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Operating Room Communication Between Physician and Nurse »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper reviewing the state of communication between doctor and nurse in the OR and assessing changes that continue to occur. The relationship is stereotyped as being adversarial, but recent research indicates that the trend toward alliance of healthcare professionals is finding its way to the OR now as well. The ...

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Effects of Stress »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that examines stress. Stress experience exists for “all human beings in all ages in varying degrees” (Lunney, 2006). It can be positive or negative producing both positive and negative effects. What is thought of as “stress” in the public mindset is actually stress overload, that is, which is what occurs ...

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Interprofessinal Collaboration »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper that uses the Future of Nursing report from the Institute of Medicine, Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The essay emphasizes interprofessional collaboration. The essay also comments on positive and negative communication climates and dealing with conflict. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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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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Whistleblowing and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that explores the ramifications of a situation where a nurse feels compelled to report a doctor's incompetence. The writer explores the positive and negative repercussions involved in whistleblowing. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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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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Health Care Delivery Trends »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages. Many trends in healthcare delivery in the past ten years have worked together to influence the healthcare practices of hospital staff nurses. This paper examines the impact, both positive and negative, on the healthcare practices provided by nurses. The impact these trends have had on floor nurses as well as how ...

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Nursing and Conflict Resolution »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page discussion of conflict in the nursing environment. Practically all extended interactions with other people will eventually result in some type of conflict. This conflict can be both positive and negative. It can encourage quality and achievement or suppress growth and breed frustration. Conflict resolution is the responsibility of ...

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HIV Positive Nurses Should Still Be Allowed to Work »

Number of Pages: 4

4 pages in length. Key to the "prevention and management of HIV transmission in healthcare settings" (Campbell, 2004, p. 33) is clear and factual understanding of how the disease is passed and to conquer unfounded, erroneous beliefs that fuel the fear of HIV-positive nurses being a threat to patients and other health care workers. ...

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Impact of Diabetes Mellitus »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that describes the negative impact of diabetes mellitus, its societal cost and its effect on morbidity and mortality rates, and then addresses how these concerns impact professional nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Relevant Nursing Theories and Childhood Obesity »

Number of Pages: 7

This 7 page research paper discusses the following nursing models: Patricia Benner: Humanistic Model, Kathryn E. Barnard, Parent Child Interaction Model and Nola Pender:  Health Promotion Model and their application to childhood obesity. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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Acute Renal Failure and Dialysis Patients, Nutrition, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 9

9 pages in length. Dealing with patients who are terminally ill with renal failure and receiving hemodialysis treatments means it is important to remember that physical pain is not the only kind of suffering they endure. Sometimes the emotional devastation is more to bear than the physical side; without the mind remaining strong ...

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Children and Adolescents With HIV and AIDS and Nursing Interventions »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page report discusses the fact that during the past several years, in addition to infants and young children with early disease manifestations (some of whom are surviving longer), an increasing number of older children and adolescents have been identified with late-onset perinatally acquired HIV infection. Caring for such children is often directly related to how well they are ...

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Home Care Setting Nurses Groups' Research Proposal »

Number of Pages: 15

15 pages in length. In this research proposal the student will be studying two different groups of nurses in the home care setting. One group will have had training in transcultural nursing and the other group will have had no training in transcultural nursing. Both groups will be compared in order to see which has a higher ...

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Influence of Advanced Practice Nurses »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses the increasing positive influence that advanced practice nurses (APNs) are having within health care organizations. For example, the writer describes how APNs in an intensive care neonatal unit instituted positive change. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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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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Nurses and Drug Abuse »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper looks at the issue of drug abuse or addiction and nurses. The argumentative paper discusses the level of addiction and argues that given the range of influencing factors that addiction rates appear to be relativity low and that this issue f onuses with addiction problems does not receive sufficient attention. The ...

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Nursing and Motivation »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper that discusses the issues of job satisfaction, morale and motivation in nursing. Short staffs, more work, fewer resources have led to low morale and higher turnover in the profession. This essay discusses some of the theories that address these issues and includes specific suggestions for raising morale and increasing motivation. Bibliography ...

