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Contemporary Nurse

Vicki Forbes, Clare Harvey, Alannah Meyer
BACKGROUND: This paper draws on a 2015 study in New Zealand that examined perceptions of registered nurses (RNs) and general practitioners (GPs) regarding the role of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in long-term aged care facilities (LTACF). AIM: To explore the attitudes of RNs and GPs regarding the role of NPs in LTACFs. DESIGN: A descriptive, mixed methods design with a survey and invitation to interview was used. RNs and GPs who provided hospital-level care were invited to participate...
June 14, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Suzanne Sheppard-Law, Sharon Curtis, Jodie Bancroft, Wendy Smith, Ritin Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Transition from a registered nurse to a clinical nurse educator (CNE) poses several challenges. Providing professional development opportunities to ease the transition from a registered nurse to a CNE is considered critical to a successful career and to effectively teach. A self-directed educational program and mentoring (SEM) program was designed and implemented to support nurse's transition from a novice to a confident CNE. AIMS: The aim of this study was to explore novice CNE's experience of learning and being mentored...
June 5, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Yi-Ping Tseng, Lian-Hua Huang, Li-Ling Hsu, Tzu-Hsin Huang, Suh-Ing Hsieh, Shu-Fen Chi, Yen-Fang Chou
BACKGROUND: Many nursing home residents lack autonomous decision-making capacity and rely on family members to make do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decisions. Making DNR decisions can be difficult and complicated for surrogates. However, surrogates' psychological experience in making these decisions for older relatives is not well studied. AIM: To understand the surrogates' psychological experience of making DNR decisions for older relatives in a nursing home. METHODS: The study subjects of this qualitative study were family surrogates of older residents in a nursing home of Taiwan...
May 30, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Kristen Ranse, Jamie Ranse, Mikayla Pelkowitz
BACKGROUND: In preparation for practice as a Registered Nurse, it is essential that students are equipped to care for the dying patient and their family. AIM: To explore nursing students' lived experience of caring for a dying patient and their family. DESIGN: Hermeneutic phenomenology. METHODS: Students who had cared for a dying patient in their final year of study were invited to participate in an interview. Participants' narratives (n = 6) were thematically analysed...
April 18, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Susan Larea Hovey, Mary J Dyck, MyoungJin Kim, Cynthia Reese
BACKGROUND: With the global population growth of older people, health care needs nurses interested in caring for this population. Studies have found a relationship between attitudes toward older people and career choices. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effect first clinical experiences had on nursing students' attitudes toward older people. DESIGN/METHOD: Using an observational research design, first-semester nursing students (n = 53) from the United States were assigned to one of two groups based on sequencing of clinical assignments...
April 16, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Seongmi Moon, Juhye Jin, Sang Hyeon Cheon, Sungchan Park, Sun-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the influence of how patients with prostate cancer perceive emotional support from their spouses on their treatment-related symptoms. AIMS: To explore the influence of marital intimacy on urinary and sexual symptoms. METHODS: The research participants were 42 men diagnosed with prostate cancer recruited from a convenience sample from a university hospital in South Korea. The Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite, the Korean Marital Intimacy Scale, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were used to measure variables of interest...
April 15, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Olutoyin O Babatunde-Sowole, Tamara Power, Patricia Davidson, Charlotte Ballard, Debra Jackson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This paper reports on women's experiences of weight gain and obesity as they became acculturated to the Australian diet and lifestyle. BACKGROUND: Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have a much higher risk of obesity than the native population when settling in industrialised countries. METHOD: Qualitative. RESULTS: Women in this study reported weight gain post-migration. This was attributed to increased access to a wide variety of food including takeaway food and more sedentary lifestyles...
April 10, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Cigdem Sahin
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) is a controversial issue. For its wide-scale adoption and successful integration to the healthcare system, theoretical, methodological, and practical issues of mHealth should be well understood. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to review the essential characteristics of mHealth and discuss what mHealth presents to research and theory. METHOD: This review synthesized the studies focused on the adoption, design, and implementation of mHealth...
March 15, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Birgül Cerit, Nevin Çıtak Bilgin, Bedriye Ak
BACKGROUND: The use of technological devices today is widespread. One of these devices is the smartphone. It can be argued that when smartphones are thought of as a means of communication, they can influence communication skills. AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the effect of nursing students' smartphone addiction on their communication skills. METHODS: A relational screening model was used for the study. The study's data were obtained from 214 students studying in the nursing department...
