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Theories of Peplau and Orem in Patient Assessment »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page discussion of the need in medicine to assess patient needs and to address those needs with appropriately gauged nursing services. Discusses the variance of need in accordance with the theories of Hildegard Peplau and Dorothea Orem, especially Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory and Peplau's observations on the interaction between patient and ...

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Nurse's Role : Patient Smoking Cessation »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page paper that focuses on the key role nurses play in helping patients stop smoking. The paper reports discussion articles, including the '5As' approach, qualitative research, including case studies, and quantitative research all of which include information on the success of nurses in helping patients. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

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Relationship Between Psychiatric Nurse and Patient »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that discusses the nurse-patient relationship, past and present. This examination of nursing literature presents an overview of the nurse-patient therapeutic relationship--its foundation in nursing theory; the factors that influence its success or failure, and, most importantly, the theoretical perspective that is being offered for the future of mental health nursing. ...

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Stroke Patients and Caring Assistance »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper considers how a nurse may use a participatory action research (PAR) framework to design the first cycle of a program to help spouses of stroke patients adapt to their new role as carers and meet the needs of the stroke patient. The bibliography cites 3 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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A Lesson Plan For Diabetes Education »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper presenting a lesson plan and rationale for approach to training nurses in education for diabetic patients. Format includes role playing and lecture; learning objectives center around being able to provide more meaningful information for patients. The content outline supports states learning objectives. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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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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Discharge Instructions, Heart Patients »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper that discusses a nursing management scenario presents the following problem, which is that a patient who had suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack) is being discharged without receiving discharge instruction, which is considered to be patient neglect. This discussion examines the various aspects of this problem before proposing how a ...

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Research Proposal on SNFs and the RN Shortage »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper evaluating two nursing studies. The proposal under consideration is to implement a primary nurse organizational structure in the skilled nursing facility (SNF). The two studies examined here indicate that patients fare better with greater direct care by RNs and that RNs are less likely to leave their profession when ...

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Organizational Change in St. Vincent's ICU »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page paper assessing change in a large hospital to allow it to achieve and maintain a one-to-one nurse-patient ratio in its ICU at all times. Kurt Lewin's change theory was used as a framework, and the hospital added three agency nurses to work in more general-care areas of the hospital to free ...

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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/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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Withholding Treatment and Ethical Issues Pertaining to Nursing »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper on a nurse's experiences withdrawing nutrition and hydration from terminally ill patients. The writer details her experiences with such patients and the ethical and emotional issues involved. Ethical arguments are made. Bibliography lists 2 sources from nursing journals.

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ICU Nursing Environment and Malignant Hyperthermia »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that gives an overview to the diagnosis, treatment, pathophysiology, etiology and expected patient outcomes of episodes of malignant hyperthermia (MH). MH is a rare skeletal muscle disease that causes patients to develop life-threatening hyperthermia in response to inhaled anesthesia. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Occupational versus Nursing Therapy for Stroke Patients »

Number of Pages: 14

This 14 page paper reports and reviews a published research study entitled "Observing washing and dressing of stroke patients: nursing intervention compared with occupational therapists. What is the difference?" The investigators specifically compared categories of interventions used by nurses as compared to occupational therapists when working with stroke patients with morning hygiene and drssing activities. ...

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Nursing Leadership, Advocacy & Responsibilities »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper that discusses nursing leadership. Superlative nursing leadership translates into staff nurses feeling empowered to do deliver a high level of patient care. When nurses are trained in leadership concepts they feel better prepared to be advocates for their patients and challenge the authoritarian status quo. This examination of literature considers ...

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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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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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Circulating Nurse Surgery Case Study »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page summary of a case study offered by Macapagal (2004). This case study follows a surgical patient from pre-op through recovery and focuses on the responsibilities of the circulating nurse. This case study demonstrates the need for the nurse to act as an advocate for the patient, even when it means a delay ...

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Oncology and Coping with an Annotated Bibliography »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper that offers an annotated bibliography that summarizes and analyzes 4 nursing articles. The articles address nursing interventions with cancer patients in regards to patient/family coping skills. Also, the writer offers a discussion that contrasts and compares the articles before offering conclusions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Nursing Theory Practical Integration »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page paper discussing reflections of a nurse working in bone marrow transplant. The paper discusses the qualities that are unique to this department and to the patients within it, and relates several nursing theories to the area. Those of Neuman, King and Rogers are seen as being most applicable and useful ...

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Nursing Concerns at Large Hospital System »

Number of Pages: 6

The focus of this 6 page paper is a list of problems at Sutter Health in California. Nurses had identified patient safety issues that included high patient:nurse ratios. They finally went out on strike more than once. This essay identifies the problems and the steps taken and reports what three other hospitals did to resolve ...

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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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Research on Nursing Leadership »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper reviewing five reports of research conducted focusing on nurse managers and the problems they face in achieving what they need to do. A primary goal of the nurse manager in today’s rapidly-changing health care environment is that of improving patient outcome as well as staff retention. Health care continues ...

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Nursing Perspective on Customer Service »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page essay discusses the details of how nurses can generate the perception of ideal customer service among patients. No bibliography is offered.

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Medical Doctors and Nurse Practitioners Conflict Management »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper using the Kolb model to examine conflict assessment and management. As health care changes and patients increasingly take active roles in their own health care, they care less about hierarchy than they do results and practical application rather than medical theory. Though the struggle is between nurse practitioners and ...

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Elements of Psychiatric Nursing Practice »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that draws on the nursing model of Hildegarde Peplau, as she is acknowledged to be one of nursing's leading theorists, as she was one of the first to emphasize the importance of the nurse/patient relationship. Peplau's model specifies three phrases in this relationship: orientation (meeting the patient, establishing a relationship), ...