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Improving Management at Shannondale »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing Shannondale of Knoxville, a high-quality retirement care facility well respected in the community and enjoying low nursing turnover internally. The purpose here is to assess internal and external conditions; management effectiveness; and make recommendations for improvement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Resolving Conflicts-A Process »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper. Conflict is inevitable in organizations but contrary to popular belief, conflict is not always a negative. This essay discusses conflict resolution and problem solving strategies as outlined by Leonard Marcus, Barry Dorn, and Eric McNulty in “Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration” (2011). Specifically, the steps of the ...

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Patient Stress Reduction According to Theories King, Johnson, and Neuman »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper assessing three nursing theories in their accommodation of patient stress. One of the most insidious hindrances to wellness is the presence of avoidable stress. Each of the theorists discussed here offers insight into and sound reasons for reducing patient stress, but not in blanket form. They condemn negative ...

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Cuckoo's Nest and Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that examines the Academy Award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, directed by Milos Forman for United Artists) is based on a novel by Ken Kesey (published in 1962) which represents one of the most negative and sinister portrayals of nursing in all of cinema, as Nurse Ratched ...

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Falls and Senior Citizen Patients »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper that examines nursing and medical literature relating to falls and the elderly. This literature review discusses the significance of falls the elderly; intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors; precautions/interventions that can be taken and the negative drawbacks to the use of side rails. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Developing a Plan for Nursing Education »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper choosing teaching methods for a class to be titled "How to Deal with Negative Co-Workers." The learner group consists of nurse managers comprised of young adulthood (18-40 years) and middle adulthood (40-65 years) nurses. The paper lists role playing, group discussion and lecture as the methods that will be ...

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Nurse Practitioners Article, a Critique »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page critique of a qualitative study using grounded theory as its theoretical framework. Martin and Hutchinson (1999) set out to identify social and operational problems faced by Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in their daily routines, focusing on negative aspects of the NP position. Though their motives are sound, the conclusions they reach ...

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Lateral Violence in a Nursing Workforce »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discussed the problem of lateral violence between nurses, that is, negative relationships and behaviors expressed between staff nurses. Bibliography lists 5 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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Vital Signs and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper (plus half-page abstract) that argues that the initial assessment of an emergency situation, with particular emphasis on the significance of vital signs, is instrumental in obtaining a positive patient outcome. To substantiate this argument, the writer turns to scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals that detail scenarios in which the crucial ...

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Pregnant Patients Smoking Cessation Through Nurse Intervention Programs »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper evaluating three studies and making recommendations based on the studies' findings. Indications given by the findings of these studies are that nurse-managed interventions are more effective than physician-managed ones, and public health settings are more likely to see greater degrees of success than are private ones. Another primary indication ...

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Reduction of Elderly Depression Through Reminiscence Therapy Intervention »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper discussing a method of reducing depression among older individuals through encouraging them to revisit the past and conduct a life review. The concept of reminiscence therapy seems rather simplistic, but its simplicity may be one factor that makes it so effective. Research and observation both conclude that reminiscing effects ...

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Article Critique/Effects of Remembering/Nursing Home Residents »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page critique of a study article by Cook (1998) entitled "Effects of Reminiscence on Life Satisfaction of Elderly Female Nursing Home Residents." The writer summarizes and analyzes each section of this study report and finds it overall to be a positive contribution to nursing science. No additional sources cited.

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Homeless and Nursing II »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper that presents the difficulties with providing services to homeless populations and the response within the nursing community. The writer provides an informed study of reactions within the nursing community to the increasing problem of providing health care for the indigent. Some positive solutions towards developing more compassionate care plans are ...

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Pregnancy, Drug Use, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that addresses how nurses and nursing practice can have a positive impact on the pregnancies of substance-addicted mothers and their offspring. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Psychiatric Nursing's Role »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that examines the role and development of psychiatric nursing practice over the last several decades. A review of literature pertaining to this topic reveals that there has been an ongoing controversy between two major models of psychiatric nursing practice, the medical model and a humanistic model. The literature review caused ...

