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Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510139
Article Type: Short Communication | First Published: February 17, 2020
This author was doing a home visit behavioral assessment on a 33-year-old ID male. During the assessment the author reminded him that he had an appointment with the dentist the next day. To which he replied hey, hey don’t put the frights in me. The editorial is not intended to put the frights in anyone, rather it is intended to raise the awareness of professionals (nurses, mobile therapists, educational specialists, etc.) who provide services to the ID population of the additional risks that t...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510138
Media Subasi Baybuga, RN, PhD and Serap Gokbel Sonmez, RN, MSN
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: December 23, 2019
Environmental problems have become global and begun to threaten life on the planet, which has led humans to reconsider their relationship with the environment, and their attitudes, behaviors, duties and responsibilities towards it, and to redefine the importance of ecological culture and environmental awareness. Using the environment in which we live in a more effective, sustainable and efficient manner is only possible by creating a society with environmental awareness...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510137
Ayse Kacaroglu Vicdan and Media Subasi Baybuga
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: December 19, 2019
Nursing education is a process of education that consists of both theoretical and skill teaching. Mobile applications developed in accordance with smart phones have started to be used in nursing education, for the stu-dents to continue to learn outside school and develop their knowledge and skills. This study was conducted in the Department of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at a University located in the western region of Turkey between the dates o...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510136
Linda Byberg, RN, BSc, Karstin Vaster, RN, BSc, Margret Lepp, PhD, RN and Kristina Rosengren, PhD, RN
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 16, 2019
Tuberculosis, TB is an infectious disease affecting millions of people each year and Indonesia have the second highest prevalence in the world. The cure of TB is already existing but hence to factors such as long treatment with severe side-effects results in low compliance. The aim of the study was to describe nurse’s conceptions of caring for patients suffering from tuberculosis in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To perform nursing, precautions and protection is significant even though medication for ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510135
Kristina Rosengren, PhD, RN, Margret Lepp, PhD, RN and Widyawati, PhD, RN
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 07, 2019
A need exists for developing training interventions for nurses regarding conflict management and leadership to facilitate professional development. Therefore, we aimed to explore and describe the use of applied drama to support professional development with focus on nursing leadership and conflict management of nurses (practitioner, lecturer) in Indonesia. A need exists to developing training interventions for students in nursing education as well as for nurses regarding conflict management and ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510134
Elin Eriksson, RN, BSc, Victoria Ferm, RN, BSc and Kristina Rosengren, PhD, RN
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 05, 2019
Malnutrition causes problems in Vietnam, including illnesses with physiological and psychological complications. The aim of this study was to describe nursing students experiences with malnutrition at one hospital in Vietnam. Interviews of eight nursing students were performed, and the results were analysed by qualitative content analysis. This study highlights the use of guidelines in collaboration (between staff and patients’ relatives) to facilitate early identification and/or prevent malnu...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510133
Aysel Topan, PhD, MSc, RN, Serap Demirel, MSc, RN, Isin Alkan, MSc, RN, Tulay Kuzlu Ayyildiz, PhD, MSc, RN and Sevda Dogru, MSc, RN
Article Type: original Research | First Published: September 26, 2019
To determine feelings and thoughts of parents with autistic children. This qualitative study consisted of 20 parents. 'Personal Information Form' and semi-constituted 'Guide Interview Form' with qualitative face-to-face technique were used. Thematic analysis method was used for analyses. The mean age of children was 10.80 ± 4.30 (3-16 year-olds). Expressions of parents were grouped under the following main themes: Feelings of parents when they learnt about the disease, how this condition ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510132
Pieter Jan Van Dam, RN, PhD and Karen Maree Ford, RN, PhD
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: September 19, 2019
There is emerging evidence that most nursing leadership learning occurs in practice and through social interactions. However, how this social process of learning takes place is not clear and there is limited information about how to support nursing leadership learning as it occurs in clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of the nature of leadership learning in nursing practice. It further aimed to discover the ways in which this type of learning is important ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510131
Yonas Biratu Terfa, Gugsa Nemera Germossa, Fikadu Balcha Hailu, Garuma Tolu Feyisa, Fikru Tafese Jeleta and Shimelis Olollo Sinkie
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 09, 2019
A community-based cross-sectional study on 422 residents was conducted in Jimma town, from November 1-8, 2012. Respondents were identified using multistage sampling methods. Data was collected using face to face interviewer. The data was entered into Epi Data version 3.1 and exported to Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 20. Logistic regression analysis was carried out and all variables with p-value less than 0.25 in the bivariate analysis were candidates for multivariable logistic ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510130
Amanda Travaglia Vitoy, Esther de Paiva Mota, Katarinne Lima Moraes, Jacqueline Andreia Bernardes Leao-Cordeiro, Rogerio Jose de Almeida, Cesar Augusto Sam Tiago Vilanova-Costa and Antonio Marcio Teodoro Cordeiro Silva
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: August 26, 2019
Traditionally, the evaluation of involvement in patient medical care was grounded in mortality and morbidity rates. Therefore, medical judgement followed clinical, laboratorial and statistic parameters. However, the clear need for a monitoring and evaluation method centered on the patient gave birth to new methods and tools with the aim of measuring individual quality of life subjectively. The population pattern of high prevalence of chronic degenerative diseases was confirmed. Elderly, retired ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510129
Bikila Dereje Fufa, BSc, MSc and Habtamu Gutema, BSc
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 15, 2019
Anemia is major health problem throughout the world. It is associated with serious consequences including growth retardation, impaired motor and cognitive development, and increased morbidity and mortality. Estimates suggest that 47.4% of children are anemic globally. The magnitude of the problem in developing countries is high, since they are more exposed to various health and socioeconomic problems which are directly or indirectly related with anemia....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510128
Michele Preyde, PhD
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: July 04, 2019
Healing Invisible Wounds-The Intensive (HIW-I) is a comprehensive program including individual and group therapies designed in the field of community nursing in Canada to expressly target all aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders, military personnel and veterans. In this evaluation, participants completed standardized measures of symptoms of PTSD and sequelae at baseline, post-intervention and five months follow up. Results: Participants (n = 18) reported statisti...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510127
Zumrut Akgun sahin, PhD, RN
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: June 14, 2019
This study was conducted in order to determine the life quality and depression levels of patients receiving hemodialysis treatment and their compliance to daily life activities. This cross-sectional study consisted of 145 patients with hemodialysis treatment who applied to the Medicine Polyclinic of a hospital in Turkey. Physically insufficient patients. It turned out that those with visual, hearing and taste problems cannot perform independently of daily activities. In the meantime, by using an...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510126
Alaa Nabil Mahsoon and Mary Dolansky
Article Type: Pilot Study | First Published: June 06, 2019
Systems thinking is a core competency in nursing education. The assessment of knowledge, awareness and value of, and self-efficacy for teaching systems thinking among faculty is an important step to plan faculty development process. A 17-item faculty questionnaire was developed to assess the knowledge, awareness and value of, and self-efficacy for teaching systems thinking to nursing students as a part of a pilot study. The questionnaire was administered to the nursing faculty at a nursing schoo...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510125
Karen Francis, RN, PhD, MEd, MHlthScPHC, Andriy Kurtsev, RN, Donna Walter, RN, Cara Steele, BBSc, PGDPsy, PGDip, Stats and Carolyn Staines, BSc, PhD
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: June 05, 2019
Evidence suggests that structured nursing rounds are associated with positive outcomes. However, a number of barriers to effective hourly rounding have been reported. Rounding practices were implemented in a medical/ surgical ward at a regional hospital in Australia, in 2014, aiming to reduce the risk of patient falls and enhance the patient experience. A qualitative, exploratory descriptive single case study design was utilised. Fifteen (15) nurses participated in the study and data were genera...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510124
Ernelind N, BSN, Wirkensjö H, BSN, Pangastuti HS, BSN, MSc, Perdana M, BSN, MS, Widyawati W, BSN, MPH, PhD and Lepp M, RNT, PhD
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: May 27, 2019
