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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
Hsiao-Yen Hsieh, Richard Henker, Dianxu Ren, Wan-Yi Chien, Jia-Ping Chang, Lifan Chen, Patricia K Tuite
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: An efficient but comprehensive documentation system is essential for reducing nursing workload and ensuring adequate time for direct patient care. A "focus" is a nursing diagnosis or patient problem. The purpose of this project is to review and revise the focuses in the electronic charting system and to develop new focuses for documentation of clinical pathways. In addition, this project evaluated the impact of these changes on time required for documentation and nurse satisfaction...
November 2016: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
Martin Carberry, John Harden
Early identification of patients with sepsis is key to the delivery of the sepsis 6 bundle including antibiotic therapy within an hour.[1-3] Demand versus capacity challenges in the Emergency Department (ED) led to delays in antibiotic and sepsis 6 delivery. An alerting tool was developed that provided criteria for Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Paramedics to alert the ED of potential sepsis patients. Data from patients presenting to the ED prior to the alerting process commencing (n=50) and during alerting (n=50) were analysed, a questionnaire was used to ascertain feedback from all staff groups; nurses doctors, and paramedics (n=38)...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Ilgin Acar, Steven E Butt
Balancing workload among nurses on a hospital unit is important for the satisfaction and safety of nurses and patients. To balance nurse workloads, direct patient care activities, indirect patient care activities, and non-patient care activities that occur throughout a shift must be considered. The layout of a hospital unit and the location of a nurse's assigned patients relative to other resources on the unit are also important factors in achieving workload balance. In most hospitals, a unit charge nurse is responsible for the shift assignment of patients to nurses based on experience and past practices...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Vicki Catherine Cope, Bronwyn Jones, Joyce Hendricks
AIM: To explore residential aged care nurses working in interim, rehabilitation and residential aged care perceptions of resilience. DESIGN: Qualitative Portraiture methodology. Inclusion criteria were that all participants were English speaking; were registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (APHRA) and had more than five years' experience working in an aged care environment. Three participants were interviewed employed within a metropolitan interim, rehabilitation and aged care setting...
October 14, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Ana Graziela Alvarez, Grace Sasso, Sriram Iyengar
BACKGROUND: The inclusion of new technologies in education has motivated the development of studies on mental workload. These technologies are now being used in the teaching and learning process. The analysis enables identification of factors intervening in this workload as well as planning of overload prevention for educational activities using these technologies. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the mental workload of an educational intervention with the Mobile Virtual Learning Object for the Assessment of Acute Pain in adults and newborns, according to the NASA Task Load Index criteria...
November 6, 2015: JMIR Med Educ
Wayne Varndell, Elizabeth Ryan, Alison Jeffers, Nadya Marquez-Hunt
AIM: The purpose of this prospective observational study was to characterise patients occupying the ambulance bay and to determine the ensuing nursing workload. BACKGROUND: The number of patients presenting to ED by ambulance is increasing. During periods of peak demand and access block in the ED, patients with ongoing care needs, requiring continual assessment and symptom management by emergency nurses can remain in the ambulance bay for extended periods of time...
October 7, 2016: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Angela Jones, Megan-Jane Johnstone
BACKGROUND: Failure to identify and respond to clinical deterioration is an important measure of patient safety, hospital performance and quality of care. Although studies have identified the role of patient, system and human factors in failure to rescue events, the role of 'inattentional blindness' as a possible contributing factor has been overlooked. OBJECTIVES: To explore the nature and possible patient safety implications of inattentional blindness in critical care, emergency and perioperative nursing contexts...
October 5, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Roseanne C Schuster, Octávio de Sousa, Jacqueline Rivera, Rebecca Olson, Delphine Pinault, Sera L Young
BACKGROUND: Performance-based incentives (PBIs) have garnered global attention as a promising strategy to improve healthcare delivery to vulnerable populations. However, literature gaps in the context in which an intervention is implemented and how the PBIs were developed exist. Therefore, we (1) characterized the barriers and promoters to prevention of vertical transmission of HIV (PVT) service delivery in rural Mozambique, where the vertical transmission rate is 12 %, and (2) assessed the appropriateness for a PBI's intervention and application to PVT...
October 7, 2016: Human Resources for Health
Dordi Austeng, Tora Sund Morken, Stine Bolme, Turid Follestad, Vidar Halsteinli
BACKGROUND: Intravitreal injections (IVI) of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) now improve or stabilize visual acuity in a number of previously untreatable eye diseases, of which the main are age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion and diabetic macular edema. Most patients require multiple injections over lengthy periods of time and the prevalence of treatable conditions is increasing. Anti-VEGF IVI normally administered by physicians, therefore represent a considerable workload on ophthalmologic clinics and will continue to do so in the near future...
