Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Public Health and Community Nursing Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

1,938 Full-Text Articles 3,107 Authors 1,006,396 Downloads 154 Institutions

All Articles in Public Health and Community Nursing

Faceted Search

1,938 full-text articles. Page 88 of 90.

Community Health Workers: Bearers Of The Light In Health, Healing, And Care, Jean M. Gunderson 2011 Augsburg College

Community Health Workers: Bearers Of The Light In Health, Healing, And Care, Jean M. Gunderson

Theses and Graduate Projects

Since the 1940's with the development of the community oriented Primary care model of sydney and Emily Kark that originated in Africa and was transposed to the United States, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been integrated in community health activities. As individuals from the community intimately connected to its people and its cultural life-ways and meaning, they provide primary services and care as advocates, liaisons, educators, cultural brokers, and navigators; bridging multifaceted hanscultural constructs within systems. Thi increasing diversity of communities, the health inequities, and the call for culturally responsive care, reinforce the significance of understanding the practice of community …


Coping Strategies Of Family Members Of Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients, Phyllis M. Eaton, Bertha L. Davis, Pamela V. Hammond, Esther H. Condon, Zina T. McGee 2011 Old Dominion University

Coping Strategies Of Family Members Of Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients, Phyllis M. Eaton, Bertha L. Davis, Pamela V. Hammond, Esther H. Condon, Zina T. Mcgee

Nursing Faculty Publications

This exploratory research paper investigated the coping strategies of families of hospitalized psychiatric patients and identified their positive and negative coping strategies. In this paper, the coping strategies of 45 family members were examined using a descriptive, correlational, mixed method research approach. Guided by the Neuman Systems Model and using the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales and semistructured interviews, this paper found that these family members used more emotion-focused coping strategies than problem-focused coping strategies. The common coping strategies used by family members were communicating with immediate family, acceptance of their situation, passive appraisal, avoidance, and spirituality. The …


Screening, Brief Intervention, And Referral To Treatment For Alcohol Use In A Community College, Alexandra Aimee Bell 2011 California State University, San Bernardino

Screening, Brief Intervention, And Referral To Treatment For Alcohol Use In A Community College, Alexandra Aimee Bell

Theses Digitization Project

This study examines the impact of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) on the high-risk alcohol behavior of a sample of California community college students accessing services at the student health center.


The Perceived Impact Of Diabetes Support Groups, Rebecca Garofalo 2011 Rhode Island College

The Perceived Impact Of Diabetes Support Groups, Rebecca Garofalo

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

A dearth o f research exists describing the perceived impact o f diabetes support groups from the perspective o f support group participants. This study examined the subjective experience of being a participant in a diabetes support group upon a person's physical and emotional well being. Participants were recruited from a diabetes support group and interviewed individually through a series of open ended interview questions. The participants reported various physical and emotional challenges related to their diabetes. The support group was a source of information, hope, shared experience and group problem solving as individuals strived to maintain lifestyle behaviors required …


What Impact Does A Coordinated School Health Program Have On Health Behaviors In Rhode Island High School Students?, Dawn Britto 2011 Rhode Island College

What Impact Does A Coordinated School Health Program Have On Health Behaviors In Rhode Island High School Students?, Dawn Britto

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

Society has become increasingly concerned with minimizing health-risk behaviors in young people grades K-12. These risky behaviors contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, which are often established during childhood and adolescence, extend into adttlthood, and are interrelated and preventable. School health programs can play a unique and important role in the lives of youth by helping improve their health- related knowledge, attitudes and skills through comprehensive coordinated school health education. A high-quality school health program is a coordinated and comprehensive set of courses, services, practices, and policies that meet the health and safety needs of students and …


Evaluation Of The Culturally Competent Nursing Modules, Ann P. Silva 2011 Rhode Island College

Evaluation Of The Culturally Competent Nursing Modules, Ann P. Silva

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

The dramatic aging of the U.S. population and the growing proportion of racial and ethnic minority groups are two factors that continue to increase the urgency of addressing health disparities (State of Aging and Health in America [SAHA], 2007). With 40% of the U.S. population currently consisting of either immigrants or first-generation Americans, it is imperative that healthcare facilities provide cultural competence training for their nurses to ensure that all patients receive quality care(Hascup,2010). Recognizing cultural diversity integrating cultural knowledge, and acting in a culturally appropriate manner enables nurses to be more effective in initiating nursing assessments and serving as …


The Caring Connection: Using Leadership Metis To Facilitate Community Outreach For Hospital-Based Nurses, Susan Rein Loushin 2011 Augsburg College

The Caring Connection: Using Leadership Metis To Facilitate Community Outreach For Hospital-Based Nurses, Susan Rein Loushin

Theses and Graduate Projects

This presentation and poster describes advanced practice as a leadership process that links nurses working in a hospital setting with people in the neighborhood who are homeless. It gives voice to the experiences of nurses volunteering within the homeless community. There is documented evidence supporting the virtues of volunteerism and the effect on the target population. However, there appears to be a gap in the literature regarding the effect outreach projects have on the personal and professional lives of nurses volunteering their time in the community.