Three themes emerged from the analysis: Conceptions in relation to the patient and their family, conceptions in relation to the hospital and health care centers and conceptions in relation to the culture and policies. All nurses are working with health promotion and prevention of cardiovascular diseases related to smoking in one way or another. However, distinct guidelines and resources are missing....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510123
Wang Yongwei, Wang Dan, Huang Yi Na, Sheng Peijia and Yang Bing
Article Type: Original Research Article | First Published: May 06, 2019
Exposure to REEs and lead was assessed by analysing the scalp hair samples of children aged 6-16 years who lived in a rare earth mining area, by atomic absorption spectrometry. Intelligence was assessed using Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices. Bayesian Structural Equations were built to explore different patterns of associations between REEs and lead explore and children's intelligence, and the best-fitted one was selected for the most reasonable explanation according to DIC and BIC. In our ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510122
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: April 26, 2019
Online health information is a critical resource for health information seekers and, thus, nursing professionals must be able to find and distinguish the quality of health information online to support patients and caregivers. This study evaluated perceived eHealth literacy skills among nursing students in the U.S. and South Korea. eHEALS was used to assess 169 undergraduate nursing students' eHealth literacy. The study results showed that nursing students lacked confidence in using online healt...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510121
Dileep Kumar, Zahid Nabi Qureshi and Mouza Saif Albadwawi
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: April 19, 2019
Worldwide burden of ID estimated to be 43% globally in 2011 and about 70% in Central and West Africa and 7-9% of USA children ages 1-3 years have iron deficiency (ID). Countries in high caloric nutrition switch have a high prevalence of overweight and obesity, a moderate prevalence of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Infants and children must obtain 30% of their daily iron from their diet to provide the necessary iron for new muscle cells and RBCs....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510119
Elina Ingvarsson, BSc, RN, Josefin Verho, BSc, RN, and Kristina Rosengren, PhD, RN
Article Type: ORIGINAL ARTICLE | First Published: March 25, 2019
The introduction to nursing, which is the conversion of theoretical knowledge into practice skills in complex healthcare settings, is emphasized as difficult due to patient safety. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe newly graduated nurses' experiences of introduction to nursing in a medical department (medical, emergency) at a university hospital in western Sweden. A manifest qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach was used based on five semistructured interviews wi...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510118
Kristin Andersen Ljungdahl, RN, BSc, Frida Swedenfeldt, RN, BSc and Kristina Rosengren, PhD, RN
Article Type: ORIGINAL ARTICLE | First Published: February 25, 2019
The overuse of antibiotics due to poor health and suffering is a threat to global health. In Vietnam, overuse is a widespread problem because of the high availability of antibiotics and lack of knowledge about their use, and nurses have a significant role in informing and helping patients experience higher levels of health and well-being. The aim of this study was to describe Vietnamese nursing students' experience with antibiotics in healthcare. A qualitative content analysis with an inductive ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510117
Uarlhinson Oliveira Andrade, Giselle Santos Magalhaes, Nulma Souto Jentzsch and Maria Gloria Rodrigues-Machado
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: January 30, 2019
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways, defined by history of respiratory symptoms of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing, along with chronic airflow limitation. This disease presents different phenotypes which may be related to the natural history of the disease, with immune, inflammatory and structural characteristics of the airways and clinical control. The inflammation, structural changes caused by the maintenance of the infl...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510116
Anna Hagstrom, Hedvig Floren and Kristina Rosengren
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 24, 2019
Data collection was gained by seven semi-structured interviews with nursing students in their last year at the Advanced Nursing Program at Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam. Data was analyzed through a manifest qualitative content analysis. One category was found; Support through family-centered care, which includes two subcategories; Supporting healthy eating habits within the family and Managing limited resources, which describe nursing student's experiences of malnutrition among children in V...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510115
Carmen M Sarabia Cobo
Article Type: Editorial | First Published: January 04, 2019
In 2000, the world population of people over 60 was 600 million and the projection for 2050 is 2,000 million. This means the consequent increase in chronic, degenerative, debilitating and, therefore, the increase in consultations and hospitalizations for this population. It is important that the elderly dependent suffer numerous hospital admissions that may lead to return to his home in different conditions that he entered. It is therefore necessary to emphasize something important for nurses: t...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510114
Gulten Sucu Dag, Hulya Firat Kilic and Refia Selma Gorgulu
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 03, 2019
The study was conducted to determine the difficulties that nurse instructors' experiences in clinical education. This is a descriptive study. The sample of this study was comprised of 199 nurse academicians. A socio-demographic data collection form and a survey on the difficulties that nurse instructors' experiences in clinical education form was developed by researchers to be used for data collection in an electronic environment. It was determined that the difficulties of nurse instructors' exp...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510113
Thomas TH Wan, Waleed Kattan and Amanda Terry
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: December 19, 2018
A systematic review on diabetes care was centered in their modifying effects of coaching and motivational interventions on diabetes and hypertension care. Critical issues pertaining to the dose-response relationship between the intervention program and outcomes, the cost-effectiveness evaluation, and the lengths of observation were noted. A positive impact of health coaching (HC) and motivational intervension (MI) was noted in this review of randomized controlled studies. However, successful res...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510112
Sara Charmi, Amanda Johansson Landell and Kristina Rosengren
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: December 13, 2018
The importance of a healthy environment was noted by Florence Nightingale in the 19th century and is part of nurses' role of increasing health and well-being. The aim of this study was to investigate the care environment in emergency care (emergency ward and intensive care unit) at Hanoi Medical University Hospital in Vietnam. The study was conducted in the emergency department of a teaching hospital in Vietnam using a mixed methods design; quantitative (standardized protocol) and qualitative (f...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510111
Yoko Yamamoto, Kiyomi Harada, Masako Murota, Yukie Takishita, Yoko Iwawaki, Tomoko Matsuoka, Yukari Nishiuchi, Toshie Ibayashi and Kenya Matsumoto
Article Type: Brief Report | First Published: November 30, 2018
Hand hygiene helps prevent health care-associated infections. Prior studies have investigated methods to measure adherence to hand hygiene protocols and have attempted to determine the correlation between alcohol-based handrub consumption and hand hygiene adherence via direct observation in healthcare facilities or wards, but there remains need for methods measuring hand hygiene adherence in individual health care workers. The failure of even one worker to adhere to the hand hygiene protocols ca...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510110
Emel Bahadir-Yilmaz and Elvan E ATA
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 26, 2018
Cognitive impairments commonly occur due to neurological diseases and elderly. Cognitive impairments in many elderly patients is thought to be related only to neurological disease. However, it is necessary to investigate whether this impairment is due to age. Because cognitive impairment may adversely affect the treatment and care needs of elderly patients; therefore, it is important to assess their cognitive functions. This was a descriptive study conducted to identify cognitive impairment and ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510109
Djanda Horn, Maddeleine Lindström and Kristina Rosengren
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 26, 2018
The aim of this study was to describe nurses' experiences of their working environment in emergency departments at a general hospital in Manila, Philippines. The working environment within emergency care is complex and unpredictable and may influence patient safety. Nurses are challenged by increased patient flow, staff shortages and heavy workload. This study used a qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach based on semi-structured interviews with nine nurses at emergency departme...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510108
Dilan Paranagama, Shreekant Parasuraman, Jingbo Yu, Lindsey Lyle and Ruben Mesa
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 23, 2018
904 patients with MPNs aged 18-70 years in the US who completed the online Living with MPNs survey between April and November, 2016. The MPN Symptom Assessment Form Total Symptom Score was used to describe symptom burden. Patient-reported need for caregiver assistance and caregivers' employment change due to MPNs was reported. Most survey respondents to this US survey reported receiving MPN-related caregiver assistance. A higher symptom burden was reported by those receiving assistance than thos...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510107
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 17, 2018
