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Nursing Education - Concept Mapping And Critical Thinking »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page paper. The purpose of this study was to conduct an academic critical appraisal related to literature review on critical thinking skills and concept mapping. Five articles are reviewed. In each, the participants in the study were baccalaureate nursing students. Each article discusses critical thinking skills and concept mapping. The earliest article is ...

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Nursing and Critical Thinking »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper which discusses many different aspects of critical thinking as it applies to the field of nursing. Critical thinking is very essential to any successful endeavor in relationship to the health industry, and especially in relationship to operative matters, where an individual’s life is in the hands of the professional. In light of this truth, ...

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HTN and Transcultural Nursing »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page research paper that offers a literature review, which focuses on information pertaining to transcultural nursing, ethnic minorities, and the needs of HTN patients. This multifaceted paper describes critical thinking and reflection on Barksdale and Metiko (2010) study, as well as an overview and synthesis of additional literature. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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Synchronous and Dichotomous Concepts of Empowerment and Advocacy »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of Adeline Falk's article Advocacy and Empowerment: Dichotomous or Synchronous Concepts. This article relates the fact that advocacy as a concept in nursing can reflect diverse views on the role of the nurse, and relates this to the role of the nurse in empowering others ...

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Metaparadigms and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the four metaparadigms of nursing include nursing, health, environment and person. The purpose here is to define each concept and assess each one in terms of Mezirow’s (1991) framework of critical reflection, followed by a statement of whether the totality or simultaneity perspective is better suited to each metaparadigm. ...

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Study on Health Status and Participation Critiqued »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper analyzing a study in nursing research published in a journal in 2004. The implications for nursing is that nurses should seek to reinforce patients’ decisions to initiate health behaviors at the outset, in an effort to call them back to the place where they applied critical thinking skills to arrive ...

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Nursing, Employment Satisfaction, and Shortage of Nurses »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper. There is a shortage of working registered nurses that will become critical within the next ten years. This essay discusses the reasons for the shortage. It also discusses the factors that are associated with job satisfaction within the nursing profession. Data included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Critical Care Settings and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. There is no doubt about it that nursing related issues on futile care in critical care settings is difficult on the nurse in light of the emotional aspect as well as ethical decisions that must be made, dealing with the doctors on the case and considering one's personal religious beliefs ...

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Urban Children and Asthma Care Barriers »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages. This critical analysis focuses on a summary of the article as well as identification of the knowledge obtained within the article. Comments are made as to how this knowledge can best be applied to existing knowledge in the field. Comments also include opinions as to this knowledge and whether it ...

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Overview of Critical Care Nurse Practitioner »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that gives a comprehensive overview of the role of the critical care nurse practitioner within the realm of critical care nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Example Case, Application of Critical Thinking, EBP »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper describes a case study conducted by Lunney (2010) that demonstrates the applicability of critical thinking skills to the nursing diagnosis process, concluding that this utilization provides the ideal opportunity to employ evidence based practice (EBP) procedure. Bibliography lists only this source.

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Healthy Work Environments: Decision Making In Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

6 pages in length. Nursing requires some of the most attentive, detailed and organized staff of all industries; to make even one error in judgment or application can cost a life. As such, decision-making ability is of utmost importance from the moment students step into a nursing program to the day of retirement ...

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Reflection, Experience, and Training Competence Building »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing the need to link experience and reflection in achieving practical competence. Formal training provides the technical knowledge needed to provide competent care in the psychiatric setting, but formal training also can be seen as only the beginning point of building competence. Experience and reflection on that experience are ...

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Nursing and the Concept of Reflective Thinking »

Number of Pages: 5

A 6 page overview of the concept of reflective thinking. Highlights the contentions of Bert Teekman’s “Exploring Reflective Thinking in Nursing Practice”, published in a 2000 edition of the “Journal of Advanced Nursing”. Provides a brief literature review detailing the manner in which various authors emphasized the importance of reflective thinking. Emphasizes ...

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Nursing Programs and Reflective Practice and Critical Thinking Connection »

Number of Pages: 3

3 pages in length. The writer briefly discusses how the fundamental basis of a nurse's role is to establish a tangible connection between patient and nurse, while at the same time providing an atmosphere of safety and service combined, all of which can only occur in the presence of critical thinking. Bibliography lists ...