This DNP project .created opportunities and leadership for nurses to work as citizen professionals …


Utilization And Maintaining The Spirit Of Motivational Interviewing In Sageplus Lifestyle Interventions, Joan Y. Grotewold 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Utilization And Maintaining The Spirit Of Motivational Interviewing In Sageplus Lifestyle Interventions, Joan Y. Grotewold

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Utilizing a descriptive quantitative design to guide data collection and analysis, 11 of the 14 clinics in the State of Minnesota that participate in the SagePlus program were selected by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to participate in this study. The population for this study was the 22 healthcare professionals who were providing the lifestyle interventions in those clinics. The purpose of this study was to determine if the SagePlus healthcare professionals who are providing lifestyle counseling interventions were using Motivational Interviewing (MI) with SagePlus clients and if the healthcare professionals were maintaining the spirit of MI throughout these …


Addicted Youth: The Understanding Of Smoking-Related Health Risks In Female College Students, Rebekah Agnes Ann Morris 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Addicted Youth: The Understanding Of Smoking-Related Health Risks In Female College Students, Rebekah Agnes Ann Morris

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Young adults are at the greatest risk for initiation of smoking or becoming daily smokers. Smoking has a unique history in the United States and is associated with health risks beyond heart disease and lung cancer, many specifically affecting women. Although the majority of people are aware of the risks for heart disease and lung cancer, many other risks are not recognized. By evaluating the known knowledge of smoking-related health risks beyond and including heart disease and lung cancer in the high risk population of female college students, education programs and cessation teaching can be altered, potentially resulting in lower …


Long-Term Care, Emma Kontzamanis, Keville Frederickson 2011 CUNY New York City College of Technology

Long-Term Care, Emma Kontzamanis, Keville Frederickson

Publications and Research

In chis chapter, the need for long-term care services is explained from the perspective of the explosive growth of the older population as well as the increase in disability and chronic illness in the general population. A definition of long-term care within the contexts of inpatient and community-based services is also explained. In the United States the focus of long-term care is on nursing homes. This will be discussed as well as alternatives co nursing home care which involve integrated services such as case management, social health maintenance organizations, and programs of all inclusive care for elders. Solutions to the …


Evaluation Of The Sageplus Steps Program To Promote Physical Activity And Decrease Cardiovascular Risk In Low-Income Women, Callie Anne Avis 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Evaluation Of The Sageplus Steps Program To Promote Physical Activity And Decrease Cardiovascular Risk In Low-Income Women, Callie Anne Avis

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

There is little known about the effectiveness of the Steps Program specifically used in the SagePlus program in Minnesota to promote physical activity and reduce cardiovascular risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the SagePlus Steps Program for low-income middle-aged women ages 40 to 64 to meet a daily physical activity goal of 10,000 steps and reduce their cardiovascular disease risk, measured by their Framingham Risk Score. A nonexperimental, descriptive correlational design was used to guide data collection for this study. Demographic data, step counts after weeks 1, 4, 12, and 24, activity level at …


Evaluation Of Health Newsletters As A Motivational Tool To Promote Exercise, JoLene Schlegel 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Evaluation Of Health Newsletters As A Motivational Tool To Promote Exercise, Jolene Schlegel

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Little is known about the relationship between SagePlus newsletters and its effectiveness to motivate physical activity. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of the SagePlus newsletter and its ability to motivate participants to achieve their goals to increase physical activity. A nonexperimental, descriptive correlational design was used in this study. Calls were made until the list of potential participants was exhausted. Forty English speaking participants were contacted and agreed to participate in the telephone survey from a potential list of 190 women enrolled in the SagePlus program. A modified questionnaire containing 19 multiple-choice and one open-ended …


Empathy Of Nurses And Family Needs In The Intensive Care Unit, Jolene Marie Tietz 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Empathy Of Nurses And Family Needs In The Intensive Care Unit, Jolene Marie Tietz

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Introduction: Patients and patients' families are in crisis when the patient is in the Intensive Care Unit. There have been studies demonstrating the importance of recognizing patient and family needs, and meeting those needs. This study explored what needs families rank as important and if the nurse met their needs, and what effect nurse empathy had on meeting family needs. Methods: Families in the Intensive Care Unit were given questionnaires to complete that addressed which needs they felt were important, if their needs were met, and the level of empathy they gauged their nurse to have. The tools utilized in …


Evaluation Of A Health Newsletter Intended For Sageplus Participants, Karen Lynn Anderson 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Evaluation Of A Health Newsletter Intended For Sageplus Participants, Karen Lynn Anderson