A total of 63 nurse managers participated in an experiential learning-based program that included writing entries in a reflective journal and supervisor feedback. The Experiential Learning Inventory on the Job (ELI) was administered before and after the program. Overall, 10 nurse managers showed apparent changes in their Experiential Learning Inventory scores after completing the program. We qualitatively analyzed the data from 41 reflective journal entries written by these 10 nurses along with ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510106
Xuelu Zhou, Shangjun Zhou, Ping Zhan and Jianfeng Zhang
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 17, 2018
The aim of this study was to explore the safety and efficacy of prostatic arterial embolization (PAE) with Bletilla striata particles as embolic agent in treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) resulted from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Superselective angiogram of prostatic artery was performed with Seldinger's technique, and the artery was occluded with Bletilla striata particles 150-200 mm. PAE was successful in 68 of 75 patients (90.7%)....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510105
Betül Aktas, Hasret Yalcinoz Baysal and Medine Yilmaz
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 16, 2018
The study is a descriptive and cross-sectional one. The population of the study included 18-49 year old married women residing in the eastern (Erzurum) and the western (İzmir) part of Turkey. Of these women, 303 who presented to the Family Health Center for any reason and volunteered to participate in the study comprised the study sample. To collect the study data, the Sociodemographic Characteristics Questionnaire, the Attitudes towards Violence against Women Scale and the Marital Adjustment S...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510104
Barbara Alves and Romain Jouffroy
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: November 08, 2018
Early implementation of appropriate treatments reduces mortality of sepsis, but before starting antibiotherapy, drawing blood culture is essential to identify the source of sepsis and to adapt treatment. Suboptimal practices result in blood culture contamination from patient's skin at the venepuncture site. As blood culture is the standard method to diagnose a bacteraemia, appropriate training of nursing students can promote good clinical practice. This study aims to evaluate the teaching and th...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510103
Yutaka Matsuura, Mitsuki Kamidaira and Akiko Tamura
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 25, 2018
Postoperative delirium affects prognosis and the probability of survival. It is important for medical professionals to predict and prevent delirium, as well as implement appropriate interventions, early in the course of care. This study sought to reveal the risk factors for postoperative delirium based on general characteristics such as circulatory dynamics in patients admitted to the ICU after cardiac surgery. Patients who underwent cardiac surgery were included in this study (n = 149). Trained...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510102
Manuel Ortega-Calvo and Manuel Angel Calvo-Calvo
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 15, 2018
The paradigm constitutes the development of what is called "normal science". On the other hand, one of the essential characteristics of medical and nursing practices in primary health care (PHC) is the longitudinal heed of human beings. William Rathbone VI was a merchant and businessman noted for his philanthropic work. In 1859 his appreciation for the services of a nurse, Mary Robinson, engaged to care for his dying wife, prompted him to campaign for a system of district nursing to enable the p...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510101
Min-Hui Li, Yu-Lung Wu, Fu-I Hou and Wan-Yun Huang
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: October 15, 2018
Nurses are prone to occupational injuries due to the nature of their roles in the medical care environment. To narrow the gap in literature, this research analyzes the relevant individual- and hospital-level factors of occupational injuries suffered by nursing personnel in Taiwan by targeting those with occupational injury records in the 2013 National Health Insurance Research Database. A two-level research model consisting of the individual demographic data, hospital category and types, and ind...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510100
Leyla Yaka and Nalan Gordeles Beser
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: September 29, 2018
This study was conducted between the dates of December 2015 and June 2016 with 100 healthcare staff (physicians and other personnel) working in emergency service stations, in the chief physician department of 112, and in the command and control center of 112, all of which fall within the body of the Niğde Provincial Directorate of Health. Before conducting the study, written permission to perform the study was obtained from the Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University's Ethical Committee and the Niğ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510099
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: September 29, 2018
Israel is a country with a mosaic of different cultures. All residents undergo a process of change and are united under a single culture. The study main purpose was to investigate whether Ethnic diversity have effect on illness perception and self-management of Type 2 Diabetes patients (DSMES) in Israel. The methodology used was a descriptive, exploratory design, 250 patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), born in Israel, or in the former USSR, aged 35-75, (response rate 80%). Two instrum...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510098
Dilek Kucuk Alemdar and Yesim Yaman Aktas
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: September 20, 2018
Individualization of care signifies assessing each patient individually, considering patients' clinical characteristics, clinical situation, and personal life situation, and allowing them to have control over their own care decisions. The purpose of this study is to evaluate to what extent individualism is considered from the perspectives of both patients and nurses....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510097
Isata Victoria Mandoh, Sulaiman Lansana Mandoh and Jia Bainga Kangbai
Article Type: Systematic Review | First Published: August 10, 2018
A major problem in public health in developing countries is hospital-acquired infections for which hand hygiene of healthcare workers features as a critical preventive mechanism. In this study we seek through systematic review of extant literatures to identify the most effective hand hygiene approach practiced by healthcare workers in developing countries that leads to hospital-associated infection and antimicrobial reduction....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510096
Victoria Alikari, Maria Tsironi, Vasiliki Matziou, Fotoula Babatsikou, Kalliopi Psillakis, Evangelos Fradelos and Sofia Zyga
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: July 04, 2018
It is widely accepted that End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) entails significant changes in the patients' life. In addition, patients experience many changes that affect the outcome of the disease. Adherence to treatment regimen plays an indisputable role in the management of chronic kidney disease....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510095
Jaclyn K Gaulden, Susan J Appel and Victoria Kilcawley
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 21, 2018
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a common disabling disease that affects approximately 5.1 million people in the United States (US). More than 55,000 deaths annually are contributed to CHF. CHF occurs equally among men and women and is responsible for approximately 11 million office visits per year. Economic cost of CHF in 2010 was $39.2 billion and accounted for 5.4% of the total health care budget....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510094
Meei-Shiow Lu, Ching-Min Chen Chung-I Huang, Li-Chu Wu and Yao-Hua Wang
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: May 28, 2018
In view of the increase in demand for long term care professionals, the Department of Health in Taiwan has launched a training program for long term care professionals in 2010 and has entrusted the National Union of Nurses Association in Taiwan to carry out the Level I 18-hour long term care professionals training scheme. Training lessons commenced from May till July in 2011 and the teaching materials are certified by professionals and Delphi technique....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510093
Stipan Jankovic, Sonja Koren, Matea Saric, Rahela Orlandini, Vesna Anticevic, Deana svaljug and Ante Buljubasic
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: May 25, 2018
Following the example of Dutch "Model of macro-efficiency of the higher education system" in 2011 the University Department of Health Studies was founded in Split. It is fully integrated with the University of Split (legal and economic services, human resources...). In the course of preparing the curriculum of university study programme in Nursing, for both the undergraduate and graduate university levels....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510092
Oscar Alberto Beltran Salazar
Article Type: Letter To The Editor | First Published: May 10, 2018
The practice of health care currently reflects a constant tension between to be and should be, in other words, between what actually the care is and what it should be, up to limits in which people can speak of dehumanization. This tension is evident in areas such as the relationship between the medical and nursing staff, the patients and their families, mediated by labor conditions, the use of technology and health administration often guided by reductionist criteria that have limited the intera...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510091
E Andres, S Talha, M Hajjam, C Grohens and A Hajjam
Article Type: Letter To The Editor | First Published: April 26, 2018
Chronic diseases, e.g. chronic heart failure (CHF), diabetes mellitus (DM), and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), remain serious diseases in terms of their functional or survival prognosis, and morbidity and mortality are high. This applies particularly well to CHF, in which the mortality rate of patients with stage III-IV disease according to the NYHA classification is at least currently around 30% at 5 years in more recent studies. The cost of these chronic diseases has rocketed.....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510090
