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Defining the Meaning of Caring

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Article Critique/Perceptions of Palliative Care »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page article critique that summarizes and analyzes a study by Johnston and Smith (2006) on palliative care. After defining precisely what is meant by "palliative care," the researchers indicate that the purpose of their study is "to explore the perceptions of patients and nurses of palliative care" in order to more precisely define ...

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Cancer Patients and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page overview of nursing care in regards to cancer patients. The writer defines pertinent terms and then discusses nursing care in regards to chemotherapy and radiation therapy and also palliative care and care for grieving families. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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Advanced Practice Nursing, the Self Care Deficit Model of Dorothea Orem, and Urinary Incontinence »

Number of Pages: 6

This 7 page paper provides an overview of an article by Francie Bernier called “Relationship of a pelvic floor rehabilitation program for urinary incontinence to Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing: Part 1” which considers the impact of the problem of urinary incontinence and the application of nursing theory in defining protocols for care. ...

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Nursing and the Caring Phenomena »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that examines the phenomena of caring as it pertains to nursing. The writer defines "phenomena" in this context and examines caring within this framework from several theoretical perspectives with an emphasis on the theory of Joyce Travelbee. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

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Nursing and Kangaroo Care »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper which defines this care method, discusses the rationale for using it, and explores outcomes and future implications for the practice and the field of nursing. Specifically considered are how kangaroo care has been used, in which situations it has been most beneficial, evaluates pros and cons, how method is related ...

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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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Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of Watson's nursing prespectives. Nursing theorist Jean Watson developed her Theory of Human Caring in the late 1970s, as a result of Watson’s efforts to bring greater meaning to the health care process. This paper outlines this theory. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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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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3 Sociological Views on the Shortage of Nurses »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. The nursing industry of years gone by saw beyond society's brusque and compassionless approach to medicine by providing humanistic care beyond the traditional way. The lack of humanistic care made glaringly apparent by the medical community's unemotional arms-length attitude was precisely what nurses like Florence Nightingale sought to correct, ...

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Elderly Care in a Nursing Home v. At Home »

Number of Pages: 7

An 7 page overview of health care options for the elderly. Evaluates the need for long-term care and the factors which went into creating this need and identifies home health care as being advantageous in many respects over health care provided in residential nursing homes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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The Importance of Care In Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

This 7 page paper begins by relating a nursing situation story. The writer goes on to discuss the importance of caring in nursing, what caring is and how some scholars and researchers have defined and described caring. Theories commented on include Swanson's, Watson's, Mayeroff's and Roach's. The assumptions on which the Nursing as Caring general ...

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Overview of Intensive Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing why nurses would choose to work in intensive care. The president of the AACN characterizes intensive care nurses as high achievers who continually seek to improve care and conditions. Though many patients are unconscious and offer no direct interaction with intensive care nurses, patients’ families are “patients” themselves, ...

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Katie Eriksson's Nursing Theory »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the nursing theory of Katie Eriksson, which focuses on caring in the Christian tradition. Some practicing nurses have objected to theory-based care, at least initially, on the grounds that it is not caring at all but rather reduces the patient to a process component that needs medical attention. ...

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Goal Attainment Theory of Imogene King »

Number of Pages: 3

The theory of Goal Attainment, presented by Ms. King, focuses on how client goals are attained through the transactions that occur between the client and nurse. The concepts of personal system, social system, perception, communication, interaction, transaction, role, time, space, growth, and development she presents offers validation of the belief of community as client. This ...

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Nursing/Medical Vocabulary »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that, first of all, defines numerous terms used in nursing and in hospital environments. Then the writer briefly discusses issues having to do with patient confidentiality and good handover of patient care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Theory of Human Caring/Jean Watson »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that offers an overview of Watson's nursing theory. The topics covered include the basic concepts and assumptions that define this highly utilized nursing theory, as well as a specific example that demonstrates how Watson's theory can be applied to context of a caring moment within the context of a therapeutic ...