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Preceptorship in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that examines nursing preceptorship. The paper begins with a brief history of nursing education and then moves on to define nursing preceptorship and to explore its role in nurse retention, the nurturing of critical thinking skills and other areas of nursing practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Nursing and Critical Thinking »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper looks at definitions of the term nursing. Critical thinking in nursing is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Using Critical Thinking in the Field of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper discusses the practical use and application of critical thinking in the nursing profession. Examples are given and quotes cited from the text of Catalano's Nursing Now textbook. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Literacy Standards Within Nursing Education Programs »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper. In nursing, as with other healthcare professions, it is imperative to the standards of a professionalism that nurses make learning a continuing priority throughout their careers. In order to accomplish this goal, specific literacy skills are required. Nursing personnel should cultivate critical thinking skills, computer literacy, information literacy, and ...

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British Nursing Advocacy and Law »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that examines advocacy in mental health nursing in the UK. The writer critically analyzes advocacy in relation to a specific scenario and discusses the legal and ethical ramifications as they pertain to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

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Home Healthcare Nursing Application in Critical Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page paper outlines the case history of a72 year old patient who requires critical care nursing in a home care scenario. This paper outlines the similar practices between critical care and home healthcare and outlines the specific nursing approaches for the case presented. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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Time Management and Critical Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that explores the parameters involved in time management from a critical care nursing perspective. The writer argues that time management is a finely balanced equation for critical care nursing. It involves being organized, efficient and fast-enough to cover all assigned tasks, but also it involves not moving so ...

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Standards of Critical Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that examines and critiques available guidelines for critical care nursing. An abbreviated version of the standards of the American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses is discussed, but also an extensive set of guidelines formulated for pediatric intensive care units is also evaluated. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Patient Advocacy, A Concept Analysis »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that offers a concept analysis on the topic of patient advocacy in professional nursing. The writer discusses definitions, both theoretical and operational; describes model, borderline and contrary cases; and antecedents and consequences. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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Psychiatric Nursing and Self Disclosure for Therapeutic Purposes »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page paper discussing the therapeutic use of self and self-disclosure in the psychiatric setting. Formal training provides the technical knowledge needed to provide competent care in the psychiatric setting, but formal training also can be seen as only the beginning point of building competence. Experience and reflection on that experience are ...

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CC vs. Med-Surg Units/Job Satisfaction »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that investigates the differences in nursing job satisfaction between critical and med-surg units. Within the framework of a research project, the writer hypothesizes that as there are different working conditions in these units, such as patient-to-nurse ratios and management styles, there are also differences in nursing job satisfaction. Bibliography ...

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A Nursing Continued Education Plan »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page discussion of the importance of continued education to the nursing professional. Targets the specific curriculum goals of critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy, and nursing informatics as critical components of an Advanced Practical Nursing Degree and addresses the manner in which these components can be addressed. Also identifies a means ...

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Shared Governance and Collective Bargaining Issues in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

3 pages in length. The fundamental reason for incorporating collective bargaining and shared governance within the nursing environment is so decision making becomes a more mutual outcome where nurses have greater contribution toward daily undertakings and management readily facilitates this input. Examining the political, legal, ethical and social issues of this relatively new ...

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Families Should Decide Own Health Goals »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that offers a discussion of the family health nurse's role, which focuses on the aspect of decision-making and who is the most qualified to establish health goals and make health-oriented decisions, the professional health practitioner or families themselves. This examination of literature indicates that the role of the family ...

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Nursing Case Study & Critical Thinking Styles »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page examination of a thinking problem that considers a nursing case study. Various styles of thinking are accorded a different color “cap” and issues are explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Nursing Theory Practical Integration »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page paper discussing reflections of a nurse working in bone marrow transplant. The paper discusses the qualities that are unique to this department and to the patients within it, and relates several nursing theories to the area. Those of Neuman, King and Rogers are seen as being most applicable and useful ...