Anyebe EE, Yamah F, Philip F, Lawal H and Olarenwaju E O
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 31, 2018
This study assessed the level of preparedness of nurses toward retirement in two hospitals in Zaria. A descriptive non-experimental research design was used for the study. Using a questionnaire, data were collected from a convenience sample of 108 nurses. The data were analyzed descriptively using SPSS version 22. The result showed that most of the nurses are aware of retirement plans and believe that retirement is important in nursing. Most of them (60.2%) agree that there are benefits of early...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510089
Wai Sze Mavis LAI, Lisa Pau Le LOW and Ka Yin Kayla WONG
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 12, 2018
Eating difficulties are one of the challenges experienced by stroke survivors. It is necessary to examine eating difficulties from a broader perspective and not only focus on swallowing. As nurses play a vital role in ensuring good nutrition, greater attention should be given to explore this phenomenon. This paper reports a study to explore nurses' perceptions of caring for newly-onset acute stroke patients with eating difficulties. Twelve registered nurses from two medical wards of an acute hos...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510088
Lisa Tabacco, Shang-en Chung, Jamie Perin, Steven Huettner, Arlene Butz and Maria Trent
Article Type: Short note | First Published: January 10, 2018
Adolescent and young adult women disproportionately experience Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) as a complication of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). This study seeks to understand the relationship context, changes in sexual behavior, and impact of partner sexual behavior on recurrent STI diagnoses at 3-months post-diagnosis....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510087
Harshida Patel and Sumana Ghosh
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 13, 2017
Although the importance of self-efficacy and depression are mapped out in previous research; there is a lack of clarity about associations between self-efficacy and depression to self-care, and potential implications for nursing care. The purpose of this review was to identify the association between self-efficacy and depression and how it affects self-care in the HF population....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510086
Sieverdes JC, Bergamin M, Chandler J, Noltemeyer Z, Moore TL, Baliga PK, Ruggiero K, Campbell RC, Nemeth LS, Treiber FA, Juergens K and Jenkins CH
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 08, 2017
Dialysis patients are at risk of attrition from Kidney Transplant (KT) wait lists due to sedentary lifestyle and poor nutritional adherence. This study tested the acceptability of several mobile Health (mHealth) intervention components for the development of a lifestyle program to support kidney wait-list patients....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510085
Aylin Aktas Ozakgul, Turkinaz Atabek Asti, Burcu Karabay, Emrullah Emir and Nihan Temeller
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 06, 2017
This study is aims to determine the image of nursing profession among high school students and make comparisons on the basis of variables which might influence the image of nursing. This descriptive and comparative research data were collected by using the Information Form and the Nursing Image Scale....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510084
Melba Sheila D'Souza, Ramesh Venkatesaperumal, Frieda S Chavez, Kader Parahoo and Devakirubai Jacob
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 18, 2017
Novice nursing students are trained to develop skills for delivering safe patient-centered holistic care in the undergraduate nursing. Entry of novice students in the higher levels of the undergraduate curriculum entails their adult clinical experience in the intensive care, high acuity, post-anesthetic and emergency settings....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510083
Hala Sonallah, Tarek Ibrahim, Dalia Abdul Sattar, Dalia Ahmed and Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 16, 2017
This preliminary study was conducted to identify the types and frequency of medication discrepancies, and clinical pharmacists' interventions made upon patients' admission. Medication Reconciliation (MR) was done by clinical pharmacists routinely on inpatients from intensive care unit, medical and surgical wards at Al Wakra hospital....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510082
Özlem Kaştan and Gülşah Acar
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 23, 2017
Bipolar disorder is a chronic brain disease characterized by lifelong repetition and remissions and emotional state fluctuations that vary from deep depression to extreme happiness. Although there are many studies on the neurobiological basis of bipolar disorder, its pathophysiology is not fully known....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510081
Antoon De Schryver, Inge Wijnants, Paolo Bonanni, Ramona Hambach, Marc van Sprundel and Guido François
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: September 23, 2017
Against the background of hepatitis prevention and control in Belgium, an important focus is on healthcare and occupational medicine settings. Most Belgian healthcare workers in training are administered a combined hepatitis A/B vaccine by occupational health services. ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510080
Susan Ann Vitale and Thaleshravi Prashad
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 20, 2017
The theory of culture care diversity and universality, as described by the renowned anthropologist and nursing leader, Madeleine Leninger suggests that care should be both culturally competent and sensitive to its diverse populations. Within this theory, emphasis is placed on delivering respectful care for patients and their families....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510079
Kerime Bademli and Zekiye Çetinkaya Duman
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 20, 2017
Nursing knowledge is shaped by nursing conceptual models and nursing theories. Nursing theories and models explain the basic metaparadigm concepts related to nursing discipline and the correlation between these concepts, and focus on the role of nursing. Models bring a point of view on nursing and direct nursing practices. Conceptual models in nursing bring a common meaning to the basic concepts of nursing....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510078
Ilkay Keser and Gülşah Acar
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 11, 2017
Communication skills can be improved in a variety of ways at any time of life. It is known in our country and in the world that watching films has a positive effect on individuals. In addition to traditional verbal lectures teaching skills to be learned by students, watching movies is thought of as contributing to the acquisition of permanent knowledge. Therefore, this study was conducted to examine the effect of watching movies on nursing students' communication skills. ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510077
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: August 07, 2017
Understanding the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) and its integration with newly learned clinical skills requires students to progress from early information acquisition of the OTPF to synthesis and application to case studies. Active learning facilitates clinical reasoning and is defined as planning, directing, performing and reflecting on client care....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510076
Marianne Frieri, Krishan Kumar and Anthony Boutin
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 31, 2017
Post operative cardio-thoracic surgical patients experiencing nursing bedside handover, a standardized infant positioning assessment tool and a bedside education program by registered nurses and highly specialized nurses in intensive care and their relation to patient outcome and nursing workload related to obese patients was described....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510075
Michele S Bednarzyk, Carol Motycka and Kathaleen C Bloom
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: July 20, 2017
It is clear to many leading national organizations, such as the Institute of Medicine and other professional groups and accrediting bodies that learning in teams with other health professionals is an important way to improve the health and safety of the population....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510074
Cavelle Allen, Shaulene Stanley, Karozan Cascoe and Rosain Stennett
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: July 15, 2017
Academic dishonesty is defined as a student’s intentional attempt to falsify, fabricate or tamper with data, information, records, or any other material that is relevant to any course, laboratory, or other academic exercise or function....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510073
Xiaoli Zhu and Kath Ryan
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 14, 2017
Chronic leg ulceration significantly reduces quality of life because of its chronicity and recurrence. This study aimed to gain deep insight into the experiences of patients living with chronic leg ulcer from their perspective....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510072
Sabate Perez Elisenda and Sabate Casellas Ferran
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 05, 2017
The development of professional nursing training in Catalonia started at the beginning of XX century, with the establishment of three nursing schools: one public and two private. Their aim was: to provide trained medical auxiliaries; to improve the care of patients, at home or in the hospital; to offer a social and economic rewarding profession for women; and to have a public health promoter, very closed to the people....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510071
Veronique Haberey-Knuessi, and Jean-Luc Heeb
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: May 31, 2017
The focus of this article is an empirical investigation using the Demerouti model to examine the stress factors affecting nursing managers, doctors and nurses in their work, and the resources available to them. A survey conducted by healthcare managers showed that despite being very highly motivated in their work, their engagement with it is sometimes incomplete....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510070
