International Archives of Nursing and Health Care is an open access peer reviewed journal that publishes articles focusing on all aspects of Advance Nursing Practice, Cardiac Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Gastro Enterology Nursing, Griatric Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing, Nephro- Urology Nursing, Neurosciences Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Management, Nursing Research & Statistics, Obstetric & Gynaecological Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing, Oncology Nursing, Orthopedic Nursing, Palliative Care Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Perioperative Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Telenursing, etc., by coordinating with physicians, medical practitioners, dietitians and patient's family to promote and recover optimal health and quality of life.

Journal publishes original research articles, reviews, clinical studies and commentaries pertinent to nursing and health care to improve quality of patients' life. All articles published in the journal are subjected to stringent peer review process and we encourage authors to publish their work in as much detailed as possible.

 
Journal Information

Title: International Archives of Nursing and Health Care

ISSN: 2469-5823

Editor-in-chief: Bridget H Wilson

NLM title abbreviation: Int Arch Nurs Health Care

ISO abbreviation: Int Arch Nurs Health Care

Other titles: IANHC

Category: Nursing/Healthcare

DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823

Peer review: Double blind

Review speed: 3 weeks

Fast-track review: 10 days

Publication format (s): Electronic and print

Publication policy: Open Access; COPE guide

Publication type(s): Periodicals

Publisher: ClinMed International Library

Country of publication: USA

Language: English

Contact email: contact@clinmedjournals.org

 
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 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510107

Qualitative Study of Supervisor Feedback on Nurse Managers' Reflective Journals

Yumiko Kuraoka

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

Prostatic Artery Embolisation with Bletilla Striata Particles in Treatment of Moderate to Severe Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Resulted from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

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 patient...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510105

Marital Adjustment of Women Living in Two Different Provinces of Turkey and their Attitudes towards Violence against Women

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

Training of French Nursing Students on Drawing Blood Culture: Results from a Broad Electronic Survey

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

Risk Factors for Postoperative Delirium after Cardiac Surgery

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

Set Up of "Longitudinal Care" Paradigm in Contemporary Family Medicine and Community Nursing

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

Hierarchical Linear Modeling Application in Analyzing Occupational Injuries Related Factors for Nurses in Taiwan

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

Investigation of the Violence and Violence Types against the Healthcare Staff Working in 112 Emergency Service

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

Ethnic Diversity and its Effect on Illness Perception and Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Ayala Gonen

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

Perceptions of Turkish Nurses and Patients Regarding Individualized Care: A Comparison Study

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

WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Strategy and Alcohol Hand Rub Use is Effective in Reducing Hais and Antimicrobes in Developing Countries

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

Adherence to Therapeutic Regimen in Adults Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: The Role of Demographic and Clinical Characteristics

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

Micronutrients in Congestive Heart Failure: An Integrative Review

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

The Effectiveness and Related Factors of Taiwan's Long-Term Care Professional Manpower Training (Level I Common Curriculum)

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

The Croatian Model of University Education for Nurses

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

Humanized Care: A Challenge for Nursing

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

Telemedicine: An Opportunity to Upgrade the Function of the Nurses!

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....
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510090

Social Correlates of Nurses' Preparedness towards Retirement in Zaria, Northwest Nigeria

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 t...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510089

Eating Difficulties in Newly-Onset Stroke Patients: A Qualitative Inquiry of Nurses' Perceptions of the Situation

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 regist...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510088

Relationship Status and Sexual Behaviors in Post-Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Affected Urban Young Women: A Sub-Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial

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

The Impact of Self-Efficacy and Depression on Self-Care in Patients with Heart Failure: An Integrative Review

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

Lifestyle Intervention for Transplant Success (LIFTS) Mobile Health Wellness Program for Kidney Wait-Listed Patients: Development and Design

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

What are the Factors that Affect the Image of Nursing Profession of Turkish High School Students?