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The Parish Nurse and Advanced Practice Nursing »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page paper discussing the emergence of advanced-practice nursing in parish nursing. The parish nurse cannot provide services that substitute for hospital treatment or costly laboratory testing procedures, but s/he certainly can provide routine screening measures, educate patients on a variety of health-related topics and advise patients on when they do need to ...

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Paranoid Schizophrenia »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that discusses this topic. Nursing care management of patients with paranoid schizophrenia entails numerous challenges. The following overview of the nursing parameters for addressing the challenges involves in formulating care for schizophrenic patients, first of all, discuss the nursing process and then focuses on the importance of communication to establishing ...

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Patient Care Impact of the Shortage in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. Budget cutbacks, burnout and lack of student enrollment have precluded sufficient staffing in many critical areas of healthcare. Adding to the already high level of stress that exists throughout the industry is how many hospitals are severely understaffed to appropriately tend to their large numbers of patients. Typically, ...

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Mandatory Staffing Ratios »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that examines the issue of mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Within the context of the nursing shortage, nurses have become concerned that staffing ratios, that is the number of patients being cared for by a single nurse, have increased to the point where they jeopardize patient safety. The question being examined ...

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Providing Comfort in the Emergency Room »

Number of Pages: 6

As an ER nurse, it is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the environment, to focus on the technical and critical nature of nursing in the ER and to forget that patients are people with hopes and fears and dreams rather than just people exhibiting illnesses and crying out in pain ...

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Truth in Patient Care »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper/essay that discusses the ethics involved in telling the truth to patients. Healthcare practitioners are routinely faced with the responsibility of informing patients about the details and implications of their prognoses. No one enjoys being the bearer of bad tidings when a prognosis offers little hope. Also, it can be difficult ...

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Informed Consent and British Medical Law »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that examines the issue of informed consent in British medical law. The writer defines consent and then explores British law in regards to a scenario in which a patient suffering from a drug overdose is admitted to a hospital ED and refuses treatment. The writer discusses the ethical dilemma ...

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Nursing Theory Selection and Implementation »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page paper evaluating whether Leininger's or Roy's nursing theory is best suited to the endoscopy and day surgery clinical setting. This is not an area in which nurses have opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients, which is the focus of both these theories. In that context, communication is seen as ...

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Angina Pectoris From a Nursing Perspective »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper discussing angina from a nursing perspective. Angina pectoris can be regarded as an 'early warning system' heralding cardiovascular disease, but it also is a condition that itself needs to be managed. Treated angina results in far fewer occurrences of myocardial infarction (MI) than untreated angina. Patients know that ...

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Expansion of Paper on Nursing Delegation and Shared Governance »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page expansion of a 4-page paper by the same name. The health care facility that maintains a shared governance model is able to make greater use of all the resources available to it. Typically, each patient care department of a facility such as this has a nurse manager who serves as ...

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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 Scholars, Feminism, and Postmodernism »

Number of Pages: 4

4 pages in length. The extent to which feminism and postmodernism/postculturalism have an impact upon nursing scholars who are interested in industry power relations is both grand and far-reaching. That the entire nursing field has developed through the years into a critical component of overall health care speaks to the nature of strength, ...

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Field of Nursing and Collective Bargaining »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper. Union representation is not nearly as prevalent in nursing as it is in other fields, in fact, a relatively small percentage of nurses belong to a union. This essay provides a general overview of unions representing nurses, actions taken by the ANA to strengthen their bargaining power, the increased numbers of ...

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Nursing Issues in the 21st Century »

Number of Pages: 15

15 pages in length. As nursing has moved forward into the twenty-first century, has the industry earned any more respect and admiration than it had over one hundred years ago? Indeed, it can readily be argued that men continue to hold both superiority and power within today's medical community, inasmuch as nurses' responsibilities include ...

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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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Autonomy of Nurse Practitioners »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the AMA's complaints of nurse practioners not having enough direct supervision by MDs and the nursing profession's response. The uncertainty in the health care industry has not spared physicians. After more than a century of preserving image, they face a shift away from themselves as the "most equal" component of the health ...

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Advanced Practice Nursing, Focus on Florida »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page research paper offers an overview of advance practice nursing, with an emphasis on issues pertaining to the State of Florida. The writer discusses prescriptive authority of APNs in Florida, as well as internationally. The writer considers the strategies that APNs employ within their roles as patient educators, researchers, patient advocates and clinicians. ...

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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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Increasing the Quality of Care in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 16

In a paper of sixteen pages, the author writes about trying to improve quality in the medical and nursing field. The author explains how patient perspective and medical errors can have a significant impact on quality care. There are seventeen sources cited in this paper.

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Assessing Research »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper looks at a qualitative research article which examines the challenges face by caregivers of patient with dementia in terms of safety in the home. The research is assessed, looking at the approach, methodology and data analysis to consider overall robustness and potentially acceptability of the research results. The bibliography cites 7 ...

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Review of Achievements in the Development and Implementation of Nursing Program to Reduce Falls »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper presets a review of a nursing program introduced to reduce the number of fall suffered by elderly patients under the care if a home nursing agency. The paper is written in the style of a mentor review looking at the work undertaken to create develop and deliver the program.

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Home Health Care Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper outlines five visits to patient’s homes, the services the home health care nurse provides, and her indispensability. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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An OR Nurse Becomes Whistleblower »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper. This essay reviews and reflects on Open Heart, a 2004 Canadian film about a nurse who becomes a whistleblower to protect pediatric patients. The essay recounts the nurse’s story and an outline of the movie. The reflection demonstrates how brave the nurse was and how she was able to bring ...

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