Ling Jia Goh and Xiaoli Zhu
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 22, 2017
Telemedicine in wound care allows the general practitioner to communicate with the specialist via telecommunications in co-managing the patients' wounds thus effectively reducing the wait for specialist, allowing patients to get treated faster. As patients with complicated wounds increased, the demand for specialist wound care advice increased....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510069
Lap Fung Tsang, So Yuen Alice Sham, Sheung Lan Winnie Law, Ching Yi Sze, Siu Keung Tang, Ching Yan Kong, Suk Ying Peggy Wong and A Marie Tarrant
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: May 10, 2017
An increasing demand for quality of clinical service and safety of clinical procedures in hospitals has become a burden to healthcare staff. Training resources is sometimes wrongly allocated and are inadequate to meet the nurses' actual needs. No study was conducted to explore self-perceived training needs from senior level managers towards three domains: personal growth, professional development and services development....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510068
Abd Alhadi Hasan
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 08, 2017
Psychiatric nurses experience wide range of stressful events, evolving from the care of violent, aggressive patients, recurrent relapse episodes and poor prognosis of mental disorders; it affects several dimensions of nurses' life, physical and mental health. The aim of the study was to assess work stress, coping strategies and level of depression among psychiatric nurses....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510067
Kieke GH Okma
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: April 17, 2017
This contribution explores the changing positions of four major groups of health professionals in primary care in North America and Western Europe: general internists, family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The mix of professionals varies greatly across countries in Europe and North America, illustrating that there is no single answer to the question: "What is the 'best' mix of health professionals?"...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510066
Lorena Picasso Simon and Salvador Diaz Lobato
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: April 07, 2017
We describe the case of a 79-year-old man who presented respiratory failure secondary to left body hemiatrophy which was presented since early childhood. Clinical and images findings support the diagnosis of hemiatrophy syndrome complicated with hypercapnic respiratory insufficiency secondary to a restrictive ventilatory disorder....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510065
Ann-Christine Andersson, Rose-Marie Johansson, Mattias Elg, Boel Andersson Gare and Lennart Christensson
Article Type: Original Research | First Published: March 09, 2017
In patients treated with indwelling urethral catheter (IUC), complications such as catheter associated urinary tract infections are common, while underuse of IUC may cause harmful urinary retention (UR)....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510064
Behice Erci and Zeynep Cicek
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 07, 2017
The research was methodological study design. A convenience sample of 210 women at a primary health care centre completed a structured questionnaire including the health beliefs related drug use scale for women in 2012. The researchers visited primary health care centre on 5 working days in every week and conducted interviews with the women....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510063
Ellen O Beyer and Jeungok Choi
Article Type: Original Article | First Published: March 02, 2017
Adults 65 years and older are at increased risk for complications of drug therapy and are vulnerable to medication prescribing patterns of poor quality because of age-related changes, comorbidities, polypharmacy, and medication interactions. Potentially inappropriate medications contribute to adverse drug events, falls, delirium, and gastrointestinal bleeding and are deemed preventable....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510062
Lap Fung Tsang, So Yuen Alice Sham, Sheung Lan Winnie Law, Shuk Chun Irene Ho, Siu Keung Tang, Ching Yan Kong, Suk Ying Peggy Wong and A Marie Tarrant
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: February 25, 2017
The aim of this study is to explore a competency-based training need of registered nurses working in United Christian Hospital (UCH) in Hong Kong. This cross-sectional questionnaire study included 876 registered nurses from 3 to 23 August 2015....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510061
Jennifer P Kurkowski, Angelo P Giardino, Jennifer E Dietrich and Haleh H Sangi
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 20, 2017
Approximately 3 million women in the United States are estimated to have an inherited bleeding disorder, VWD being the most common and affecting 1% of the population. Pathophysiology, prevalence, relationship to heavy menstrual bleeding, screening and appropriate workup for VWD are discussed. Advanced practice nurses were surveyed about the amount of education on bleeding disorders and revealed 59% were taught about Type 1 Von Willebrand disease in school. Furthermore, 62.2% of participants felt...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510060
Ray Cody Mayo
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: January 09, 2017
Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American women. Currently there are multiple differing recommendations regarding the appropriate approach to breast cancer screening. Unfortunately this lack of clarity causes confusion on the part of the healthcare provider and patient which may lead to suboptimal healthcare decisions. The current recommendations are reviewed and patient guidance is discussed below in a concise, organized format....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510059
Kinley Wangdi and Manish Raj Gurung
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: October 28, 2016
A retrospective study to understand the trends of all forms of abortion was carried out using secondary data from PGH data repository. The trend was analyzed between the periods 1st January 2008 to 31st December 2011. A prospective study was also carried out between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014 using a structured interviewer administered questionnaire on patients seeking medical care for abortion related ailments in PGH....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510058
Katayon Vakilian, Roya Gholami, SimaYounesi Ghare-shiran and Azam Rahmani
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: October 28, 2016
Anxiety is known as a potential contributing factor in the incidence of menstrual disorders. No studies have yet investigated the relationship between test anxiety and the incidence and type of menstrual disorders. The present study was therefore conducted to examine this relationship....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510057
Jennifer L Cole and Jennifer E Stark
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 30, 2016
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) has a major impact on healthcare globally. Comorbidities are common in HCV-infected patients and as this population ages, acute care admissions are on the rise. With the introduction of the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens, treatment for HCV has become better tolerated and more effective with shorter durations. Treatment rates for HCV are on the rise with the DAA agents, making it more likely to encounter patients on these medications during hospital admissi...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510056
Olutayo Aloba, Oluwaseyi Olabisi, Olayinka Ajao and Tolulope Aloba
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: August 30, 2016
Suicide rate has been reported to be high among nurses and student nurses. Hopelessness has been globally recognized as the most significant predictor of suicide and suicidal behaviour. The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) has been recognized to be very useful in the prediction of suicide but its psychometric properties have not been examined among Nigerian student nurses....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510055
Valerie King, Rebecca Janis and Gary Burlingame
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: August 30, 2016
Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) experience a notably decreased life span due, in part to a metabolic syndrome linked to psychotropic medications commonly prescribed to SMI patients. Eli Lilly's Solutions for Wellness (SFW) program was designed to address some of the risk factors (e.g., weight, diet, lifestyle) that exacerbate the metabolic syndrome in SMI outpatients. However, there is limited data as to the effectiveness of the SFW program for hospitalized SMI patients....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510054
Laura Mullaney, Shona Cawley, Amy C O'Higgins, Rachel Kennedy, Daniel McCartney and Michael J Turner
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 30, 2016
Before, during and after pregnancy, women are keen to receive information that will promote not only their own well-being, but also that of their baby. The first year of life is a period of rapid growth and development. An infant's birth weight doubles by six months and triples by one year, a process not repeated at any other phase in the life cycle. A UK study suggests that first-time mothers have a good understanding of weaning guidelines; however, they seek weaning information from multiple s...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510053
Abdulrhman Saad Albougami, Karen G Pounds and Jazi Shaydeid Alotaibi
Article Type: Discussion Paper | First Published: July 01, 2016
Globalization has brought about tremendous changes to societies around the world. Increased immigration has led to increasing diversity among patients, making culturally congruent healthcare an absolute necessity. Like all healthcare fields, nursing is expected to adopt a global practice of culturally congruent care. Thus, nurses must acquire an in-depth understanding of cultural beliefs, practices, and differences, thus developing a practice of avoiding premature generalizations....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510052
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 27, 2016