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Little is known about the effectiveness of the SagePlus newsletter as a motivational tool for influencing behavior change. The purpose of this study was to determine the reading level of the SagePlus newsletter and to evaluate the effectiveness of the SagePlus newsletter as a communication and motivational tool for SagePlus participants. A nonexperimental, descriptive correlational design was used in this study. Forty English speaking participants were contacted and agreed to participate in the telephone survey from a potential list of 190 participants. A modified questionnaire containing 20 multiple choice and open-ended questions was used in a telephone survey. Data was …


Evaluation Of Health Newsletter Effectiveness On Dietary Habits In Low-Income Middle-Aged Women, Nichole Jennifer Hassebroek 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Evaluation Of Health Newsletter Effectiveness On Dietary Habits In Low-Income Middle-Aged Women, Nichole Jennifer Hassebroek

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

There is little known about the effectiveness of the SagePlus newsletters at motivating dietary habit changes. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the SagePlus newsletter in motivating low-income, middle-aged women who are participating in the SagePlus program to adopt healthier eating habits, specifically to eat more fruits and vegetables. A nonexperimental, descriptive correlational design was used in this study. Phone calls were placed to current SagePlus participants who had been enrolled in the program between six and 12 months. Forty English-speaking participants were contacted and agreed to participate in the telephone survey from a potential …


Barriers To Using Motivational Interviewing For Lifestyle Counseling, Heidi June Sannes 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Barriers To Using Motivational Interviewing For Lifestyle Counseling, Heidi June Sannes

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

The Minnesota Department of Health has sponsored Motivational Interviewing Continuing Education sessions for SagePlus providers to increase their knowledge and skill in the utilization of MI in their clinical practice. The impact of these educational sessions on skill development as well as utilization of MI by these providers is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine if healthcare providers perceive any barriers in utilizing MI techniques to do lifestyle counseling with SagePlus program particiants. A descriptive quantitative design was used for this study. Of the 22 healthcare providers that were doing lifestyle counseling 16 completed the questionnaires. The …


Rapid Response Team Utilization Of Modified Early Warning Scores To Improve Patient Outcomes, Nikki L. Stoffel-Lowis 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Rapid Response Team Utilization Of Modified Early Warning Scores To Improve Patient Outcomes, Nikki L. Stoffel-Lowis

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

This retrospective, descriptive study was designed to (a) determine if the Modified Early Warning Score risk assessment tool identified moderate to high risk patients prior to the activation of the Rapid Response Team (b) determine how much time occurred from the onset of clinical deterioration until activation of the Rapid Response Team. A Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) was applied to the documented vital signs in the medical records of a convenience sample of 108 adult patients between the ages of 19 and 99 years of age who had experienced an activation of the Rapid Response Team (RRT). A risk …


Motivational Interviewing Training And Provider Proficiency, Jeremy Jay Waldo 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Motivational Interviewing Training And Provider Proficiency, Jeremy Jay Waldo

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine if there was a relationship between the amount and type of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training a SagePlus provider receives, motivation to utilize MI training, and the proficiency of the provider in using MI in lifestyle counseling in clinical practice. This study was comprised of 16 healthcare professionals who provide SagePlus lifestyle counseling interventions in clinics that participated in the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) funded SagePlus program. A demographic questionnaire, modified Preventative Medicine Attitudes and Activities Questionnaire (PMAAQ) and Behaviour Change Counseling Index tool (BECCI) were utilized to assess provider's amount …


The Impact Of Neonatal Icu Single Family Rooms On Select Developmental Outcomes, Lynda M. D'Alessio 2011 Rhode Island College

The Impact Of Neonatal Icu Single Family Rooms On Select Developmental Outcomes, Lynda M. D'Alessio

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

The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a weight gain benefit and earlier achievement to full feedings in the single family room NICU design compared to the multi-bed NICU design.

A retrospective chart review of infants less than 1000 grams born during a three month time frame in both the multi-bed unit and single family unit was conducted. The study compared average daily weight gain and achievement to full feedings in the multi-bed unit and single family room unit. Findings concluded there was a slight difference in the average daily weight gain and achievement to full …


Gender Perceptions In Rheumatic Disease: A Secondary Analysis, Jean Heise 2011 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Gender Perceptions In Rheumatic Disease: A Secondary Analysis, Jean Heise

All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Problem: Rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States. A chronic disease with a variable course leaves affected individuals in a state of uncertainty. Many individuals experience joint and muscle pain, a major symptom of the disease. Current literature provides varying information of gender perceptions and management of joint and muscle pain in rheumatic diseases. Purpose: The purpose of this secondary analysis was to explore (1) gender perception of seriousness of joint and muscle pain in rheumatoid arthritis, (2) gender perception of joint and muscle pain interference with daily life, (3) gender perception of controllability of joint …


Digital Commons powered by bepress