Research Papers on Nursing

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  • CCRN Certification/A Program Proposal

    A 7 page research paper that offers a proposal, which is designed to aid a student in developing a strategic plan that will serve to persuade nurses working within an intensive care unit (ICU) to seek CCRN certification. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Evaluation of a Prevention Program

    A 4 page research paper that examines literature on program evaluation and proposes specific evaluation techniques for a student research proposal for creating a prevention program to prevent methamphetamine use among teens. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • People with HIV and AIDS, Impacts of the Process of Dying, and Family Resistance to Death

    This 5 page paper provides an outline and annotated bibliography for a future project on resistance by family members to the process of death and dying for HIV/AIDS patients. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Critique of Harrison, Evans, Johnston, and Loughnans' 'Bedside Assessment of Heel Lance Pain in the Hospitalized Infant'

    A 9 page overview of the procedures and findings in this study designed to provide a quantitative analysis of pain in neonates when undergoing a heel lance procedure. This study is unique in that it evaluates the feasibility of assessing pain among a particular difficult population, newborn infants who can not verbally communicate their pain or allow the researcher any means of utilizing patient self-assessment of pain as can occur in older patients. While some behavioral and physiological manifestations such as facial expression and heart rate were determined to be reliable indicators of pain others such as body movement were found unreliable. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • A Qualitative Assessment of Medication Errors

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of a research study on medication errors. This paper relates a comparison between a qualitative study on this topic and two other research processes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Research Issues

    A 3 page research paper that describes 2 research studies; discusses the difference between qualitative and quantitative research; and describes grounded theory in qualitative research. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Overview of Digital Mammography

    A 2 page paper accompanying a separate PowerPoint presentation. Digital mammography – and particularly computer-aided mammography – shows promise for greater accuracy, which will translate to better results. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Blood Pressure Control

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of a powerpoint presentation, including the slides and speaker notes, that go along with a study on the use of blood pressure control measures for hypertensive patients in primary care. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Measuring the Success of a Hospital Hand Washing Training Course

    This 4 page is a 3 slide PowerPoint presentation along with notes for the speaker, presenting a suitable approach to measuring the impact on a hand washing training program in a hospital. The rationale behind the suggested measurements is explained. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Delegation Example in a Health Care Setting

    This 6 page paper includes 12 Powerpoint slides and two pages of notes. A case study is presented regarding a nurse and a CNA and how communication difficulties may arise. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Quantitative Research Report Analysis

    A 10 page paper analyzing a quasiexperimental quantitative study of the effects of therapeutic massage on patient outcomes in patients hospitalized with cancer. The paper addresses validity, scientific rigor, sampling, ethics and other research concerns. The researchers have provided a study that is reliable and valuable, even though it is not large enough to be statistically significant. The results indicate that increased workloads for nurses that preclude the ability to provide therapeutic massage may create false economy when weighed against patient outcomes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Analysis/Quantitative Research Report/ICDs

    A 10 page article critique that examines a study by Jolly, Dorian and Alter (2006), entitled “The impact of implantable cardiac defibrillators for primary prophylaxis in the community: baseline risk and clinically meaningful benefits.” The writer summarizes and discusses each section of the report, referring to other sources where appropriate. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Contrast and Comparison of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Approaches

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these two types of research methods. This paper presents the pro's and con's associated with both and seeks to illustrate which is better for particular situations. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Qualitative Research Methodology

    A 7 page research paper that includes a brief abstract which focuses on qualitative research methodology. It focuses on the characteristics and epistemological elements that define the topic of qualitative research, looking at foundational philosophical differences between qualitative research and quantitative research methodologies. Issues addressed include how qualitative researchers establish the validity of their studies, which includes discussion of internal and external validity. The literature also address ethical issues and how they are defined and addressed. This literature review delineates the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and also discusses the advantages of qualitative research in addressing topics related to human behavior and experience. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Article on Mothers' Depression and Infants Critiqued

    A 4 page critique of a quantitative nursing study, which analysis to be sound. This study is one that can be quite useful in practice in that it illustrates that interactive coaching intervention is beneficial to mothers and children where mothers are suffering from depressive tendencies. This study indicates that positive support is beneficial. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Critique of Qualitative Study/Nutrition

    A 7 page article critique that describes a qualitative study undertaken by Tanofsky-Kraff, et al (2005), which investigated the relationship between dieting, childhood obesity and eating disorders. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • DOT Educational Brochure/Project Proposal

    A 13 pages research paper that discusses 2 chapter in a project proposal that concerns producing an educational pamphlet on TB treatment. Topics discussed include the DOT treatment, TB, and the reading level of the intended pamphlet. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Plan B/Political Issues & Emergency Contraception

    A 6 page research paper that consists of a 1 page proposal for the research paper and then a 5 page paper that describes the political issues that characterize the debate over the use of Plan B, a form of emergency contraception. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Breast Cancer Chemoprevention

    5 pages in length. The writer provides a research proposal for the chemopreventive drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene in relations to women with a high risk of breast cancer. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Dementia Patients and Use of Restraint

    A 7 page nursing research proposal to investigate the effects of reminiscence therapy on older patients with dementia. Maintenance of the use of reminiscence therapy can be but does not need to be as formal as the study establishing its value. Nurses and others with direct contact with patients can ask patients questions designed to elicit patients’ memories, and of course the plan can be extended to full therapy sessions. Use of the depression scale over time provides quantifiable changes in patients’ attitudes and outlooks. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Article Analysis: Qualitative Presentation

    This 3 page paper is the outline of a power point presentation of a qualitative research study, with a focus on two areas of the study and the presentation of three slides with data collection and data analysis information. Bibliography lists 1 source. Please contact the office to ensure that you receive the power point slides after ordering this paper.

  • Quantitative Article Review

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of three power point slides on a quantitative article being reviewed. These slides include the Hypothesis, Conceptual Model\Theoretical Framework and Review of Related Literature. These slides have extended speaker notes. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Please request MHsomgugpp.ppt

  • Regulatory Influences on Curriculum Presentation

    This 8 page paper consists of 12 power point slides and the speaker notes for those slides on the topic of what should be done in curriculum design to address the regulatory controls and influences from outside agencies. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Issues of Emergency Response Disaster Management

    A 20 page paper discussing issues surrounding emergency response as it relates to disaster management. The paper discusses emergency response resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but it also discusses events such as Hurricane Fran in 1996, centering on the coast of North Carolina where the category 3 storm made landfall. The key to effective emergency response - excluding the training that can be seen as being a constant value – lies in the quality of communication between diverse teams and agencies responding to the event that has generated a crisis. The purpose here is to address two primary questions: “Are emergency responders equipped to communicate with others outside of their departments in time of crisis? [and] What are strategies to improve communications?” The paper concludes that emergency response in urban areas is highly effective, but that the same efforts in rural areas can be hindered by communication deficiencies. Bibliography lists 11 sources. A companion 16-slide Power Point presentation is available.

  • Congestive Heart Failure, A Change Proposal for a PICU

    This 8 page document constitutes the attached notation that accompanies 13 slide power point presentation, which will be sent to the purchaser, with the attached notes that describe a protocol developed by Martinen and Freundl (2004), which provides a standardized management of congestive heart failure and thereby strengthens the continuum of care. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Evaluation of Hospital Quality

    An 11 page research paper that address hospital quality. Hospitals in industrialized countries account for roughly 40 percent of total healthcare spending (Blendon, et al, 2004). Considering this, it is not surprising that hospitals generally stand at the center of effects to improve the quality of healthcare service while also controlling costs. In order to accomplish such a task, the first goal must be to establish standards against which quality can be evaluated. This literature review examines how hospital quality service is defined in relevant literature. The resulting information is then used to formulate an instrument for evaluating quality, both quantitatively and qualitatively, by employing a sample group made up of medical and healthcare providers as well as the patients they serve. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • 2 Journal Articles on Hypertension Reviewed

    A 10 page paper that reviews two journal articles, one a qualitative study and one a quantitative study. Each address high blood pressure in the Black population. The writer also discusses why these studies are important to nurses. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Heath Benefits of Aged Garlic Extract

    A 5 page research proposal for nursing research into the effectiveness of aged garlic extract (AGE) on cholesterol levels among study subjects with confirmed heart disease. The proposal includes reference to disseminating results within the Neuman systems theory of nursing for a “systems” view of the use of garlic in conjunction with statin drugs and other traditional treatments. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Prostate Victims & Their Partners/Quality of Life

    A 5 page research paper that takes the form of a research study proposal, which briefly describes an area that is under addressed by empirical research, specifically, this area pertains to quality of life issues that take into consideration factors that affect not only the health of the cancer victim, but also consider how quality of life issues affects the patient's life partner. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Care Partners/RNs & PCTs

    A 7 page research paper (which includes an abstract) and offers a proposal for a research study that evaluate Care Partner teams, composed of an RN and a PCT (Patient Care Technician). Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Study Proposal/Postoperative Nausea Medications

    A 9 page research paper that takes them form of a proposal for a research study to test which of 2 multi-modal regimens is more effective in treating postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). The writer offers background on this problem, and outlines the proposed methodology and rationale for the study. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Schizophrenia and Weight Gain

    An 8 page research paper that includes a sample abstract, in which the writer aids a student in writing a research utilization proposal that addresses the problem of weight gain among schizophrenic patient who gain weight to a side effect of psychoactive medication. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Proposed Legislation Patient Safety Act of 2004

    A 4 page research paper that discusses this proposed piece of legislation. The writer discusses the problem necessitating this bill, the literature supporting the need for action, the details of the bill, the fact that it has ANA support and includes a one-page sample letter to a House representative urging passage of the bill. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Breast Cancer Research Article and Critique of Qualitative Research

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of a qualitative research critique of an article on breast cancer. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Review of Qualitative Research on Childhood Obesity

    This 8 page paper reviews a qualitative research article on childhood obesity. The paper looks at the research by Lynn Kelly and Barbra Patterson reported in the article “Childhood Nutrition: perceptions of carers in a Low Income Urban Setting” and assesses the research, considering what was being studied, if it was undertaken in an effective way and the appropriateness of the methodology, along with the strengths and weaknesses of the research. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Qualitative Research Questions

    A 20 research paper that answers specific questions that pertain to qualitative research. The writer particularly draws on Creswell's discussion of the five traditions of qualitative research. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Qualitative Collection of Data and Interviews

    A 10 page paper discussing the growing use of qualitative research methods in clinical settings, focusing on the value of the interview as a data collection tool. Qualitative research still is not accepted as valid by all the medical community, but the fact remains that valid, reliable qualitative research can give insights that cannot be achieved through quantitative approaches. The interview is a valuable qualitative data collection tool, but it must be used with care. There are many ways that bias can be introduced when using that tool, and both designers and interviewers need to ensure that they strive to keep that bias at bay. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Qualitative Study Death Sentence' to 'Good Cancer' Couples' Transformation of a Prostate Cancer Reviewed

