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Assessing Research »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper looks at a qualitative research article which examines the challenges face by caregivers of patient with dementia in terms of safety in the home. The research is assessed, looking at the approach, methodology and data analysis to consider overall robustness and potentially acceptability of the research results. The bibliography cites 7 ...

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Leadership in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that, first of all, examines the difference between leadership and management concepts while also providing a personal philosophy of leadership. From this orientation, suggestions are then offered that illustrate how team building concepts and organizational theory, including change theory, can be applied to nursing clinical practice. Contemporary nursing is ...

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The Nursing Metaparadigms/Nursing Philosophy »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper/essay discusses the parameters of nursing philosophy, as related to the nursing philosophy of the Jacksonville University School of Nursing and the four nursing metaparadigms of Person, Environment, Health and Nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Nursing and Mentoring »

Number of Pages: 15

Mentoring was founded in ancient Ithaca when Odysseus entrusted his son Telemachus to the care of Mentor. After a time, Mentor revealed himself to be Athena, the goddess of arts and history. A mentor is typically considered to be an older, wiser person who assumes some responsibility as a role model, motivator, companion ...

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Nursing Philosophy for Professional Practice »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper that discusses a student-formulated professional philosophy of nursing practice, which is that making clinical judgment decisions in nursing care should be comfort based and founded on an understanding and knowledge of the patient’s continuous evolving physical and mental state. This examination of literature discusses how this philosophy can be ...

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Nursing Need to Delegate »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discusses the need for RNs to delegate tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel. While unlicensed assistive personnel (UAPs) are available in a number of clinical environments, overworked and harried registered nurses (RNs) will frequently fail to take full advantage of the capabilities of UAPs by not delegating tasks. Buerhaus, et ...

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Overview of Family Health Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that discusses this area of nursing. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe introduced the concept of the Family Health Nurse (FHN) in 1998 as a possible means for promoting and strengthening health among families (Macduff and West, 2005). It was proposed that this new type of nurse would make ...

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Family Nurse Practitioner »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discusses the four metaparadigms of nursing in relation to the family nurse practitioner role. FNPs work with people of all age groups and their families, as they provide the necessary care and information for individuals to make informed decisions concerning their health and lifestyle choices. Across the country, nurse ...

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Nursing and Autonomy »

Number of Pages: 9

The role of a nurse within the current structures of practice are such that a sense of empowerment and, or, autonomy is seldom manifested. The power structure rests primarily within the context of the health management organization, hospital management, and, or, physician's orders. Power and politics need to be translated into practice through ...

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Nursing Theory, a Comparison »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing two nursing theories, one of which is broad, the other mid-range. Most models of nursing theory are careful to take into account the fact that the patient is more than only a body in dysfunction. These theories have originated with at least one individual’s background in patient care ...

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Faculty Shortages and Shortages in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discusses the nursing shortage and how it relates to a similar shortage of nursing educators. In order make-up for the tremendous nursing shortage that is evidence across the country, universities and colleges are offering a greater number of accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs, according to the American Association of Colleges ...

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Carol Wells Federman's Article 'Awakening the Nurse Healer Within' Reviewed »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper discussing the article by Carol Wells-Federman. The author presents solid reasons that the mainstream nurse need not view the holistic approach as something totally foreign or irreconcilable to the training received in order to gain the privilege of practicing nursing. In fact, she maintains that the standard approach to ...

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Comfort Theory and Kolcaba »

Number of Pages: 7

For centuries, the depiction of a nurse in art is one of a person professionally dressed, but offering something of herself. That nurse is offering comfort, something decidedly outside of medical patient care, something beyond the auspices of physician and related solely to the nurse professional. “Comfort” is the idealized vision each person holds within ...

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Nursing and the Interaction Between Theory, Research, and Practice »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper discussing the interaction of theory, practice and research in nursing. The practical aspect of nursing can be viewed as that point of overlap of three intersecting circles of a Venn diagram, with the circles of the diagram being theory, practice and research. Each of the entities exists separately and ...

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Three Articles on Issues Involving High Acuity Nursing Reviewed »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper discussing a variety of issues related to high-acuity nursing. High-acuity nursing is that branch of acute nursing in which patients have various conditions that require close and often intense attention. It is more intensive and far more costly than other types of care, and it generally is reserved for ...

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Assessing Research »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper looks at a qualitative research article which examines the challenges face by caregivers of patient with dementia in terms of safety in the home. The research is assessed, looking at the approach, methodology and data analysis to consider overall robustness and potentially acceptability of the research results. The bibliography cites 7 ...