Because of the growing expectations for novice nurses to be adequately prepared to work in complex healthcare settings, pressure has dramatically increased for nursing schools to deliver better training. Nurse educators must explore innovative teaching methods to link the gap between knowledge and practice in order to enhance the students' ability to function as competent nurses. Researchers stated that simulation has the potential to help nurse educators better train students, especially when f...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510051
Gary L Kreps
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 27, 2016
It is increasingly important for health care professionals and consumers to participate actively and competently in interprofessional health care teams to contribute specialized knowledge and skills toward addressing complex health care challenges. However, team members must be sensitized to the communication demands of working effectively in health care teams....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510050
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: June 26, 2016
Respiratory rate assessment is essential for detecting acute changes in a patient's condition. Despite this, research has shown that it is the most neglected vital sign in clinical practice. This literature review identified three key reasons for this: inadequate knowledge regarding respiratory rate assessment; nurses' perception of patient acuity; and lack of time. These factors suggest poor understanding of the importance of respiratory rate as a vital sign....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510049
Maria das Gracas Silva Matsubara and Edvane Birelo Lopes De Domenico
Article Type: Mini Review | First Published: May 31, 2016
The new demands of a globalized and competitive market have targeted health services to have an attitude focused on client welfare, through a process of providing services with quality, whose advantage is in the intellectual capital of its human resources which result from continuous processes of education....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510048
Majdi Alhadidi and Muayyad Ahmad
Article Type: Mini Review | First Published: May 24, 2016
Purpose:This study was designed to examine the psychometric properties of modified Arabic version of the Caring Dimension Inventory. Methods:The cross-sectional survey was conducted in Jordan in four psychiatric clinical settings. Data were collected from three psychiatric hospitals and one psychiatric ward. The sample size was 205 nurses. Ethical approval was granted to conduct this study by the relevant research ethics committees of the involved hospitals....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510047
Jean Marie Schlittenhart
Article Type: Mini Review | First Published: April 30, 2016
Current federal legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, provides for the support of lactating women in the workforce. Previous to this enactment employers were not required to provide breaks for lactating women to express milk for their nursing infant. Howbeit, breastfeeding benefits have been endorsed by American Academy of Pediatric for growth and development (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012). Now, the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division requ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510046
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: April 30, 2016
In medical service settings in Taiwan, English medical terminology is used for writing medical admission notes, medication administration records, and nursing kardexes. Nurses use English medical terminology to interact with health care professionals and to understand patient charts, laboratory data, and nursing kardexes. For nurses, understanding and using English medical terminology is an important ability to perform their responsibilities efficiently and safely. However, many clinical nurses ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510045
Mindi Miller, Brianna Fox and Abbey Brown
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: April 30, 2016
There is growing evidence that music assists with healing and well-being. Music is known to have widespread common characteristics, yet there are individual cognitive and emotional differences that make the operationalization of music therapy challenging. The work of two baccalaureate honors students became the catalyst for doing additional literature critiques on music therapy. Best practice guidelines for music therapy is in its infancy, as is the specialty of certified music therapists. Music...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510044
Evelien de Vos-Kerkhof, Dorien H.F. Geurts, Ida J. Korfage, Yvonne Vergouwe, Angeline Slager-Lodders, Henriette A. Moll and Rianne Oostenbrink
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: March 31, 2016
For successful practical implementation of clinical decision rules, measuring their acceptability is essential. The Ottawa Acceptability of Decision Rules Instrument (OADRI) was developed to serve this need. The OADRI was translated into Dutch according to international guidelines. Decision rule acceptability was measured during three different moments of two impact trials. We described OADRI mean item scores and diversity of answer possibilities, where > 50% "No opinion/Don't know" where define...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510043
Article Type: Commentary | First Published: March 31, 2016
Healthcare today faces numerous challenges and opportunities for improvement, and many of these issues relate to providing efficient high level care in a cost efficient manner. Efforts to meet these challenges are driven by better standards for care evolving from the evidence base created through research and practices which when applied lead to better outcomes. However, the demands presented to the healthcare practitioner to integrate the new concepts for care into the current environment of ca...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510042
Edith A. West
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: March 31, 2016
In an article entitled, From Tall Poppies to Squashed Weeds: Why Don't Nurses Pull Together More, Farrell concluded that it was not only the alleged misogyny intrinsic to oppression or feminist theory that shackled and impeded nurses, but nurses themselves who in their everyday work and interpersonal interactions, act as insidious gatekeepers to an iniquitous status quo....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510041
Mary Beth Wilson Steck, Julia A. Eggert, Veronica G. Parker, Lee A. Crandall and Bonnie J. Holaday
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: March 07, 2016
Nurse practitioners (NPs) need be aware of the ethical and social implications of diagnosing, testing and managing genetic diseases in their patients. Before the start of the Human Genome Project, the degree of protection in state laws in the United States against genetic discrimination varied broadly. Thus, a federal law, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) was passed in 2008....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510040
L. Abraham and D. Dunn
Article Type: Case report | First Published: March 06, 2016
In our 25 year experience delivering care to a frail elderly population our Geriatric Team has noted that many of our health care colleagues do not routinely assess the spiritual needs of sick persons. There is no consistent assessment of this need in the routine medical care of older patients. This spiritual need has to be understood in terms of the whole person-the emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of our being, as well as the physical....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510039
Oznur Tosun, Yagmur Sezer Efe, Emine Erdem and Meral Bayat
Article Type: Mini Review | First Published: February 29, 2016
Incidence of preterm birth has been increasing since 1980s. Despite this increase in the incidence, survival rate of preterm newborns has been going up although it changes depending on gestational age. It is stated that such critical diseases that progress slowly as sensory losses, neurological disorders, developmental deficits, respiratory failures, bone mineral problems occur despite decreasing number of health problems that develop rapidly thanks to the increasing rate of preterm survival rat...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510038
Discussion of Challenges in Engaging Urdu/Punjabi Speak People with Type 2 Diabetes in Structured Group Patient Education Using Interpretation and Established Educational Tools in Two Health Boards in Scotland
Joan McDowell and Smita Grant
Article Type: Discursive Article | First Published: February 26, 2016
Structured patient education is one aspect of supporting self-management for people with diabetes. People from the black and minority ethnic groups who live in upper-middle and high income countries are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus than white Caucasians and providing structured patient education in a multicultural society can be challenging for practitioners. To promote a sustainable model of care, with language support, this paper discusses the use of culturally appropr...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510037
Bradley Evans, David Pace, Mark Borgaonkar, June Peckham, Hickey N, O'Leary M, McGrath J, Fallows G and Rayleen Hogan RN
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 21, 2016
An endoscopy nurse acting as a second observer during colonoscopy may result in an increased adenoma detection rate (ADR). The impact a nurse can have on ADR may be related to endoscopy nurse experience. Common practice is to have an endoscopy nurse present in the procedure room during colonoscopy but not specifically dedicated to observation of the procedure. The objective of this study was to identify factors associated with increased rates of adenoma detection during colonoscopy....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510036
Halime Abay, Sena Kaplan, Sevil Sahin and Gul Pinar
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 21, 2016
The study was carried out to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that define the current situation of nursing in Turkey and to develop suggestions. This study is a qualitative research. SWOT analysis was performed among key informants in the study. A purposive sampling technique targeted key informants involved in 12 students attending Nursing Doctorate Program....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510035
James P. Amerine and Lindsey B. Amerine
Article Type: Short Communication | First Published: February 21, 2016
