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International Journal of Nursing Studies

Helena Ullgren, Theologia Tsitsi, Evridiki Papastavrou, Andreas Charalambous
INTRODUCTION: Cancer affects not only the patient, but also the whole family, especially when a member of the family assumes the role of the family caregiver. This puts an additional emotional, social and financial strain on the family caregivers. Family caregivers of cancer patients are actively involved in the care provided at the home setting through various ways including practical tasks, symptom management and care coordination. The focus of preceding studies on family caregivers and symptom management was either on pain or the patients' and family caregivers' experience of symptom management and coping...
May 29, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Joseph Osafo, Charity S Akotia, Kofi E Boakye, Erica Dickson
BACKGROUND: Negative attitudes of health professionals towards suicide may hamper their willingness and skills to work with attempt survivors. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes of physicians and nurses towards suicide and the suicidal patient. METHODS: A semi-structured qualitative interview was conducted on Twenty five (25) health professionals: (15 physicians and 10 casualty nurses) from five hospitals in Accra, the capital of Ghana...
May 26, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Christina Sandlund, Jerker Hetta, Gunnar H Nilsson, Mirjam Ekstedt, Jeanette Westman
BACKGROUND: People typically seek primary health care for daytime symptoms and impairments they experience in association with their insomnia. However, few studies address the question of whether insomnia treatment can improve such symptomatology. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a nurse-led group treatment program, based on the techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), improved daytime symptomatology in primary care patients with insomnia...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Kay J McCallum, Debra Jackson, Helen Walthall, Helen Aveyard
AIM: The aim of this integrative literature review was to explore the quality of the dying and death experience in the Emergency Department from the perspective of staff and carers. BACKGROUND: Death in the Emergency Department is common. Understanding the quality of the death and dying experience of patients and their family members is crucial to building knowledge and improving care. DESIGN: Systematic integrative literature review reported following the PRISMA guidelines...
May 23, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Martin Salzmann-Erikson, Marie Sjödin
BACKGROUND: It is recognized that people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia often do not fully adhere with their antipsychotic prescription. The vast majority of previous research on the topic of medical adherence is limited to quantitative research methods, and in particular, to determining correlations. OBJECTIVES: The present review was designed to describe how people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia experience and narrate pharmacological treatment with antipsychotic medication...
May 23, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Felicity Mayer, Debra Bick, Cath Taylor
BACKGROUND: Cardiac disease is associated with adverse outcomes in pregnancy and is the leading cause of indirect maternal death in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. National and international guidelines recommend women should receive care from multidisciplinary teams; however evidence is lacking to inform how they should be operationalised. OBJECTIVES: To describe the composition and processes of multidisciplinary care between maternity and cardiac services before, during and after pregnancy for women with cardiac disease, and explore clinicians' (cardiologists, obstetricians, nurses, midwives) and women's experiences of delivering/receiving care within these models...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Gooske Douw, Getty Huisman-de Waal, Arthur R H van Zanten, Johannes G van der Hoeven, Lisette Schoonhoven
BACKGROUND: Rapid response systems aim to improve early recognition and treatment of deteriorating general ward patients. Sole reliance on deviating vital signs to escalate care in rapid response systems disregards nurses' judgments about a patient's condition based on worry and other indicators of deterioration. To make worry explicit, the Dutch-Early-Nurse-Worry-Indicator-Score was developed, summarising non-quantifiable signs of deterioration in the nine indicators: breathing, circulation, temperature, mentation, agitation, pain, unexpected trajectory, patient indicates not feeling well and nurses' subjective observations...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Rahel Naef, Jutta Ernst, Catherine Bürgi, Heidi Petry
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of older persons with cognitive impairment use inpatient services for co-occurring acute illness. Research has demonstrated that persons with cognitive impairment face more adverse health outcomes during hospitalization than their age counterparts without cognitive impairment. As hospitals tend to be ill equipped to meet the complex care needs of this population, various initiatives underscore the need to better utilize existing evidence to improve quality of care...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Chong Chin Che, Mei Chan Chong, Noran N Hairi
BACKGROUND: Studies have reported that student nurses hold positive attitudes towards older people; nevertheless, working with older people has consistently remained one of the least desired career choices among student nurses in most countries. OBJECTIVES: The current study aimed to assess student nurses' intentions to work with older people and to determine the predictors of working intentions among nursing students. DESIGN: The study adopted a cross-sectional design...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Shelley Roberts, Wendy Chaboyer
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May 17, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Greta G Cummings, Kaitlyn Tate, Sarah Lee, Carol A Wong, Tanya Paananen, Simone P M Micaroni, Gargi E Chatterjee
BACKGROUND: Leadership is critical in building quality work environments, implementing new models of care, and bringing health and wellbeing to a strained nursing workforce. However, the nature of leadership style, how leadership should be enacted, and its associated outcomes requires further research and understanding. We aimed to examine the relationships between various styles of leadership and outcomes for the nursing workforce and their work environments. METHODS: The search strategy of this systematic review included 10 electronic databases...
