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Business Plan for a Nursing Agency Providing In-Home Care »

Number of Pages: 26

This 26 page paper is a proposal for setting up a new business providing home nursing care. The proposal starts with a description of the business and individuals who will be involved in the start-up, including their qualifications and expertise that will support the new venture. The proposal then undertakes an environmental scan looking ...

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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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Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page research paper addresses 10 different issues in advanced practice nursing. Topics include the use of intuition in Benner's model of nursing, Watson's theory of caring, and the impact of the environment on health, as well as other topics. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

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Career Objectives and Philosophy of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

3 pages in length. Nursing, a profession that was decidedly more of the female persuasion in the mid-eighteen hundreds, has long been considered an extension of a woman's natural ability to nurture. Had it not been for Florence Nightingale's attempts to humanize the medical profession in the nineteenth century, there is no telling ...

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Fundamental Theories/Nursing Faculty Shortage »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page research paper that looks at the nursing faculty shortage and relates this to a literature review which examines scholarly sources that pertain to fundamental theories that affect nursing leadership. While responsible leadership is necessary to the success of any industry, Spinelli stipulates that "Leadership in the healthcare environment today is essential and ...

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Florida ARNP Scope Expansion »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper discusses proposed legislation in Florida, HB 7071, which would expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The writer describes who is affected, the stance of professional organizations on the bill and its implications for nursing. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Imogene King: Theory Of Goal Attainment »

Number of Pages: 6

6 pages in length. An individual's physical and/or emotional recovery is not left to happenstance or the sole responsibility of nurse practitioners; rather, convalescence comes from the proactive efforts of both patient and caregiver, a synergistic interchange that thrives because of equal output. Imogene King fully appreciated the value of patient involvement with ...

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Twenty First Century RN Labor Market »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page paper discussing the outlook for registered nurses in the upcoming century. There is a great amount of controversy and evidence that illustrates the nursing industry will suffer greatly as a result of the change in medical funding and the economics of health. But on the other hand there is an equal amount of information that illustrates ...

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Ethical Views on Euthanasia »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the issue of the ethics of euthanasia within a nursing context. The paper presents philosophical argument, but one author notes that those nurses unable to come to terms with agreed-on procedures should disqualify themselves from cases employing those procedures. Whereas the physician of record has the privilege of and ability to ...

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Family Nurse Practitioner's Role »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page research paper discusses the role of Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). The writer addresses the the manner in which the concepts defining the metaparadigm of nursing pertains to the FNP role. Then, information is offered that pertain specifically to the role of an FNP, before offering a brief summation of the author's ...

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Advanced Practice Nursing Roles »

Number of Pages: 6

This 6 page research paper reports on various aspects of the APN roles, such as the nursing process in the delivery of care, interaction with colleagues and patients, and the future of AP nursing. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Nursing Practice Improvement and Qualitative Research's Importance »

Number of Pages: 5

This is a 5 page paper discussing the concept that qualitative research is more valuable than quantitative research for improving nursing practice. Quantitative research involving large scale surveys and methods of accumulating cost and performance data in the annual process of health care management is traditionally the most widely used research method and provides for ...

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Practice, Knowledge, and Nursing Theory's Role »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page research paper that examines the relationship between theory, knowledge and practice. Florence Nightingale asserted that there is no differentiation between "men of thought" and "men of action" and that an "ideal" or philosophy should not be considered as isolated, but rather incorporated into everyday routines (Jacobs, 2001). In other words, Nightingale felt ...

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Confidentiality Issues and Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing an ethical dilemma faced by nurses in an emergency department. A man has made another appearance there because he failed to take his anticonvulsive medication and had a seizure at a movie theatre. The ethical dilemma is that the nurses know that the man drives regularly and that ...

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Nursing and Employment Satisfaction »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper addressing the problem of stress and job satisfaction in the nursing profession. The paper includes a literature review and a proposed intervention that ultimately is taken over by the nurses themselves. A facilitator initiates the intervention and conducts a two-hour training overview, but then the nurses themselves meet later ...

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Chronic Pain Management and Nursing Philosophy »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper considering management of chronic pain within the framework of basic nursing values. Management of chronic pain can be as frustrating for the nurse as it is for the patient. Though the patient suffers the pain, the nurse’s aim is to help him cope with it. There are growing ...

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Group Process/Nursing »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses group psychology in relation to nursing management. The tasks and objectives associated with nursing and nursing management can be understood in terms of the broader context of group roles and group process as outlined by what is known concerning leadership and group psychology. When a task is delegated ...

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Nursing and Global Perspectives »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that examines how nursing is changing to meet the new demands of the twenty-first century. With the advent of global marketing and the revolution in telecommunications, the world has suddenly become a much smaller and much more interrelated place. All aspects of society are under reconstruction to fit the ...

