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....
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, conflict among care givers, staff turnover and mort...
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 woman's liberty to maintain lactation once she return...
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 of an interactive video gaming console on a home-ba...
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 disease will be evaluated. Data Sources:A search of...
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 flap is unfavorable despite other treatments....
Psychometric Evaluation of Clinical Learning Motivation Scale
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....
Illuminating the Mystique of Honor in Nursing
Article Type: Short Commentary | First Published: November 26, 2015
Honor in nursing contributes to the profession and practice of nursing and, more importantly, to the lives nurses touch. HONOR also serves as a mnemonic that can guide nurses as they seek to bring honor to themselves and the profession. Through attention to their hearts, opportunities, never being complacent, providing outstanding care and reflecting, nurses can transform nursing practice and patient encounters into outstanding optimal care, maintaining their standing as the most honorable profe...
'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 prevention and injury prevention....
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 university to increase the diversity of the student enrol...
Obesity: A Persistent Global Health Problem
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 04, 2015
Despite extensive public attention given to diet and exercise as effective counter measures to obesity and obesity-related problems, there has been no significant reduction in obesity rates in the United States and throughout the world. The author provides a brief update on obesity, dietary and physical activity guidelines, potential contributing factors to behavioral change and the role that nurses have in advancing health promoting activities that can reduce the health risks associated with ob...
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....
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 technology and its use in the region....
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 Mood Disturbance using the profile of Mood States (P...
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, and (c) the Simulation Design Scale. Student feedbac...
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 differences between ourselves and the people we care for in ...
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 measurement....
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 differences were significant. Effect sizes were sm...
Educational Intervention to Improve Nursing Practice in the Critical Care Setting
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....