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Identifying Gaps In Follow-Up Care Among Adults In An Occupational Health Setting: A Retrospective Ebp Pilot, Ginny Meyerhuber, MSN, RN 2021 University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing

Identifying Gaps In Follow-Up Care Among Adults In An Occupational Health Setting: A Retrospective Ebp Pilot, Ginny Meyerhuber, Msn, Rn

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The Aim of this Evidence-Based Project (EBP) was to find a gap in care among adults working in a large financial institution who had the presence of elevated blood pressure at an onsite health clinic visit in the previous 3 years. Background: Screening for elevated blood pressure in an occupational health setting identified adults with one of the most common chronic medical conditions. Additionally, almost one-half of all adults in the United States have hypertension (HTN); a preventable risk factor for strokes and heart disease (Office of the Surgeon General, 2020). This Surgeon General’s report revealed that HTN control ...


How Art Therapy Can Ethically Address Symptoms Of Trauma With Asylum Seekers And Refugees, A Literature Review, Lydia Klauck 2021 Lesley University

How Art Therapy Can Ethically Address Symptoms Of Trauma With Asylum Seekers And Refugees, A Literature Review, Lydia Klauck

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Asylum seekers at the Southern border of the United States of America have experienced a number of complex traumas due to premigration experiences in their country of origin as well as anti-immigration laws that cause further oppression and discrimination. The intention of this capstone thesis is to examine how art therapy can ethically address the symptoms of trauma seen in asylum seekers and refugees in the United States. This literature review looked at arts-based and qualitative studies conducted in other countries as well as literature about trauma-informed treatment within the psychotherapy field in order to address the gap in the ...


Music As A Gateway To Healing Speech Disorders And Mental Health Holistically In The Patient With Aphasia: A Literature Review, susan warren 2021 Lesley University

Music As A Gateway To Healing Speech Disorders And Mental Health Holistically In The Patient With Aphasia: A Literature Review, Susan Warren

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

People with some types of post-stroke aphasia often experience depression as well as loss of speech. Music therapy has unique properties that allow it to be used therapeutically to treat both speech impairment and depression yet it is rarely used to treat both disorders. This literature review seeks to examine the underlying causes for this discrepancy, review methods used by practitioners to treat both disorders and suggest future directions for additional research and implications for the treatment of patients with aphasia who have both language impairment and depression.


Self-Compassion Integrated Art Therapy For Mothers During A Pandemic, Shannon Dover 2021 Lesley University

Self-Compassion Integrated Art Therapy For Mothers During A Pandemic, Shannon Dover

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This thesis reviews literature related to parental mental health and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a collective trauma in which individuals experience the trauma differently depending on race, gender, and class. Women’s experience of living during COVID-19 related to changes in the workplace, caretaking, and more. The pandemic influenced parents and notably mothers with increased stress, depression, grief, and anxiety. The practice of self-compassion reduces shame and self-criticism which are common experiences during parenting and trauma. Self-compassion and art therapy can aid in resiliency and make living during COVID-19 more comfortable. With a literature review, results yield the ...


Mindfulness-Based Interventions For Prenatal Stress, Anxiety, And Depression, Fiona Kate Rice 2021 Center for Mindfulness & Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance, McLean Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry, Lesley University

Mindfulness-Based Interventions For Prenatal Stress, Anxiety, And Depression, Fiona Kate Rice

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Pregnant people in the United States (US) face myriad barriers to resource accessibility when seeking support, including financial gatekeeping, discrimination, and cis-gendering of the process. Commodification of prenatal support is exhaustive and contributes to a growing exclusivity of traditionally accessible interventions designed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and to promote positive fetal outcomes and parent-child bond. Mindfulness-based interventions are particularly appropriate for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in pregnancy. Mindfulness-based interventions are intersectional, accessible means of pregnancy and childbirth support with evidence-based outcomes of positive birth experiences and results. Mindfulness is defined as nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment ...