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Nursing and Self Care Wound Instruction »

Number of Pages: 6

Nursing has always been dichotomized between science and humanity. Being a good nurse is being defined by the ability to be proficient in both. This 6 page paper provides a tutorial and information on the construction of a teaching plan for self-care of wounds. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Personal Philosophy of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the nursing concepts of person, environment, health/illness and nursing. This examination of these concepts examines each idea in relation to how it is defined by the Barry University School of Nursing faculty, but also offering a personal perspective on the meaning of each term. Bibliography lists 1 source. ...

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Overview of Jean Watson's Theory of Transpersonal Caring »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page research paper offers an overview of Jean Watson's Theory of Transpersonal Caring. The writer describes the caritas processes, the transpersonal caring relationship and the caring moment, which are the basic components of the theory. A 9 slide powerpoint presentation of the material is also available. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Nursing Contributions of Virginia Henderson »

Number of Pages: 3

The name Virginia Henderson is well known within the Nursing profession. During her long life she provided a great deal of pragmatic and evocative theories and guidelines for the practice of nursing. She was one of the first to encourage nurses to be actively involved in facilitating not only the care of the patient as ...

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Long Term Care Environments and Nursing Care Plans »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing the form, advantages and disadvantages a nursing concept. The nursing concept discussed here is the care plan, specifically as it applies to long term care. Planning long term or nursing home care always has been a priority for the best such facilities providing that type of patient care, ...

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ICU Nursing Ratio Restructuring and Change Management »

Number of Pages: 4

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 ...

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Nursing Homes and Ethical Issues »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. In today's world of nursing home care, the level of abuse and neglect has reached an all-time high. The commonality of such unacceptable treatment has called for myriad legal intervention as a means by which to re-evaluate health reform; however, such inhumane activity continues in spite of these measures. ...

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Nursing Model of Dorothea Orem Evaluated »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper is based on an assessment of Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Model. This model is based on the assertion that individuals can provide a level of self-care. Orem argues, then, that self-care deficits in the care setting often occur as a result of environmental situations. This paper outlines the basis ...

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Need for Cultural Competent Care »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that discusses the meaning of "culture" and "cultural diversity" and then applies this understanding to the significance of providing culturally competent nursing care with a special focus on Australia. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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RN v. BSN and Nursing Trends in Education »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page overview of the importance of advanced education in the nursing profession. Reviews the changes which have occurred in the health care environment which necessitate advanced education. Highly recommends the Bachelor of Science in nursing as a means of meeting the challenges of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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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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Article Critique/Handling Difficult Situations/Daily Care »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page article critique. One of the most difficult nursing tasks is caring for patients with serious or terminal illness. Nurses involved with this level of care have to be both involved and caring, but also sufficiently detached as to avoid emotional burnout. In their qualitative study, Blomberg and Sahlberg-Blom (2007) addressed how nurses ...

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Factors in Nursing Philosophy Development »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that discusses the four fundamental concepts defining modern nursing.

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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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An Analysis on an Article About Caring and Science »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page article analysis that examines "Science, technology, caring and the professions: are they compatible?" by nurses Hawthorne and Yurkovich (1995). These authors express their concern that caring has declined as a value among various professions. The writer summarizes the article and then critiques it, comparing it to two nursing theories that emphasize caring. ...

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Nursing Documentation Bargaining Guidelines »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that applies the 'whole image' approach to negotiating conflict to the health care industry. Today, health care in this country faces a number of difficulties that necessitates health professionals becoming involved in intense negotiation processes in order to reach satisfactory conclusions. However, health professional training has not traditionally encompassed negotiation ...

