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Nursing Assignment Acceptance and the Position Statement of the American Nurses Association »

Number of Pages: 6

A six page paper which looks at the American Nurses Association’s position statement regarding the right of nurses to accept or reject assignments on the grounds of harm which might come to themselves or their patients, and considers it in reference to the increased emphasis on nurses’ autonomy and the importance of nursing ethics. Bibliography ...

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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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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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Problems of Retaining Nurses »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that, first of all, examines the problem of the current nursing shortage and nurse retention, but then looks at The Nurse Recruitment Act of 2002 and evaluates how it may impact the US health care system and the nursing profession. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Questions »

Number of Pages: 5

This five page paper responds to the following questions: What characteristics differentiate public health nursing from community nursing? How does the role of the nurse change as the client evolves from an individual to a family, an aggregate population, and a community? Based on knowledge gained to date in your MSN program, what ...

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Philosophy of Nursing and Future Plans »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page research paper/essay that offers a guide to a student, using tutorial language, that provides a guide to writing a personal philosophy of nursing and then turns its focus to the crucial role that obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing science can play in a nursing career before closing with a discussion of ...

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Patient Depression and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 18

This 18 page paper considers the way in which a patient with depression in nursed. The paper is written with reference to a fictitious practice experience, considering the use of application of knowledge (both art and science) which is used by the nurse to nurse to assess, plan, and implement patient care. The paper considers ...

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Advanced Practice Nursing/Legal Requirements in Tennessee »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that, first of all, defines accreditation, licensure and certification and then discusses advanced nursing practice in the State of Tennessee by looking first at Tennessee state law and then at the online sites for nursing certification offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. ...

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Caring in Nursing Theory »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discusses Dorothea Orem and Jean Watson, who are two nursing theorists who have both had a tremendous impact on contemporary nursing via their incorporation of the nursing core concept of caring within the framework of their nursing models of practice. This examination of these theories briefly summaries and analyzes ...

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Reduction of ICU's Nursing Ratio and Change Management »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper discussing restructuring the ICU to gain one-on-one nursing using Lewin’s change theory. The ongoing nursing shortage has meant for ICUs that they may have fewer RNs available to them and that recruiting and retention has become more costly over the past several years. The paper recommends that the hospital ...

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Images of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page paper that contains 2 essays on different images of nursing. The first essay concerns how a poem on nursing captures the essence of the contemporary art of nursing, while the second addresses what a picture ways about today's nursing profession. Each essay is 3 pages long. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Nursing Knowledge: Development And Utilization »

Number of Pages: 12

12 pages in length. The philosophy of nursing is something much grander and more complex than most people realize; not only does it incorporate views, metaparadigm, paradigms and theories, but it also includes the consideration of nursing as a discipline and profession as well as an art and science. Indeed, the basis of ...

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Overview of a Community Nursing Intervention Plan »

Number of Pages: 12

This 12 page paper provides an overview of a community nursing intervention plan, in which the author perceives a significant problem in a community population, reflects the nature of the problem and considers the nursing diagnosis and intervention models as they relate to nursing perspectives. In particular, this paper looks at two problematic problems in the community nursing environment: ...

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Nursing Shortage & Patient Safety »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses the nursing shortage in terms of patient safety. The writer argues that the nursing shortage creates an ethical situation because a shortage of nurses negatively impacts patient safety. Recent empirical research shows that when nurses are asked to take care of too many patients, errors increase. ...

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2 Perspectives on Nursing Theory »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that addresses 2 issues pertaining to nursing theory. The first half of the paper examines the relationship between nursing theory and research and practice and the second half of the paper looks at how non-nursing theories can play a role in advanced nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Professional Practice and Nursing Philosophy »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper. A nurse's philosophical outlook on the profession necessarily impacts the manner in which that individual acts on a day-to-day basis. Basically, philosophy supports professionalism by providing a strong foundation for practice. The following discussion of nursing philosophy and practice demonstrates how these two aspects of nursing practice are related, focusing ...