    A 6 page paper assessing this qualitative study undertaken to assist in informing nursing practice. The focus of this study by Maliski, Heilemann & McCorkle (2002) was to gain insight on how couples coped with the diagnosis of prostate cancer and how they navigated through the decision-making process to prostatectomy and beyond. The investigation and design are sound, but the lack of previous research leaves the current researchers with little guidance in their own study. The paper concludes that the effort is a good one, but is not generalizable to the larger population in that its sample consisted only of a rather homogeneous group in terms of ethnic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Research Proposal for Healthcare Industry Survey on Consumer Satisfaction

    In recent decades, the aging of the American population has led to an increase in the number of individuals seeking care in skilled nursing facilities. This 12 page paper provides an overview of the application of a satisfaction survey to assess this population in the health care environment. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Proposal for Therapeutic Touch Study

    An 18 page paper presenting a proposal for research into Therapeutic Touch (TT). The paper includes sections addressing the problem of chronic pain among the elderly; the methods of TT; research design; implementation plan; evaluation plan; and dissemination of results. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Research Study Proposal/Hand washing

    A 15 page study proposal that addresses the problem of non-compliance of hospital personnel with proper hand hygiene protocols. The writer outlines the problems with infection caused by non-compliance, offer a literature review of hand washing in the literature and proposes a study designed to improve hand sanitizing compliance through an educational intervention and the introduction of easily accessible alcohol rub sanitizer throughout the proposed study site. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Prostate Cancer and Quality of Life

    A 5 page research paper that offers a proposal for a qualitative study that would investigate qualify of life issues for a prostate cancer patient and his life partner. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing

    A 4 page paper that reviews and discusses on article about nursing management. In this article, the authors discuss ethical dilemmas, a decision-making model and they provide a case study as an example. The writer responds to a variety of questions, such as why the article was selected and its relevance. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Patient Harassment of Nurses

    A 5 page paper. The incidence of patient harassment against nurses and other health care providers is much higher than most people probably think. This paper discusses the kinds of harassment and abuse many nurses and other health care providers experience. Reports from Sweden, Australia and the United Kingdom are included. Data included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • A. Retsas' Article 'Problematic telephone orders Empowering nurses through action research' Article Reviewed

    This 7 page article review provides an analysis and critique of the article entitled "Problematic telephone orders: Empowering nurses through action research" by A. Retsas. The article is centered on the problem of nurses taking medication orders via the telephone, something prohibited by Australian law unless there is an emergency. No additional sources cited.

  • Sarasota, Florida's Doctors Hospital

    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.

  • Communication Management Between Doctors & Nurses

    A 5 page research paper, which includes a one-half page abstract, that pertains to doctor-nurse and nurse-to-nurse communication. The writer begins by recording the observations of the student researching this topic during a week-long rotation at a Pennsylvania hospital. The writer then relates these observations to literature and offers recommendations. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Patient Outcomes and the Collaboration Between Physicians and Nurses

    A 5 page research paper that explores the crucial nature of nurse/doctor collaboration in patient outcomes. In 1967, Leonard I. Stein, MD, described the pattern of basic communication between a physician and an attending nurse as the "Doctor-Nurse Game." The expectation in this communication "game" was that a nurse, usually a woman, would make suggestions for patient care, but would do so in a manner that would make it seem as if the idea came from the physician (Haddad, 2003). A major rule of the "game" was that open disagreement or overt challenges to the physician's authority and judgement were to be avoided at all costs (Haddad, 2003). This paradigm is not only outdated, but also incredibly inefficient and disrespectful to all parties involved. However, some doctors insist on playing it, to the detriment of patient care. Research indicates that facilitating the highest standard of patient care requires effective nurse/doctor collaboration. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Operating Room Communication Between Physician and Nurse

    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 state of nurse-doctor communications in the OR appears to fall on a continuum between negative and positive, and appears to be moving toward the more positive end as the issue of communication continues to gain increasing attention. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • 'Military Industrial Complex' Warning of Outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower

    A 3 page paper relating this former president's 1961 warning to current nursing practice. "See your doctor." "Ask your doctor about ____ and if it's right for you." So go pharmaceutical companies' advertising directly to consumers who cannot directly purchase their products. As health care costs continue to spiral despite efforts to contain the rate of increase, pharmaceutical companies spend millions on advertising to those powerless to purchase the prescription drugs they tout. This appears to be a symptom of the "military-industrial complex" that Dwight Eisenhower warned against on leaving office in 1961. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 79 Year Old Woman with Multiple Diseass

    A 15 page paper that begins with the scenario of a 79-year-old woman and the patient’s diagnoses of hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and chronic venous stasis. Each is discussed separately: what it is, causes, treatments, followed by a nursing care plan. Other issues exist such as the disheveled appearance, refusing to see the doctor more than twice a year and other issues. A care plan is written for each of these as well. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Collaborative Practice

    A 4 page research paper that discusses collaborative practices between doctors and nurses. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Violating Nursing Protocol

    6 pages in length. There is a reason why nurses must wait for and abide by doctors' orders when it comes to the administration of medications; to ignore the chart's state dosage, the nurse compromises the fundamental basis of ethics that provides the foundation upon which medical professionals operate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Whistleblowing and Nursing

    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.

  • Issues of Reimbursement and Nurse Practitioners

    A 7 page research paper exploring the issues surrounding nurse practitioners and why they are not more available to patients. Despite their advanced training and certification in different specialties, few HMOs offer their services as an alternative to physicians as primary care providers. The issues are both budgetary in their favor and political in their opposition, still, they do not replace doctors but they can and do provide excellent health care services. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Home Health Agency Information Technology Upgrading

    A 5 page paper describing the work process at a home health agency and how increased use of information technology could improve work processes, patient care and responsiveness of the company to both patients and their doctors. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Case Study on an Ethical Dilemma in the Workplace

    A 4 page paper discussing the case of Sarah, half-way through a pregnancy when developing a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. One doctor recommended immediate abortion; another favored a wait-and-see approach claiming that the Catholic hospital did not allow abortions for any reason. Guidelines for operation of Catholic hospitals do allow measures that will save the life of the mother, however. The paper examines the ethical questions raised by Sarah's case. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Social Work and Nursing Similarities

    A 4 page contention that there are many similarities between these two disciplines. Borrowing from the social work theory that life plays out as though on a stage, the author concludes that all that has to be changed to allow nursing to fit into this theory is to costume the actors in nursing uniforms, disguise them as doctors, and put a few in bed gowns. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Parish Nurse and Advanced Practice Nursing

    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 visit a doctor. Unlike nurses in non-parish settings, the parish nurse also is able to highlight issues of spirituality. In essence, the parish nurse has the ability to treat the whole patient, rather than only addressing symptoms as health care providers in most other venues are confined to providing. The advanced practice nurse involved in parish nursing has the opportunity to provide service and caring at the highest points of their potential. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Terminal Conditions and Informing Patients

    An 8 page paper discussing the case of a woman newly diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia, who has not been informed of the severity of her condition. The woman’s grown daughters as well as her physician believe it to be in the woman’s best interests to withhold the news from her. Her primary nurse disagrees, and the head nurse is sympathetic to the nurse’s position on the matter. The head nurse instructs the primary nurse to be certain to follow doctor’s orders, however. At issue is how the primary nurse deals with a situation with which she heartily disagrees. The paper examines the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls as well as available alternatives to arrive at a favored alternative for the nurse to choose. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Terminal Condition and Informing Patients 2

    An 8 page paper discussing the case of a woman newly diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia, who has not been informed of the severity of her condition. The woman’s grown daughters as well as her physician believe it to be in the woman’s best interests to withhold the news from her. Her primary nurse disagrees, and the head nurse is sympathetic to the nurse’s position on the matter. The head nurse instructs the primary nurse to be certain to follow doctor’s orders, however. At issue is how the primary nurse deals with a situation with which she heartily disagrees. The paper examines a variety of moral principles as well as available alternatives to arrive at a favored alternative for the nurse to choose. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Feminism of the Sixties and Nursing

    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 of themselves as competent professionals. No longer simply puppets of those who had previously held the power and prestige in health care, nurses banded together to make a difference both in the political aspects of healthcare and in nursing theory. Consequently, this time in nursing history was one of the most productive in terms of the degree to which nurses would add to healthcare practice.

  • Assisted Suicide, Ethics, and Nursing

    A 5 page essay exploring a nurse's experience with patients requesting assisted suicide. The writer describes the experience from a firsthand perspective and then presents the position held by the American Nursing Association on this controversial issue. The ANA is opposed to assisted suicide but the writer reports feeling a strong desire to help one particular patient in their quest to end suffering and die-- This ethical dilemma is discussed in great detail. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Assisted Suicide and the Nursing Profession

    A 4 page paper which provides a detailed explanation of the issue, discusses why this topic in particular was chosen, relates how the issue affects the nursing profession and considers the issue’s societal/community impact. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Youth Suicide and Depression; Conventional Approaches To Treatment

    This 7 page paper looks at the problem of youth depression which can lead to suicide and the way these are treated using conventional methods. The paper discusses the use of non pharmacological and pharmacological treatments, their efficiency and the way that the different treatment options and potential outcomes will impact on the way healthcare processionals deal with depressed adolescents. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Family Nursing - Teen Suicide

    This 4 page paper begins with the effects of the suicide of a teenager and statistical data regarding its incidence. Three of the objectives in Health People 2010 that relate to this issue are reported. Both Freire's learning theory and Mezirow's transformative learning theory are explained as possible approaches for the family nurse to use at this time. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Adolescent Suicide

    An 8 page research paper that offers a comprehensive overview of the current teen suicide rate and the implications for public health practitioners. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Should a Nurse Assist in the Suicide of a Suffering Patient

    This 4 page paper looks at the issues of assisted suicide by a nurse in the US. Using the fictitious case of a terminal cancer sufferer the issues is discussed by looking at the relevance of the Patient Bill Of Rights, as well as ethical, legal and business perspectives. The paper ends by considering potential actions of a nurse’s manager if the nurse considered taking part in an assisted suicide. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

  • Right to Die Argumentative Essay

    A 5 page research paper, which presents an argumentative essay that addresses the right to die issue of physician assisted suicide. The writer argues in favor of this issue. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • How Euthanasia is Treated in New York

    This 6 page paper argues that New York State should legalize physician assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Applying Virginia Henderson's Nursing Theory

    3 pages in length. The writer briefly discusses Henderson's theory as it is applied to an attempted suicide patient. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Concept Analysis/Loneliness