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Practice Scope and Nursing Professionalism »

Number of Pages: 3

: A 3 page research paper that includes a 1 page introductory business letter to the nursing program manager who requested the research. This report pertains the topic of nursing professionalism and how this is influenced by the scope of practice. The topics covered pertain to nursing professionalism, as evidenced in activity of nursing ...

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The Difficult Problem of the Nursing Shortage »

Number of Pages: 5

A 6 page paper offering a letter of petition for publication, abstract and a short journal article discussing current efforts and future predictions of increase in the current nursing shortage. The current nursing shortage is expected only to intensify over the next generation. Though there are 126,000 hospital vacancies for RNs in late ...

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Nursing Management Change Theory »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper discussing implementing changes that can assist in integrating theory into practice. Theory-based nursing practice is the focus of much current nursing research and practice, but established, experienced nurses may be less familiar with theory than are new graduates. It is common practice for older nurses to mentor newer ones; ...

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Nursing Theory of Sr. Callister Roy »

Number of Pages: 10

10 pages in length. The application of nursing requires much more than merely administering drugs and treatments; rather, the overall concentration of nursing is based significantly more within the psychological components of the patient/caregiver relationship than most people realize. Such prominent individuals as Sr. Callister Roy put forth nursing theories that effectively addressed the ...

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Nursing Theory and Self Agency »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper. One of the basic principles of nursing is that intervention should aid the client/patient in obtaining the goal of self-agency or self-care. Nurses, in other words, do not seek simply to aid patients during a period of illness or injury, but to help them in reestablishing their ability to care ...

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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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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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Nursing Practice and Pain Management Research »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper discussing putting research into nursing practice. There is much research done in the name of furthering practice technique and nursing values. Not all research is of the quality it should be, but even that which is still is difficult to incorporate into practice in many instances. Increasing projects ...

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Levine's Conservation Theory of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that investigates Levine's nursing theory. Nursing theory provides a cognitive framework that nurses can utilize in devising interventions that are comprehensive and oriented toward specific therapeutic goals. One such theory is the Conservation Theory formulated by Myra E. Levine in the late 1960s/early 70s. This theory conceptualizes human beings as ...

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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 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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Values and Professionalism in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing development, preservation and advancement of nursing as a profession. Much of the focus of development of nursing over the past century has been on professionalism that has been based on theory and practice, while education, licensing and standards of care have addressed technical expertise requirements. Though true for ...

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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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Nursing Paradigm Concepts and Leininger's Theory »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper discussing the concepts of person, nursing, environment and health of the nursing paradigm, from the perspectives of personal conviction and Leininger’s theory. Certainly intercultural nursing can be accomplished using other theories, but Leininger’s is the most complete culturally. Cultural awareness can be expected only to gain in importance in ...

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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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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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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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Post Miscarriage and the Interaction Between Medical Staff and Patient »

Number of Pages: 16

A 16 page discussion of the measures which can be implemented to ensure that patients suffering from miscarriages, or the threat of miscarriage, are not further emotionally impacted from innocent statements about their pregnancy from inadequately informed medical personnel. Reviews nursing theory which would be useful in developing policies to prevent such incidents from ...

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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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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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Nursing and Men »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper. Nursing has historically been perceived as a female profession but this is an inaccurate perception. Prior to Florence Nightingale, males dominated this profession. This paper provides some statistics about the proportion of nurses who are males, beginning in the 1960s. There are more men entering nursing schools but the proportion ...

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Neuman Systems Model »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that examines this model. Nursing theorist Betty Neuman’s Systems Model Theory is one of the most widely utilized model of nursing being used today. This critique of Neuman’s model draws on literature in order to offer an extensive overview of its theoretical structure and its subsequent utility in regards ...

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Role of Duties in the Burnout Problem of Nurses »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. There exists an inherent connection between those who enter the nursing field and their desire to help others. They discover that the best way to make a difference in someone's life is to be there in their most desperate of times. This is why nursing is such a ...

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Roy Model and Infection Control »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper discussing a case of Streptococcus a infection in an elderly woman following myocardial infarction and bypass surgery, in terms of Roy’s adaptation model. The Roy model imposes a responsibility on the part of the nurse(s) involved to adapt to changing conditions so that they can provide higher quality nursing care. ...

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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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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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Value of Mentoring in the Nursing Profession »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper discussing the value of mentoring in nursing. Mentoring is a nursing practice that is simultaneously informal and prescribed in the organization supporting it. In those organizations most devoted to improvement in all areas of operation, mentoring can be a valuable tool in improving patient outcome while enhancing efforts to ...

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Nursing Leadership »

Number of Pages: 7

This 7 page paper provides an overview of the professional setting and the role of the nurse leader, and presents some ideas about what a student must aspire to in order to be an effective nurse leader. This paper also incorporates a view of the theory of leadership method and demonstrates how a student ...

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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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Home Nursing and Palliative Care »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page paper that provides an overview of the issues related to palliative care and then considers palliative care in terms of home hospice. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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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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