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.
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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....
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 t...
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 regist...
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 stude...
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 ...
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 forma...
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 pat...
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...
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; howe...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 involve...
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 State...
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 effi...
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 ...
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...
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 co...
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 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
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
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 ...
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 d...
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...
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...
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...
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 pre...
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 incl...
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 dea...
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, c...
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 wom...
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 o...
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 d...
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 f...
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, main...
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 pre...
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 univers...
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 t...
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 tec...
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 Mo...
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 scanni...
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, an...
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 difference...
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 con...
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 mea...
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 ...
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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