    A 12 page research paper that presents a concept analysis for loneliness, which addresses the association between loneliness and depression and suicide in older adults. The writer discusses antecedent and consequences of the concept and offers model, related and contrary cases. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Cunningham's The Hours/Implications for Healthcare

    A 3 page observational essay that summarizes the issues in the novel that pertain to suicide and then discusses how this insight might affect a nurse involved in psychiatric or social care. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Medical Marijuana

    A 7 page paper which examines the pros and cons of medical marijuana and illustrates how medical marijuana can prove very beneficial to many. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Euthanasia Controversy

    5 pages in length. A discussion which shows both sides of the euthanasia argument and a person's right to assisted suicide. This excellent paper gives compelling and thought-provoking arguments on the topic of euthanasia for humans. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Contemporary Nursing's History

    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 physical truths regarding their physical bodies, good health, and what constituted beneficial care and treatment. It has continued to advance along with technology and human knowledge. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Different Careers in Nursing

    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 salary estimates for various types of nursing roles. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Aggregate and Community Defined

    A 3 page paper differentiating between these two terms and then identifying one to study (the elderly). The community can be defined by any number of characteristics used for grouping individuals. These characteristics can include geography, relationships, cultural bonds, economic condition and religious beliefs. An aggregate is any subgroup of a defined community. The subgroup can be defined by any criteria meeting the needs of the reasons that definition is needed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Australia and Average Length of Hospital Stays

    This 8 page paper considers the influences on the average length of stay (ALOS) measures often used to ascertain hospital efficiency. The paper looks at influences such as geography, age, source of payments and type of hospital; public or private, and well as resources or integration of services. This last factor also includes delayed discharges. The paper concentrates on Australia, but the lessons are universal. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Cuckoo's Nest and Nursing Ethics

    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 is definitely the villain of the narrative. This examination of the film and its relationship nursing ethics, first, offers a brief summary of the plot and then discusses the writer's position on the ethical challenges that it portrays. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • "Wit" and Insights into Nursing

    This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of the film "Wit". The writer explores what nursing insights can be gleaned from the film. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nurse And Informatics

    A 7 page paper that first reports the setting-an individual has applied for an APN position in the described physician's office. The first section describes the writer's vision of the most effective use of communication and information technologies in this office. The vision includes scanning all documents into a patient's file, networking all PCs and many other things. The next section recommends the kinds of programs to consider ending with the benefits of using these kinds of systems. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Role of the Registered Nurse in Educating Teens about STDs/HPV

    This 6 page paper describes the way in which RNs can educate teens about sexually transmitted diseases, in particular the human papillomavirus, and why a nurse, rather than another medical professional, is the best person to do so. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Professional Nursing Burnout

    A 7 page research paper that addresses the problems of nurses experiencing burnout and job dissatisfaction, which results in discouraging, rather than mentoring, novice nurses. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurse Role Definition

    A 5 page paper which examines the role of a nurse and argues how their role is essential to good health care. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Master's Prepared Nurse: Competencies in Health Care

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of nursing competencies. The proper role of the master's prepared nurse is explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • ADHD and the Role of the Psychiatric Nurse

    A 4 page overview of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This paper describes symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. The emphasis is made that psychiatric nurses are in an advantageous position to positively influence the treatment of patients with ADHD. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Emergency Nurse Triage and Education

    A 20 page paper discussing the concept of triage and the education of triage nurses in emergency departments. Triage is the process and practice of categorizing emergency room patients according to physical need to be seen by a physician. Triage categorizes patients according to physical need so that those who need to be seen first are, those who can wait do. The state of triage education is such that triage nurses may be greatly experienced and well trained, or they may be barely conversant in the concept. Efforts are underway to ensure that nurses performing triage duty are qualified and experienced. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Transformational Leadership/Nurse Retention

    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.

  • Marketing for Nurse Practitioners

    This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of marketing for nurse practitioners. Dress code and self-marketing are explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • U.S. Foreign Educated Nurse Licensing

    This 23 page paper discusses the licensing process for foreign-educated nurses in America. The essay begins with an introduction that reports the nursing shortage, the practice of importing foreign-trained nurses in developed countries and the ratio of nurses to population in several countries. The next section reports the licensing process for nurses who are trained in the U.S., which is followed by the process for licensing foreign-trained nurses, including the CGFNS program and the NCLEX examination. The contents and process of the exams are discussed. The author then discusses other challenges for the foreign-educated nurse, such as the sometimes vastly different communication process. The last section is recommendations to help foreign-educated nurses become more successful. The writer also discusses negative impact importing nurses has on global health and the need to resolve the real problem. Statistical data included. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Registered Nurse's Hospital Role

    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 of patients and other caregivers. The paper also discusses RNs as nurse managers and mentors in the still-evolving health care industry. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • School Nurses and the Usefulness of Jean Watson's Nursing Paradigm

    This 4 page paper explores the applicability of Jean Watson's nursing paradigm on the problem of teen sex, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Temporary Agency Nurses' Accountability and Competence in a Hospital Setting

    A 9 page analysis of the use of temporary agency nurses to supplement shortcoming is permanent nursing staff. This paper asserts that although the use of temporary nurses is justified in certain situations, this use must occur with managerial provisions in place to insure competence and accountability. The recommendation is made that clinical pathways are an appropriate mechanism for insuring this. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurse Migration

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the issues and ethics of the international migration of nurses, touching also on the issue of foreign-recruitment of nurses as an answer to nursing shortages. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Overview of the NYSNA

    A 4 page paper discussing this professional nurses' association. Though conditions have changed dramatically during the first century of NYSNA's existence, many of the problems leading to its creation still plague nursing today. Today's organization operates the largest nurses' union in New York; provides nurse education and practice information; is involved in research and planning; and acts as a government liaison. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nurse's Perspective on the Midwifery Profession

    This 6 page report discusses one of the oldest health care professions -- that of being a midwife. Midwives specialize in women giving birth. In countless circumstances, midwives are able to provide the specialized and personal services that the typical gynecologist-obstetrician M.D. could only provide if she or he had a truly limited medical practice. More often than not, the average midwife provides the average pregnant woman with the services she most wants and needs -- competence and personal interaction and understanding. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Profile of Nursing Leader Donna Brunskill

    A 5 page research paper that offers a profile of a contemporary nursing leader, Donna Brunskill, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. The writer outlines Brunskill's many accomplishments and discusses what makes her a nursing leader. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Role of Charge Nurse

    A 3 page essay that discusses the implications of a significant question: "Why should I inform my charge nurse if the patient is in critical condition"? Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses

    A 3 page essay that describes the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and then addresses the topics of recommendations for areas of weakness and feasibility of enforcement. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nurse Anesthetist Issues

    A 3 page research paper in which the writer looks at ethical issues from the perspective of certified registered nurse anesthetists. A study exploring ethical issues and Army nurse anesthetists is discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nurse’s Role in Healthy People 2010 Agenda

    A 3 page research paper/essay in which the writer offers advice to a student nurse on describing a personal role in the Healthy People 2010 agenda. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • California Nurse-Patient Ratios

    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 nurses to be nurses, and promotes better patient outcomes. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Critique Health Care Leader

    A 5 page paper that provides an observation of a nurse manager in a staff meeting. The paper responds to specific questions; leader style of manager; type of power used; types of motivation; if followers are receptive; and a critique. Bibliography lists 5 sources. PG696119.doc

  • Patient Welfare, Health, and the Family Nurse Practitioner

    A 5 page discussion of the variety of responsibilities and issues facing the nurse practitioner in the contemporary health care environment. According to their nature these issues can either enhance or impede the role of the nurse practitioner in family practice. Client, health, environment, and nursing processes all interplay to impact overall patient welfare. Many of these issues are encompassed under the theoretical framework of the nursing practice. At the same time, however, many of the issues which confront the nurse practitioner are affected as well by such factors as experience and the simple ability to deal with the multitude of issues which arise in the multicultural situation in which we so often work today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Case Management: A Power Point

    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.

  • Nurse Education: Lesson Plan for Navigating a User Crisis

    A 5 page paper discussing learner characteristics, developmental stages and readiness to learn for a group of mental health nurses when devising a lesson plan for handling users in crisis. An appendix discusses the ASSURE model and provides a lesson plan overview for a five-session course of study employing lecture, role play and demonstration. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Role of Public Health Nurse/Diabetes Care

    A 5 page research paper that addresses the role of public health nursing in regards to elderly population with diabetes. The writer stresses the importance of self-management and educational intervention. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner's Role

    A 5 page research paper that examines the role of the family NP. In today's cost-conscious health environment, institutions and clinicians are concerned about how to maintain quality service in a manner that is both cost-effective and provides good patient/client outcomes. Research shows that numerous studies have verified the utility and efficiency of employing increasing number of nurse practitioners to meet this need. This report examines three journal articles that discuss the role of the family nurse practitioner, which offers a brief survey of how this specialty field of nursing is fulfilling needs and is perceived at this time. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

    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 practitioners routinely work in coordination with family physicians, with skill sets that are complementary to each other (Flanagan, 1998). In exploring the role of the FNP, this examination addresses this topic from the standpoint of the four fundamental metaparadigms of nursing. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Article Critique//Charge Nurse Competencies

    An 8 page article critique that examines a qualitative study conducted by Connelly, Yoder and Miner-Williams (2003), which was designed to identify and define the competencies required to be a successful charge nurse. The writer summarizes and analyzes each section of the study article. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Shortcomings and Suggestions for Improvement in the ANA Code of Ethics

    This 5 page paper reviews the ANA Code of Ethics one by one and offers comments. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Possible Barriers for MSN Pursuit by Registered Nurses

    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 perceived barriers include issues directly related to time, money and confidence. How these RNs attempt to overcome the perceived barriers inherently associated with attaining an MSN is paramount to the need for better-educated nurses throughout the industry. Several issues are raised when research seeks to find and address the perceived barriers of registered nurses considering returning to school for an MSN, not the least of which include the impact upon the severe nursing shortage, distance learning, decreased costs associated with higher education, as well as compressing the overall time required to attain the degree. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Nurse and the Future of Canadian Health Care

    This is a 21 page paper discussing how nursing as a professional group may influence the changes and recommendations in the Romanow report for the future of health care in Canada. On November 28, 2002, Roy Romanow and the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada released its final report. This report highlights recommendations in key areas in health care including Medicare; issues in primary health care; prevention and promotion; key measurement tools through the development of the Health Council of Canada; innovation and delivery through information technology; access for rural and remote communities; homecare; prescription drugs; and, Aboriginal health among many other factors and includes funding commitments for these recommendations. The nursing associations across Canada including representatives from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions (CFNU) have supported the Romanow Report as a “remarkable blueprint for building Medicare’s second generation and strengthening the public’s access to nurses” as well as the reforms which “will shorten waiting time and improve care” overall. The professional nursing groups have an active interest in all aspects of the Romanow report which not only broadens the roles and responsibilities of the nurses in Canada but increases the number of programs which will be affiliated with nursing. Most important in regards to nurses’ roles in the recommendations of the report are those which relate to measurement outcomes from an administrative and informative approach; those which relate to various commitments to innovations within the industry and primary care access; homecare access; and the new legislation proposed in regards to the entire health human resources. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Herbal Medicine/What Nurses Should Know

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the information that nurses should offer their patients regarding the use of herbal medicines. It has been estimated that roughly 11 percent of the adult population utilize herbal medications on an annual basis (Dingwall, 2007). Consumers frequently take it for granted that the foods and drugs that they purchase are safe and there is also the misconception that all herbal medicines are safe because they are “natural.” Nurses should be cognizant of the risks involved and the likelihood of their patients taking herbal medicines. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nurse's Role in Patient Assessments

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the role of the nurse in patient assessments. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurse's Role : Patient Smoking Cessation

    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.

