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Rhonda G Schwindt, Angela M McNelis, Jon Agley
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is the primary preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, resulting in enormous health care expenditures. The burden of smoking is higher among disadvantaged populations, such as individuals with mental illness. As the largest group of health care providers, nurses must assume a leading role in tobacco control efforts to decrease the deleterious impact on health outcomes. METHOD: Investigators used a randomized control group design to assess the effectiveness of a theory-based tobacco education program on the perceived competence and intrinsic motivation of prelicensure BSN students (N = 134) to engage in cessation interventions with patients with mental illness...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Pamela Wolfe Kohlbry
PURPOSE: This article reports research findings on the effect of an international immersion service-learning project on the level and components of cultural competence of baccalaureate (BSN) nursing students. DESIGN: A triangulated methodology was used to determine changes in components and level of cultural competence pre- and postexperience. The theoretical model The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services was used. It identifies five central constructs in the process of becoming culturally competent: cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural skill, cultural encounter, and cultural desire...
May 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Deloras Jones, Liz Close
The California Collaborative Model for Nursing Education (CCMNE) promotes seamless ADN-BSN academic progression as the most effective means by which the state can educate the numbers of BSN-prepared nurses needed in the future. Accelerated by state legislation and a national commitment to a higher-educated nursing workforce, the framework is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a variety of strategies that meet the intent of each Core Component, and can be implemented at local, regional, or state levels. Six percent of all current ADN students in California are dual enrolled in CCMNE BSN programs...
November 2015: Nursing Economic$
Margaret Barnes
BACKGROUND: Many articles describe how service-learning has been implemented, but few studies have demonstrated its effectiveness. METHOD: A service-learning component was added to a course in a registered nurse-to-baccalaureate degree (RN-to-BSN) completion program. The service-learning component included a 5-hour service requirement and class discussions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate service-learning's impact on postlicensure RN-to-BSN students' self-evaluation of their leadership skills and their interest in social justice...
January 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Janet M Phillips, Ann M Stalter, Mary A Dolansky, Gloria McKee Lopez
There is a critical need for leadership in quality and safety to reform today's disparate spectrum of health services to serve patients in complex health care environments. Nurse graduates of degree completion programs (registered nurse-bachelor of science in nursing [RN-BSN]) are poised for leadership due to their recent education and nursing practice experience. The authors propose that integration of systems thinking into RN-BSN curricula is essential for developing these much needed leadership skills. The purpose of this article is to introduce progressive teaching strategies to help nurse educators achieve the student competencies described in the second essential of the BSN Essentials document (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2009), linking them with the competencies in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN; L...
January 2016: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Aleda M H Chen, Mary E Kiersma, Carrie N Keib, Stephanie Cailor
Objective. To evaluate pharmacy and nursing student self-perceptions of interdisciplinary communication skills, faculty member perceptions of interdisciplinary communication skills, and changes in those skills after increasing the interdisciplinary education content. Design. Two cohorts of pharmacy and nursing (bachelors of science in nursing, BSN) students in respective, semester-long research courses engaged in active learning on interdisciplinary communication, with the second cohort receiving additional content on the topic...
August 25, 2015: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Erin Killingsworth, Laura P Kimble, Tanya Sudia
AIM: To explore the decision-making process of BSN faculty when determining which best practices to use for classroom testing. METHOD: A descriptive, correlational study was conducted with a national sample (N = 127) of full-time BSN faculty. Participants completed a web-based survey incorporating instruments that measured beliefs about evaluation, decision-making, and best practices for item analysis and constructing and revising classroom tests. RESULTS: Study participants represented 31 states and were primarily middle-aged white women...
July 2015: Nursing Education Perspectives
Cindy Stout, Short Nancy, Kelly Aldrich, R Jacob Cintron, Elias Provencio-Vasquez
In collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso, nurse leadership at Del Sol Medical Center implemented an internship program for nursing students in the final semester of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. The medical center experienced an increase in the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses, decreased orientation full-time equivalents (FTE), and lowered operating costs. The university experienced highly satisfied and competent new graduate nurses. The nurse interns averaged a 91.9% in-hospital registered nurse (RN) competency completion rate during the internship...
May 2015: Nursing Economic$
Gabriele Bleser, Dima Damen, Ardhendu Behera, Gustaf Hendeby, Katharina Mura, Markus Miezal, Andrew Gee, Nils Petersen, Gustavo Maçães, Hugo Domingues, Dominic Gorecky, Luis Almeida, Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, Andrew Calway, Anthony G Cohn, David C Hogg, Didier Stricker
Today, the workflows that are involved in industrial assembly and production activities are becoming increasingly complex. To efficiently and safely perform these workflows is demanding on the workers, in particular when it comes to infrequent or repetitive tasks. This burden on the workers can be eased by introducing smart assistance systems. This article presents a scalable concept and an integrated system demonstrator designed for this purpose. The basic idea is to learn workflows from observing multiple expert operators and then transfer the learnt workflow models to novice users...
2015: PloS One
Peggy Hewitt
Many associate degree nurses are returning to school for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This has resulted in changes in admission processes and delivery options in RN-to-BSN programs. As the number of completion programs increases, so do the ways in which nurse educators create positive learning environments for these students. Opportunities exist for faculty to encourage and promote the success of the RN-to-BSN student.