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Personal Reflections on Clinical Supervision »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper is written as a personal reflection on clinical supervision of a nurse practitioner within the UK NHS service. The aim of the paper is to bring together theory and practice in a reflective manner. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

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Overview of Roy's Adaptation Model »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page critique of Sister Callista Roy's Adaptation Model (RAM) of nursing. The writer provides a general overview and description of the RAM before providing critical appraisal. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Moral Distress and Futile Care »

Number of Pages: 15

This 15 page research paper explores the question: Does the delivery of perceived futile care cause the critical care nurse ethical and moral distress? The writer concludes from this investigation of recent literature that the answer is yes and discusses the issues involved. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

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Nursing and Ethics »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page report discusses how, in school, it may seem as though "ethics," fall into some clear cut areas, and we might nod a little to ourselves, thinking we have a rough handle on the types of moral decisions we might be considering during our professional lives This author suggests that another layer of parameters exists concerning elder abuse, ...

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Energy Conservation and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that addresses the concept of energy conservation as it applies to nursing practice. Energy has been a topic of research and concern in nursing practice for quite some time. This examination of the concept explores how energy has been addressed within the context of nursing theoretical frameworks, concentrating on the ...

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Advocacy and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the role of advocacy in nursing practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Jean Watson's Caring Theory Nursing Implementation »

Number of Pages: 8

8 pages in length. One might not think that there would need to be a theory of caring in nursing, inasmuch as the entire foundation of the nursing profession is built upon nurturing. However, Jean Watson, PHD, RN, FAAN took this concept to an even deeper level when she established an environment where biomedical ...

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Professional Nursing and Theory »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current status of nursing theory, related to the contextual view of the history of nursing theory. This paper relates the fact that in the the curative model, nurses provide assessments, act as integral members of healthcare teams, provide direct and indirect patient care, and address ...

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Becoming a Nursing Advocate »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper emphasizes the importance of nursing advocacy for the disabled in the clinical and other environments. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Nursing and the Importance of Intensive Care and Critical Care Skills »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page contention that while we tend to specialize in one area or the other we are quick to discover that the basics of nursing extend into all nursing specialties. The basic principles of intensive care, coronary care, and emergency nursing, for example are applicable in all specialties. They are NOT limited ...

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Nursing, Diabetes, and 3 Research Articles »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that summarizes three research studies pertaining to diabetes mellitus that were conducted by nurse researchers. Nursing interventions have been shown to be a critical factor in promoting such diabetic self-management. These synopses demonstrate how nursing research is consistently exploring ways to improve intervention and make self-management of diabetes more effective. ...

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Primary Care v. Team Nursing »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that examines this question in regards to the competing paradigms of team nursing versus primary care nursing. The writer offers a critical study of literature on this topic, which evaluates the pros and cons of each perspective in regards to the question of whether or not team nursing is ...

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Nursing and Sleep's Physiology »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page discussion of the physiological processes associated with sleep. Defines sleep and delineates its critical cycles and the environmental, physiological, and psychological conditions which can interrupt those cycles. Emphasizes the need for nurses to allow for periods of uninterrupted sleep and to fully assess patients for sleep related problems. Bibliography ...

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An Overview of Critical Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page paper provides an overview of the issue of caring in the critical care scenario. This is a nursing paper that outlines the importance of caring from a nursing perspective. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Role of Charge Nurse »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page essay that discusses the implications of a significant question: "Why should I inform my charge nurse if the patient is in critical condition"? Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper examining the applicability of the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls for decision-making in nursing. Today's nurses face decisions and situations that were not technologically possible only a few years ago, and they are called on to make decisions in realms that were barely considered a generation ago and did ...

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Studies in Nursing Leadership »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper reviewing two studies focusing on management style in nursing. Autocracy has no place among nurses at any level, particularly in levels of senior management. As the entire health care industry continues to grow and evolve, appropriate leadership style is critical to the overall success of departments and organizations. ...

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Comparative Analysis of Erickson's and Orem's Theories »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page overview of these two distinctive yet related theories. The author provides each theories background and relates them to the four metaparadigms of person, health, environment, and nursing. The contention is presented that these theories are closely related to one another in that they each emphasize the critical relationship between therapist and ...

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Carper's 4 Knowledge Types and Nursing Evaluation »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page discussion of the importance of the evaluation process. The author contends that this process should encompass much more than strictly clinical results. Examples are presented from Carper’s (1978) classic “Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing” delineating the four types of nursing knowledge which are critical to the evaluation process: ...

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