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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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Adaptation Nursing Model of Callista Roy »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that examines Callista Roy's Adaptation Model of nursing. As the nursing profession has developed, nursing theorists have developed numerous frameworks for guiding nursing practice in a manner that stresses its scientific nature, while also adhering to its humanistic roots. One of these theories is the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. ...

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Urban Youth Alcohol Use Prevention and Nurse Consultations »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper which addresses a nursing article titled “Brief Nursing Consultations for Preventing Alcohol Use Among Urban School Youth,” written by Chudley E. Werch, Joan M. Carlson, Deborah M. Pappas, and Carlo C. DiClemente, for The Journal Of School Health (Nursing Perspectives), November, 1996. The study researched a number of young adolescents and implemented various methods of ...

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Shortage of Nurses and Its Global Implications »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper discussing difficulties in recruiting, long hours and growing work-related stress. These are not unique to nursing, but likely nursing is the profession that finds these characteristics most problematic. The nursing shortage has been reality for a long while in both the US and the UK. Nurses in developing ...

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Relationship Between Psychiatric Nurse and Patient »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that discusses the nurse-patient relationship, past and present. This examination of nursing literature presents an overview of the nurse-patient therapeutic relationship--its foundation in nursing theory; the factors that influence its success or failure, and, most importantly, the theoretical perspective that is being offered for the future of mental health nursing. ...

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Humanistic Leadership & Nursing Unions »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page research paper that in which the writer assumes the persona of a nursing leader working in a hospital where the nurses are unionized. The writer establishes a background for this investigation by examining what is meant by the terms "humanistic" and "leadership," which includes a discussion of various leadership models and theories. ...

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BSN Degree Problems »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses the problems encountered in pursing a BSN degree. Registered nurses (RNs) face specific challenges that concern their multiple roles and responsibilities due to the processes involved in transitioning from RN status and earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN). Whatever the BSN candidate's nursing status, ...

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Integration of the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow and Self Care of Dorothea Orem »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper integrating the concepts of Orem’s self care model and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Astute health care providers encourage patients in both acute and long term care to do as much for themselves as they can, operating within their limits while also responsibly stretching them at the same time. This ...

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Human Becoming Nursing Theory of Parse »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing this abstract and grand nursing theory. Parse’s theory is illuminating and thought-provoking, and it gives the student of it a route by which to imagine how different all of health care would be were Parse’s theory descriptive of mainstream health care practice rather than a view of what health ...

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Canada and the Problem of Hospital Nursing Shortages »

Number of Pages: 8

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 ...

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Nursing Home Patients And Their Vulnerabilities During Disasters »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. Every person caught in a disaster must make split second decisions pertaining to his or her safety; with such concerns as when to evacuate, where to go and how to get there, the level of anxiety that accompanies the mass departure of disaster-related emergencies calls for considerable focus, effort and ...

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Reflections Of A Nursing Home Visit »

Number of Pages: 3

3 pages in length. The student's experience at Mary Crest was both eye-opening and heartbreaking at the same time, inasmuch as these once-vibrant people who were capable of living on their own and taking care of themselves have been stripped of their individuality, independence and any meaningful connection with the outside world. While ...

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Nursing Homes and Abuse of the Elderly »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of this topic with attention on signs and symptoms of possible abuse. What to look for, the prevalence of elder abuse, and how to deal with possible abuse situations are all discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Nursing Homes & Liability »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that reports on a Florida liability case. In the case of Beverly Enterprises-Florida, Inc. d/b/a/ Eastbrooke Health Care Center v. Wilbur W. Spilman, as a personal representative of the estate of Walter M. Spilman, the court award a final judgement of $719,064.12 in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive ...

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U.S. Foreign Educated Nurse Licensing »

Number of Pages: 23

This 23 page paper discusses the licensing process for foreign-educated nurses in America. The essay begins with an introduction that reports the nursing shortage, the practice of importing foreign-trained nurses in developed countries and the ratio of nurses to population in several countries. The next section reports the licensing process for nurses who are trained ...

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Overview of Elderly Abuse »

Number of Pages: 8

In 8 pages, the author gives an overview of elderly abuse. One of the lesser known and even lesser talked about crimes is abuse of elderly or geriatric people. This type abuse occurs at a phenomenal rate. Older persons are at a great risk for this type of abuse. This type ...

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Nursing Home Environment and Pet Therapy Programs »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page report discusses pet therapy programs that generally consist of volunteers bringing a dog or cat (a shelter animal or their own pet) to an in-patient facility in order to interact with residents or patients. National studies have confirmed the therapeutic effects of animals upon humans, especially those individuals who are confined due to age or illness. Human-animal contact encourages ...

