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Implementing Patient to Nurse Ratios in the Healthcare Environment »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper looks at the development of the patient to nurse ratio requirements in California. The history of their adoption into legislation is discussed, including the failed attempts and opposition by the hospital industry. The paper then identifies the ratios that have been set and discusses some of the atrocities concerning the implementation. ...

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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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Nursing Leadership Scenario »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that discusses the need for effective nursing leadership. The writer summarizes the efforts of Terry Capuano and other nursing leaders at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, which is located in Pennsylvania, and how they succeeded in creating a beneficial environment for nursing excellence by developing a highly successful leadership-development ...

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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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Relationship Between Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8-page paper covers the relationship between advanced practice nurses (also known as nurse practitioners) and physicians. The relationship between these two has always been difficult. The paper examines the history of this relationship, why it has been so difficult and what some hospitals are doing to solve the problem. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Ethics and Legalities of Health Care »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page paper discussing a case in which an emergency room nurse turned away a patient delivered by ambulance. The receiving hospital is a private, for-profit organization, and the patient had no job, no funds and no insurance. The patient was suffering from an apparent broken leg after injuring it playing tennis ...

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Magnet Status and Evidence-Based Practice »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the Magnet Hospital Recognition Program, its benefits to hospitals and how it can contribute to the growth of evidence-based nursing practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Now Night Nurses on an Intensive Care Unit »

Number of Pages: 10

This 10 page paper is about using socioecological techniques to determine whether the local Irvington, NJ, hospital should add two nurses for night ICU duty. The information in this paper can be applied to similar assessments at other urban hospitals. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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Hospital Utilization Management »

Number of Pages: 11

A 11 page research paper that discusses the topic of hospital utilization management (UM) in regards to specific questions. Topics covered include the relevance of UM to hospital financial stability and its effect on nursing staff. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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Homeless and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper arguing that the lack of access to health care for the homeless and poor is often the fault of health care professionals. Using national studies that show the impact that the lack of health care has on homeless populations, the writer attempts to connect this discrepancy with attitudes of hospital ...

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Registered Nurse's Hospital Role »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing some of the roles that RNs fill in the hospital setting. Nursing’s reach and respectability have grown immeasurably in past decades, but the registered nurse still provides a wide variety of services within the hospital setting. In its most basic analysis, nursing reflects caring, followed closely by education ...

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Important Developments in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper looks at two developments in the history of nursing that are important. The two events discussed are the work of Florence Nightingale and the development of evidence based nursing followed by discussion of the work of Dorothy Johnson who developed the Behavior System Model of Nursing. The bibliography cites 5 sources. ...

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Canada and the Problem of Hospital Nursing Shortages »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper considers the issue of nursing shortages in the hospital setting and the implications for the nursing profession in Canada. This paper argues that the move of nurses into other service areas and the changing nature of nursing services has resulted in reductions in the number of nurses currently working in ...

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Sarasota, Florida's Doctors Hospital »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper discusses this specific hospital, reporting their mission, vision and values statements, and their decision making process. The writer also comments on the types of nursing staff at the hospital and the training opportunities. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Improving Human Resources in Health Care »

Number of Pages: 12

This 12 page paper presents a hypothetical case study of a hospital with a very high turnover of ICU registered nurses and an HR department that needs to be upgraded. The paper provides the background on the hospital, the organizational behavior problem, i.e., high turnover and old recruiting methods, the causes of the problems, ...

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DUTIES OF A REGISTERED NURSE AT KINDRED HOSPITAL »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3-page paper describes the duties of a registered nurse at acute-care hospital Kindred Hospital in Havertown, PA. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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African American Teenagers and Incidence of HIV »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that focuses on HIV infection among African American adolescents as a public health threat. In exploring the ramifications of this public health issue, this examination explores HIV transmission using the epidemiologic triad model. This information is then viewed from the standpoint of nursing theory, specifically Parse's theory of human becoming, ...

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Reducing Staff Healthcare Facility »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper discusses different topics about hospitals: how to reduce staff ethically with a statement regarding the current shortage of staff, the organizational structure of a hospital and how that contributes to the mission, vision, and values. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Research Developments »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that explores key developments in the history of nursing research, beginning with Nightingale and continuing to the present. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Historical High-Points in Nursing History »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that offer five historical developments in nursing history. The writer discusses the contributions of Florence Nightingale, Agnes Hunt, Clara Barton, Hildegard Peplau and Virginia Henderson. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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Health Among the Homeless »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper that provides some data regarding infections and the homeless and what that could to the general public. The essay identifies the legal and ethical responsibilities of the community nurse as well as her/his roles. The paper ends with a report about state and local public health agencies. Bibliography lists 5 ...

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STDs and Plans of Health Promotion »

Number of Pages: 5

This is a 5 page paper discussing health promotion plan for STDs in small and large communities. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a global as well as local concern for health care providers. In addition to guidelines and fact sheets about the prevalence, treatment and symptoms of STDs provided by the World Health Organization, national ...

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Nursing Image »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper. In some ways, the public image of nurses and nursing has changed a great deal but in other ways it has changed little over the decades. The writer discuses public image as well as self-image, why image is important and how it might be changed. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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Professional Development And The Use Of Knowledge In Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper is a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes looking at the impact that professional development has on knowledge development and the spread and sue of information in the nursing environment. The paper considers how professional development can take place and the way that the influences it creates manifest. The ...

