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Death and Dying Interview »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper reflecting concepts conveyed in an interview with a retired Director of Nursing Services at a long-term care facility for the elderly. The woman's unique perspective on the process of dying and the interaction between elderly and their community base during this process is a significant theme. The writer presents ...

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Wit & Palliative Care »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page reaction paper to the play/movie Wit by Margaret Edson (1999). The writer discusses the themes of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and relates its subject matter, which concerns death, dying and a terminally ill cancer patient, to the logistics of palliative care. The writer also offers considerable discussion of personal reactions to this ...

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Hospice Care, Dying, and Death »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper that uses both interviews and research to investigate the nature of care for patients who are dying. The hospice program is described and discussed from a predominantly nursing point of view. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Death and Coping »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper that addresses the role nurses play in the dying process of patients. This includes patients that are dying as well as their family members. Two different case scenarios are provided, which illustrate the varied circumstances that a nurse may encounter. Each situation is unique, yet each circumstance always requires a great ...

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Supreme Court Ruling on Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F. »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing this case in which the Supreme Court ruled that a ventilator-dependent student should be attended by a school-provided nurse for the entire time the student is at school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide related services but not direct medical services aside from those required for disability ...

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Nursing Research and its Significance »

Number of Pages: 7

7 pages in length. Research in any field is vital to the industry's lifeblood; however, it may mean the difference between life and death within the practice of nursing. Clearly, cutting edge research is pertinent not only as a means by which to protect a given patient's health, but it is also necessary ...

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Sharing Grief »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page essay/research paper that offers a student nurse a template for describing his/her personal experiences with death and loss and applying this understanding to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Ethics in Palliative Care »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper/essay that discusses if it is ethical for a nurse to alleviate pain even if this hastens death in a terminally ill patient. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Health Promotion Rationale and Coronary Heart Disease »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discusses the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in the US. CHD results in an average of 500,000 deaths per year in the US alone (Link and Tanner, 2001). The following examination of CHD looks at its prevalence and incidence from a demographically perspective; its causation and risk factors; ...

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Case Study/Death of a Client »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discusses the case study that deals with the death of a client, the role of the nurse, and the issues raised by this scenario. As the writer/tutor providing this guide for a student is not a nurse, the writer had to draw on nursing literature rather than personal clinical ...

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Cultural Considerations and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. This is a topic which those in the nursing profession would do well to consider. For many cultures, including those of the Middle East, the crisp white uniforms found in American hospitals represents death and funerals. It is for reasons such as this that those in caregiving professions need to familiarize themselves with the ...

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Vulnerable Populations and Nursing Involvement »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper which discusses how nursing is involved in many different ethical concerns, which are often the result of particular populations such as people who are dying, people with religious beliefs, and people of particular ethnicity of socioeconomic standing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing and Teaching Patients »

Number of Pages: 14

This 14 page paper considers how a nurse can become a teacher to patients, how this may be undertaken and the different considerations for the nurse to perform this task. The paper uses an example of a patient dying of cancer who needs to stop smoking and accept the nature of their condition. Issues discussed ...

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Staffing Ratios and Outcomes in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper discusses the results of different nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. The results of research studies clearly demonstrate the negative outcomes for both patients and nurses when staffing ratios exceed four patients per nurse. The ratio differs depending on department and actual job function with lower ratios required in some jobs. Nurses suffer emotional ...

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Behavior Impropriety and Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing the case of Mr. S, who had been admitted to the Emergency Department after suffering a fall. The physician on duty took inappropriate action and the patient died. The nurse on duty knew the details of the case and heard the physican lie to Mrs. S. The ...

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Nursing Ethics Issues »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that considered several different topics related to ethics and medical issues. Topics covered include right-to-die issues, stem cell research, and whether nurses should be required to get flu shots. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

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Terminally Ill Patients and Nursing Care »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that addresses nursing care for the terminally ill. While palliative care is important in nursing the terminally ill, it does not address all of the needs of these patients. In addition to tending to physiological needs, such as pain control, nurses are also responsible for addressing the communicative, emotional and ...

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Cultural Assessment of Family Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing the case of an unmarried mother whose first baby has died of complications of birth defects. The mother is Caucasian, and the culture being assessed is that of poverty rather than of any specific ethnic group. The paper suggests that the family practice nurse encourage psychological counseling ostensibly ...

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Nursing Perspectives on the Case of Terri Schiavo »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper that examines the case of Terri Schiavo, has been in vegetative state since a sudden heart attack in 1990 at the age of 26. Michael Schiavo, her husband, has been trying to have Terry's feeding tube removed, which would allow her to die. Blocking this action are Terri's parents, ...

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Patient's 'Right to Die' and the Legality of Nursing Responsibility »

Number of Pages: 2

A 2 page paper which examines the legal actions which has affected a patient’s right to die, and the responsibility of nurses when confronted with this issue. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Assisted Suicide, Ethics, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page essay exploring a nurse's experience with patients requesting assisted suicide. The writer describes the experience from a firsthand perspective and then presents the position held by the American Nursing Association on this controversial issue. The ANA is opposed to assisted suicide but the writer reports feeling a strong desire to help one ...

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Conflicting Ethics, Euthanasia, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page essay that examines the moral dilemmas faced by nurses as they try to reconcile the Nurse's Code to euthanasia and the right to die issue. Discussed are the three ethics of autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence and how these ethics should be applied in situations involving euthanasia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Colby/Deaths of Nancy Cruzan »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper/essay that discusses the issues involved in the case of Nancy Cruzan, as discussed in William Colby’s book Long Goodbye. Cruzan was in a persistent vegetative state when life support was finally withdrawn due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The writer focuses on the ethical issues involved from a nursing ...

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Arguing Against Nurses Participating in the Death of Patients and the Christine Busalacchi Case »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper which the arguments presented by nurses in Missouri and Arkansas, who pleaded a case before the Supreme Court that depriving Christine Busalacchi of nourishment through starvation and dehydration was illegal, inhumane, and unethical. The strengths and weaknesses of the arguments presented in the nurses’ briefs, conflicts of laws or rights ...

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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 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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Contemporary Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that discusses a case scenario and the ethical issues involved. Due to medical innovation and advancement, more patients are living longer with chronic diseases. But while these innovations can prolong life, death is eventually inevitable for everyone and, therefore, it seems logical that the majority of nurses will be called ...

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Terminal Illness and Counseling »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page research paper that explores the five stages of grieving, stages of hope, and various counseling techniques by physicians, nurses, clerics, and counseling psychologists when dealing with terminally ill patients. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

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Nursing Home Care That is Client Centered »

Number of Pages: 12

Client Centered Nursing Home Care. (12 pp). On any given day, nursing homes are caring for about one in twenty Americans over the age of 65. Almost half of all Americans turning 65 this year will be admitted into a nursing home at least once. One fifth of those people admitted into nursing homes stay ...

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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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