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Community Mental Health Practice and Communication »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the combination of effective communication and the Orem model of nursing to enhance results in community mental health promotion. Awareness of nuances of both verbal and nonverbal communication can be beneficial to groups wrestling with improving mental health services in the community. It has been demonstrated that “public ...

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Nursing Development and Clinical Supervision's Role »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper that examines the role and purposes of clinical supervision in the manner in which it impacts nursing development. The writer, citing a specific model of clinical supervision, argues that it has a positive and supportive role in regards to nursing professional development.

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Practical Applications Of Simulations In Nursing Education »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper reports and discusses how simulations are used in different settings. Simulation is growing as an instructional tool because of the complexity of health care and because of the positive outcomes for nurses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Home Autonomy and Concept Development »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper discussing the benefits of greater patient autonomy in the nursing home setting and methods of achieving it. Almost any measure that can improve nursing home residents’ quality of life can make positive contribution to creating and sustaining autonomy. Maintaining increased autonomy as a goal can improve the experiences of ...

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Nursing Profession and Mohandas K. Gandhi's 5 Positive Attitudes »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper outlines five positive characteristics of Mohandas Gandhi and draws loose correlations to the nursing profession. Examples are given for each characteristic with quotes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Nursing Reflections »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper reflecting on experiences with elderly patients, especially those confined to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). These individuals would prefer to be elsewhere, of course, but most determine to be as positive as possible given their circumstances. The paper is the product of personal reflection that mentions Erickson and Orem, ...

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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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Self-Management Theories of Dorothea Orem »

Number of Pages: 10

A paper which looks at the way Dorothea Orem’s theories of self-management can be seen to have an impact at all levels of health care, with particular reference to the way in which cardiac patients benefit from an increased level of autonomy, and how Orem’s methodology has a positive influence on such issues as community ...

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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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Dr. Madeleine Leininger, Transcultural Nursing, and the Family Nurse Practitioner »

Number of Pages: 6

6 pages in length. Dr. Madeleine Leininger is considered the world's foremost authority on transcultural nursing. Transcultural nurses, according to Dr. Leininger, see more than just a globe. Theirs is a unique perspective encompassing the entire world and all nationalities when it comes to the family nurse practitioner. Her theories can be applied in any clinic setting ...

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Australian Patient with Unstable Angina and Nursing Actions »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper discussing unstable angina in Australia and relevant nursing actions for a specific patient. The paper discusses pathophysiology, prevention and consequences, as well as relevant educational requirements. Mrs. Brown may find herself with a wealth of medications to begin taking on a daily basis, but the preferred approach is that ...

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Ethics in Nursing Discerning Child Abuse »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper explores a nurse's ethical responsibility as they pertain to a young child that has potentially been abused. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Jokinen's Family Life-Path Theory »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that offers a comprehensive overview of Jokinen's Family Life-path Theory, which aids nurses in regards to assessment when helping families who have children with chronic illness. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Cardiac Surgery in Africa »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper. This essay reviews the documentary, Open Heart, which shows the journey of eight Rwandan children who made the trip to The Salam Center for that surgery. Funding is an issue for this hospital and they are always struggling to keep the doors open. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Nursing Caring Theory »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper that explains and discusses Watson’s theory of caring, how it originated, who influenced her, the components of the theory, and how it can be applied. The paper also discusses how this theory is appropriate to use with children undergoing dialysis and their families. 1 graphic included in page count. ...

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Negative Effect of Anesthesia Assistants on Nursing »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper arguing that the use of Anesthesia Assistants is detrimental to the profession of nursing. Nurse Anesthesia Assistants are registered nurses (RNs) trained to certificate level, technologists that have greater understanding of the process of anesthesia than RNs without the certificate training but without the specialized knowledge that anesthesiologists or certified ...

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