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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 Aide Certification »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page paper that considers the issues regarding hiring and retainment of CNAs in the nursing care industry. The writer provides two models in nursing care that appear to be addressing the needs of CNAs and patients in improving care and decreasing turnover rates. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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Case Scenario on Nursing Care »

Number of Pages: 7

7 pages. This paper is a nursing care case scenario on the impact that a nurse could possibly undergo when changing the health care facility or environment in which she or he works. Also considered are the affects on other health care stakeholders with whom the nurse worked. This is based on ...

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Homeless and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper arguing that the lack of access to health care for the homeless and poor is often the fault of health care professionals. Using national studies that show the impact that the lack of health care has on homeless populations, the writer attempts to connect this discrepancy with attitudes of hospital ...

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Childhood Diabetes and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

(8 pp) According to the American Nurses Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators (1998), diabetes, is increasingly recognized as a national health care and economic concern that is receiving a great deal of attention from legislators, providers and those who pay health care services. Efforts to improve care, and thus decrease its complications, ...

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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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Nursing Profession and Managed Care »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page research paper which studies how the managed care revolution has affected the nursing profession. The writer provides an industry and economic definition of managed care, its advantages and disadvantages, and relationship to nursing. The writer also provides solutions caused by the effects of managed care on the nursing ...

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An Analysis of Nursing Care Concepts »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page nursing concept analysis that explores the topic of caring. The aim of this analysis is to investigate this body of research in order to determine the purposes of caring and how caring can facilitate the goals of nursing practice. The writer explores the literature in regards to a model case study, borderline, ...

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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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Field of Nursing and Managed Health Care »

Number of Pages: 8

The nursing profession is looked at in light of managed health care, specifically as it pertains to obstetrics. This 8 page paper specifically examines changes the field has undergone since the advent of managed health care. Options for nurses in the specialty are discussed, including the growing nurse midwifery occupation. Pros and cons of ...

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Patient Care, Team Approaches, Evaluations, and the Process of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of some of the central elements related to the nursing care process and the patient, including patient assessments, team approaches and the process of patient care. This paper considers these elements in the modern health care environment, including community health models under the United Kingdom's National Health ...

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Issues of Managed Care and Patient Rights »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10-page paper focuses on the impact of managed care on patient's rights and the ability of nurses to continue advocating for patients. Discussions include what managed care is and how health care is distributed through the system. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

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Health Care and Interdisciplinary Teams »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper. Interdisciplinary health care teams have been around in one form or another since at least the early 20th century but they have become more popular and more formalized in recent years. This essay defines an interdisciplinary team and discusses the benefits of this model for the patient as well as for ...

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Senior Citizens with Heart Problems and the Transitional Care Nursing Model »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page report discusses the transitional care model of nursing and how it calls for an interdisciplinary approach in the creation and establishment of an appropriate and meaningful patient care plan. Without all components of the service and care delivery process working in coordination with one another, it is more than likely that one (or more) aspect of the patient’s ...

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Critical Incident Analysis in Nurse Management »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page incident report addressing failure of nursing staff to attend to a patient their care for five hours. The paper reviews individual and organizational responsibility, particularly in terms of nursing’s core values. The organization needs to assess its patient care delivery model to ensure that no patient goes for extended periods ...

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Community Health Nursing Considerations »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page discussion of the myriad of situations which can confront the community health care nurse. The author of this paper contends that community health nursing encompasses a diversity of health care and social arenas. Consequently, numerous issues are often associated with community health care. Two are centered out for the ...

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Quality Nursing Care »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discusses the principles of quality nursing care. Nurses constitute the largest group of healthcare practitioners offering direct patient care; and therefore, whether or not patients receive quality care is intrinsically tied to the level of professionalism exhibited by a nursing staff (Hassmiller and Cozine, 2006). It follows then that ...

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Student Training and Outlook in Pediatric Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. Nursing students with a focus upon pediatric care play an integral role in the overall development and application of standards of care, the transmission of scientific and humanistic caring, professional performance, ethics, as well as the level of competency expected from the industry, all of which directly relates to the ...

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