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Nursing Homes and Senior Citizen Infections »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that discussing the pervasive problem of controlling infection among elderly patients in a nursing home environment. The writer covers the most common infections of the urinary, respiratory and GI tract and also discusses the principal features of an infection control program. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing History and Controlling Infection »

Number of Pages: 5

A paper which looks at the development of antisepsis, infection control and antibiotics, and the responsibility taken by nurses both in the hospital and in the community for infection control and the prevention of contamination and the spread of contagious diseases. Bibliography lists 2 sources

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Self Care Model of Dorothy Orem »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper describing Dorothy Orem’s model of self care, followed by a discussion of the model’s advantages and disadvantages. In this age of cost containment effort, self-care carries the promise of reducing the cost of direct patient care in those settings in which it can be used. Some of these situations ...

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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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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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Margaret Sanger »

Number of Pages: 3

3 pages in length. A true pioneer in the nursing field as well as a social reformer, Margaret Sanger upholds what some believe to be the dubious legacy of introducing birth control for the sole purpose of giving women a choice when it comes to their own bodies. Her nursing career was the ...

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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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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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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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Nursing Case Management: A Power Point »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper provides an overview of a powerpoint presentation on a nursing case management article on diabetes control. This paper outlines the PPT presentation and a correspoinding presentation is provided with speaker notes. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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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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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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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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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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Review of an Article on Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper is a critique of an article: Dahl, Julie, RN, CNP, MS & Penque, Sue, RN, CNP, MS. (2000, March). The Effects of an Advanced Practice Nurse – Directed Heart Failure Program published in The Nurse Practitioner. The writer comments on these issues: purpose and hypothesis of study, population included, appropriateness of ...

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Nursing and the Concept of Reflective Thinking »

Number of Pages: 5

A 6 page overview of the concept of reflective thinking. Highlights the contentions of Bert Teekman’s “Exploring Reflective Thinking in Nursing Practice”, published in a 2000 edition of the “Journal of Advanced Nursing”. Provides a brief literature review detailing the manner in which various authors emphasized the importance of reflective thinking. Emphasizes ...

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Continuing Educaiton and the Application of Theory »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page continuation of an educational initiative following completion of a needs assessment and analysis at a long term care facility. The initial assessment indicates that a need exists in further training and education in techniques and rationale of infection control in the institutional setting. This paper discusses learning theory and selects ...

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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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Nursing Care for Hypertension »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper provides an overview of the problem of hypertension and considers whether weight control is a good treatment. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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5 Research Questions on Nursing Utilization »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper answering 5 questions addressing development of an already-proposed research project. Questions include what types of research articles have been found in the existing literature; what variables might need to be controlled for; avoiding researcher bias; internal consistency; and defining the difference between random sampling and random assignment. Bibliography lists ...

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Nursing Homes and Safety Programs »

Number of Pages: 28

A 28 page discussion of the importance of Safety Programs in Nursing Homes. Outlines the role of OSHA is nursing home safety issues and details specific components of nursing home Safety Plans including accident prevention and reporting procedures, general health concerns, and procedures for disease control. Emphasizes the role of training in ensuring a adequately carried out ...

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Hand Washing and the Care of Patients »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the importance of hand washing in nursing. Primarily based on a study of nurses' hand washing practices, the problem is important for nursing study because (1) it is so pervasive, and (2) returning to basics – hand washing, surface disinfecting and other measures – has been found to be ...

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Nurses and Controlling Infection »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages. As a nurse it is imperative that all manner of infection control be utilized in order to not spread germs from one patient to another. This paper will focus mainly on the effect of handwashing in keeping infection from spreading. The principles of asepsis is also discussed.

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Pharmaceutical Sales and the Entrance of Nurses »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper discussing nurses in pharmaceutical sales, including reasons for making the change, education required and experience expected. Nurses can be highly successful in pharmaceutical sales. It can be difficult to gain access into the field, but those who can find the opportunity to continue the helping and caring that drew ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beehive Home Assisted Living Facility »

Number of Pages: 7

7 pages in length. For the most part, senior citizens are independent people who strive to maintain their independence in the face of physical and mental adversity; even after their spouses pass away, many continue to remain self-sufficient despite having ailing bodies and minds. When these conditions become too challenging - and even ...

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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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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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Fictional Family Unit and Application of Family Theory »

Number of Pages: 26

A 26 page paper dissecting the family depicted in the movie “The Birdcage” for the purpose of assessing according to family and nursing theory. The paper briefly describes the film and applicability of nursing theory and intervention both to individual family members and to the family unit as a whole. The largest section ...

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Community Concept »

Number of Pages: 4

In 4 pages, this paper discusses how the terms community and aggregate often are used interchangeably, and includes a discussion of whether a group constitutes a community or an aggregate illustrating that such use is not incorrect. Designing or evaluating nursing intervention efforts requires greater precision, however. The senior citizens at The Erie ...

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Nursing Transcendence Relevance »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page research paper. The concept of transcendence refers to the awareness of an individual that goes beyond normal physical boundaries. For more than a decade, the relationship between health, recovery, coping and spirituality have been a focus of the literature. This paper explores and investigates what transcendence means, how spirituality is defined ...

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Change Theory and Shortages in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page research paper that investigates the nursing shortage, with a particular focus on Canada. Influencing positive social change is one of the most problematic areas of public policy making. Currently, the healthcare systems of all the industrialized countries are facing the impact of a severe nursing shortage that is predicted by many experts ...

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Contemporary Nursing's History »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page report briefly discusses the development and history of modern nursing in the Western world. “Modern” nursing, just as other aspects of modern medicine, began to come into its own in the mid- to late-19th century in the Western world. Between war, scientific advancement, and the onslaught of the Industrial Age, humans were becoming aware of certain ...

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Nursing Shortage And Access To Quality Care »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper. The writer reports various studies that confirm a shortage of nurses now and in the future and the implications of that shortage. For example, nurses work more mandated overtime, leaving them more tired and more stressed. The essay also reports studies that show a direct link between the shortage of nurses ...

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The Role of the Nurse Anesthetist »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page paper discussing systems theory, nursing system theory and the place where the CRNA fits into the US health care system. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) fills a vital role in the larger health care system, one that will continue to increase in relevance as the first of the baby boomers ...

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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses A History of Women Healers by Ehrenreich and English »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. The topic of this book evokes a sense of patriarchal control and unmitigated ignorance with regard to the 'science' of medicine and how it has evolved during the past few hundred years. Women's contributions, disregarded and shunned until very recently, have historically been overshadowed by oppressive patriarchal perspectives; by ...

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