  • Leadership Evolves Over Time

    This 3 page paper is based on an interview with a nurse leader. The paper describes the leader’s leadership style and how it evolved over time. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Overview of Nurse Mentors

    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 just been studying. Nursing has been able to reduce the need to focus on technical ability in its selection processes, allowing it to focus more on personality and “team spirit.” Mentoring and networking develops points of verification of the nurse’s possession of those qualities, thereby enhancing individuals’ abilities to achieve the career paths they desire. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing and Chronicity

    A 4 page paper defines the concept, examines why it is important to the nursing profession and considers how the concept may impact upon nurses, patients and families. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • SNF Costs and the Impact of the Shortage of Registered Nurses

    Implementation: A 4 page paper discussing implementation, data collection and evaluation of the proposed plan to institute primary nursing in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for long-term care. The paper discusses the need for both quantitative and qualitative measures as well as ethical considerations attached to preserving individual privacy when assessing change in labor costs resulting from implementation of the plan. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Geriatric Mentally Ill Patients and Nursing

    This 6 page paper considers an experience and training nurse may have undergone when working on a mixed geriatric ward with patients that speak different languages who are suffering from a range of mental illness. The paper focuses on two patients suffering from dementia, the way they are treated and the barriers to communication and treatment. The paper describes the situation and the patients, what was observed considers the feeling with an evaluation and analysis and then looks at how the nurse may do things differently next time. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Nursing Models and Theories of Erickson and Orem

    This 8 page paper provides a comparative view of the nursing models outlined by Orem and Erickson. This paper integrates a comparative assessment of both of their theories and applies them to nursing care. Bibliography lists four sources.

  • Review of an Article on Nursing

    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 data collection and analysis, variables related to the study and control of those variables, internal and external validity, the review of literature, the design of the study, the conclusions drawn, implications and importance of the study. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • State of Science, Nursing Ethics

    A 22 page research paper that examines the state of the science of nursing ethics. This investigation endeavors to offer a broad, exploratory overview of how professional nursing is addressing the numerous ethical challenges that characterize modern healthcare systems. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nurses Using Evidenced-Based Practices

    A 3 page paper that discusses why research is important to nurses and why nurses need to conduct research studies. The writer also comments on the role of the BSN in research. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Developing a Plan for Nursing Education

    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 used, listing the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as means of evaluating them. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Questions

    This 23 page paper answers a set of 25 questions regarding communication and nursing across cultural differences, defining and giving examples of effective communication, where. How and why communication should take place, the impact of patient/nurse language and cultural differences and the potential outcomes of conflict. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Nursing Image

    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.

  • Power and Practice in Nursing

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of the role of RNs in healthcare in New Mexico. This paper considers their role in the organizational setting and the powers that are allocated to nurses and nurse leaders. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Metaparadigms and Nursing

    A 5 page paper discussing the four metaparadigms of nursing include nursing, health, environment and person. The purpose here is to define each concept and assess each one in terms of Mezirow’s (1991) framework of critical reflection, followed by a statement of whether the totality or simultaneity perspective is better suited to each metaparadigm. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Self Care Deficit Theory of Dorothea Orem

    A 3 page research paper that outlines Orem's self-deficit theory of nursing and then discusses specific applications to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Annotated Bibliography of Nurse Research

    This 4 page paper provides an annotated bibliography of nursing articles on different topics in nursing. There are nine sources cited.

  • Integrating Evidence-Based Practice/Professional Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that the need for evidence based practice (EBP) in nursing and how the issue of its integration into nursing has been approached. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Oncology and Coping with an Annotated Bibliography

    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.

  • Discharge Instructions, Heart Patients

    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 nursing manager using the transformational leadership model might address this problem.

  • Overview of Roy Adaptation Model

    A 5 page research paper that presents an examination of literature, which offers an overview of the key components of the Roy Adaptation Model (RAM). The writer describes how the RAM addresses the nursing meta-paradigms of person, environment, health and nursing, as well as how Roy envisioned the principal component of her model, i.e., adaptation. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing and Professionalism

    This 6 page paper looks at the concept of professionalism as it concerns nursing. Reasons why nurses are not seen as professionals are explored. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Diagnoses and Nursing

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the application of nursing diagnosis. This paper outlines the nursing diagnoses commonly used for a case study. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nightingale & Henderson

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the contributions to nursing of these two historical nursing figures, Nightingale and Henderson. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Injuries' Problem Resolution

    This 5 page paper focuses on the fact that nurses become injured frequently as they have to move patients. Resolutions for the problem are considered. The plight of the oncology nurse is used as an example. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing Philosophies of Betty Newman and Jean Watson

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of a nursing philosophy, based on the application of the perspectives of Jean Watson and Betty Newman. This paper demonstrates the integration of the theoretical and practical in the development of a nursing philosophy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Sharing Grief

    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.

  • Balance of Philosophy and Nursing Values

    A 6 page paper discussing the juncture of values, philosophy, theory and legality in providing direct patient care. The paper discusses some of the reasons that individuals choose nursing, and provides an overview of each of the four broad areas reviewed in the paper. The paper includes brief discussions of the theories of Orem and Roy, as well as the primary ethical values of nursing: autonomy, beneficence, non-malficence, fairness and fidelity. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Modern Nursing Evolution in the United States

    A 3 page research paper that takes a brief look at the evolution of modern American nursing, beginning with the Civil War and also focusing on the experience of US nurses in the Philippines during WWII. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing/Personal Reflection Paper

    A 5 page personal reflection paper that relates a particular nursing student's biography to the nursing role of caregiver. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership Attributes

    A 3 page research paper that discusses nursing leadership attributes. The writer defines leadership and then discusses how thinking pro-actively and conducting risk assessment can facilitate a nurse showing leadership and being a successful advocate for patients. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Overview of NMAS and its HIV/AIDS Intervention Program

    An 8 page research paper that offers an overview of New Mexico AIDS Services (NMAS). Based on having conducted a presumed hypothetical interview with a public health nurse employed at NMAS, the writer/tutor offers a description of the program, that is, how it works and what it accomplishes; its program objectives; and the role of the community/public health nurse. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Management of Hypertension Among African Americans

    An 8 page research paper that offers a discussion of literature, which addresses the persistent and severe problem of the high incidence of hypertension among African American populations. First of all the specific background facts of this evidence-based nursing education problem are examined and then the various aspects for a nursing educational intervention are outlined. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Technlogy in Nursing

    A 3 page paper that explains what nursing informatics is and how it is beneficial The writer reports on the progress of electronic recording. The writer also comments on the field of nursing administration. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Counseling a Dysfunctional Family with Obesity

    This 4 page paper discusses the ways in which a community health nurse could use the "family as a client" approach, the structural-functional theory and evidence based nursing to counsel a dysfunctional family with obesity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Development of Nursing Theory

    A 5 page research paper that discusses nursing theory development. The writer discusses the various types of theories and what differentiates them, as well as the purposes and functions of nursing theory within the profession. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing's Personal Code of Ethics

    This 5-page paper focuses on ethics as they pertain to the nursing code of ethics (as formulated through the American Nurses Association). Issues discussed include autonomy, informed consent, beneficence, confidentiality and nonmaleficence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Lesson Plan/Insulin Administration

    A 9 page research paper that consists of 2 separate paper. The first if 6 pages long and deals with instructing new nurses on what and how they should teach patients regarding self-administration of insulin. The second paper is 3 pages long and discusses assessment and evaluation of nursing professional development instructional information. Bibliography for the first lists 4 sources; for the second, lists 1.

  • The U.S. Air Force and Advanced Practice Nursing

    An 18 page paper discussing federal and state laws regarding advanced nursing practice. At present, licensing is a state function, and requirements as well as privileges can widely vary between states. As a national organization, the USAF and other military services may literally be caught in the middle between states’ and federal regulation. The purpose here is to determine whether the USAF advanced nurse practitioners are “functioning beyond their scope of practice as independent licensed practitioners.” Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing and Communication Theory

    A paper which looks at the way in which communication theory is relevant to modern nursing practice, in terms of the relationship between nurse and client and the changing professional structure of the health care system as a whole. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Value of the Family

    A 4 page research paper in which the writer uses tutorial language to aid a student in writing a paper on the value of family based on the student’s nursing practice. The writer discusses family nurses, indicating 2 theories that may be used with this context, Bowen Family System theory and Orem’s Self-Care theory. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • An Analysis on an Article About Caring and Science

    A 3 page article analysis that examines "Science, technology, caring and the professions: are they compatible?" by nurses Hawthorne and Yurkovich (1995). These authors express their concern that caring has declined as a value among various professions. The writer summarizes the article and then critiques it, comparing it to two nursing theories that emphasize caring. Bibliography lists 3 sources, but one reference is incomplete.

  • Jean Watson's and Joyce Travelbee's Nursing Theories

    A 10 page overview of the nursing theories of Joyce Travelbee and Jean Watson. This paper emphasizes the holistic approach of both of these theories, comparing them to other nursing theories and, noting the importance of spiritual, culture, and psychosocial impacts on health. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • The Roper, Logan and Tierney Model of Nursing

    A 4 page paper discussing the history and utility of the Roper, Logan and Tierney model (12 activities of daily living), followed by a short discussion of the four metaparadigms of nursing: nursing, health, environment and person. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Three Nursing Theories

    A 15 page paper presenting a patient case followed by application of three nursing theories to that single case. The nursing theories examined are Roy’s Adaptation Model, Neuman’s System Model and Orem’s Theory of Self-Care. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Personal Narraive/2 Year RN to 4 Year RN

    A 5 page personal essay that discusses the nursing education. The writer uses the metaphor of a journey to describe the various aspects of nursing. No bibliography is provided.