May 3, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Chenjuan Ma, Shin Hye Park, Jingjing Shang
BACKGROUND: Collaboration among healthcare providers has been considered a promising strategy for improving care quality and patient outcomes. Despite mounting evidence demonstrating the impact of collaboration on outcomes of healthcare providers, there is little empirical evidence on the relationship between collaboration and patient safety outcomes, particularly at the patient care unit level. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to identify the extent to which interdisciplinary collaboration between nurses and physicians and intradisciplinary collaboration among nurses on patient care units are associated with patient safety outcomes...
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Victoria J Wood, Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Nick Swart, Michelle McIntosh, Sonya Crowe, Stephen Morris, Naomi J Fulop
BACKGROUND: One to one specialling is a type of care which is provided to ensure the safety of patients who may be suffering from cognitive impairment, exhibit challenging behaviour, or may be at risk of falls or of causing harm to themselves or others. Care such as this, often referred to as 'specialling' or 'sitting' is common practice in most hospitals around the world, but there is a lack of evidence regarding its cost effectiveness and the quality of care provided. AIM: The aim of this scoping review was to explore the breadth and scope of literature on one to one specialling, sitters and similar types of care in acute secondary care settings, in order to identify the challenges and concerns relating to the quality of care (process and outcomes) and cost effectiveness emerging from the literature, and determine the implications of this for policy, practice and future research...
April 30, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Hanne Marie Rostad, Inger Utne, Ellen Karine Grov, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Martine Puts, Liv Halvorsrud
BACKGROUND: Pain is highly prevalent in older adults, especially those in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The presence of dementia may increase the risk of underdiagnosed and undertreated pain. Pain assessment tools are not regularly used in clinical practice, however, there are indications that the regular use of pain assessments tools may influence the recognition of pain by nursing staff and thereby affect pain management. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether regular pain assessment using a pain assessment tool is associated with changes in i) pain scores and ii) analgesic use in nursing home residents with severe dementia...
April 30, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
S Malfait, K Eeckloo, W Van Biesen, M Deryckere, E Lust, A Van Hecke
BACKGROUND: Bedside handover is the delivery of the nurse-to-nurse shift handover at the patient's bedside. The method is increasingly used in nursing, but the evidence concerning the implementation process and compliance to the method is limited. OBJECTIVES: To determine the compliance with a structured bedside handover protocol following ISBARR and if there were differences in compliance between wards. DESIGN: A multicentred observational study with unannounced and non-participatory observations (n = 638) one month after the implementation of a structured bedside handover protocol...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
C L Downey, S Chapman, R Randell, J M Brown, D G Jayne
BACKGROUND: Continuous vital signs monitoring on general hospital wards may allow earlier detection of patient deterioration and improve patient outcomes. This systematic review will assess if continuous monitoring is practical outside of the critical care setting, and whether it confers any clinical benefit to patients. METHODS: MEDLINE® , MEDLINE® In-Process, EMBASE, CINAHL and The Cochrane Library were searched for articles that evaluated the clinical or non-clinical outcomes of continuous vital signs monitoring in adults outside of the critical care setting...
April 21, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Arja Suikkala, Sanna Koskinen, Helena Leino-Kilpi
BACKGROUND: Actual contacts with patients are crucial in developing the skills that students need when working with patients. Patients are accustomed to the presence of students. The concept of learning from patients has emerged recently, shifting the focus from learning from professionals as role models to the relationship between the student and patient. AIM: With focus on patients' perspective in clinical practice placements, this scoping review aims to review and summarize the existing empirical literature regarding patients' involvement in nursing students' clinical education...
April 17, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Michael Wilson, Pam Oliver, Phillipa Malpas
AIMS: This study investigated New Zealand nurses' views on legalising assisted dying across a range of clinical conditions, nurses' willingness to engage in legal assisted dying, potential deterrents and enablers to such engagement, and nurses' perceptions of the proper role of their professional bodies in relation to legalising assisted dying. BACKGROUND: A Bill for legalising assisted dying is currently before the New Zealand parliament. Of the 16 jurisdictions where assisted dying has been specifically legislated, only the Canadian federal statute provides nurses with explicit legal protection for their performance of assisted dying-related tasks...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Nur Arina Liyana Amin, Wilson W S Tam, Shefaly Shorey
BACKGROUND: Poor adjustment during early parenthood often leads to low feelings of parental self-efficacy, which influences parents' behaviours towards their infants. The long-term consequences on infant development warrant the need for more attention on the efficacy of universal parent education interventions to empower parents and enhance their self-efficacy. OBJECTIVES: To synthesise available evidence and explore the efficacy of universal parent education interventions on the parental self-efficacy of first-time parents...
March 28, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Clinta Ché Reed, Ann F Minnick, Mary S Dietrich
BACKGROUND: The majority of interruption research has focused on the undesirable effects of interruptions, especially related to errors during medication tasks. However, there may be times when interruptions result in positive effects by providing new information to a situation or preventing an error. The study of nurses' responses to interruptions is limited. Since interruptions cannot (and possibly should not) be avoided, a reasonable method for handling interruptions might be to learn how best to prepare for and manage interruption-prone situations...
March 27, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
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