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Nursing Research and Its Crucial Developments »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that examines several key developments in nursing research. This examination looks at some recent developments that demonstrate how nursing researchers are continuously expanding the boundaries of the profession before looking backward to a few of the key developments that brought nursing to where it is today. Bibliography lists 5 sources. ...

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Nursing, Creativity, Self Care, and Personal Growth »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the use of journaling, the assessment of personal growth and the experiences and accomplishments that occur during programs designed to improve professional development and creativity. This paper outlines the basic premises of Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way as a foundation for the personal development of ...

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Nursing Educators and Professional Focus »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper provides an overview of personal professional development for a nurse. This paper is an example of how to present a professional development paper, with specific examples. Bibliography lists 3 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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Nursing Management/Retention Issues »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper in which the writer explores and summarizes various strategies hat can be employed by nursing management. The problems with turnover and nurse retention that have been have been typical of this nursing unit over the last several years are actually quite typical of the country as a whole, as nationally, ...

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Hamot Medical Center Organizational Analysis »

Number of Pages: 14

A 14 page paper assessing the success that this Erie, Pennsylvania hospital has had in striving for nursing excellence and making the best use of all resources available to it. In the manner in which the old business cycle underwent so many changes that today’s version needed the designation of the “new economy,” so ...

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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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APN Roles, an Overview »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper pertains to, first of all, the requirements that pertain to licensure of APNs in the State of Idaho, as this pertains directly to the student researching this topic. Then, the writer addresses the emerging roles in regards to advanced practice nursing, APN role development from a theoretical perspective, and APN ...

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A Leaflet Explaining the Impact of Mandated Nurse to Patient Ratios in the Health Industry »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper is written as a brochure to explain the development of mandated nurse to patient ratios in California, explaining the development of the regulations, looking at the controversy and considering the impact. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

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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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Feminism of the Sixties and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page examination of the manner in which nursing changed at the impetus of the feminist movement of the 1960s. Previously relegated to primarily a subservient role in the health care environment and restricted solely to the hospital or doctor’s office, nurses took their lead from the feminist movement to remold their view ...

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Oral Hygiene Protocol and Nursing Practice »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that, first of all, examines the oral hygiene protocol at a specific hospital and then offers a brief literature review on this topic before discussing whether or not the protocol is evidence based. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Decision Making and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the mechanisms that nurses use to arrive at decisions, including the processes of analysis and intuition. The paper uses as an example an elderly patient scheduled for relocation from a hospital to a long-term care facility. It integrates Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in the decision-making process as well. ...

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Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2009 »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page summation and discussion of the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing (RNSS) Act, which would require that hospitals develop "valid, reliable unit-by-unit staffing plans," which would be developed in coordination with input from the registered nurses (RNs) based in each unit and, therefore, designed to accommodate each "unit's unique characteristics and needs" (ANA, 2009). ...

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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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Watson's Nursing Model in Rural Setting »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper that discusses what nursing theory a house supervisor in a rural hospital might choose. The choice is Jean Watson's model, which is described. The reason for selecting this model is discussed as is how the supervisor would introduce this model to the staff. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Hospital Accreditation from the Point of View of the Nursing Supervisor »

Number of Pages: 9

This 3 page paper edits and rewrites an essay on hospital accreditation. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Comparing Mission and Philosophy Statements in regards to Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that contrasts and compares the mission and philosophy statements of the University of North Carolina School of Nursing to that of the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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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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Application Of Watson’s Care Model in the Clinical Setting »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper is a four slide PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes, looking at the reasons why the introduction of hourly rounding is aligned with Watson’s care model, and how it will aid with care provided in a hospital ward. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

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California Nurse-Patient Ratios »

Number of Pages: 6

A 5 page paper including a 2-page brochure, discussing the effects of California's nurse-patient ratio law that became fully effective in January 2008. Whatever hospitals eventually do to cope with the changes mandated by the nurse-patient ratio law likely will serve to slow rates of cost increases. In the meantime, the law enables ...

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Various methods of pain management »

Number of Pages: 9

This 9 page paper provides an overview of the barriers that hinder effective pain management from a nursing perspective. In hospital setting, the role that nurses play in creating effective plans for pain management is substantial. A variety of different methods for pain management have been recognized, including the use of pharmacological elements, ...

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JCAHO's HF1 Core Measure and Hoshin Planning »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper discussing JCAHO’s HF-1 core measure, which is discharge instruction for patients with heart failure. Following a description of the measure and discussion of its value, the paper applies hoshin planning analysis to the core measure to identify “breakthrough areas” that can enhance the hospital’s position with its customers and with ...

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Nurses Job Satisfaction »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper. This essay reports studies that reveal the shortage of nurses and future projections and studies that discuss and report conclusions on the level of job satisfaction among registered nurses in hospitals. One of the issues discussed is moral distress. Other issues include the high patient ratio and satisfaction levels related to ...

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Impact of Professional Environment on Nursing Knowledge »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that discusses the parameters of what is evolved in a hospital achieving Magnet status, with a focus on how this impacts the integration of theory and research data into clinical nursing practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Transformational Leadership/Nurse Retention »

Number of Pages: 15

A 15 page research paper that offers a literature review that focuses on defining the concept of transformational leadership and, in so doing, also focuses on discerning what empirical studies reveal about hospital management's effectiveness at educating staff on the benefits of the transformational leadership paradigm. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

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