  • Democratic Nursing Leadership

    A 3 page research paper that discusses what constitutes a democratic nursing leadership style. The write draws upon current research to help formulate a personal philosophy of nursing leadership. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Case Management/Autism

    A 3 page research paper that discusses nursing case management of pediatric autism. The writer addresses how principal concerns of intervention and how the nurse coordinates these concerns within the context of a multidisciplinary team. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 1996 Study on Emergency Situations and Clinical Decision Making

    A 6 page research paper that examines the processes involved in clinical decision making under emergency situations. Focusing primarily on a 1996 study, the writer explores how nursing decisions in emergency situations have a tremendous impact on patient outcomes, and how these nurses focus on keeping the "big picture" in regards to seeing all details pertaining to diagnosis and practice. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • An Overview of Critical Care Nursing

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of the issue of caring in the critical care scenario. This is a nursing paper that outlines the importance of caring from a nursing perspective. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Home Care and the Effects of Mandatory Continuation of Nursing Education

    This 50 page paper provides an overview of the impacts of a mandatory continuing professional nursing education mandate on improvements in nursing home care. Bibliography lists 30 sources.

  • Holistic Nursing and Migraine Headaches

    A 5 page research paper that investigating holistic nursing approaches to migraine headache sufferers. As migraines constitute a chronic condition that can debilitate patients emotionally, as well as physically, holistic nursing approaches are particularly apt in facilitating and developing an effective care plan that can help patients in remaining spiritually resilient in the face of a chronic condition. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Multiple Sclerosis Client Case Study Patient Assessment

    This 7 page paper provides a fictitious case study of a young woman presenting with MS symptoms. How a nurse can counsel this patient with the newly diagnosed disorder is the focus of this paper. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music As Sedation for Children

    A 3 page research paper that summarizes the effect of music in a study conducted by Loewy, et al (2006), which utilized a sample group of 60 pediatric patients who ranged in age from 1 month through 5 years in order to compare the effects of chloral hydrate to music therapy in regards to sedating children while they underwent EEG testing. This study showed music therapy to be a safer and more efficient means of sedation for young children undergoing diagnostic testing. No additional sources cited.

  • Music Therapy and Stroke Victims

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the literature pertaining to music therapy and how it can help stroke victims. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Clinical Environmental Considerations of Music Therapy

    A 12 page discussion of the potential benefits of music therapy in reducing pain and anxiety associated with varied medical procedures and conditions. This paper emphasizes that while music therapy can be a tremendously positive factor in patient well being, music therapy opens up a whole gamut of considerations which must be given specific attention to ensure that the outcome is more positive than negative. Music therapy is considerably more complex than grabbing a CD off the shelf and plugging it in. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Comparing Childbirth Open And Closed Glottis Pushing

    7 pages in length. Childbirth methodology consists of various ways in which to expel the baby both safely and effectively, with breathing and pushing techniques representing two of the most critical. During natural childbirth, the mother is coached to breath and push almost simultaneously in order to drive the baby down the birth canal; however, whether she chooses to push with an open glottis or closed glottis is up for significant debate as to the overall safety and efficacy of each application. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Article Critique/Perceptions of Palliative Care

    A 6 page article critique that summarizes and analyzes a study by Johnston and Smith (2006) on palliative care. After defining precisely what is meant by "palliative care," the researchers indicate that the purpose of their study is "to explore the perceptions of patients and nurses of palliative care" in order to more precisely define the "concept of the expert palliative nurse" (Johnston and Smith, 2006, p. 701). The various section of the research study are reviewed and the writer discusses the significance of the research findings. No additional sources cited.

  • Article Critique/Quality of Life/Palliative Care

    A 6 page article critique of a study conducted by Peters and Sellick (2006) that concerns a comparison between two settings for palliative care: inpatient hospice care and home-based care. The results show home-based care as preferable and the writer discusses the study and its implications. No additional sources cited.

  • Palliative Care and the Theory of Dorothea Orem

    A 5 page research paper. In addressing nursing practice and the needs of patients, nurses often adopt a theoretical model that aids them in conceptualize and meeting those needs. The following examination looks at how Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory facilitates and informs palliative care for a patient with arm lymphedema. It will show how Orem's model of nursing care fits the needs of this patient and facilitates helping the patient to reach self-care deficit goals. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Exercises for Parkinson's Disease Patient

    A 3 page research paper that describes an exercise regimen suitable to a Parkinson's disease patient. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Patient Satisfaction As An Indication of Clinical Quality

    A 5 page research paper that examines this topic. In general, patient satisfaction with healthcare has been used as an overall indication of the quality of care (Harris-Haywood, et al, 2007). As this suggests, the patient-provider relationship is understood to have encompass a wide range of effects on the practice of medicine and the healthcare system as a whole. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Impacts of the Level of Nursing Education on Patient Reported Outcomes

    This 15 page paper provides an overview of the impacts of nursing levels of education and the self-reported satisfaction or perceptions of elements like safety. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Hand-Washing - Importance, Practice and Barriers to Best Practice

    This 7 page examined hand decontamination, looking at the issues concerning hand washing in the medical environment. The paper looks at the evidence baaed aspects of the concept and considers how and why it is important as well as the barriers which prevent full compliance from many medical staff. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • An Article Review on Community Acquired Pneumonia

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of a quantitative research article on community acquired pneumonia (CAP). This paper relates the foundations of the article and considers the implications. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Pressure Ulcers/Changing Care

    A 3 page research paper that discusses a proposed change in the nursing process of care pertaining to preventing pressure ulcers. The writer discusses change theory, pressure ulcer prevention and how a beneficial change in care might be implemented. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Homeless Veterans with PTSD

    A 15 page research paper that discusses this topic. This examination of literature specifically examines the target population homeless veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), what this entails, and the role of the nurse educator in addressing the needs of this population. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Community Nursing and the Concepts of Community and Aggregates

    This 3 page paper discsuses the concepts of community and aggregates as they apply to community nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Independence Loss and Senior Citizens

    A 10 page research paper that investigates this topic. While safety is a consideration for all patients, it is a particularly intense consideration in regards to when an elderly patient is hospitalized. Elderly patients who have previously been active can resist the loss of their independence and have trouble accepting a new reduced level of activity while hospitalized. Furthermore, an elderly patient may become confused in new surroundings and this may acerbate the tendency to wander or try to maintain their usual degree of independence. This can be inherently dangerous. An elderly patient who attempts to climb out of hospital bed with the bed rails raised can become entrapped and injured. They can fall while trying to get to the bathroom and falls for the elderly can be potentially fatal. This literature review looks at the factors that can impact how elderly patient adjust to a loss of independence. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Tools to aid with Quality Implementations in a Home Care Agency to Help Reduce Fall Incident Rates

    This 10 page paper looks at tools which may be used to help reduce falls in patients of a homecare agency. The paper starts by looking at the tools that may be used in a partial manner to assess the risk to aid with interventions. The tools considered include the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, the Downtown Fall Risk Tool and a CDC backed environmental assessment. The use of IT support is then considered, including the use of a balanced scorecard, management information systems and specialised applications. The paper then looks at the reasons for the use of benchmarking and milestones and considers how the plan fits in with the organizations mission and vision. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Quality Improvement Tools Healthcare

    This 6 page paper looks at some tools which may be used of quality improvement in healthcare. The paper starts by identifying two potential areas of quality improvement and discussing the type of data needed. The main part of the paper then looks at three tools or approaches which may be useful in gathering, measuring and assessing data needed to support a QI initiative. The tools discusses include patient health survey, Six Sigma and the use of data mining. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Literature Review of Incidences of Septic Shock and Sepsis in ICU Patients

    This 15 page paper is a review of literature on the issue of sepsis and septic shock in the Intensive Care Unit. This paper outlines the pathophysiology of sepsis and the factors that lead to septic shock. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Vital Signs/Multi-Ethnic Groups in US

    A 3 page research paper that discusses a student's question. According to an online medical dictionary (www.medical- dictionary.thefreedictionary.com), the term "vital signs" is defined as "Basic indicators of body function, usually meaning heartbeats per minute, breaths per minute, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight." In answer to the student's research question: "Do vital signs and general measurements vary between ethnic groups in the US?", the answer depends on which vital sign or measurement that is being discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Heath Care and Nursing's Pender Promotion Model

    An 8 page paper discussing this model of nursing and model of health care, particularly as it relates to education. The Pender model holds that people are willing and able to take the steps necessary to improve their health standing, to seek increasing levels of wellness rather than only existing without the presence of illness. Delivering health-enhancing information within the confines of the Pender model as well as deference to learning theory can be of tremendous benefit to individuals. It is reasonable to assume that greater progress in a shorter period of time provides additional incentive to retain new behaviors and to continue practicing them until they become ingrained. Achieving healthier behaviors over the long term is the goal of those in health promotion. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Eradicating Smallpox, Implications for Polio

    A 10 page research paper that describes the successful WHO campaign to eradicate smallpox and how this experience can be applied to achieve eradication of polio. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Websites on Nursing Theorists Margaret A. Newman, Betty Neuman, and Virginia Henderson

    In three pages this paper examines three websites in terms of research availability and publications, theoretical applicability, and theory attractiveness to the writer. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Secondhand Smoke and Public Policy

    A 5 page research paper that discusses research and argues that smoking should be prohibited in all public places and work environments in order to protect the public from secondhand smoke. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Community Health Issue in Kentucky/Smoking Cessation

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the problem of smoking cessation with a community health perspective based on Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory. According to 2003 statistics, Kentucky ranks as having the highest percentage of smokers in its population so this is a particularly crucial public health issue in this state. Principles of smoking cessation intervention are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Role of the Registered Nurse in Educating Teens about STDs/HPV

    This 6 page paper describes the way in which RNs can educate teens about sexually transmitted diseases, in particular the human papillomavirus, and why a nurse, rather than another medical professional, is the best person to do so. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • STDs and Plans of Health Promotion

    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 and local organizations are developing plans for the prevention of STDs through the education of the public provided mainly through health care facilities, centers and providers. Nurses play a dominant role in regards to health promotion in communities as many are involved not only in the larger centers such as hospital settings in which they will come in contact with patients with STDs but nurses also promote education in smaller communities through awareness programs for the schools, local centers and physician practices. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Effects of Stress

    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 when negative stressors become excessive. As established by Selye in the 1950s, this can produce “fight-or-flight response,” which if prolonged can lead to psychological and/or physical illness (Lunney, 2006). As this suggests, this topic is of particular interest to nursing because excessive stress has become so pervasive in contemporary society. Examination of literature pertaining to excessive stress reveals the physiological mechanisms that are triggered by stress, their effects both physically and psychologically, as well as suggests nursing interventions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Factors in Nursing Philosophy Development

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the four fundamental concepts defining modern nursing.