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

Effectiveness of Simulation among Undergraduate Students in the Critical Care Nursing

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

Clinical Pharmacist-Led Medication Reconciliation Initiative at a Newly Established Hospital in Qatar: A Preliminary Report

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

Determination of Changes in the Brain in Bipolar Disorder by Imaging Methods and its Reflections in Nursing Care

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

Hepatitis E Virus Infection in a Student Healthcare Worker: A Case Report

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

Cultural Awareness: Coining and Cupping

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

Conceptual Framework for Nurses in the Use of the Neuman Systems Model on Caregivers of People Suffering by Schizophrenia

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

The Impact of Watching Movies on the Communication Skills of Nursing Students: A Pilot Study from Turkey

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 stude...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510077

Case Based Game: Integrating the Practice Framework with Cases

Elizabeth Fain

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

Nursing Education, Trauma and Care in the Intensive Care

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

Delivering an Interprofessional and Intercollegiate Program between Nursing and Pharmacy Students

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

Academic Dishonesty among Undergraduate Nursing Students

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

'When Can I be Free from My Miserable Leg?' A Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences of Chronic Leg Ulceration in Primary Healthcare

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

The Origin of Professional Nursing Training in Catalonia

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

New Management Systems and the Ambiguous Nature of Resources: A Qualitative Study about Healthcare Middle Managers

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

Effectiveness of Telemedicine for Distant Wound Care Advice towards Patient Outcomes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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

Self-Perceived Performance-Based Training Needs of Senior Nurse Managers Working in United Christian Hospital: A Cross-Sectional Exploratory Study

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

Work Stress, Coping Strategies and Levels of Depression among Nurses Working in Mental Health Hospital in Port-Said City

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

Changing Territories of Health Care Professionals in Primary Care

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

Hemiatrophy Syndrome with Secondary Respiratory Failure Corrected with Noninvasive Ventilation

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

Using Quality Improvement Methods to Implement Guidelines to Decrease the Proportion of Urinary Retention in Orthopaedic Care

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

Reliability and Validity of Drugs Use Health Belief Scale in Adult Women

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

Improving Practitioners Knowledge and Confidence to Identify High Risk Medications with Older Adults: A Quality Improvement Intervention

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

Self-Perceived Competency-Based Training Needs of Registered Nurses: A Cross-Sectional Exploratory Study

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

Brief Report: Von Willebrand Disease in Women: A Review and APN Survey Results

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510060

Healthcare Provider Guidance for Breast Cancer Screening

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 forma...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510059

Understanding the Factors Associated with Abortion among Women Seeking Abortion Related Health Services in Phuentsholing General Hospital, Bhutan

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

The Relationship between Test Anxiety and the Incidence and Type of Menstrual Disorders in the Case of Students of University of Medical Sciences: A Longitudinal Study

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

Acute Care Nursing Considerations in the Era of Direct-Acting Hepatitis C Antivirals

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 pat...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510056

The Beck Hopelessness Scale: Factor Structure, Validity and Reliability in a Sample of Student Nurses in South-Western Nigeria

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

Solutions for Wellness: Outcome Review and Analysis of a Healthy Lifestyle Group

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510054

Provision of Information about Infant Feeding Postpartum through Digital Media

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; howe...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510053

Comparison of Four Cultural Competence Models in Transcultural Nursing: A Discussion Paper

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510052

Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceptions of High-Fidelity Simulation-Based Learning

Yueh-Chen Yeh

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510051

Communication and Effective Interprofessional Health Care Teams

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

Why is Respiratory Rate the Neglected Vital Sign? A Narrative Review

Malcolm Elliott

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510049

Building a Virtual Learning Environment for Distance Education in Nursing Oncology

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

The Caring Dimension Inventory (CDI-29): Modified Arabic Version

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 involve...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510047

Combining Breastfeeding and Employment: The Salient Beliefs of Nurses Working Shift Working in a Hospital

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 State...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510046

Bingo! Team-Based Game in English Medical Terminology for Baccalaureate Nursing Students

Ching-Hsing Hsieh

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 effi...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510045

Interventions of Music: Reviewing Evidence for Better Practice

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510044

Measuring Acceptability of Clinical Decision Rules Using the Ottawa Acceptability of Decision Rules Instrument (OADRI): A Pediatric Emergency Care Study

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510043

The Need for Safe Patient Handling Programs

Guy Fragala

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 co...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510042

Conceptualizing the Relationships between Organizational Cultures, Nurse Leaders and the Nurse Practice Environments: A Historical Perspective

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

Assessing Awareness of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) among Nurse Practitioners: A Pilot Study

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

An Untapped Resource in Patient Centered Care - The Role of Spirituality

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

Osteopenia among Preterm Newborns and Nursing Care

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 tha...
 