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Issues, Problems, and Solutions Regarding Nursing Shortages »

Number of Pages: 12

This is a 12 page paper discussing the current nursing shortage issues and proposed solutions within the profession. The United States is currently undergoing a nursing shortage which is expected to continue until the year 2020. Reasons for the shortage have been reported as: an ageing nursing population; an ageing and decreasing nursing education population; ...

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Nursing Profession and Men »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that examines the topic of male nursing. According to the American Nurses Association, the number of male student nurses has substantially increased, as male enrollment in nursing schools doubled between 1980 and 1992 (Hawke 56). Nevertheless, the problem typically encountered by males in a female-dominated profession continue to plague ...

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An Article on Improving Nursing Homes Reviewed »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper. The article reviewed reports a demonstration project that links payment to quality and specifically, to outcomes for the residents. This was a project that began in Minnesota in 1995 and is still going on. It reflects a move from quality assurance to quality improvement and makes a shift to an ...

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Community and Corrections Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper discussing how the correctional facility nurse can have effect in the local community. The US penal system guarantees appropriate health care to prison inmates. US Supreme Court decisions have determined that withholding any medical treatment where there is urgent need constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment," which of course is ...

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Entry into Nursing, BSN »

Number of Pages: 5

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 ...

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STDs and Plans of Health Promotion »

Number of Pages: 5

This is a 5 page paper discussing health promotion plan for STDs in small and large communities. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a global as well as local concern for health care providers. In addition to guidelines and fact sheets about the prevalence, treatment and symptoms of STDs provided by the World Health Organization, national ...

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Concepts of Self Care »

Number of Pages: 14

14 pages in length. The writer discusses how the objective for maintaining and/or regaining one's health by way of the self-care concept is found in two primary components: 1) patient involvement and 2) nurse's guidance. Isolating questions include if the patient is physically and/or mentally stable enough to facilitate his or her own ...

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Research on Nursing Leadership »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper reviewing five reports of research conducted focusing on nurse managers and the problems they face in achieving what they need to do. A primary goal of the nurse manager in today’s rapidly-changing health care environment is that of improving patient outcome as well as staff retention. Health care continues ...

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Field of Nursing and Collective Bargaining »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper. Union representation is not nearly as prevalent in nursing as it is in other fields, in fact, a relatively small percentage of nurses belong to a union. This essay provides a general overview of unions representing nurses, actions taken by the ANA to strengthen their bargaining power, the increased numbers of ...

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Nursing Shortage In The United States: Causes, Effects And Solutions »

Number of Pages: 8

8 pages in length. The health care industry is fraught with struggles that keep people from obtaining the medical attention they need in a system where patients often pay the price for social and political agendas. One area in which this fall down of services is felt especially hard is with regard to ...

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Providing Comfort in the Emergency Room »

Number of Pages: 6

As an ER nurse, it is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the environment, to focus on the technical and critical nature of nursing in the ER and to forget that patients are people with hopes and fears and dreams rather than just people exhibiting illnesses and crying out in pain ...

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Nursing's Hermeneutic Phenomenology Method of Inquiry »

Number of Pages: 24

A 24 page paper discussing the value of the hermeneutic phenomenological method of inquiry in nursing. All researchers need to take great care in designing, conducting and evaluating their investigations, particularly when using the hermeneutic phenomenological method of inquiry. Any research effort undertaken in this method may be suspect in the view of ...

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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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Health Care: Ethical Dilemma »

Number of Pages: 4

4 pages in length. Carol took a one-month leave of absence rather suddenly; when she returned and resumed her regular nursing duties, there was nothing outwardly different about her but there was most definitely a change in the way many of her coworkers interacted with her. Shortly thereafter it was disclosed by some ...

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Pediatric Burn Care and High Acuity Nursing »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper discussing the epidemiology, pathophysiology of burns, as well as clinical issues involved in care of them. High-acuity nursing is more intensive and far more costly than other types of care, and it generally is reserved for those cases requiring either more advanced or more intricate techniques. This paper reviews ...

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Following Watson's Example/Personal Philosophy of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper/essay that offers a guide for contrasting and comparing a student nurse's personal nursing philosophy to that of nursing theorist Jean Watson. The writer argues that each individual nurse brings personal perception to the act of interpreting Watson's theory. This interpretation is necessarily influenced by that nurse's personal history, knowledge level, ...

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Elements of Psychiatric Nursing Practice »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that draws on the nursing model of Hildegarde Peplau, as she is acknowledged to be one of nursing's leading theorists, as she was one of the first to emphasize the importance of the nurse/patient relationship. Peplau's model specifies three phrases in this relationship: orientation (meeting the patient, establishing a relationship), ...

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