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The Influence of Environmental Factors on Falls »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper is an annotated bibliography outlining a range of peer-reviewed literature examining issues associated with falls and environmental causes or influences. The articles identified look at the way environmental may issues may increase the incidence of fall rates, especially in elderly populations, the interaction of fall rate of other risk factors, and ...

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Nursing Practice and Atherosclerosis »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that examines the risk factors and dangers associated with atherosclerosis. The writer examines the pathophysiology of this deadly disease and discusses how nursing practice provide an invaluable educational function in teaching clients about their own "pipes" can become "clogged" through poor lifestyle choices, such as a fatty diet and no ...

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Nursing Home Industry and Patient Care Costs Determination »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that examines the factors that are involved in the pricing of patient care within the nursing home industry. As the population of the U.S. ages, this industry is receiving more and more attention and has been the object of a good deal of research in recent years. The writer gives ...

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Values of a Nurse Educator »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page essay that discusses the values and traits associated with being a nursing educator. Learner responsibilities and the ideal professional setting selected by the student researching this topic are also discussed. No sources are cited.

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Med/Surg Leader, An Interview »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper. Nursing leadership is acknowledged to be one of the most crucial factors in addressing the current and emerging needs of the healthcare system. This investigation explores issues related to nursing leadership, first of all, by summarizing literature that defines and discusses the way in which leadership models relate to concepts ...

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Nursing Practice and Otitis Media »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that address this topic. A baby or toddler screams and a parent notices that the child is tugging or batting at his ear. More than likely, the pain is caused by an ear infection, which is one of the most common childhood diseases. The following examination of this topic looks ...

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Quality within Australian Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper that offers a comprehensive literature review in regards to factors and principles associated with quality nursing care, with a particular focus on nursing in Australia. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

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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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Change and Nursing Homes »

Number of Pages: 10

10 pages in length. Getting old is not a socially accepted occurrence. In America, contempt and disrespect stem from the aspect of aging against one's will, with people looking upon the elderly as slow, incapable, broken down and virtually worthless individuals. The notion of ageism, the negative attitude associated with getting old, ...

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Nurse's Role and Bowel Elimination Influential Factors »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper provides an overview of the factors that influence bowel elimination and the role of the nurse in preventing constipation in patients in a hospital setting. This paper integrates a view of factors like hydration, nutrition, frequency of elimination and pharmacological factors that influence bowel elimination and the role that nurses ...

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Interdisciplinary Management Factors, Training, and Nursing Competency »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page discussion of the varied factors which enter into nursing competency. Suggests that while the degree of training a nurse has is directly related to competence, so too are managerial factors. Identifies interdisciplinary managerial factors such as quality assurance programs and the establishment of clinical pathways as being significant to nursing competence as ...

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Nursing Burnout/A Literature Review »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page literature review that addresses research on the problem of nursing stress/burnout. The writer first defines these factors and offers definitions drawn from literature, then proposes that research will be explored in order to determine factors that contribute to stress and/or burnout among nurses. Five studies are summarized and recommendations are offered. Bibliography ...

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Obstacles to Nursing Recruitment & Retention »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that looks briefly at specifically at legal, ethical and personal obstacles before also examining the factors that influence these factors. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Patient Outcomes, Organizational Factors, and Nursing Competency »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page discussion of the varied factors which enter into nursing competency and ultimately translate to patient outcome. Suggests that while the degree of training a nurse has is directly related to competence, so too are managerial factors. Asserts that the implementation of internal policies and procedures, although typically subject to resistance ...

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Catheter-Associated UTI Training »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper that discusses several issues that apply to nursing education. They are: identifying the topic for training (catheter-associated urinary tract infections and their causes and prevalence), a comprehensive educational model that can be used, and an explanation of different motivational theories. Bibliography lists 6 sources. x

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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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Action Research, Kulbok, et al. (2012) »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page essay/research paper reports on the participatory action research conducted by Pamela Kulbok and her associates, which focus on the role played by public health nurses (PHNs) in addressing the problem of cigarette smoking among adolescents in a Southern community. The writer defines action research and then summaries the framework, benefits and challenges ...

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Caregiver Burnout, Compassion Fatigue »

Number of Pages: 6

This 6 page research paper offers an overview of nursing burnout and compassion fatigue. The writer discusses the warning signs of compassion fatigue/burnout; the nature and causes of associated problems; caregivers' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; and coping strategies. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Patient Safety and Human Factors »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper reports on the human factors that affect nurses and nursing practice. Medication error, cognitive errors and other issues are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Professional Development Plan »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper pertains to the professional development plan of a nurse who is about to assume the role of Director of Cardiovascular Services and Acute Care. Her short-term and long-term plans are described, as well as the factors that will affect her long-term development. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Possible Barriers for MSN Pursuit by Registered Nurses »

Number of Pages: 17

17 pages in length. Furthering one's education within the nursing field is advantageous to both the patient and the nurse; however, there are situations where attaining this higher education is fraught with perceived barriers. In the instance of registered nurses considering returning to school for a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), the ...

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Culturally Competent Nursing »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper that has four parts. The first reports the major components of Leininger’s transcultural nursing theory; the second discusses a real case with the application of Leininger’s theory; the third part discusses ethical, social, political, and economic factors related to the theory; and the last second discuss benefits and limitations. Bibliography ...