 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, ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510037

Does the Presence of an Endoscopy Nurse Influence Adenoma Detection Rate during Colonoscopy?

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510036

How Nurses Views Themselves in Turkey: A Qualitative SWOT Analysis

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

The Impact of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Chapter <800> On Nursing Practices

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510033

Engagement and Ethics Entwined

Kathleen Hudson

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 d...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510032

Students' Perceptions of Psychomotor Skills Training: A Qualitative Study

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510031

Perspectives and Challenges in the Psychological Care of Cancer Patients and in Stress Management for Oncology Nurses: An Online Survey among Japanese Nurses

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510030

Dengue Infection Could Provoke Cardiac Arrest and Death

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

Side Effects and Drug Interactions of Marijuana

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...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510028

Exploring the Contribution of Treatment Factors to Preferences for Smoking Cessation Interventions

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 pre...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510027

Sally the Cat: A Resident of a Continuing Care Facility

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 incl...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510026

Educating Nursing Students for Practice in the 21st Century

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 dea...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510025

Cross-sectional Survey: Public Attitude toward Mental Illness in China

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

Making IPE Work: Idea to Actualization

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, c...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510023

Combining Breastfeeding and Employment: The Salient Beliefs of Nurses Working Shift Work in a Hospital

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 wom...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510022

Patient Reported Outcome in a New Home-Based Rehabilitation Programme for Prostate Cancer Patients

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 o...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510021

Difficulties with Stress Management Faced by Nurse Managers: A Survey of Nurse Managers at a University Hospital

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

An Integrative Review of Sickle Cell and Depression

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 d...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510019

Novelties in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot: Hyperbaric Oxygen and Rich Platelet Plasma Therapy

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 f...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510018

Psychometric Evaluation of Clinical Learning Motivation Scale

Behice Erci

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

Illuminating the Mystique of Honor in Nursing

Paulina Van

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, main...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510016

'Stop, Drop and Run,' Physical Fitness Program for Firefighters Created by Nurses at a Regional Burn Center

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 pre...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510015

Creative and Innovative Mentoring Program for Improving Diverse Students in Education

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 univers...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510014

Obesity: A Persistent Global Health Problem

Linda Eanes

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 t...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510013

Monitoring Patients with Chronic Heart Failure Using a Telemedicine Platform: Contribution of the E-Care and INCADO Projects

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

A Scoping Review of Research Involving Nurses and Electronic Health Records in Middle Eastern Countries

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 tec...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510011

Stress Reduction with the Transcendental Meditation Program in Caregivers: A Pilot Study

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 Mo...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510010

Can Alzheimer's Patients Receive and Store Information in Late Stage of the Disease and Can Memory be Restored if the Amyloid Plaques are Removed?

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 scanni...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510009

The Impact of Advanced Cardiac Life Support to Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Perceived Competence in Performing Resuscitation Skills

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

The Effects of High Fidelity Simulation on Nursing Students' Perceptions and Self-Efficacy of Obstetric Skills

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, an...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510007

Training and Professional Development for Nurses and Healthcare Support Workers: Supporting Foundation for Quality and Good Practice for Care of the Acutely III Older Person

Inderpal Singh

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

Observed Experiences: Cultural Differences in Caring for Dying Patients in Malaysia

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 difference...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510005

Exploring the Experiences of Nurses Who Attended the Spirituality and Nursing Conference: 'The Art of Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing Practice'

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 con...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510004

Common Errors in the Measurement of Blood Pressure

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 mea...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510003

Asking about Postpartum Depressive Symptoms - An Easy Way to Identify Maternal Distress at 18 Months?

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 ...
 

 Open Access DOI:10.23937/2469-5823/1510002

Educational Intervention to Improve Nursing Practice in the Critical Care Setting

Ann-Charlotte Falk

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

Burnout at the Frontline: The Effect of a Reproductive Health Voucher Program on Health Workers in Uganda

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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