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Facundo Rodriguez Ayala, Carlos Bauman, Marco Bartolini, Ester Saball, Marcela Salvarrey, Cecilia Leñini, Sebastián Cogliati, Mark Strauch, Roberto Grau
Bacterial adherence to extracellular matrix proteins (ECMp) plays important roles during host-pathogen interaction, however its genetic regulation remains poorly understood. yloA of the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis shows high homology to genes encoding fibronectin-binding proteins of Gram-positive pathogens. Here, we characterized the regulatory network of YloA-dependent adhesive properties of the probiotic B. subtilis natto (Bsn). YloA-proficient, but not YloA-deficient, Bsn specifically bound to ECMp in a concentration-dependent manner and were proficient in biofilm formation...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
Tracy Phillips, Jennifer L Titzer Evans
Over 670,000 ADN- and diploma-prepared nurses will need to complete their BSN degrees to meet the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that at least 80% of registered nurses (RNs) be BSN-prepared by year 2020. Understanding motivators, barriers, and the transition experience for RNs to advance their degree will help educators and nurse leaders understand the importance of a partnership to educate and mentor RNs to pursue a BSN degree.
March 2017: Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
Karen Baur, Bridget Moore, M Cecilia Wendler
The 2010 Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report posed recommendations to increase numbers of nurses with baccalaureate degrees or greater to 80%. This project engaged associate degree nurses in motivational interviewing focusing on finding and removing barriers to baccalaureate matriculation and completion. Results indicated a statistically significant influence on attitudes and return-to-school decision making and identified a qualitative theme: "I know more now… I could be a better nurse."
March 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
Beverly W Dabney, Mary Linton, Jamie Koonmen
Many nursing schools and public schools are facing various challenges including a lack of resources. Schools of nursing strive to provide meaningful clinical experiences despite the challenge of a limited supply of quality placements. Similarly, public schools are expected to provide more nursing services at a time when many school nurses already are overloaded. For example, new state legislation placed additional responsibilities (regarding epinephrine auto-injectors and cardiac emergency response plans) on school nurses in Michigan...
January 2017: NASN School Nurse
Margaret Barnes
The definition, implementation, and benefits support the value of service-learning for nursing education. However, accelerated RN-to-BSN programs may have difficulty requiring service-learning experiences. This article offers a biblical rationale for service with vulnerable populations and an example of how service-learning is implemented into the curriculum of an accelerated, nontraditional, online/onsite RN-BSN completion program at a Christian university.
January 2017: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
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
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