  • Objectives Regarding Professional Development as a Nurse Educator

    A 3 page paper discussing a nurse’s plans to finish her current MSN course of study and to gain a PhD in preparation for a career as a nurse educator. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Mentally-Ill Homeless/Mexican-American Women

    An 8 page research paper that examines literature focusing on a segment of the homeless population whose needs have been under-addressed by research, the homeless, mentally ill Mexican American woman. As research on this demographic group is limited, it is necessary to investigate what is known about the various facets of this description. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Transformational Leadership/Nurse Retention

    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.

  • Diabetes in Adolescence

    A 4 page research paper that focuses on adolescent diabetics and discusses this cohort of patients from the perspective of primary, secondary and tertiary preventive care. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are briefly discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing, the Self Care Deficit Model of Dorothea Orem, and Urinary Incontinence

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of an article by Francie Bernier called “Relationship of a pelvic floor rehabilitation program for urinary incontinence to Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing: Part 1” which considers the impact of the problem of urinary incontinence and the application of nursing theory in defining protocols for care. This paper relates the findings to Dorothea Orem's Self-Care theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Article Analysis/Urinary Incontinence Study

    A 3 page article critique that summarizes and analyzes a study on urinary incontinence among nursing home residents in the Southeastern US. No additional sources cited.

  • Care of Senior Citizens and Issues of Dependency and Incontinence

    A 5 page research paper that addresses issues involving incontinence and dependency associated with elder care. While it is natural that there is a decline in abilities as individuals go through life, many commonly held beliefs about aging are grossly inaccurate and perpetuate unnecessary suffering for elder citizens. These misconceptions concern physical capabilities, but also influence whether or not older people remain active and engaged in life or become overly dependent on others. Research shows that the dependency that elders develop is sometimes out of proportion to their actual physical capabilities. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Senior Citizens and Incontinence

    An 8 page paper that includes an introduction, purpose of study, literature review, theoretical framework and conclusion. Reports of the incidence of urinary incontinence differ greatly, depending on the ages included and the definition of incontinence. What is certain is that at least half the older residents in nursing homes suffer from this condition. The different types of incontinence are described. Different interventions that have significantly decreased the incidence are discussed. Statistical data include the incidence and the annual costs related to this condition. This is a problem that some authors call underdiagnosed and undertreated. There are many interventions that can dramatically decrease incontinence and provide the older adult and the elderly person with greater quality of life. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Staff Shortages and UAPs

    A 4 page research paper that outlines a proposal for a change project that would address the factors involved in helping nurses to delegate tasks effective to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Senior Citizens with Chronic Illnesses and Social Deprivation

    A 20 page research proposal for studying social deprivation among the chronically ill elderly. The inward focus that chronic illness encourages can serve to greatly deprive the chronically ill elderly of the social interaction that could be so beneficial for them and increase their quality of life. Over-dependence on pain-killing drugs can hinder social interaction even when there are other seniors present, however. These individuals may also feel that they have little in common with other residents, however, and still not gain the benefits of opportunity for greater social interaction. Reminiscence therapy is seen as a tool for increasing the sense of well being for the individual, along with providing a common ground for increased social interaction among residents. Includes an abstract. Bibliography lists 27 sources.

  • Senior Citizens and Incontinence

    An 8 page paper that includes an introduction, purpose of study, literature review, theoretical framework and conclusion. Reports of the incidence of urinary incontinence differ greatly, depending on the ages included and the definition of incontinence. What is certain is that at least half the older residents in nursing homes suffer from this condition. The different types of incontinence are described. Different interventions that have significantly decreased the incidence are discussed. Statistical data include the incidence and the annual costs related to this condition. This is a problem that some authors call underdiagnosed and undertreated. There are many interventions that can dramatically decrease incontinence and provide the older adult and the elderly person with greater quality of life. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Research Proposal Regarding a Study of Institutionalized Elderly and Depression

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a proposal for a research study on the issue of depression in the elderly population. This paper specifically looks at institutionalized elderly and the impacts of variables that determine the onset of depression. Further, this paper also considers the issue of mortality and the link to depression, and the application of a holistic nursing model to address depression.

  • Health Promotion Proposal/Childhood Obesity

    A 12 page research paper, which includes a 1 page abstract, which presents a health promotion proposal study that addresses the problem of childhood obesity and focuses on a proposed intervention that would be geared toward educating and helping the parents of toddlers to establish good eating habits early in life. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Study Proposal/African American Women and hypertension

    A 15 page research paper that outlines the first chapter on a study dissertation that addresses the influence of affordability on medication adherence among hypertensive African American women. The paper describe the nature of the problem, purpose of the study, the conceptual framework, operational definitions, assumptions, limitations, scope and delimitations. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Effectiveness of Sex Education in Teen HIV Prevention

    A 14 page research paper that offers a research study proposal. The hypothesis for the proposed study is that a sex education program that significantly affects the attitudes and norms of participant adolescents and creates positive cognition toward abstinence and delayed sexual behavior can be termed to be effective, as this result can logically be assumed to have a positive effect on the incidence of HIV among adolescents/young adults. The proposal outlines the parameters of the problem and provides background information on the issues, which states the purpose of the proposed study. A literature review provides context, as it summarizes previous research on this topic. The proposed methodology, data collection and analysis are then summarized. Samples of a parental/guardian consent form and a participant asset form are also included. The proposal also includes a 1 page abstract. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Final Project Proposal, Vitamin D Epidemic

    This 11 page paper is a comprehensive research proposal for a project that focuses on the vitamin D worldwide epidemic. The paper describes the various sections of the research project, which will involved a literature synthesis. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Smoking & Increased Prevalence of Lung Cancer in Women

    A 17 page research proposal for conducting an extensive review of literature on the increased incidence of lung cancer in women and its presumed association with cigarette smoking. The writer offers a matrix that summarizes 12 studies and discusses the various sections of the proposed study. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Asthma Proposal: Decision Making

    This 6 page paper provides an overview of two sections an asthma research proposal, decision-making and the review of literature. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Computerized System in the Prevention of Medication Errors

    A 12 page project proposal that begins with a 1 page executive summary. The writer outlines the need, offering relevant background and summarizes literature that shows that CPOE systems are needed and effective. The author next discuses the theoretical foundation for the proposal and this is followed by a description of the proposal plan, which includes the goals, objectives, strategies, timelines, budget, and evaluation methods for effectiveness. The paper concludes with final observations and implications for nursing practice. Bibliography7 lists 8 sources.

  • Hospital Innovation Program Education Proposal

    A 22 page paper presenting the full proposal for an innovation program at a large hospital. Program goals include (1) enabling insulin IV drip on the medical ward, rather than transferring the patient to ICU; (2) assisting patients to gain and maintain control over their blood glucose levels; and (3) encouraging continuous improvement in nursing knowledge and patient education. The program's theoretical base is a combination of planned behavior and the health-belief model in which the patient believes a problem exists and that treatment is effective. Outgrowth of the program will include greater patient education for better self-management of their diabetes. The paper includes sections addressing implementation and evaluation. Bibliography lists 22 sources.

  • Delimitations, Summary Sections for Proposed Study

    A 3 page paper that offers a guide to a student writing a study proposal that offers suggestions for the sections of the proposal describing “delimitations and limitations” and the “significance of the study.” The proposed study addresses the problem of obesity and the influence of health beliefs on lifestyle choices. No bibliography is offered.

  • Overview of Medication Errors

    A 5 page research paper is in two sections. The first section offers an overview of the problem and proposes a solution, which is specifically that nurses should be educated in the "five rights," but also that technological solutions should be implemented in order to address the complexity of current medication administration. The second section summarizes 5 scholarly articles that support this solution. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Pet Therapy Proposa

    A 3 page research paper that takes the form of a research proposal to design a study to evaluate the efficacy of animal assisted therapy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Appendicitis Case Study

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of a case of "Bruce," a 12-year-old boy who may have appendicitis. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Case Study/Death of a Client

    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 experience in creating this guide. However, the report describes a case, the setting, and then offers analysis. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • A Case Study to Demonstrate Influences on the Delivery of Mental Healthcare

    This 10 page paper uses the fictitious case of a mental health patient living in the community to illustrate the impact that political philosophies and statutory instruments have on the way care is provided for those suffering from mental illnesses. The paper is written with reference to policies and legislation in the UK. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Roy’s Adaptation Model: A Case Study

    A 7 page overview of a Celeste Roy’s nursing theory in regard to patient adaptation. This paper applies that theory to a specific case study. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Reaction Paper on a Case Study

    A 3 page reaction paper to an essay by Dorothy C. Buck, entitled “Raoul,” which recounts the experience of this mother in raising a son with cerebral palsy. The writer discusses the implications of this article in regards to medical practice as it was in the 1960s contrasted with the holistic nursing practice of today. No bibliography is provided.

  • Patient Case Study

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of a patient history, diagnosis and potential treatment options. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Case Study of a Boy with Acne

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of the case of a boy with acne and the nursing diagnoses used for his care. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Occupational Rehabilitation For A Nurse; A Case Study

    This 14 page paper is based on a case study provided by the student. Following an attack by patient a nurse has been injured and is suffering both physical and psychological symptoms. The paper looks at the approach which can be taken to facilitate occupational rehabilitation for the benefit of the nurse and the hospital. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Case Study: A Menopausal Woman

    A 6 page research paper that, first of all, offers background information on menopause, such as definition, epidemiology and pathophysiology before discussing a specific case study and offering recommendations. Bibliography lists 6 sources, but one citation is not complete.

  • Case Study/Breast Cancer

    A 9 page research paper that, first of all, defines breast cancer and then discusses epidemiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, risk factors and controversial risk factors. The writer then addresses various questions that pertain to a specific case study. Bibliography lists Bibliography lists 11 sources, but one reference citation is incomplete.