Guidelines of handling hazardous drugs (HD) have been in existence since the early 1980s. Subsequent guidelines and recommendations by nursing and pharmacy organizations have further enhanced HD safety in health care settings. In early 2016, the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Chapter <800> (USP <800>) will be published in its final format providing health care facilities recommendations and requirements for handling HD in an attempt to reduce exposure to health care workers....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510033
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: February 07, 2016
Due to the intimate nature of nursing and caring, the ethical perspective of one's nursing is directly related to one's morals-along with one's inner sense of being a nurse. The nurse's ability to be engaged and connected within the work environment is reflected by a greater ethical dedication and reflection on her/his clinical practice. Notably, the current healthcare environment has a large impact on nurses' levels of work engagement. This is due to many factors within the environment: the per...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510032
Ayse Demiray, Ayla Kececi and Meral Yildirim Cetinkaya
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: February 03, 2016
Psychomotor learning is defined as learning new actions or reapplying the existing ones by modifying them. Psychomotor learning involves consistent and integrated operation of processes related to affective and cognitive functions. Individuals learn manual skills with the support of visual perception as well as exploring objects by touching. The principal learning objective in nursing education, as is the case for other occupational groups in the healthcare field, is to develop psychomotor skill...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510031
Mariko Kaneko, Ryu Shuhei, Miki koyama and Ryoko Kakehi
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: January 30, 2016
An online questionnaire survey was conducted in Japan among 782 nurses enrolled for health professional surveys in November 2014. The questionnaire consisted of ten questions on the psychological care of cancer patients of all five categories (anxiety, anger, crisis state, how to tell children about cancer in a parent, and grief care) and two questions on nurses' own stress management, which were assessed on a Likert scale. In addition, space was given to free-text responses for difficulties in ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510030
Cassia Regina Vancini-Campanharo, Rodrigo Luiz Vancini, Claudio Andre Barbosa de Lira, Marilia dos Santos Andrade, Alvaro Nagib Atallah and Aecio Flavio Teixeira de Gois
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 30, 2016
Early diagnosis and prevention of dengue fever is essential for the appropriate supportive treatment and management and can improve the patient survival. If significant cardiac involvement and failure is present, preventive management strategies and advanced life support should be applied to prevent mortality and morbidity by dengue....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510029
Carol Motycka, Marissa Glinton and Courtney Brennan
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 29, 2016
The use of marijuana as a medication continues to be debated around the United States with legalization being discussed in several states. Understanding the adverse effects and drug interactions of marijuana are important as more people look to using this substance as a form of treatment. Marijuana has been associated with several adverse effects when used both short term and long term. It is also a substance which may interact with commonly used medications. This article will discuss some of th...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510028
Souraya Sidani, Joan Brewster, Joyal Miranda, Shelley Walkerly and Emily Belita
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 23, 2016
Preferences for treatment affect the poor uptake, adherence, and outcomes of smoking cessation interventions. This study addressed the need to examine what smokers like and dislike about smoking cessation interventions. The study aimed to describe adult smokers' preferences for three interventions: nicotine replacement therapy, brief individual advice and group behavioral therapy, and to identify treatment-related factors underlying treatment preferences....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510027
Sandra P. Hirst
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 11, 2016
During the past several decades, interest has grown in the contribution that animals make to the quality of life of older residents who live in continuing care facilities. These residents are typically over the age of 85 and have often co-existing acute and chronic health challenges. Explored through this paper are several salient issues specific to animal assisted interventions for older residents living in continuing care facilities. These include: the possible contribution of animals to resid...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510026
Jennifer Mannino and Elizabeth Cotter
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: January 09, 2016
Nurses face a number of challenges in the 21st century. One major challenge pertains to nursing education, specifically to the entry into practice preparation of undergraduate nursing students. Not only do nurses need to be adequately prepared to care for an ever increasing complex patient population, but they are called upon to be leaders in healthcare. The ways in which nurses were educated during the 20th century are no longer adequate for dealing with the realities of health care today; and ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510025
Anson Chui Yan Tang
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: December 31, 2015
Public attitude toward mental illness is usually negative in many western and Asian countries. Both qualitative and quantitative studies have reported that Chinese societies possess a lower benevolence toward and impose more social restriction on the mentally ill. People with mental illnesses are being labelled as dangerous and aggressive, and their families are being disapproved of and devalued....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510024
Kimberly A. Udlis and Stephanie Stewart
Article Type: Commentary | First Published: December 31, 2015
According to the World Health Organization Interprofessional Care (IPC) is linked with improved outcomes in family health infectious disease humanitarian efforts, responses to epidemics and non-communicable disease. Others improvements with IPC are noted in access to care and coordination of services, appropriate use of specialty care, chronic disease outcomes and safety. Safety indicators include complications and error rates, lengths of stay, conflict among care givers, staff turnover and mort...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510023
Sarah Mestepey, Susan K. Steele-Moses and Annette Knobloch
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 28, 2015
Combining breastfeeding and employment has been a struggle for mothers for many years. Working mothers are pressed to find a balance between employment responsibilities and the duties of motherhood. Until recent legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, there were essentially no federal regulations to protect a woman's breastfeeding rights; even the latest legislation is far from inclusive toward the protection of a woman's liberty to maintain lactation once she return...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510022
Brigitta R Villumsen and Britta Hordam
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 26, 2015
The most optimal and individual exercise plan for men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy needs to be identified. We plan to investigate in these patients the effect of a 12-week home-based exercise programme on physical function, fatigue and metabolic parameters. We will also investigate the satisfaction and experience with the exercise tool. To the best of our knowledge this is the first study to investigate the effect of an interactive video gaming console on a home-ba...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510021
Mariko Kaneko and Ryoko Kakehi
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: December 24, 2015
This study revealed that the stress management support system for nurse managers is inadequate and that nurse managers need to learn better stress management techniques. Moreover, a viable system providing stress management seminars, immediately linking available resources and creating a stress-free work environment needs to be established. Finally, a stress management care system for nurses, including nurse managers, needs to be implemented....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510020
Kimberly L. Tartt, Susan J. Appel, Valerie Mann-Jiles, Kahlil Demonbreun and John Langlow III
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: December 16, 2015
Purpose:Gain insight and knowledge through the exploration of depression among adult patients living with chronic illness such as sickle cell disease. The review focused on defining the prevalence of depression in chronic illness with emphasis on sickle cell. Associated chronic pain, quality of life, disease trajectory and the need for increased screening and treatment for depression in chronic illness such as with those living with sickle cell disease will be evaluated. Data Sources:A search of...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510019
Ana Maria Arnaiz-Garcia
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: November 30, 2015
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is useful as an adjunct or primary therapy of multiple processes, such as gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression treatments, myonecrosis, ischemic traumatic injuries, compartment syndrome, severe anemia, brain abscesses dued to Actinomyces spp., necrotizing infections, refractory osteomyelitis, radiation necrosis, burns and it is also useful in situations in which the evolution of a graft or skin flap is unfavorable despite other treatments....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510018
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: November 26, 2015
Motivation is the occurrence acting, learning and moving feelings in human beings. Motivation in work life can be described as additional rights and rewards for working people to do their jobs better, more qualified and faster and also to occur their feelings. In having motivation a person must first believe that he is able to manage the work before he has decided....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510017
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: November 26, 2015
