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Creative Nursing

Donna J Biederman, Dana Hines
A public health nurse talks about her career trajectory, her entry into nursing research, and her research career in transgender health. Transgender people encounter many health and social disparities, yet medical and nursing professionals are often ill-prepared to care for this population of individuals. The nursing profession is well known for its contributions to population health and for developing nursing-led interventions to improve the health outcomes of marginalized populations. Hines urges nursing to take a more active stance in transgender health and is leading this effort by example...
May 2016: Creative Nursing
Natalie Lu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2015: Creative Nursing
Barby Ingle
A health educator who has reflex sympathetic dystrophy, an autoimmune condition involving chronic pain, shares her knowledge about living life to the fullest while dealing with a chronic health condition. Her advice encompasses dealing with the health care system, managing information, and obtaining physical and emotional self-care.
2015: Creative Nursing
Stephanie Chung, Virginia Fitzsimons
The study of philosophy has shaped and continues to shape thinking in many disciplines. One may not initially associate philosophy with a grounding idea in the nursing profession; however, its ideas fit the contour of the discipline and foster critical thinking. The philosophical nurse examines his or her practice in depth to understand human processes and deepen thinking through the teachings of philosophy. The following discussion is an overview of Daoism (the "Way") and its main ideas; these ideas will then be applied to nursing practice and human response to illness...
2015: Creative Nursing
Emily Hahn
Nursing has been described as an art and a science. The scientific aspect of nursing can be learned in nursing school and in years of practice. However, the art of nursing is enriched by each nurse's connection with life experiences. The purpose of this article is to highlight my particular life experience with dance and to show how studying dance has helped me become the strong nursing leader I am today.
2015: Creative Nursing
Kathryn Koehne
The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle have been extensively studied, and the findings have been broadly reported in scientific journals as well as all forms of media. The development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, venous thromboembolism, and extensive musculoskeletal strain can all result from prolonged immobility and repetitive computer use. Health care workers in the ambulatory setting are impacted by immobility because of the nature of their work. A workstation wellness intervention involved evidence-based activities for employees who have limited physical activity in the course of a workday, with the goal of promoting health...
2015: Creative Nursing
Maureen O'Hara, Hans-Peter de Ruiter
An oncology nurse talks about her 42-year career at Stanford Medical Center. The technological and pharmacological advances she has seen in that time have changed the face of oncology nursing practice and transformed many previously fatal cancers into curable diseases or chronic illnesses compatible with well-being. The increasing complexity of care requires multidisciplinary collaboration and brings with it new ethical dilemmas. She cautions nurses to make the best use of technology without losing their critical thinking skills, basic assessment skills, and common sense...
2015: Creative Nursing
Nancy Endress
A nurse with newly diagnosed cancer presents her stream-of-consciousness impressions of this event, its meaning for her life, and the ways in which the gift of kindness makes a difference.
2015: Creative Nursing
Póra Jenný Gunnarsdóttir, Mary Koithan, Gísli Kort Kristófersson
The first International Integrative Nursing Symposium was held in May 2015 in Reykjavík, Iceland, to foster discourse about providing whole person/whole systems care that is relationship-based and person-centered. A discussant format was used to ensure that symposium participants could fully operationalize the principles of integrative nursing in practice, research, education, and policy development. Sessions varied widely to communicate the full spectrum of nursing scholarship with participants envisioning a future when all nursing care is integrative...
2015: Creative Nursing
Laura Sandquist
The principles of integrative nursing advocate that food be considered as a primary intervention for health promotion, risk reduction, and generally improved well-being. Food provides information to the body, signaling basic biological functions and normalizing physiological processes. Health care professionals should query patients about their nutritional intake, recognizing that adjustments in the types of foods consumed can often address long-standing symptoms that create distress, including pain, fatigue, anxiety, and gastrointestinal dysfunction...
2015: Creative Nursing
Christine Cochrane
A heart comes in many forms. This article shares the experience of behavioral health nurses caring for a suicidal patient who needs a heart. As a team, the nurses and their patient shared the journey of what it takes to achieve an optimum quality of life with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) while battling mental illness.
2015: Creative Nursing
Susan Marcella-Brienza, Tina Mennillo
Death: No one likes to think about it, never mind talk about it. The purpose of this article is to show the importance of the role of the nurse manager in supporting nurses who are returning to the bedside after a significant loss. Significant personal loss may lead to a phenomenon called chronic sorrow. Bereaved nurses with chronic sorrow experience grief-related feelings as a result of caring for patients who are suffering and dying. Qualified nurses may leave bedside nursing for nonclinical roles, or leave the profession altogether, because of constant exposure to this stress...
2015: Creative Nursing
Mary Ann Pascucci
Placemaking is both a philosophy and a process that brings the past alive in the present by using many disciplines to enhance the environment and meet the needs of the community, however defined by its citizens. A healthy environment is a necessary part of the process of placemaking, whether the place is a neighborhood, city, or nation. A mandate of urban designers should be to bring together many disciplines to engage in planning a healthy, inviting community. Community health nurses should be major players in this coalition...
2015: Creative Nursing
Mary Koithan
The U.S. health care system requires transformative changes that reduce risk and improve overall well-being while increasing access, quality, safety, and affordability. Integrative nursing can serve as a road map to care that is culturally safe, personalized, and meaningful. Using exemplar case studies, we explore both opportunities and challenges to care that advances the health and well-being of persons, families, and communities through caring/healing relationships.
2015: Creative Nursing
Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
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2015: Creative Nursing
Heidi Orstad
Nursing salons are casual gatherings where nurses from all walks of life and areas of practice engage in thoughtful conversations about the nursing profession.
2015: Creative Nursing
Lori Skinner, Terrance R Tripp, David Scouler, Judith M Pechacek
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 1999, p. 1), "Medical errors can be defined as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim." The current health care culture is disjointed, as evidenced by a lack of consistent reporting standards for all providers; provider licensing pays little attention to errors, and there are no financial incentives to improve safety (IOM, 1999). Many errors in health care are preventable. "Near misses" and adverse events that do occur can offer insight on how to improve practice and prevent future events...
2015: Creative Nursing
Roberta Waite, Nicole McKinney
Prelicensure nursing students must be prepared to address the new challenges that will confront them in the modern health care environment. Leadership development, the gaining of tools and education about the process of influencing and persuading others, is important when working with groups and teams in the work place. Recognition of one's personality preferences using self-assessment is a critical dimension of leadership development. This study examined the personality preferences of a cohort of prelicensure nursing students (N = 14) enrolled in an 18-month leadership program...
2015: Creative Nursing
Jennell P Charles
Cultural immersion experiences offered through study abroad opportunities for nursing students have been increasing in recent years. Examining the impact of these experiences has largely focused on students and not on the faculty leading the experiences. It is important to understand the impact of these experiences on all participants. Exploring the literature on empowerment provides some clarity on the relationship between studying abroad and its impact on participants. Further research linking cultural immersion experiences with empowerment is needed to better understand this relationship and the possibilities of empowering both students and faculty engaged in these exciting opportunities...
2015: Creative Nursing
Wendy McInally, Sharon Metcalfe, Bonnie Garner
This article provides a knowledge and understanding of an international, collaborative, cultural learning model for students from the United States and Scotland. Internationalizing the student experience has been instrumental for student learning for the past eight years. Both countries have developed programs that have enriched and enhanced the overall student learning experience, mainly through the sharing of evidence-based care in both hospital and community settings. Student learning is at the heart of this international model, and through practice learning, leadership, and reflective practice, student immersion in global health care and practice is immense...
2015: Creative Nursing
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