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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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Annotated Bibliography/Nursing Shortage & Foreign Recruitment »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page annotated bibliography that contains 25 journal articles that pertain to the nursing shortage, recruitment of foreign nurses as a strategy for alleviating the nursing shortage, retention of nurses and ethical considerations.

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3 Specialties in Advanced Nursing Practice »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page paper discussing the changing roles for advanced practice nursing. The paper describes the roles and duties of the nurse practitioner (NP), certified nurse midwife (CNM) and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Carative Nursing Model and Nurses' Image »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the common interactions and perceptions of individuals involved in nursing situations, including the patients, their families, clients of nursing, students, practitioners, and all the individuals involved and both direct and indirect care. This paper relates the nature of the nurses role to the larger community and ...

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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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Literacy Standards Within Nursing Education Programs »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper. In nursing, as with other healthcare professions, it is imperative to the standards of a professionalism that nurses make learning a continuing priority throughout their careers. In order to accomplish this goal, specific literacy skills are required. Nursing personnel should cultivate critical thinking skills, computer literacy, information literacy, and ...

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The Impact of the Kentucky Trilogy and Generational Cohorts on Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

This 7 page paper looks at two issues which impact on nursing. The first part of paper considers the impact of the legal impact of the Kentucky Trilogy and the status of nurses as supervisors, considering the cases themselves, and the impact nursing as well as by the decisions may have taken place. The second ...

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Different Careers in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

This 8 page paper is chock full of information on the nursing profession inclusive of different types of nursing. Salary ranges are discussed in depth as is the outlook for nursing ten years or so into the future. Geography is discussed as well as duties. A chart is included that provides specific ...

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Long Term Nursing Home Care »

Number of Pages: 8

8 pages on nursing home care, the options available in selecting a long-term care facility, what to look for in choosing a nursing home, and some of the key specialty features that some nursing homes are known to offer (i.e., color-coded hallways, personal privacy, and even option for exercise). Also examined are recommended ways for ...

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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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Synchronous and Dichotomous Concepts of Empowerment and Advocacy »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page paper provides an overview of Adeline Falk's article Advocacy and Empowerment: Dichotomous or Synchronous Concepts. This article relates the fact that advocacy as a concept in nursing can reflect diverse views on the role of the nurse, and relates this to the role of the nurse in empowering others ...

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Malpractice Lawsuits and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 11

An 11 page paper. Over the last several years, more malpractice lawsuits have been filed naming nurses. This essay discusses the legal issues nurses need to know about, the reasons for which a nurse can be sued, how to avoid lawsuits, and the fact that nurses need to have their own individual malpractice insurance policies. ...

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Nursing and Mandatory Overtime »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing resolution of the conflict between nurses and nurse management arising from mandatory overtime. The nursing shortage has been operational for a generation now; it is unlikely to end soon. In the meantime, both nurses and their employers need to work together to identify alternative processes rather than striving ...

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Nursing and the Importance of Intensive Care and Critical Care Skills »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page contention that while we tend to specialize in one area or the other we are quick to discover that the basics of nursing extend into all nursing specialties. The basic principles of intensive care, coronary care, and emergency nursing, for example are applicable in all specialties. They are NOT limited ...

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The Importance of Forensic Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper provides a definition of forensic nursing, its importance in the field, the roles a forensic nurse might assume and some of the many venues in which forensic nursing is practiced. Comments about training are included. The writer then comments on the compatibility of the Neuman Systems model and forensic nursing. ...

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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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Nursing Literature and Pain Management »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page research paper that examines relevant nursing literature regarding the topic of pain relief/management. The hypothesis for this investigation posits that relevant nursing literature on pain relief/management offers viable options that can be investigated regarding alternatives to traditional analgesic pain remedies. A survey of studies published within the last five years in various ...

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Impact of HIV/AIDS on Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper that discusses how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has affected nursing on a global scale, but particularly within the healthcare systems of the developing countries. This literature review examines the affect of HIV/AIDS on the profession of nursing, with an emphasis on nursing in Africa, but also addressing global experiences and concerns. ...

