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Daira Wilson
PROBLEM: Wearable technology is here and nurses are going to be increasingly responsible for patients who use it. Most research in this area has been done in other fields and now is the time for nurses to be more involved in this promising technology to improve patient lives. METHODS: This paper synthesizes the current state of wearable technology, a brief history of nurse satisfaction with technology, current research about wearable technology, and implications for its future use in nursing...
July 25, 2016: Nursing Forum
Balkys L Bivins
In light of a marked increase in the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in the United States in recent years with associated health costs totaling $245 billion for 2012, diabetes has become a major health and fiscal concern. Haitian Americans as a cultural group have unique obstacles to effective treatment and management of diabetes. This paper analyzes recent studies relevant to these challenges in anticipation of new research pertaining to this population. Although medication compliance is generally referred to as adherence, it is a complex concept and key challenge in diabetes care...
July 25, 2016: Nursing Forum
Patti T McFadden, Tanya F Sims
When novice nurse educators cross over into the academic threshold, they enter into a state of culture shock. The tenets of teaching, research, and service combined with the expectations of mastering clinical and academic competencies can overwhelm new nurse educators. A successful synergistic mentor-mentee relationship is essential for a positive transition to the educator role. This lighthearted adventure of Alice entering Wonderland University is intended to provide a humorous simile for both new nurse educators and tenured faculty...
July 21, 2016: Nursing Forum
Panagiota Copanitsanou, Kirsi Valkeapää, Esther Cabrera, Jouko Katajisto, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Arun K Sigurdardottir, Mitra Unosson, Adelaida Zabalegui, Chryssoula Lemonidou
PURPOSE: Total joint arthroplasty is accompanied by significant costs. In nursing, patient education on financial issues is considered important. Our purpose was to examine the possible association between the arthroplasty patients' financial knowledge and their out-of-pocket costs. METHODS: Descriptive correlational study in five European countries. Patient data were collected preoperatively and at 6 months postoperatively, with structured, self-administered instruments, regarding their expected and received financial knowledge and out-of-pocket costs...
July 21, 2016: Nursing Forum
Kim E Whitmore
AIM: The aim of this article is to analyze the concept of respite care in the context of caring for a child with special healthcare needs. BACKGROUND: Respite care has often been identified as an important resource for caregivers of children with special healthcare needs. It can help provide a break from the constant demands of caregiving. DESIGN: A concept analysis was conducted using an evolutionary approach. DATA SOURCE: The data source for the concept analysis was a review of literature addressing respite care for caregivers of children with special healthcare needs...
July 20, 2016: Nursing Forum
Amanda C Blok
AIM: To report an analysis of the concept of self-management behaviors. BACKGROUND: Self-management behaviors are typically associated with disease management, with frequent use by nurse researchers related to chronic illness management and by international health organizations for development of disease management interventions. DESIGN: A concept analysis was conducted within the context of Orem's self-care framework. Walker and Avant's eight-step concept analysis approach guided the analysis...
July 20, 2016: Nursing Forum
Cheryl Roth, Melanie Brewer, K Lynn Wieck
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify human factors associated with nursing errors. DESIGN: Using a Delphi technique, this study used feedback from a panel of nurse experts (n = 25) on an initial qualitative survey questionnaire followed by summarizing the results with feedback and confirmation. METHODS: Synthesized factors regarding causes of errors were incorporated into a quantitative Likert-type scale, and the original expert panel participants were queried a second time to validate responses...
July 19, 2016: Nursing Forum
Lynn K D'Esmond
PROBLEM: Distracted practice is the result of individuals interacting with the environment and technology in the performance of their jobs. The resultant behaviors can lead to error and affect patient safety. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive approach was used that integrated observations with semistructured interviews. The conceptual framework was based on the distracted driving model. FINDINGS: There were 22 observation sessions and 32 interviews (12 RNs, 11 MDs, and 9 pharmacists) completed...
July 19, 2016: Nursing Forum
Christina M Liebrecht, Megan C Lieb
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July 15, 2016: Nursing Forum
Jean E Christoffersen
PROBLEM: Over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of accelerated second-degree (ASD) nursing programs. These programs are designed to educate students with prior degrees in increasingly shorter periods of time than they have traditionally been educated. As a result, nurse educators and administrators in these programs need to tailor their approaches to best meet the educational needs of this unique cohort. METHODS: This qualitative study sought to elicit best practices from nursing faculty across the United States...