Using Paper Theatres As An Expressive Arts Therapy Method: Activating Imaginal Worlds In Community Arts Practice, Silvina S. Ibanez 2021 Lesley University

Using Paper Theatres As An Expressive Arts Therapy Method: Activating Imaginal Worlds In Community Arts Practice, Silvina S. Ibanez

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Paper theatres are an artistic form that became widely popular in 19th century Europe. Also known as toy theatre and model theatre, a paper theatre has a small build-your-own proscenium and pre-cut paper characters that can be manipulated. Different styles of paper theatre can be found in several cultures.

In contemporary art, the use of paper theatres in several modalities led to an exploration of whether such theatres also could be used as an art therapy method. Research was conducted into expressive art therapy principles, Jungian perspectives, and recent studies in neurosciences. The studies included in the literature review confirmed ...


Community Art For Rebuilding College Communities Following The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Literature Review, Amber Haney 2021 Lesley University

Community Art For Rebuilding College Communities Following The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Literature Review, Amber Haney

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This paper is an examination of arts-based community engagement projects as a way to creatively engage, support, and endorse healing in college communities. This paper was written with consideration for potential long-term impacts on college students, individually and collectively, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this paper, college student mental health trends in the United States are addressed and existing community engagement projects that center around community, healing, and resilience are examined. This paper argues that art therapy practices that are meant to advance societal healing can occur outside of the traditional, clinical individual or group therapy session ...


Making Room: Addressing The Counter-Therapeutic Nature Of Psychiatric Hospitalization Through Containment- Based Group Expressive Therapy, Max Sandor Copans 2021 Lesley University

Making Room: Addressing The Counter-Therapeutic Nature Of Psychiatric Hospitalization Through Containment- Based Group Expressive Therapy, Max Sandor Copans

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

The process of hospitalization and the environment of a typical psychiatric hospital is often counter-therapeutic. To challenge this problem, clinicians may introduce the concept of psychological containment. To elaborate, being hospitalized anywhere can be disorienting, frightening and even traumatic. This problem is only further exacerbated in psychiatric hospitals where patients may be disorganized, manic, or struggling with psychosis. Furthermore, psychological containment is essentially the ability for psychiatric patients to prevent their intense emotions from effecting others negatively, and to act with resiliency when other patients are unable to contain their own disruptive behaviors. This paper utilizes both an initial literature ...


Benefits Of Creative Therapies With Adoption And Complex Trauma: A Literature Review, Rosellen Boucher 2021 Lesley University

Benefits Of Creative Therapies With Adoption And Complex Trauma: A Literature Review, Rosellen Boucher

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This literature review explores the history of modern adoption and the effects on the adopted from a developmental, emotional, and behavioral standpoint. The review aims at addressing these specific needs through the use of art therapy. To become better acquainted with the concept, the history of modern adoption, as it pertains to the United States, is summarized with three subcategories as a focus points: domestic, international, and the foster care system. Building off of the history is a reflection on the past research surrounding adoption by considering adverse childhood experiences, complex trauma, attachment, and identity formation as it relates. Legislation ...


Language As The Medium: A Literature Review. Harnessing The Prolific Power Of Dramatic Language As A Therapeutic Tool In Drama Therapy, Edward Freeman 2021 Lesley University

Language As The Medium: A Literature Review. Harnessing The Prolific Power Of Dramatic Language As A Therapeutic Tool In Drama Therapy, Edward Freeman

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Language in and of the theatre, with its palate of variegated writing styles and playwrights from throughout time, has the potential to be harnessed, focused, and systematized for use as a therapeutic tool within drama therapy – the field’s artistic medium. Drama therapy could benefit from having a specific medium germane to its artform which has the potential to provide practitioners with a common resource and means of communication, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as align the field with other creative arts therapies. Language encompasses all forms of human communication – speaking, writing, signing, gesturing, expressing facially – and voice ...


