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Divya Talwar, Tung-Sung Tseng, Margaret Foster, Lei Xu, Lei-Shih Chen
PURPOSE: The completion of the Human Genome Project has enhanced avenues for disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. Owing to the shortage of genetic professionals, genetics/genomics training has been provided to nongenetic health professionals for years to establish their genomic competencies. We conducted a systematic literature review to summarize and evaluate the existing genetics/genomics education programs for nongenetic health professionals. METHODS: Five electronic databases were searched from January 1990 to June 2016...
October 20, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Eva Dye, Nancy Wells
BACKGROUND: Neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) workload is not well studied, and metrics specific to NNP practice are lacking. Factors such as changes in resident duty hours, increasing neonatal intensive care unit admissions, and a shortage of NNPs contribute to NNP workload. Increased workload has been shown to be detrimental to providers and can affect quality of care. PURPOSE: This study quantified NNP workload using a subjective workload metric, the NASA Task Load Index, and a newly developed objective workload metric specific to NNP practice...
October 13, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
M Mikla, A Rios, A Lopez-Navas, D Kilanska, B Gorzkowicz, L Martinez-Alarcón, G Ramis, P Ramirez, M J Lopez Montesinos
BACKGROUND: The shortage of organs has made it necessary to look for new alternatives as xenotransplantation. The objective of this study was to analyze the attitudes of Polish nursing students toward organ donation of nonhuman origin, and to determine the factors that affect them. METHODS: Year 2011-2012. Nursing students of the University of Poland. Sampling points in 5 compulsory-attendance nursing courses with a completion rate of fulfillment of 80%. Validated questionnaire (PCID-XenoTx Rios) filled out anonymously and self-administered...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Jan Bauer, Julia Reinhard, Michael Boll, David Groneberg
AIMS: This study focuses on home nursing care distribution in an urban setting in Germany. BACKGROUND: A shortage of nursing care workforce is present in Germany. METHODS: A geospatial analysis was performed to examine distribution patterns at the district level in Frankfurt, Germany (n = 46 districts) and factors were analysed influencing the location choice of home nursing care providers (n = 151). Furthermore, within the analysis we focused on the population aged over 65 years to model the demand for nursing care...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Nursing Management
Amber Smith, Mary Beth Feuling, Catherine Larson-Nath, Catherine Karls, Megan Van Hoorn, Cassandra L S Walia, Carly Leon, Elaine Danner, Pam Opichka, Lori Duesing, Alfonso Martinez, Praveen S Goday
BACKGROUND: The primary hypothesis of this article is that a team approach in creating a protocolized laboratory monitoring schedule for home parenteral nutrition (PN) patients improves patient safety by decreasing the occurrence of nutrition deficiencies and is cost-effective. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study of home PN patients, each patient followed an established protocol of laboratory monitoring and weekly review by an interdisciplinary team of dietitians, nurses, and physicians...
October 11, 2016: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
David O Akeju, Marianne Vidler, J O Sotunsa, M O Osiberu, E O Orenuga, Olufemi T Oladapo, A A Adepoju, Rahat Qureshi, Diane Sawchuck, Olalekan O Adetoro, Peter von Dadelszen, Olukayode A Dada
BACKGROUND: The dearth of health personnel in low income countries has attracted global attention. Ways as to how health care services can be delivered in a more efficient and effective way using available health personnel are being explored. Task-sharing expands the responsibilities of low-cadre health workers and allows them to share these responsibilities with highly qualified health care providers in an effort to best utilize available human resources. This is appropriate in a country like Nigeria where there is a shortage of qualified health professionals and a huge burden of maternal mortality resulting from obstetric complications like pre-eclampsia...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Health
Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Takahiro Inoue, Hiroko Harada, Miyako Oike
BACKGROUND: The shortage of nurses is a problem in many countries. In Japan, the distribution of nurses across different care settings is uneven: the shortage of nurses in home healthcare and nursing homes is more serious than in hospitals. Earlier research has identified numerous factors affecting nurses' intention to leave work (e.g., job control, family-related variables, work-family conflict); however, these factors' levels and effect size may vary between nurses in hospitals, home healthcare, and nursing homes...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Melanie J Cozad, Lisa C Lindley, Sandy J Mixer
The use of agency nurses offers flexibility in filling registered nurse (RN) openings during times of shortage, yet little is known about their use in specialized palliative care. In an effort to fill this knowledge gap, this study determined whether significant relationships existed between full-time and part-time RN vacancies and the use of agency RNs within specialized hospices that deliver perinatal end-of-life care to women and their families in the event of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or other neonatal complications resulting in death...
September 27, 2016: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
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A study on priorities for the professional development of registered nurses (RNs) in nursing homes published in Age and Ageing ( page 6 ) has identified that staff shortages, lack of access to NHS courses and lack of paid study time are the main reasons why RNs do not access continuing professional development (CPD) activities. Specialist gerontological education for care home nurses was, however, seen as a means to ensure that care home nursing attracts the best people.
