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Creative Nursing

Patti Williams
We are usually drawn to what we love and need. This article describes how the author's life experiences and her participation in grief counseling helped her find a calling helping others on their journey through the grief process, toward healing.
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Steven J Kass, Christopher O Downing, Kahla A Davis, Stephen J Vodanovich, Cynthia Smith-Peters, Jill J Van Der Like
The current study evaluated the effectiveness of a workshop designed to provide nurses (n = 6) with the means to improve their situation awareness. The nurses participated in a full-day workshop in which their situation awareness performance was measured before and after using the Situation Awareness Global Assessment Technique. Following the workshop, nurses demonstrated improvement in their perception of relevant cues, comprehension of what the combination of cues means, and projection of the patient's future status...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Raymond L Bonds
Current evidence reveals that surgical patients are more prone to adverse events when compared to any other population in the acute care setting. In a military training hospital, handoff communication between surgical intensive care unit (SICU) nurses, physicians, and anesthesia providers (certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists) about patients being prepared for surgery was identified as a problem by an initial inquiry of the staff. This article discusses an evidence-based project (EBP) that utilized a standardized multidisciplinary Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) tool to improve communication, teamwork, and the perception of a patient safety culture between the SICU nurses and physicians and the anesthesia providers in preparation for surgery...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Julie Bertram, Kris L'Ecuyer, Bobbi Shatto, Samantha Marquard, Kathleen Carril
This article describes a seminar course designed for a cohort of nursing students in a medium-sized, private Midwestern university. The purpose of the course was to help students develop the nonacademic skills that are important for successful completion of nursing school and entry into the health care workforce. The rationale for developing the course and the sample curriculum are presented, along with implications for future inquiry.
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Deborah Sharp, Elisa Haynes, Helen Lee, Cindy Bussey, Abla Afatsawo, Sylvia Davis, Donna Owens, Marjorie Jenkins
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: This article reviews a professional nurse advancement program and describes how it benefits patient care, staff engagement, and patient satisfaction. BACKGROUND: Existing literature notes that professional nurse advancement programs can empower nurses to improve nursing care at the bedside and contribute to a safe patient care environment. METHOD: The article reviews the qualitative exploration of the activities of participants in a professional nurse advancement program to determine the impact on patient care and identify benefits of the program...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Mykin Higbee
The concept of unintended consequences is widely discussed in the realms of politics or economics, but not as frequently as related to health care. Nursing professionals act with the intent to improve health outcomes for patients; however, with every action, there are risks and consequences that may or may not be anticipated. This article utilizes a modified version of Walker and Avant's framework for concept analysis (2011) to identify the characteristics, defining attributes, and antecedents of the concept of unintended consequences, present a model case and empirical referents, and provide a practical and theoretical application to nursing...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Tara Nichols
Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon which each person experiences in a different manner. However, practice stories delineate patterns in the lived pain experience that can broaden health care professionals' perspective of care needed in the moment. Intentional analysis of practice stories about pain and discomfort led to a theoretical model to guide clinical practice, interventions, and research. Recurring patterns and themes from the stories supported a central phenomenon: dimensions of comfort and relationships between comfort, pain, and internal and external predictors...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
John W Nelson, Mary Ann Hozak
The caring connection between patients and health-care staff members is important to both patients and staff. This connection is amplified in organizations implementing Relationship-Based Care (RBC), a patient care delivery model that has relationships with self and others as its central concept. A secondary analysis of data from 542 health-care workers in a health-care system in the northeastern United States was performed to identify a profile of staff factors that predict a caring connection as perceived by staff...
May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
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May 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
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April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Marie Manthey
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April 1, 2018: 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.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Jeanne Merkle Sorrell, Christine Szweda
Hospitals are increasingly implementing residencies to help ensure that new graduate nurses are prepared to provide safe and effective care. At the Cleveland Clinic, a docudrama focused on ethical concerns in living with dementia was implemented into a 6-month pilot new graduate nurse residency program. Outcomes suggest that the docudrama helped nurse residents gain empathy and understanding through stepping into the lives of families experiencing dementia.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Marcus Engel
The ability to be fully present with patients is a cornerstone of effective caregiving. Time constraints, a health care system in flux, and political agendas, combined with the stress of overwork and high-pressure work environments of health care professionals, can lead to compassion fatigue, mistakes, and burnout. Narrative nursing is a field created by the author to teach nurses therapeutic journaling and perspective as tools to address and prevent these issues.
April 1, 2018: 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.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Michele Anderson
Even though the English language is full of complex words that help us to express ourselves and connect with each other through speech, most communication between two human beings transpires without the use of words. Human beings begin communicating as soon as their energy fields cross; and this exchange can lead to even greater insight when it takes place in someone's home.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Emily A Haozous
In 1886, the U.S. government took the last of the free Chiricahua Apaches captive, closing the chapter on the Indian Wars in the United States. Emily Haozous, a descendent of those original captives, describes her circuitous path back to New Mexico as part of her own journey through academic nursing 110 year later.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Glennena Haynes-Smith
Despite an extensive career in military nursing, the author's deployment to Iraq included experiences for which no amount of education could have prepared her: the extreme living conditions, harrowing battlefi eld injuries, and ethical dilemmas she confronted.
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Mary Dugan
To become skilled providers, nurse practitioner students are required to expand observational skills and develop acumen in differential diagnosis. Good observational skills are essential for developing differential diagnoses, which are narrowed through diagnostic reasoning to reach an accurate final diagnosis. Teaching observational skills and differential diagnosis methods to nurse practitioner students can be challenging for nurse educators. The goal of an experiential assessment exercise (EAE) was to breathe life into an online course and have fun while learning to gather data about the health status and risk factors of people in the community environment...
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
Jeffrey L Jamerson
Stories play a significant role in how we feel about and interact with the world. Narrative therapy and expressive arts therapy are major influences on the creation of expressive remix therapy, a new form of engagement with clients. This article is an exposition of this particular mental health modality. The use of digital media art in therapy in group settings will be discussed, and examples of how to use digital media art and technology in group therapy sessions are provided. The intention of this article is to promote a renewed appreciation for stories as the backdrop for all narrative work; it also seeks to inspire people to look at the practice of mental health differently, particularly the tools used to positively impact clients...
April 1, 2018: Creative Nursing
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