January 2016: Nurse Educator
Peri Rosenfeld, Kimberly Glassman, Elizabeth Capobianco
OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study evaluates short- and long-term outcomes of the nurse residency program (NRP) at NYU Langone Medical Center from the perspective of former residents. BACKGROUND: Studies of NRPs focus primarily on retention rates. Little is known about the careers of former residents beyond completion of the program or their perceptions of the value of the NRP on their careers. METHODS: An online survey to 671 former residents from 2005 to 2012, who remain employed at NYU Langone Medical Center, was conducted in fall 2013 to assess their current employment and professional characteristics and assessment of program components...
June 2015: Journal of Nursing Administration
Melba Sheila D'Souza, Subrahmanya Nairy Karkada, Kader Parahoo, Ramesh Venkatesaperumal
BACKGROUND: Clinical nursing education provides baccalaureate nursing students an opportunity to combine cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in the Middle East. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the paper is to assess the satisfaction with and effectiveness of the clinical learning environment among nursing students in Oman. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive design was used. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample consisting of 310 undergraduate nursing students was selected in a public school of nursing in Oman...
June 2015: Nurse Education Today
Mary E Mancini, Jean Ashwill, Daisha J Cipher
Despite their proliferation, little is known about how registered nurse-to-bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) students enrolled in on-line programs compare to those in on-campus programs. This article reports on a comparative analysis of 3,802 students (332 on-campus, 3,470 on-line) conducted to better understand characteristics and educational outcomes of individuals who select on-line learning options. Programs were compared for student demographic characteristics (gender, race, age, and prior degree status) and outcome variables (progression to graduation and time to completion)...
January 2015: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Cathy H Abell, Lori Jaggers Alexander, Tonya Bragg-Underwood
This article shares a unique model of collaboration between a school of nursing and a community business to offer an on-site occupational health clinical experience for RN to BSN students. This activity could be easily replicated by others to provide a learning opportunity for nursing students. Hospitals remain the primary site of employment for nurses. However, with health care reform nurses are exploring many new opportunities including many settings in the community (Black, 2014). Incorporating community health into nursing curriculum is a necessity; however, providing meaningful clinical experiences can be a challenge for faculty...
October 2014: Kentucky Nurse
Amy B Gillespie, Nancy Langston
The Partnerships for Progression: Inspiration for Aspirations project was developed to create a culture of academic progression for nurses in Virginia. A survey was completed by 128 nurses who are currently enrolled in Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs throughout Virginia to learn why registered nurses pursue the bachelor of science degree (BSN) and to identify supports and obstacles that influence their experiences. Findings indicate that BSN progression is influenced by an interacting set of personal, work, and educational factors...
September 2014: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Janet M Phillips, Deborah Cullen
BACKGROUND: Although enrollment in RN-to-BSN degree completion programs has grown profoundly, a dearth of literature exists regarding the impact of RN-to-BSN education and the adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP). This study examined the elements of RN-to-BSN education that improve the awareness and adoption for EBP. METHOD: A mixed methods meta-synthesis was conducted using qualitative, textual-narrative, and descriptive research studies. Data from six articles were analyzed, using standardized critical appraisal instruments...
October 2014: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Sunny G Hallowell, Diane L Spatz, Alexandra L Hanlon, Jeannette A Rogowski, Eileen T Lake
PURPOSE: The provision of breastfeeding support in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may assist a mother to develop a milk supply for the NICU infant. Human milk offers unique benefits and its provision unique challenges in this highly vulnerable population. The provision of breastfeeding support in this setting has not been studied in a large, multihospital study. We describe the frequency of breastfeeding support provided by nurses and examined relationships between NICU nursing characteristics, the availability of a lactation consultant (LC), and breastfeeding support...
August 2014: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Rebecca A Davis, Dianne Travers Gustafson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program development and evaluation project was to promote healthy families and communities by creating academic-practice partnerships, educating BSN students and building family-nursing student partnerships that were supported by a "village" of interconnected resources. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: A mixed-methods design was used for the project. Data were collected from a convenience sample of vulnerable families, BSN students engaged in PHN practica, and partner members...
July 2015: Public Health Nursing
Norah Airth-Kindree, R Todd Vandenbark
Students in an RN-BSN completion program capstone course investigated and critically evaluated mobile medical applications using an information literacy conceptual framework. Students also analyzed their potential usefulness as a resource in nursing practice. Student evaluations focused on usability and applicability when recommending the use of mobile applications as a point-of-care reference tools. This pilot assignment offers an innovative teaching strategy for integrating 1 aspect of informatics instruction into the nursing curriculum...
July 2014: Nurse Educator
Judith C Mann
Definitions of caring include the global concept of showing concern and empathy of others. This may be especially true in the online classroom in the absence of face to face interactions. This quantitative study focused on RN-BSN completion students' preferred online instructor caring behaviors. Online RN-BSN students (N = 100) were invited to participate in the study. The research question was: What are historically black colleges universities nursing students' preferred instructor caring behaviors in the online classroom? All of the respondents (N = 48) agreed that an instructor can create a caring online learning environment, while the vast majority agreed that the presence of a caring environment influenced their success in the course...
2014: ABNF Journal: Official Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc
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