Malignant Hyperthermia in an ICU Nursing Setting

A 6 page research paper that gives an overview to the diagnosis, treatment, pathophysiology, etiology and expected patient outcomes of episodes of malignant hyperthermia (MH). MH is a rare skeletal muscle disease that causes patients to develop life-threatening hyperthermia in response to inhaled anesthesia. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Change Management: Reducing the ICU Nursing Ratio

A 10 page paper discussing restructuring the ICU to gain one-on-one nursing using Lewin’s change theory. The ongoing nursing shortage has meant for ICUs that they may have fewer RNs available to them and that recruiting and retention has become more costly over the past several years. The paper recommends that the hospital use agency nurses where possible, either in the ICU or in other areas "donating" nurses to ICU. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

Theoretical Views/Surgical ICU Practice

A 5 page research paper that discusses applying nurse models to ICU clinical practice. Applying nursing theory, that is, theoretical frameworks proposed by nursing theorists such as Neuman, Orem and Roy, to clinical practice has been a longstanding focus of attention within nursing scholarship (Smith 16). The following examination of three nursing theories, specifically the models developed by Neuman, Orem and Roy, addresses how these approaches can guide nursing practice in regards to surgical ICU practice and its patient concerns. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

Organizational Change in St. Vincent's ICU

A 20 page paper assessing change in a large hospital to allow it to achieve and maintain a one-to-one nurse-patient ratio in its ICU at all times. Kurt Lewin's change theory was used as a framework, and the hospital added three agency nurses to work in more general-care areas of the hospital to free additional hospital-employed nurses for permanent assignment only to the ICU. Assessment includes attention to costs, patient outcome and nurses' morale. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

Nurse Leader Interviews

A 6 page paper that discusses nurse leadership. This essay reports interview results. A nurse leader was interviewed with a specific set of questions. The essay reports the responses to those questions. The essay is strengthened with research studies that relate to some of the issue brought up in the interview. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

ICU Delirium

A 5 page research paper that discusses delirium in the context of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Research addressing delirium in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has been ongoing since the 1960s (Hartwick, 2003). However, despite all that has been learned over the past forty years, ICU patients continue to suffer from delirium and it continues to hinder recovery and healing. The complications of ICU delirium are shown by a specific case study reported by Harwick (2003). This case study illustrates how nursing care can directly impact the effects of delirium and it also underscores the importance of nursing education on this topic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Developing the Insulin IV Therapy Plan: Sections D and E

A 4 page continuation of the development process of a pilot program for nurses to teach the effectiveness of insulin IV drip therapy on the regular medical unit, rather than transferring the patient to ICU, which often requires transferring the most stable ICU patient to the regular medical unit. The paper includes implementation and evaluation plans. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Practicum Project - Introduction of Electronic Patient Records in a Home Care Agency

This 6 page paper is an outline for a practicum exercise on a nursing course (NUR/590A). The paper presents a table outlining a set of learning objectives along with learning strategies and the way accomplishments may be evidenced. The project is to introduce electronic patient records to a nursing agency providing care in patients own home.

Change Management: Changing the ICU Nursing Ratio

A 4 page paper evaluating the possibility of restructuring the ICU to gain one-on-one nursing, using Lewin’s change theory. All health care costs continue to increase despite managed care, regulatory insurer and individual efforts to halt the spiral. The ongoing nursing shortage has meant for ICUs that they may have fewer RNs available to them and that recruiting and retention has become more costly over the past several years. Though costs are of significant importance to ICUs, quality of care remains of central focus. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

BSN Entry to Nursing

This 5 page research paper reports on the nursing issue of whether or not a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) should be the minimum requirement for entry into professional nursing. The writer explores aspects of this issue and consider the fact that nurses with an associates degree make up nearly 60 per cent of the nursing work force. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Nursing Shortages in the Hospital Setting: A Problem for Canada

This 8 page paper considers the issue of nursing shortages in the hospital setting and the implications for the nursing profession in Canada. This paper argues that the move of nurses into other service areas and the changing nature of nursing services has resulted in reductions in the number of nurses currently working in the hospital setting, a problem that has negatively impacted the ability to maintain services. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Interviewing Vulnerable Elders

This 3 page essay offers an overview of a video, "Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders (VIVE)," which was produced and created by the Picker Institute, and instructs nurses and long-term care staff on how to properly interview residents using the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS 3.0). Bibliography cites only the video.

Family Values/ICU Environment

A 4 page research paper that discusses the significance of family in the ICU environment. While the activity in an intensive care unit (ICU) is, by definition, more intense than elsewhere in the hospital, "ICU care is still people care" and, as such, the patient's family is extremely important, both as a source of information concerning the patient and as a support, both psychologically and emotionally, for the patient (DeLisser, 2007, p. 1284). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Role of the Registered Nurse in the Hospital

A 5 page paper discussing some of the roles that RNs fill in the hospital setting. Nursing’s reach and respectability have grown immeasurably in past decades, but the registered nurse still provides a wide variety of services within the hospital setting. In its most basic analysis, nursing reflects caring, followed closely by education of patients and other caregivers. The paper also discusses RNs as nurse managers and mentors in the still-evolving health care industry. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Effects of Primary Nursing Upon Skilled Nursing Facility Costs

A 20 page nursing research proposal seeking approval for instituting a primary nursing structure in a nursing home setting. Primary nursing is an old concept and has not been extensively studied in the long term care setting. The paper includes an extensive literature review as well as methods, hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, level of significance, implementation and dissemination of results sections. Format strictly adheres to APA (5th) format for both the manuscript and references. Bibliography lists 22 sources.