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Academic Planning and Nursing Assessment »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that examines the forces affecting nursing curriculum development, as well as the elements of effective nursing academic planning. This examination of nursing curriculum development examines what experts feel regarding effective nursing education. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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RN Nurses in Canada and Impact of Health Care Reforms »

Number of Pages: 7

7 pages. This paper will deal with how the recent healthcare reforms have impacted the nursing profession. The focus is on nurses in Canada. This paper will look at many different aspects of the nursing profession as based on the life of a nurse. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Nursing Equality and How It Has Evolved »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page discussion of the change in nursing roles which have been experienced over the last one-hundred years. Compares the status of women in nursing with their status in other occupations. Notes the initial perception of a nurse as an inferior domestic servant has changed considerably with nursing access to better education ...

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Operating Room Nursing Specialties and Oncology »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discusses advanced practice nursing today, which is characterized by various specialties, with each having its own particular focus and educational requirements. Two such specialties are oncology nursing and operating room (OR) nursing. The following research looks at the educational requirements for these advanced nursing roles and also at the ...

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Madeleine Leininger's Contribution To The Field of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper that discusses Madeleine Leininger and her involvement in nursing as it applies to her Transcultural Nursing Model and Human Care Theories. These models and theories have gradually made their way into the nursing practice in a very unique way that rarely even gives credit to Leininger, who is instrumental in bringing such issues to ...

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Nurse as an Agent of Change in Data Base Management »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page discussion of the evolving role nurses play in data base management. This paper contends that the nurse plays many roles in data base management. Not only does she or he collect data and input it into the data base, the nurse is often responsible for some components of the management of the ...

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3 Elements of Psychiatric Nursing »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses this topic. Psychiatric nursing covers a wide variety of clinical settings and situations. However, three elements that are prominent in this field of nursing practice are the psychiatric nurse's role as advocate, teacher, and caregiver. The following examination of these three elements looks at why each role is ...

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Web Assigns/Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 6 page research paper in which the writer explores 3 web sites that pertain to nursing research. Each site is discussed. The sites explored are the North Carolina Nurses Association, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the UNC School of Nursing. No additional sources cited.

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SNF Costs and the Impact of Primary Nursing »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page nursing research proposal seeking approval for instituting a primary nursing structure in a nursing home setting. Primary nursing is an old concept and has not been extensively studied in the long term care setting. The paper includes an extensive literature review as well as methods, hypotheses, data collection, data analysis, ...

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Overview of Executive Nursing »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page paper which discusses various concerns of the executive nurse in our health community. The medical and health industries are changing very rapidly as we enter into a new century. The role of the executive nurse is therefor changing just as rapidly, thereby making it somewhat difficult to pinpoint the exact involvement and role played by these ...

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Nursing History and Theorists »

Number of Pages: 8

8 pages in length. One's view of nursing as a discipline and approach to nursing practice is influenced by a particular theoretical/conceptual model. While all nursing models have elements in common, each model proposes a slightly different manner by which to view the essential nursing concepts and various approaches to nursing. Understanding the evolution ...

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Field of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing nursing as a profession. Professionalism in nursing is that quality that elevates nursing from being just a “job” to being performed in such a way that the individual adheres to standards higher than those necessary for other individuals in other lines of work. Nursing is a calling of ...

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Possible Barriers for MSN Pursuit by Registered Nurses »

Number of Pages: 17

17 pages in length. Furthering one's education within the nursing field is advantageous to both the patient and the nurse; however, there are situations where attaining this higher education is fraught with perceived barriers. In the instance of registered nurses considering returning to school for a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), the ...

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Overview of Nurse Mentors »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page paper discussing how mentoring and networking can enable nurses to achieve desired career paths. Mentoring and networking are two important aspects of nursing in today’s healthcare environment. Older nurses have opportunity to share practical knowledge with new nurses; new ones can pass on the concepts of theory-based nursing they have ...

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Budgets and the Nursing Profession »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing some of the realities that involve the nursing industry today in relationship to budgeting a nursing unit. Nurses are gaining more responsibility in many various areas of the health care industry and the budgeting of nursing care is just one of the new responsibilities being administered to nurses within their ...

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