Sunscreen Use And Screening In College Athletes: An Evidence-Based Pilot Project, Nicole Brustkern BSN, RN, CPN, Sharon Boothe-Kepple PhD, MSN, FNP-C, PHN (Chickasaw) 2021 University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing

Sunscreen Use And Screening In College Athletes: An Evidence-Based Pilot Project, Nicole Brustkern Bsn, Rn, Cpn, Sharon Boothe-Kepple Phd, Msn, Fnp-C, Phn (Chickasaw)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Background: Melanoma is the third most common cancer in individuals ages 15 – 29. The greatest risk for melanoma is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Collegiate athletes are exposed to 1,000 more sun hours per year than the average adult, placing them at higher risk for melanoma. Evidence supports sunscreen education and screening to promote protective behaviors in young adults.

Objective: This evidence-based pilot project implements the standardized screening of sunscreen use and sun protective behaviors in women’s soccer players ages 18 to 21 years old at the University of San Diego.

Methods: The Sun Exposure and Protection ...


Implementation Of The Center For Disease Control (Cdc) Prediabetes Risk Test In The Medical Weight Loss Setting, Gabriela Miller, RN, BSN 2021 University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing

Implementation Of The Center For Disease Control (Cdc) Prediabetes Risk Test In The Medical Weight Loss Setting, Gabriela Miller, Rn, Bsn

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Background: Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugars are higher than normal which increases risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), heart disease and stroke. One in three US adults have prediabetes and 90% of them do not know. Losing 5-7% of body weight and regular physical activity can lower the risk of developing T2DM by more than half.

Methods: Screening patients for prediabetes at a medical weight loss clinic using the evidence-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Prediabetes Risk Test. A score of five or higher on the screening tool indicates the patient is at risk ...


Establishment Of Best Practice Skills For Advanced Practice Nurses, Leslie Kendrick, Tara Hughes, Joseph Burkard DNSc, CRNA 2021 University of San Diego

Establishment Of Best Practice Skills For Advanced Practice Nurses, Leslie Kendrick, Tara Hughes, Joseph Burkard Dnsc, Crna

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Over the past two decades, nursing researchers have defined nurses’ perceptions of evidence-based practice as well as facilitators and barriers to its implementation . This project seeks to take the next step through a current assessment of registered and advanced-practice nurses’ assimilation of evidence-based practice as well as a current literature review of the research to clinical use gap. This is a cross-sectional, retrospective project. Through analysis of two self-administered questionnaires to both registered and advanced-practice clinical nurses as well as literature review findings, five recommendations for advanced-practice nurses were created. Ultimately, the goal of this project seeks to establish evidenced-based ...


Telehealth Breastfeeding: Best Practice Guideline, Laura Amabile 2021 University of San Diego

Telehealth Breastfeeding: Best Practice Guideline, Laura Amabile

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Background: Only 24.9% of United Stated infants are exclusively breastfed through six months. Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals include increasing the proportion of infant breastfed through six months to 60.6%. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action identified increasing access to International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants as a priority to improve breastfeeding percentages.

Purpose: Implementation of an evidence-based telehealth breastfeeding guideline, will provide mothers with consistent education regarding breastfeeding practices and guidance to overcome common obstacles, which will then result in increased confidence levels regarding breastfeeding and increase breastfeeding durations.

Study and Design: The Iowa model was utilized to ...


Transitioning From Onsite To Online Psychotherapy Visits During The Covid-19 Crisis, Michael Angello Negron, DNP 2021 University of San Diego

Transitioning From Onsite To Online Psychotherapy Visits During The Covid-19 Crisis, Michael Angello Negron, Dnp

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Background: On March 19, 2020, the governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsom, issued executive stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (State of California, 2020). In a private psychiatric practice in southern California treating patients with anxiety and depression, psychotherapy treatment was abruptly affected by that order. The purpose of this project was to transition from onsite to online psychotherapy visits to ensure the continuity of care and facilitate patients’ progress in dealing with mental illnesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Aims: The proposed solution to the problem of decreased access to care during the pandemic was ...