March 14, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Dolors Rodríguez-Martín, Catalina Rodríguez-García, Anna Falcó-Pegueroles
BACKGROUND: Communication is a key factor in the health system. In the case of Deaf Community healthcare interactions could be affected by communication and it can also have a negative impact on health and jeopardise some of their health rights. OBJECTIVES: Aims (i) know the communication access difficulties of deaf people in healthcare context (ii) determine how these difficulties violate their rights. METHODS: Ethnographical study. RESULTS: Subjects were 25 deaf adults (7 men; 18 women)...
March 8, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Tahereh Najafi Ghezeljeh, Sanaz Sharifian, Mehdi Nasr Isfahani, Hamid Haghani
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the benefits of social networks in the management of patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of self-management (SM) education using telephone follow-up and mobile phone-based social networking on SM behaviors among patients with hypertension. METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was conducted with 100 patients. They were randomly allocated to four groups: (i) control, (ii) SM training without follow-up, (iii) telephone follow-up and (iv) smartphone-based social networking follow-up...
March 5, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Nidal F Eshah
BACKGROUND: To reach more people in the community, health educators have considered employing social media alongside traditional health education methods. AIMS: To understand the preferences and expectations of patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) regarding the use of social media in health education. To assess the association between patients' socio-demographics with their preferences and expectations about the use of social media in health education. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study, which included 135 subjects with an established diagnosis of CVDs...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Tracey Bruce, Fiona Byrne, Lynn Kemp
BACKGROUND: Skype technology was implemented by the Australian Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) Support Service as a tool for the remote provision of clinical supervision for clinicians working in the MECSH program in Seoul, South Korea. OBJECTIVES: To gain a better understanding of the processes underpinning sustainable delivery of remote clinical supervision using digital technologies. DESIGN: A phenomenographical study...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Filomena De Sousa, Jennifer Jackson, Ruth Knight, Edith Cloutier, Rosemary Basa, Anne Fourney, Kathleen Devecseri
BACKGROUND: Hypoglycemia poses significant risk to inpatients. Nursing management of hypoglycemia is a challenge, despite established best practice guidelines. Social media is an effective tool for sharing information and could overcome barriers to clinical education at a multicenter hospital. AIMS: The purpose of this quality improvement intervention was to create and disseminate social media posts about best practices in hypoglycemia management. DESIGN: An unmatched pre-and post-survey assessed nursing knowledge of hypoglycemia management...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Lihui Pu, Shu-Chuan Chen
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February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Ayse Ozkaraman, Guler Balcı Alparslan, Burcu Babadağ, Timucin Kaşifoğlu, Canan Baydemir
BACKGROUND: Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (anti-TNF-α) drugs used in the treatment of rheumatologic diseases. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to examine the effects of education about the drug use and consultation by telephone calls on treatment adherence and drug-induced challenges in patients under 'the first anti-TNF-α treatment'. METHODS: The research instruments were used Morisky's Questions-Self Report Measure of Adherence, drug-induced problems determination form...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Julie Lorraine O'Sullivan, Paul Gellert, Britta Hesse, Laura-Maria Jordan, Sebastian Möller, Jan-Niklas Voigt-Antons, Johanna Nordheim
BACKGROUND: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could be useful for delivering non-pharmacological therapies (NPTs) for dementia in nursing home settings. AIMS: To identify technology-related expectations and inhibitions of healthcare professionals associated with the intention to use ICT-based NPTs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional multi-method survey. METHODS: N = 205 healthcare professionals completed a quantitative survey on usage and attitudes towards ICTs...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Jennifer L Milesky, Diana-Lyn Baptiste, Brenda K Shelton
BACKGROUND: Breakdown in communication is a common cause of errors in hospitals. Aim/Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility and utilization of evidence-based recommendations for nurse-to-nurse shift handover on an oncology critical care unit. DESIGN: Observational study. METHODS: Nurses were provided education that integrated evidence-based recommendations for handover of care. Nursing shift report was observed for one month in 2015 and for one month in 2016...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Jenny Murfield, Toni Dwan, Tamara Ownsworth
BACKGROUND: There has been significant growth in communication technologies. However, it is unknown to what extent RACFs accommodate such technologies. AIM: To explore the use and availability of communication technologies for use by residents within RACFs in Queensland, Australia. METHODS: A descriptive, structured telephone survey. Every 10th alphabetically listed facility from a total sample of n = 462 were telephoned and staff were invited to complete the survey...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Eun Hee Shin, Elizabeth Cummings, Karen Ford
BACKGROUND: There is an increase in demand for newly graduated nurses who are ready to use nursing informatics (NI) efficiently in technology-rich healthcare environments. However, the progress of embedding NI into curricula has been slow worldwide, and literature reports graduates are not ready to use NI tools effectively in the workplace, posing potential threats to patient safety. In the absence of National Standards for NI competencies, graduates' NI needs on entering the workplace need to be explored...
February 2018: Contemporary Nurse
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