nursing

Back injury in nursing is a significant concern for the health of the worker, the costs to the healthcare system, and the safety of the patients. Current injury prevention measures include ergonomic adjustments to the work environment, the use of mechanical lifting equipment, policies to limit manual handling of patients, and the teaching of lifting techniques. These measures have been met with limited success in reducing injury rates. Little is known about whether changing the lifting biomechanics used in the healthcare setting can lower high injury rates across the profession.

The purposes of this dissertation were to: 1) identify the …


Environmental Links To Ectopic Kidney Diseases, Firas Alhasson 2018 University of South Carolina

Environmental Links To Ectopic Kidney Diseases, Firas Alhasson

Theses and Dissertations

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease in the western culture and worldwide. Its morbidity has been raising and it has become a burden on the public health. NAFLD is associated with other metabolic diseases such as Diabetic Mellitus and hypertension. NAFLD is a wide spectrum of symptoms, from an accumulation of fat in the liver (cirrhosis) to production of scar tissue (Fibrosis). The liver along with other distal organs such as the kidney and cardiovascular system can be damaged as ectopic manifestations of NAFLD. Contamination of drinking water with Cyanobacterium toxin (Microcystin) and water disinfection …


Pilot Of A Randomized Trial Comparing Outcomes Of Three Types Of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (Pivc): Utilizing The Plan, Do, Study, Act Cycle, Heather Galang 2017 James Madison University

Pilot Of A Randomized Trial Comparing Outcomes Of Three Types Of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (Pivc): Utilizing The Plan, Do, Study, Act Cycle, Heather Galang

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Final Clinical Projects, 2016-2019

Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC) are used in high volume in acute and ambulatory settings. Due to high volume of use in patient care, complications from a PIVC can significantly impact patient experience. Literature indicates complications such as blood exposure, phlebitis, unplanned removal, infiltration, occlusion, dwell time, pain, and cost have serious consequences in patient care, leading to potential delays in treatment, patient discomfort, patient dissatisfaction, safety concerns, nursing interruptions, increased length of stay, and added costs. Gap analysis indicates additional research can prove beneficial for evidence-based care improvement. The authors propose using the plan, do, study, act to conduct a …


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