Managing Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis In The Allergy Clinic: Use Of An Eczema Action Plan To Improve Caregiver Understanding And Self-Efficacy, A Pilot Study, Danielle Hubacek 2021 University of San Diego

Managing Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis In The Allergy Clinic: Use Of An Eczema Action Plan To Improve Caregiver Understanding And Self-Efficacy, A Pilot Study, Danielle Hubacek

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a complex and chronic condition that affects approximately 10% of children throughout the United States (Brown et al., 2018). The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) (2017) estimates the average cost of eczema management for each patient is approximately $3,302 per year. The complex nature of atopic dermatitis indicates a need for individualized treatment plans. Research has shown that standardized patient teaching, written education materials, and Eczema Action Plans (EAP) reinforce patient teaching, parental understanding, and improve quality of life. This evidence-based practice (EBP) project introduces the use of a written Eczema Action ...


Weight Reduction Motivation In Osteoarthritis Patients Through Nurse Practitioner Driven Education And Follow-Up: A Pilot Project, Caoilfhionn Mulvey, Martha Fuller PhD 2021 University of San Diego

Weight Reduction Motivation In Osteoarthritis Patients Through Nurse Practitioner Driven Education And Follow-Up: A Pilot Project, Caoilfhionn Mulvey, Martha Fuller Phd

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Purpose of Project: The ultimate goal of this short-term pilot project is for

overweight or obese osteoarthritis patients to increase their knowledge on the benefits of

weight loss and physical activity. Research shows that for every kilogram of weight lost,

2.2–4.0 kilograms of weight is taken off of the joint and could reduce joint pain up to

thirty to fifty percent and improve quality of life. Following education from the provider,

patients will understand the correlation of osteoarthritis symptom management with

weight loss.

EBP Model/Frameworks: This project utilizes the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based

Practice to Promote ...


Improving Pediatric Provider Preparedness For Postpartum Depression Screening, Samantha Shafer, Martha G. Fuller 2021 University of San Diego

Improving Pediatric Provider Preparedness For Postpartum Depression Screening, Samantha Shafer, Martha G. Fuller

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common complications of childbirth, affecting approximately 10-20% of mothers within the child’s first year of life with negative impact on both mother and child. . Pediatric primary care providers have frequent contact over the infant’s first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening mothers for PPD at the 1, 2, 4, and 6-month well-baby visits, yet due to barriers, pediatric providers are not consistently screening for PPD. Barriers include lack of preparedness and knowledge of resources and inadequate time.

Aims of Service Change: To improve pediatric ...


Sun Protection Behaviors In Patients With Actinic Keratosis, Madison Molotky 2021 University of San Diego

Sun Protection Behaviors In Patients With Actinic Keratosis, Madison Molotky

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

The purpose of this project was to increase sun protection discussion and education in patients with actinic keratosis at a dermatology clinic. Actinic keratosis is one of the most common dermatologic diagnoses in patients 45 and older. Fifty-eight million Americans have one or more actinic keratoses and they are caused by years of UV sun exposure without sun protection. They are often a precursor to squamous cell carcinoma and adequate sun protection can prevent future lesions from developing and slow or stop the progression of current lesions. The Sun Exposure and Protection Index was implemented for patients with actinic keratosis ...


Reducing Obesity Rates Among Adults In A Primary Care Setting: An Evidence-Based Practice Project, Raxita Neupane 2021 University of San Diego

Reducing Obesity Rates Among Adults In A Primary Care Setting: An Evidence-Based Practice Project, Raxita Neupane

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts

Background: Over 60% of adults in the United States meet the criteria for being overweight or obese. The estimated obesity-related health care costs are as high as $147 billion per year. Despite the alarming health risks and increasing health care costs, the rates of screening and counseling for obesity in the primary care setting are merely 30%. This project outlines weight-management counseling strategies.

Purpose of Project: The purpose of the evidence-based practice project was to implement patient-tailored evidence-based nutritional assessment tools and intensive behavioral counseling. The ultimate goal was to reduce body mass index (BMI) among overweight and obese patients ...


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