July 15, 2016: Nursing Forum
Jennifer L Embree, Yvonne Yueh-Feng Lu
AIM: Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) students at an urban Midwestern university participated in a study to describe their satisfaction with civic engagement (CE) learning activities. METHODS: A descriptive and cross-sectional study design housed a faculty-developed CE learning module with four learning activities: (a) gaining interprofessional collaborative practice leadership experience in a mock incident command experience; (b) identifying, researching, and writing a legislative letter about an area of public and/or health policy concern; and (c) developing a professional online network LinkedIn account with experienced CNSs; (d) identifying potential mechanisms for achieving board membership on a civic or professional nursing organization...
July 15, 2016: Nursing Forum
Jackie Prokop
PROBLEM: With the growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and the associated healthcare costs, there is a need to improve how health care is delivered from an individual provider standpoint as well as a systemwide perspective. Such delivery can be accomplished through improved care coordination. CONCLUSION: Care coordination is a complex term that encompasses the full array of healthcare delivery activities across all systems of care. This includes organizing the care, improving quality of health care delivered, and achieving cost savings...
July 11, 2016: Nursing Forum
Julie A Woodworth
PURPOSE: Substantive research into the development of civility within nursing education is long overdue. Behaviors learned by nursing students while in the school of nursing transfer to the work environment and culture of nursing. This paper reveals a concept analysis of civility within nursing education using Rodgers' evolutionary concept analysis method. CONCLUSION: Civility is defined to provide clarity for the current terminology of civility within nursing education...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Sarah B Keating
PROBLEM: As a member of the Silent Generation, the author, through her lived experiences, reflects upon the successes and challenges facing nursing education in the mid-20th to 21st centuries. METHOD: The author looks "back to the future" and reviews current issues that surround four key nursing education milestones. FINDINGS: From the early entry-level baccalaureate programs in the 1950s to the current growth of the Doctor of Nursing Practice as entry into advanced practice, milestones in nursing education are linked to the cultural changes and healthcare system demands that took place at the time and their influence on nursing education and the profession...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Paul S Smith, Melissa Jones
PROBLEM: A lack of exposure to diverse families and family interactions created a need to identify effective teaching strategies that emphasized diversity and health promotion in a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online transition course. METHODS: A family assessment activity was designed to emphasize diversity and health promotion utilizing the Family Health Systems approach to family assessment and Healthy People 2020 as a framework for family health promotion...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Julie A Hart, Constance F Swenty
AIM: The purpose of this analysis is to provide an extensive exploration of the concept of transitions, specifically within the context of nursing students. BACKGROUND: Transitions are a universal part of life. The concept of transitions is rooted in disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and business. Transitions are also a central theme in nursing. While various definitions of the concept exist, most agree that transitions involve a process, which over time results in transformation of self...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Kelly L Dyar
Recently the United States military has begun strategic reductions in force and as a result many veterans are utilizing education benefits to transition from combat to classroom. During this transitional period, veterans entering nursing programs may struggle to transition from the combat experience to the college campus. Barriers to transition can include stigma, difficulty with peer relationships, differences in military and nursing education structure, and personal and financial responsibilities. Regardless of these barriers, this population, which may include highly trained combat medics and corpsmen, may also bring assets gained through military training and experience that can enhance the nursing profession...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Linda Harkess, Mahmoud Kaddoura
PROBLEM: The concept of cultural competency has developed a substantial presence in nursing education and practice since first attracting widespread attention in the 1990s. While several theories and corresponding measures of cultural competency have been advanced and tried, much work remains, as many nursing professionals continue to call for greater evidence-based research and attention to patient perspectives and outcomes. METHODS: Using a method provided by Hawker et al...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Joyce E Johnson, Sean Patrick Morrissey
PROBLEM: Nursing has been identified as one of the top 20 occupations that will be affected by baby boomer retirements. Boomer nurses, born between 1946 and 1964, have begun leaving the profession at an alarming rate. This nursing exodus is occurring at a time when demand for nurses is very high, the nursing shortage continues throughout the country, and financial forecasts predict very difficult financial times ahead for boomer nurses. METHODS: A literature review was conducted on research on retirement planning, habits and beliefs of boomer nurses, and the market forces that affect retirement savings...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
Valerie N Miller
BACKGROUND: Understanding the fine line between motivation and coercion in nursing education may offer insight into satisfaction and autonomy in young nursing students, leading to increased retention, effectiveness, and professionalism in the workplace. PURPOSE: To compare and analyze the concepts of motivation and coercion with application to nursing academia. METHODS: Using the Walker and Avant method for concept analyses, definitions and defining attributes of motivation and coercion were identified, along with antecedents, consequences, and model cases for each concept...
July 2016: Nursing Forum
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