  • Communications in Health Care (Case Study Analysis)

    This 4 page paper provides a case study and analysis. Communication is discussed in the health care setting. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Case Study & Critical Thinking Styles

    A 4 page examination of a thinking problem that considers a nursing case study. Various styles of thinking are accorded a different color “cap” and issues are explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Diabetes Mellitus: A Case Study

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a case study of a person with diabetes mellitus, including a treatment plan and cost analysis of treatment. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Case Study in Gender and Family Health

    A 4 page research paper that, first, offers a case study of a young woman with ovarian cysts. The writer then discusses each aspect of the case study, referring to relevant literature, before offering conclusions. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Case Study/Self-Harm, Lacerations on Wrist

    A 6 page research paper that discusses a case study of a 28-year-old woman who self harms. The writer discusses the literature on this problem. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Fourteen Forces Of Magnetism - Case Study

    A 16 page paper. Magnet Designation has become a highly coveted designation. It is a program that focuses on nurses. This paper explains the 14 Forces of Magnetism and what an organization must do to achieve this recognition. A Veterans Administration hospital is used as an example. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Ethics and Operations Management

    A 3 page research paper that discusses ethical decision making in operations management as it applies to nursing case management. A specific case study is presented and discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • ICU Delirium

    A 5 page research paper that discusses delirium in the context of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Research addressing delirium in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has been ongoing since the 1960s (Hartwick, 2003). However, despite all that has been learned over the past forty years, ICU patients continue to suffer from delirium and it continues to hinder recovery and healing. The complications of ICU delirium are shown by a specific case study reported by Harwick (2003). This case study illustrates how nursing care can directly impact the effects of delirium and it also underscores the importance of nursing education on this topic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Facing a Family Health Challenge

    This 7 page research paper addresses a specific case study, which describes a patient suffering from the end-stage lung cancer. The overall objective of this examination is to relate how nursing approaches that are described in literature can be applied in order to aid this patient and her family in facing a complex health challenge. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Case Study/COPD

    A 3 page research paper that discusses a COPD case study with recommendations on how to improve the quality of life for the patient. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Case Study in Support of EBP

    This 16 page paper provides an overview of a case study for practice in the clinical setting. This paper reflects the importance of evidence-based practice in nursing. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • A Pre-Operative Nursing Care Case Study

    This 7 pagep paper provides an overview of a nursing case study, in this case an assessment of a patient prior to surgery. This paper assesses the factors that might impact his care. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing Care for Elderly Patient

    A 7 page research paper that describes the nursing diagnoses and goals appropriate to the indicated case study of an 80-year-old woman who has undergone hip replacement. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Diabetic Case Study/Art of Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that interprets a case study on a diabetic patient at a long-term care facility from the perspective of nursing as an art. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis, A Case Study

    This 7 page research paper, which includes a 1 page abstract, presents a case study that pertains to an 18-year-old high school student diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis. The writer covers the disease's pathophysiology, as well as a synthesis of evidence-based practice data pertaining to clinical recommendations for treatment and lifestyle changes. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis, A Case Study

    A 5 page research paper that addresses specific aspects of care in regards to a case study scenario that pertain to a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nightingale's Theory, Case Study of Elderly Woman

    A 5 page research paper that uses the focus provided by the nursing theory of Florence Nightingale to discuss a case study of an elderly woman with Alzheimer's who demonstrates the symptoms of geriatric failure to thrive. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Caring Nursing Theory of Jean Watson

    This 10 page paper uses only primary sources to explore the author's views on caring and how it is important to the nursing profession. The concepts as relayed by Watson are applied to a case study provided by a student. The case study is thoroughly evaluated but there is much attention paid to the intricacies of the author's theories. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Case Study, Essential Hypertension

    This 5 page research paper, which includes a brief abstract, offers a case study that focuses on a 52-year-old man with essential hypertension. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Case Study, Acute Renal Failure

    A 5 page research paper that draws upon a case study to offer an overview of acute renal failure. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Alzheimer's Diagnosis

    A 3 page research paper that describes a case study and then discusses the criteria for making a diagnosis of Alzheimer's listing DSM-IV-TR criteria. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Problem of High Staff Turnover Rates of Nurses in Primary Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

    Primary healthcare in Saudi Arabia has been developed with a high degree of political commitment. However, the development is hindered by the high staff turnover in the nursing profession. This 22 page paper looks at the primary healthcare service from the perceptive of the nurses, identifies the potential causes of high employee turnover and applies them the community nursing in Saudi Arabia. The paper then assesses the cost of the turnover in terms of economic cost and quality and then makes recommendations to reduce the turnover rate. The bibliography cites 35 sources.

  • Foot Fatigue in Nurses: A Theoretical Framework for Change

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a theoretical foundation for change in a nursing organization for foot fatigue. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Mandated Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the controversial subject of mandated nurse-to-patient ratios, including a focus on the law in California. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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

    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.

  • Nurse Practitioner Role/The Present, The Future

    A 12 page research paper that includes a 1 page abstract and discusses the present and possible NP role in the healthcare system by discussing possible changes to that role. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Nurse Practitioner's Role and Strategies

    A 4 page research paper that discusses educational routes for becoming a nurse practitioner. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurse Staffing Ratios

    A 3 page research paper that discusses mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios, the experience of the State of California, whether other state are following suit, and deduction from relevant literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Project

    This 12 page paper provides an overview of a project designed to support the implementation of a new role for the clinical nurse leader. This paper considers the role of the CNL and also the impacts for other nursing staff. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Implementing Patient to Nurse Ratios in the Healthcare Environment

    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. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Pharmaceutical Sales and the Entrance of Nurses

    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 them to nursing, while yet enjoying much more regular hours and a greater sense of personal control. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nursing

    A 6 page paper discussing the role of the nurse practitioner, requirements for the certification and some of the problems that NPs face. Though the American Medical Association complains about their expanding roles in health care, many MDs prefer hiring NPs because of their advanced training and knowledge. The role of the NP is seen as expanding in the future. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Community Health Nursing Considerations

    A 6 page discussion of the myriad of situations which can confront the community health care nurse. The author of this paper contends that community health nursing encompasses a diversity of health care and social arenas. Consequently, numerous issues are often associated with community health care. Two are centered out for the purpose of this paper, obstetric care among drug-addicted mothers and child abuse. The author emphasizes ignorance is no excuse in the community health care environment. We must simply seek out the specialized training we may need and we must act. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Admissions Essay, Doctoral Program, Family Nurse Practitioner

    A 7 page example admissions essay for a Family Nurse Practitioner discussing plans for a doctoral program. The writer specifically addresses suggestions for the student in regards to stating goals, providing an example of problem solving and plans for a final synthesis research project. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hospital Nurses, Employment Stress, Performance, and Social Support Among Other Nurses

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of an article entitled: Job Stress, Job Performance and Social Support Among Hospital Nurses. This article review provides a comprehensive look at this research article. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Five Questions About the Role of Nurse Manager

    A 4 page paper answering 5 questions about the role of the nurse manager; input into budget preparation; and gaining greater influence in budget preparation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Master's Degree in Nursing and Self Development

    A 15 page essay/research paper that offers a student a comprehensive template for discussing self development in reference to pursuing a masters degree in nursing. It is taken as axiomatic that in order to reach a specific destination, it is wise to obtain a road map and plan one's route for reaching that destination. Similarly, this type of thinking is equally wise in regards to life in general. In order to achieve specific goals, that is, one's "destination," it is advantageous to have a "road map," which delineates, first of all, what the destination-goals are and offers a strategy for achieving them. The development of such a "road map" begins with self knowledge. However, it also entails looking at available options; evaluating areas for possible improvement, and consideration of lifetime goals and objectives, both professional and personally. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Theory and Nurse Leadership

    A 5 page paper discussing a nurse leader at Allenmore Hospital in Washington, D.C., describing the setting in which the nurse leader works and the manner by which she leads people reporting to her. The paper also includes discussion about contingency theory and situational leadership. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Emergency Nurses Association

    A 4 page research paper that offers an in-depth look at this nursing organization. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

    A 6 page research paper that discusses this nursing issue. The writer discusses the issues involved and possible strategies for addressing them. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nurse Salaries

    This 3 page paper reports national median average nurse salaries in 2008, according to years of experience. The paper provides additional information for nurse salaries in the state of California, using three different cities for operating room nurses and reporting the median averages, in general for the state. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Comparing Australian Nursing Roles in Gerontology

    A 5 page research paper that offers an overview of the RN role in Australian nursing practice in aged care and then discusses the new role of aged care nurse practitioners, comparing the two. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Function and Role of Nurse Practitioners

    A 7 page research paper that examines the role and function of nurse practitioners (NPs) with particular emphasis on the NP role in Canada. A literature review on this topic shows that there are several significant roles for NPs emerging within acute care settings. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • New Nursing Ward Manager/Challenges Involved

    A 7 page research paper that explores nursing literature to determine the various challenges faced by a newly promoted nursing ward managers. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Encouraging Continuation of Breast Feeding

    A 5 page paper which examines why some women stop breast feeding earlier than others. The paper also examines how nurses can help women nurse longer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • A Nursing Analysis of 'A Study of Practicing Nurses Perceptions and Experiences of Intimacy within the Nurse-Patient Relationship'

    This 10 page report discusses research conducted regarding the nursing perspective of patient-nurse intimacy. The research is considered within specific guidelines relating to how qualitative research is best analyzed. By following such a process, an individual nurse has a greater opportunity to review for her/himself information presented in research journals and publications. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Licensing Registered Nurses

    A 3 page paper that explains the requirements and criteria for being licenses as a registered nurse in the U.S. The governmental agencies involved in regulation are identified and the steps for licensure are outlined. The writer also comments on the steps for a foreign-educated nurse receiving a license to practice in the U.S. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Health Assessment Models and the General Practice Nurse

    This 11 page paper examines the role of the practice nurse using health assessment models. The paper starts by looking at the importance of health needs assessments and the use of Maslow’s Hierarchy and Bradshaw’s taxonomy of needs. The paper then considers the use of different models of consultation skills, the role of in analysis and decision making, the nurse as part of a team and how the models apply to this role. The bibliography cites 25 sources.

  • Reimbursing NPs at 100 Percent

    A 15 page paper that discusses the topic of reimbursement for nurse practitioners. The paper focuses on policy changes and the effects of those changes. Discussions include background, scoped, significance, recommendations, fiscal implications, and evaluation of a new policy. If NPs are reimbursed at 100 percent, what would happen? Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • The Cost Consequences of the New York Ban on Nurse Overtime

    This 3 page paper is an outline style paper. The paper starts by looking at the contents of the bill which came into force in New York in 2009, looking at who it impacts, how it is to be implemented and exceptions to the mandatory overtime ban. The paper then looks at the financial costs and why the costs for nursing care may increase. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Needs Assessment and Simulation

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of a needs assessment for the use of simultion technology to teach nurses how to use pulmonary artery catheters in the clinical setting. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses

    A 3 page research paper that, first of all, discusses the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON), which is a professional, non-profit organizations that is run by volunteers and whose goals are to advance and facilitate the lives of and careers of the nation's orthopaedic nurses (About, 2006). Then, the writer discusses the benefits of joining a professional organization. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Value of Joining a Nurses’ Organization

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the value of joining a professional nursing organization and then profiles the ANA and the National League for Nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nurse Managers and Their Role in Nursing Shortages

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of the issue of nursing shortages and the role of nurse managers as leaders in the industry. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nurses and Controlling Infection

    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.