October 1, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Chris Longhurst
Most school nurses are not confident they can give essential support to pupils with long-term health conditions. Research by the National Children's Bureau found that, due to heavy workloads and the need to work across several schools, nine out of ten school nurses were less confident they can help children with conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
October 7, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
Vishal Diwan, Charlotte Gustafsson, Senia Rosales Klintz, Sudhir Chandra Joshi, Rita Joshi, Megha Sharma, Harshada Shah, Ashish Pathak, Ashok J Tamhankar, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
AIM: To describe self-reported practices and assess knowledge and attitudes regarding hand hygiene among healthcare workers in a rural Indian teaching hospital. SETTING: A rural teaching hospital and its associated medical and nursing colleges in the district of Ujjain, India. METHOD: The study population consisted of physicians, nurses, teaching staff, clinical instructors and nursing students. Self-administered questionnaires based on the World Health Organization Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare were used...
2016: PloS One
Giordano Perin, Rosanna C Ching, Mohammad U Anwar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of outpatient care on activities at the Adults' Regional Burns Centre and the Children's Regional Burns Unit, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust UK, where outpatient and inpatient responsibilities are shared between the nursing staff. Data for all inpatient and outpatient interactions (all care related activities with the presence of a Registered Nurse (RN)) was collected prospectively by the attending RN for two consecutive months (October and November 2014)...
October 1, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Outi Anneli Tuominen, Heljä Lundgren-Laine, Wiveka Kauppila, Maija Hupli, Sanna Salanterä
Aim This article describes the development and testing of an Excel-based scheduling solution for the flexible allocation and reallocation of nurses to cover sudden, unplanned absences among permanent nursing staff. Method A quasi-experimental, one group, pre- and post-test study design was used ( Box 1 ) with total sampling. Participants (n=17) were selected purposefully by including all ward managers (n=8) and assistant ward managers (n=9) from one university hospital department. The number of sudden absences among the nursing staff was identified during two 4-week data collection periods (pre- and post-test)...
September 30, 2016: Nursing Management (Harrow)
Liqing Yue, Virginia Plummer, Wendy Cross
AIM: To identify the effectiveness of education interventions provided for nurses for clinical alarm response and management. BACKGROUND: Some education has been undertaken to improve clinical alarm response, but the evidence for evaluating effectiveness for nurse education interventions is limited. DESIGN: Systematic review METHOD: A systematic review of experimental studies published in English from 2005 to 2015 was conducted in four computerised databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Scopus)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Carina Anderson, Lorna Moxham, Marc Broadbent
AIM: This discussion paper poses the question 'What enables or deters Registered Nurses to take up their professional responsibility to support undergraduate nursing students through the provision of clinical education?'. BACKGROUND: Embedded within many nursing standards are expectations that Registered Nurses provide support and professional development to undergraduate nursing students undertaking clinical placements. Expectations within nursing standards that Registered Nurses provide support and professional development to nursing students are important because nursing students depend on Registered Nurses to help them to become competent practitioners...
August 10, 2016: Contemporary Nurse
Pei-Pei Chen, Hsiao-Lu Lee, Shu-He Huang, Ching-Ling Wang, Chiu-Mieh Huang
BACKGROUND: Moral distress occurs when nurses experience ethical dilemmas. Issues related to these dilemmas are addressed in some nursing education courses. Nurses' reaction to dilemma such as moral distress is relatively less noticed. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify and describe the various types of perceptions of moral distress exhibited by nurses. RESEARCH DESIGN: This study applied Q methodology to explore the perspectives of nurses regarding moral distress...
September 28, 2016: Nursing Ethics
Naoko Saito, Takeshi Yamamoto, Tadashi Kitaike
Objectives By defining health as mental health and productivity and performance as work motivation, the study aimed to identify work environments that promote the health and motivation of public health nurses, using the concept of a healthy work organizations, which encompasses the coexistence of excellent health for each worker and the productivity and performance of the organization.Methods Self-administered questionnaires were sent to 363 public health nurses in 41 municipal public health departments in Chiba prefecture...
2016: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
Andrea Carvalho de Oliveira, Paulo Carlos Garcia, Lilia de Souza Nogueira
OBJECTIVE: To identifyevidences of the influence of nursing workload on the occurrence of adverse events (AE) in adult patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). METHOD: A systematic literature review was conducted in the databases MEDLINE, CINAHL, LILACS, SciELO, BDENF, and Cochrane from studies in English, Portuguese, or Spanish, published by 2015. The analyzed AE were infection, pressure ulcer (PU), patient falls, and medication errors. RESULTS: Of 594 potential studies, eight comprised the final sample of the review...
July 2016: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Armando Dos Santos Trettene, Cassiana Mendes Bertoncelo Fontes, Ana Paula Ribeiro Razera, Marcia Ribeiro Gomide
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of promoting self-care in nursing workload and associate it to the variables: age, gender, socioeconomic status, education, marital status and number of children of caregivers. METHODS: Prospective study with 31 children and their caregivers. Participants were assessed at two moments, 1st and 2nd hospitalization, the nursing workload was measured by the Nursing Activities Score (NAS). RESULTS: The mean NAS in the 1st hospitalization was 60...
July 2016: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
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