Honor in nursing contributes to the profession and practice of nursing and, more importantly, to the lives nurses touch. HONOR also serves as a mnemonic that can guide nurses as they seek to bring honor to themselves and the profession. Through attention to their hearts, opportunities, never being complacent, providing outstanding care and reflecting, nurses can transform nursing practice and patient encounters into outstanding optimal care, maintaining their standing as the most honorable profe...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510016
Steven A Kahn, Alexa Hinton, Amanda Gonzales and Teri Huff
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: November 22, 2015
Historically, fire departments have worked in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team of nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers that care for thermally injured patients at burn centers. The close relationship and shared ideals between burn centers and fire department allows them to combine resources to better serve individual patients, but also the community at large through outreach and community education related to safety, fire prevention and injury prevention....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510015
Sharon Elizabeth Metcalfe
Article Type: Review article | First Published: November 04, 2015
Despite the increased diversity and multicultural transformation of the population within the United States, the majority of nurses in the workforce are found to be educated from Caucasian backgrounds. At present, there is minimal inclusion of students from underrepresented ethnic minorities, as well as students from the rural Appalachian region. This article describes an innovative and creative mentoring program that was implemented at a university to increase the diversity of the student enrol...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510014
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 04, 2015
Despite extensive public attention given to diet and exercise as effective counter measures to obesity and obesity-related problems, there has been no significant reduction in obesity rates in the United States and throughout the world. The author provides a brief update on obesity, dietary and physical activity guidelines, potential contributing factors to behavioral change and the role that nurses have in advancing health promoting activities that can reduce the health risks associated with ob...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510013
Emmanuel Andres, Samy Talha, Ahmed Benyahia A, Olivier Keller, Mohamed Hajjam, Jawad Hajjam, Sylvie Erve, Justine Boehler, Catherine Grohens and Amir Hajjam
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: November 02, 2015
Monitoring patients with heart failure by telemedicine systems is a potential means susceptible to optimize the management of these patients and avoid life-threatening emergencies. In this context, we experimented in real life an e-platform dedicated to automated, intelligent detection of situations at risk of heart failure....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510012
Gillian Strudwick, Ai Tanimizu, Sandhya Nilacka Saraswathy, Sara Yousef and Veronica Nickerson
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 02, 2015
Nurses effective and efficient use of electronic health records (EHRs) is essential for the successful adoption of the technology. In recent years, countries within the Middle East have experienced an increase in the installation and implementation of such technologies, with nurses representing the largest user group. As such, the aim of this literature review is to understand the scope of research containing nurse participants related to the technology and its use in the region....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510011
Sanford Nidich, Randi J Nidich, John Salerno, Brooke Hadfield and Charles Elder
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 02, 2015
Objective: To determine feasibility and potential effects of the transcendental meditation TM (TM) technique on caregivers' mental health and spiritual well-being. Methods: Twenty-three caregivers learned the TM program over five sessions and attended twice monthly group meetings over a two month period. Participants practiced at home for twenty minutes twice a day. Outcomes included perceived stress using Cohen's Perceived Stress Scale, Total Mood Disturbance using the profile of Mood States (P...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510010
Fredrik C Stormer
Article Type: Letter to Editor | First Published: September 30, 2015
Never underestimate an Alzheimer's patient. Patients with Alzheimer's disease may be able to use information from the past and also use information that was accumulated during the disease if they get rid of the amyloid plaques. Recently the removal of beta amyloid plaques in a mouse model has been reported. Beta amyloid plaques accumulates in the spaces between neurons and interfere with communication between them. The mice were exposed to scanning ultrasound treatment and 75% of cleared plaques...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510009
Jodie C Gary, Brian E Holland and Angela Mulcahy
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 30, 2015
The perceived competence of nursing students in performing resuscitation after completing an ACLS certification course was explored. This evaluation will aid in program evaluation and serve as a basis for further investigation. Baccalaureate nursing students receiving ACLS certification in the final semester of their nursing education self-reported an increase in perceived confidence related to performing resuscitation following the ACLS course....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510008
Gul Pinar, Candace C Knight, Vanessa P Gaioso, Penni I Watts, Kelly D Dailey, Sylvia E Britt, Kelley S Catron and Ferhat D Zengul
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: September 19, 2015
A descriptive, and correlational study design was utilized. Convenience sampling was conducted among junior level baccalaureate nursing students who were enrolled in a maternal child health nursing course at a large public university. The simulation experiences included nine different scenarios that highlighted critical obstetric concepts. Three instruments were used to gather data: (a) a demographic survey, (b) the Simulation Evaluation Form, and (c) the Simulation Design Scale. Student feedbac...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510007
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: September 19, 2015
The healthcare needs of older people require a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach where all team members have knowledge of the ageing process. Specific skills are needed in the assessment and management of chronic illness in older people. Team members should have the ability to practice in an interdisciplinary environment to deliver appropriate care for older people, particularly those who are frail or at risk of adverse clinical events....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510006
Loh Ee Chin
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: September 02, 2015
Little has been described about the cultural differences in caring for dying patients in Malaysia. This paper outlines three case studies in which the simple action of hair combing for patients by relations of different ethnicity, language, and cultural background may convey very different meanings to the people involved. The cases add insight to our understanding as practitioners on how we should seek to understand and be aware of the differences between ourselves and the people we care for in ...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510005
Amanda Bulette Coakley and Anne-Marie Barron
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: August 17, 2015
For four years, nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital have collaboratively offered an annual conference on Spirituality in Nursing Practice. The planning committee developed a process for comprehensive assessment of the meaning of the conference with the participants for the 2012 conference. Two members (the authors) developed pre and post conference surveys, which were sent to all nurses registered for the conference. The purpose of this study was to gain a g...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510004
Article Type: Short Communication | First Published: August 03, 2015
Norman Kaplan said "The measurement of blood pressure is likely the clinical procedure of greatest importance that is performed in the sloppiest manner." It is of great importance that common and often overlooked errors in the measurement of blood pressure be addressed. Firstly, I would like to emphasize the importance of proper cuff size. It is well known that miscuffing or using an improper cuff size can lead to an inaccurate blood pressure measurement....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510003
Lagerberg D and Magnusson M
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: July 02, 2015
Aim: To determine whether a simple question about maternal recall of postpartum depressive symptoms could aid in identifying maternal distress at 18 months postpartum. Results: With one exception (spouse relationship stress), low PD mothers reported the most favourable and high PD mothers the least favourable outcomes in terms of stress, perceived child difficulty and problems handling child mobility, with medium PD mothers in between. All these differences were significant. Effect sizes were sm...
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510002
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: May 26, 2015
A variety of educational interventions may have an impact on patient assessment and patient outcome. Studies have reported an inconsistency in the use of Neurological assessments performed by nurses, such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in the acute care setting. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention for nurses on the number of performed neurological assessments over time....
Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510001
Carinne Brody, John Michea Irige, Ben Bellows
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 09, 2015
Low job satisfaction among healthcare workers in developing countries can increase risk of burnout and have a negative effect on the quality of services. Novel financing strategies such as voucher programs, which aim to increase the utilization of services by the poor by offering physical vouchers for subsidized care, may unintentionally exacerbate burnout for health care workers by creating higher workloads....
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