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Advanced Practice Nursing Roles »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper pertains to various factors regarding the role of advanced practice nurses (APNs), with a particular emphasis on requirements for APN licensure in the State of Florida . Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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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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Nursing Theory of Imogene King Critiqued »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page outline of Imogene King's "General Systems Framework" theory. Developed during the mid 1960s and first published in 1971, this theory emphasizes the importance of the interaction between nurses and patients. Views this interaction as an open system which is in constant interaction with a variety of environmental factors. Points ...

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Music as a Nursing Intervention »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper offers a brief literature review, which summarizes and compares five nursing studies that addressed the use of music in regards to reducing anxiety and/or pain associated with medical procedures. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Adverse Drug Reactions and Metabolic Changes Associated with Antipsychotic Medications »

Number of Pages: 12

In twelve pages this paper examines the adverse drug reactions or metabolic changes that are associated with antipsychotic medications and also considers the implications of these antipsychotic drug reactions to the nursing profession. Ten sources are listed in the bibliography.

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Nursing Images »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that examines the image of nursing. The writer presents the various images that have been associated with nursing and argues that two of these, "angel of mercy" and "careerist" present the most positive perceptions of contemporary nursing, as the writer feels that "angel of mercy" inculcates nursing's tradition of caring, ...

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper that offers a review of medical-surgical nursing literature that specifically investigates the latest information on VAP, what it is, which patients are most vulnerable and how nurses are addressing this risk to positive patient outcomes. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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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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Are All Nursing Degrees Created Equal? »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper weighing the differences between the associates degree and bachelors degree routes to achieving RN status. Both have solid clinical experience, as well as technical training. The BSN degree, with an additional two years, provides more time for study of nursing theory and application to the clinical setting, while the ...

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Medication Errors & Their Prevention »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that discusses medication errors, their causes and prevention. The writer discusses the importance of error reporting systems, enumerates associated causes of medication error, and discusses how automatic medication systems aid nurses in following the "five rights" of correct medication administration. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Degrees and Associate versus Bachelor »

Number of Pages: 6

There are a number of constraints to the provision of appropriate care including financial considerations, the shortage of nurses and the differences in settings. This 6 page paper argues that nurses should be paid according to ability and experience rather than educational level. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Associate Nursing Degree Graduates and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses »

Number of Pages: 7

This 7 page paper considers the nature of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and considers the benefits that can be derived from this licensure test as well as the positive impacts of prelicensure test preparation. In addition, this paper also presents current issues surrounding the question of NCLEX-RN testing and the ...

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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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Doctorate of Nursing Goals A »

Number of Pages: 4

4 page essay that offers first-person advice to a nursing student regarding specific questions concerning the academic and career goals associated with a doctorate of nursing program. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Mandated Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, The Debate »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that presents the history and controversy that is associated with mandatory nursing staffing ratios, which concludes by offering the writer's opinions on the subject based on the research presented.

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Women's Mental Health/Depression »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page research paper that offers discusses depression and women, offering an analysis of literature that examines both physical and social issues associated with women and depression and then discusses implications for nursing practice. Paper includes 10 pages of text and 1 appendix. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Antibiotic Prophylaxis, Surgery & Accountability »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that, first of all, addresses issues associated with antibiotic prophylaxis in surgical patients to prevent infections, but then relates this topic to issues of nursing accountability. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Carobeth Laird's Limbo A Memoir About Life in a Nursing Home by a Survivor »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page review on the book 'Limbo: A Memoir About Life in a Nursing Home by a Survivor,' by Carobeth Laird. In a day and age where many of our elderly are sent to live in nursing homes, this book makes for a excellent read, illustrating, through the eyes of one who lived the ...

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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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Continuing Problem of Shortages of Nurses »

Number of Pages: 5

(5 pp) Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aging of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the report, "2000 National Sample Survey of RNs," -- being released by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration - confirms "nursing demands will exceed supply by 20% in year ...

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ANA as a Political Action Committee »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper focuses in on the political action committee (PAC) affiliated of the ANA. The ANA's support of health care for the elderly is at the crux of this paper as well as the history of such issues affecting the aging population. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Suggestions for a Psychiatric Practicum »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that offers suggestions to a student concerning how to formulate a nursing practicum for a nurse educator within the framework of a psychiatric hospital. The writer focuses on the subject of grief and bereavement counseling for various age groups of clients. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

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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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Shannondale Nursing Home and Its Historical Development »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper outlining the development of a nursing home in Knoxville, Tennessee from standard nursing home in the 1960s to today’s organization that offers a full range of living arrangements for those over the age of 55, beginning with fully independent living to the fully dependent environment of the skilled nursing facility. ...

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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 Outcome and Defining the Contribution of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page exploration of the relationship which exists between nursing contribution and patient outcome. The author of this paper asserts a more and more predominant theme in nursing is the nurse’s one-on-one interaction with the patient and the consideration of such factors as culture and even spiritualism in patient care delivery. While ...

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Malpractice and the Nursing Profession »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper discussing the growing trend toward naming nurses in malpractice claims, reviewing current literature on the subject and making recommendations for the future. It is a common view that greater numbers can be attracted with higher salaries, and that appears to be true to a point. Beyond that point, however, ...

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Studies and Recommendations on Burnout of Nurses in Oman and Other Countries »

Number of Pages: 4

This is a 4 page paper discussing nurses’ burnout. Nurses’ burnout is a global problem which is considered more severe in developing countries due to the initial high patient nurse ratio and the increased number of health care workers which leave developing countries for other opportunities. While the Sultanate of Oman has a fairly large ...

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