September 29, 2016: Nursing Older People
Soumaya Boudokhane, Amine Kalai, Aymen Haj Salah, Houda Migaou, Sana Salah, Anis Jellad, Mourad Gahbiche, Zohra Ben Salah Frih
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine the demographic characteristics and the pathway of severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) victims in the Tunisian population. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our study included 26 patients victims of STBI hospitalized in intensive care unit, among 450 traumatic head injuries admitted to the Teaching Hospital of Fattouma Bourguiba in Monastir during the year 2014. The studied parameters were: demographic characteristics of the population, circumstances of the accident, transport modalities to the hospital, assessments of the injury types, duration of coma, length of hospitalization in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and finally the discharge mode after the ICU stay (transfer to neurosurgery ward, to rehabilitation unit, or home discharged)...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Kokui Elikplim Pomevor, Augustine Adomah-Afari
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess available human resources for neonatal care and their skills, in order to explore health providers' perceptions of quality of neonatal care in health facilities in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach Data were gathered using qualitative interviews with health providers working in the maternity and paediatric wards and midwives; direct observation; and documentary review at a regional hospital, a municipal hospital and four health centres in a municipality in a region in Southern Ghana...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Yui Kawasaki, Yui Kojima, Rie Akamatsu
Purpose Visual estimation, an easy-to-perform technique, is commonly used in hospitals to assess dietary intake in patients. The authors performed a qualitative study where the authors interviewed nurses and dietitians about their perceptions of barriers to accurately measuring patients' dietary intake in hospitals using the visual estimation method. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach Ten dietitians and ten clinical nurses responded to 30-minute individual interviews in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2014...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Vernell P DeWitty, Carolina G Huerta, Christine A Downing
In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to create the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program. Two goals of the program were to alleviate the nursing shortage and to increase diversity of the workforce. During this 7-year program (i.e., seven funding cycles), 130 schools of nursing in 41 states and the District of Columbia were selected as grantees, and they awarded 3,517 scholarships to second-degree accelerated nursing students who were members of groups underrepresented in nursing or who were economically disadvantaged...
September 2016: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
David M Krol
In 2008, faced with the challenges of a looming nursing shortage and a nursing workforce that did not mirror the diversity of the population of the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation considered how to contribute to a solution. A key challenge was how to rapidly and effectively build a cadre of diverse nurses who were ready to take on the leadership challenges of an evolving health care system. From that challenge, the New Careers in Nursing program was developed. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the program set about to change the face of nursing...
September 2016: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Robert J Motley, Richard J Mazzaccaro, David B Burmeister, Samuel D Land, Richard M Boulay, Heiwon Chung, Lynn Deitrick, Andrew D Sumner
Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) in collaborative practice represent a diverse and valuable group of health care professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives. Because these healthcare professionals have been identified as part of the solution to physician shortages, it is critical for health networks to examine and address issues affecting collaborative relationships. We invited our network APCs to participate in focus group sessions to determine both attributes and barriers to an ideal work environment...
September 2016: Healthcare
Sean M Bagshaw, Dawn Opgenorth, Melissa Potestio, Stephanie E Hastings, Shelanne L Hepp, Elaine Gilfoyle, David McKinlay, Paul Boucher, Michael Meier, Jeanna Parsons-Leigh, R T Noel Gibney, David A Zygun, Henry T Stelfox
OBJECTIVES: Discrepancy in the supply-demand relationship for critical care services precipitates a strain on ICU capacity. Strain can lead to suboptimal quality of care and burnout among providers and contribute to inefficient health resource utilization. We engaged interprofessional healthcare providers to explore their perceptions of the sources, impact, and strategies to manage capacity strain. DESIGN: Qualitative study using a conventional thematic analysis...
September 15, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Ali Reza Jeddian, Antje Lindenmeyer, Tom Marshall, Arash Rashidian, Leila Sayadi, Nazila Jafari
INTRODUCTION: The number of acutely ill patients has risen in general wards due to the aging population, more advanced and complicated therapeutic methods, economic changes in the health system, therapeutic choices and shortage of intensive care unit beds. This may lead to adverse events and outcomes with catastrophic results. The purpose of this study was to describe the conditions of acutely ill patients, from the perspective of caregivers. METHODS: The study was conducted in Tehran University of Medical Sciences and its two affiliated general teaching hospitals...
September 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
Kat Keogh
The RCN has warned that emergency departments (EDs) in England are 'buckling' under rising demand and a 'drastic shortage' of nurses.
September 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Karan Kverno, Kate Kozeniewski
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Workforce shortages in mental health care are especially relevant to rural communities. People often turn to their primary care providers for mental healthcare services, yet primary care providers indicate that more education is needed to fill this role. Rural primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) are ideal candidates for educational enhancement. Online programs allow NPs to continue living and working in their communities while developing the competencies to provide comprehensive and integrated mental healthcare services...
September 10, 2016: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Hui Jin Toh, Zhen Yu Lim, Philip Yap, Terence Tang
INTRODUCTION: Prolonged stay in acute hospitals increases the risks of hospital-acquired infections in older patients, and disrupts patient flow and access to care due to bed shortages. Therefore, factors associated with prolonged length of stay (pLOS) among older patients (aged over 78 years) in a tertiary hospital were investigated to identify potentially modifiable risk factors that could help direct interventions to reduce pLOS. METHODS: During a three-month period from January 2013 to March 2013, 72 patients with pLOS (length of stay [LOS] ≥ 21 days) were identified and compared to 281 randomly selected control patients (LOS < 21 days) for demographic and clinical variables using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses...
September 9, 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
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