  • The Role of the Nurse Executive

    This 11 page paper provides an overview of the role of the nurse executive in the healthcare system. This paper considers the changing nature of this role in light of healthcare reforms. Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • Casuistry Ethics and Nursing

    A 5 page paper that discusses different issues. The first topic is the Casuistry ethics approach, which is explained and discussed. Other topics focus on setting up a family nurse practitioner clinic in Louisiana, including the laws governing such enterprises. Components of the business plan are identified and the write comments on the characteristics the nurse practitioner needs to have to succeed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Images

    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, while "careerist" represents professional knowledge and expertise. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurse Educator Shortages and Alternatives

    An 11 page paper discussing the shortage of nurse educators and offering alternatives for alleviating this shortage that exacerbates the larger nursing shortage. In a self-perpetuating cycle, the nursing shortage now has begun promoting itself by means of a shortage of nursing educators. Nearly 33,000 qualified applicants were turned away from four-year and graduate programs in 2004 because of the shortage of educators, almost 4,000 of those were applying to graduate school and could have become educators themselves. The paper suggests opening additional graduate school spaces; develop creative means of recruiting graduate students; improving the image of nursing and its working conditions; recruiting non-nurses to teach courses such as process flow and management; and enlisting the aid of private insurers that recognize the financial benefits of greater numbers of nurses. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Coping Strategies & Influences on Student Nurse

    A 4 page paper that offers a nursing study advice on how to write an essay that addresses coping/defense mechanisms and personal influences. Tutorial language is used. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nurses Knowledge of Prevention Strategies for Constipation in Elderly Patients who are Bed Bound: A Health Promotion Study

    This 20 page paper provides an overview of a health promotion study about the nature of constipation in elderly bed bound patients. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

  • Current Nursing Shortage and its Impact

    A 6 page paper which examines the impact of the current nursing shortage on the nursing profession and considers the implications for the future. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Overview of Family Nurse Practitioner

    A 9 page paper. Four specific areas relative to family nurse practitioners are discussed: conceptual framework; the scope of practice; the kinds of policies that impact family nurse practitioners; and tips on the socialization and role transition process. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Addressing the Nursing Shortage

    An 8 page discussion of the many problems inherent in the current nursing shortage. The author evaluates various legislative suggestions to alleviate that shortage. House Resolution 5924, a bill calling for increased caps for Visas for foreign nurses, is dismissed as a less than workable possibility. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Practicum Outline

    This 6 page paper is an outline for a practicum exercise on a nursing course (NUR/590A). The paper presents a table outlining a set of learning objectives along with learning strategies and the way accomplishments may be evidenced. The project is to introduce electronic patient records to a nursing agency providing care in patients own home.

  • Nursing Concerns at Large Hospital System

    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 some of their problems. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing and Ethical Values

    A 5 page paper discussing whether it is possible to teach ethics and ethical values in nursing. The answer is a resounding yes, of course. In support of that position, the paper discusses the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls. While Kant and Mill (the categorical imperative and “the greater good”) provide a sound basis, the philosophy of Rawls is seen as being most directly applicable to teaching ethics in nursing. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Profession of Nursing

    An 8 page contention that the factor that distinguishes nursing from non-professional vocations is the level of proficiency that is required by the profession. This proficiency depends not just on the organizational provisions and procedures that are put in place but on the knowledge of the nurse herself. Knowledge goes hand in hand not only with education but with experience and the ability to apply research to clinical practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Vocabulary

    A 4 page research paper that answers specific questions about nursing terminology. The writer discusses phenomenon and concept; conceptual framework and theory and how the metaparadigms of nursing are applied to theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Applications of the Social Ecology Model

    A 4 page research paper that defines and discusses the features of the Social Ecology Model, which was formulated by Urie Bronfenbrenner in the late 1970s. The writer describes applications in nursing and compares it to the nursing process. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership for Today and Future

    A 3 page example essay that offers a nursing student suggests for how to respond to an essay prompt that asks for evaluation of an online nursing leadership course. The writer makes use of tutorial language in advising the student. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Shared Governance v. Collective Bargaining in Nursing Labor Relations

    A 3 page paper comparing the benefits of collective bargaining and the shared governance approach as they apply to nursing. Labor unions superficially appear to be attractive, but their relationship with management almost always is adversarial. Partnership and greater patient focus are expected within the shared governance model, however, which also is more consistent with the core values of nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Staff Retention Tool of Nursing Leadership

    This 100 page dissertation relates the issue of nursing leadership, including leadership qualifications, training and communication, as the basis for retaining staffing in the nursing profession. Bibliography lists 30 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage in Canada

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the shortage of nurses in Canada and the factors that affect this situation. This literature review examines the Canadian nursing shortage from various analytical perspectives and then offers strategies for possible solutions to this major health care problem. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Limited Nursing Advocacy

    A 4 page research paper that examines a nursing situation in which "limited advocacy" is a factor. The writer discusses how hospital policy can restrict visitation and how nurses should consider the needs of the patient and the patient's family in making decisions on this issue. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Article Critique/Learning Style Preferences

    A 7 page research paper that summarizes and analyzes Rassool and Rawaf's 2007 study "Learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students." This critique argues that while the authors reveal information that has the potential to aid nurse educators in accomplishing their instructional goals, the limitations that the authors discuss in terms of the reliability and validity of their study instrument, as well as, the self-selection element in their study sample, correspondingly limits the extent to which their findings can be accurately generalized to a broader population. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Bottle Feeding

    A 7 page paper which examines many aspects of bottle feeding from the perspective of teaching on the part of a nurse, nurse practitioner, or midwife. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Past and Present Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares nursing in years gone by with the nursing profession of the present. This contrast addresses four major areas: appearance, education, technology and employment opportunities. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Personal Values' Development

    A 6 page research paper that examines the development of personal values within the context of the nursing profession. The writer emphasizes the value of caring as the core value in nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Healthcare Solutions From Clinical Practice

    This 7 page paper examines how solution to problems in nursing practice may be found with the use of reflection and shows this in operation with the use of tools such as Gibb’s reflective cycle and other nursing model tools. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Theory and Nursing

    A 6 page research paper in which the writer explores this question. Basically, the writer argues that nursing does need theory, but the research also explores why some nurses differ from this view. Both sides of the debate are presented. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Studies in Nursing Leadership

    A 4 page paper reviewing two studies focusing on management style in nursing. Autocracy has no place among nurses at any level, particularly in levels of senior management. As the entire health care industry continues to grow and evolve, appropriate leadership style is critical to the overall success of departments and organizations. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Annotated Bibliography on Patient Restraint

    A 6 page annotated bibliography describing 6 sources. All of the sources discuss the use of physical or chemical restraints in nursing homes, with emphasis on physical restraints. Some nursing homes are striving for a restraint-free environment, but some still argue that physical restraints are necessary to prevent residents from injuring themselves. One source examines the issue from an ethical perspective; one from a legal one. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cancer Patients and Nursing

    A 7 page overview of nursing care in regards to cancer patients. The writer defines pertinent terms and then discusses nursing care in regards to chemotherapy and radiation therapy and also palliative care and care for grieving families. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Rosemarie Parse's 'Human Becoming' Nursing Theory

    A 3 page research paper that examines the "human becoming" theoretical model for nursing developed by Rosemarie Parse. The writer examines this concept as part of the simultaneity paradigm of nursing practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Role of Culture/Mental Health Nursing

    A 6 page research paper in which the writer investigates the significance of cultural competence from a nursing perspective while also offering suggests on this topic from the viewpoint offered by a transcultural assessment conducted by the student researching this topic, which examines personal beliefs and how these can affect nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hospital Standard Care and Manual Handling Policy

    12 pages in length. Manual handling policy has long been an integral component to the standard of care provided at hospitals, nursing homes, home care and other situations where patients require the nurse to provide physical movement for them. As a direct result of overwhelming musculoskeltal injuries, new policy dictates a termination of any sort of manual lifting, which is to be replaced by specially adapted equipment. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Pain Management and Nursing

    4 pages in length. The writer briefly discusses pain and nursing practice, nurses and pain assessment, intervening to promote optimal pain relief and developmental issues and pain management. No bibliography.

  • Causes and Symptoms of Burnout in Nursing

    A 3 page research paper that discusses nursing burnout. The writer first discusses the causes and symptoms of nursing burnout and then possible remedies. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Orem, Watson/Caring in their Theories

    A 5 page research paper that compares the nursing theories of Jean Watson and Dorothea Orem and their use of caring as the central principle in contemporary nursing. The latter half of the paper concentrates on describing Orem's theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Jean Watson, Nursing Theorist

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the career and philosophy of nursing theorist Jean Watson. The writer briefly discusses Dr. Watson's biography but then concentrates on discussing her Theory of Human Caring and its implications to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Legal Issues & Nursing

    A 3 page research paper that defines the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. Then, the writer discusses what happens when a nurse faces an accusation before a state board of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Practicing Nursing in Pennsylvania

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, summarizes and discusses the nursing practice law in the State of Pennsylvania (2 pages). Then the writer discusses RN first assistants as a nursing specialty. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Six Questions on Nursing Theory Models

    A 7 page paper answering six questions centered on the value of the study of nursing theory models, how they can be useful in varying health care settings and how they can inform both personal and professional relationships. Nursing theories discussed in the paper are those of Orem, Roy, Neuman, King, Rogers and Johnson. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • HMOs and Metaparadigms of Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, defines the four basic concepts of nursing, which are health, patient, environment and nursing, and then discusses how they relate to the health insurance industry and HMO organizations. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Leddy’s Human Energy Model of Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses and explains Susan Leddy’s Human Energy Model of Nursing. The writer describes the views of Leddy towards each of the four nursing meta-paradigms. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Coping with Being Understaffed

    A 5 page research paper that first presents a nursing management scenario that hinges on a rural hospital being understaffed. This examination of literature utilizes the Six Sigma approach to problem solving in order to provide an answer to this nursing management scenario. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Programs and Reflective Practice and Critical Thinking Connection

    3 pages in length. The writer briefly discusses how the fundamental basis of a nurse's role is to establish a tangible connection between patient and nurse, while at the same time providing an atmosphere of safety and service combined, all of which can only occur in the presence of critical thinking. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Community Nursing Partnership Rewards and Threats

    This 8 page paper considers the threats and rewards of partnership working in nursing with reference to community nursing and the National Health Service (NHS) in United Kingdom. The bibliography cites 13 sources.

  • Doctorate of Nursing Goals A

    4 page essay that offers first-person advice to a nursing student regarding specific questions concerning the academic and career goals associated with a doctorate of nursing program. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Importance of Nurses using Evidenced-Based Care

    A 3 page paper. Three distinct topics are discussed: the importance of using evidence-based care and the barriers that may exist; how nurses can be involved in policy making; and what professional advocacy means in nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • BSN Advantages and the Selection of Nursing as a Career

    A 5 page research paper that explores, first of all, why individuals choose nursing as a career. The writer discusses this point from a stance that draws on nursing theory, and then discusses the benefits of a BSN. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Formulating Nursing Theory

    A 7 page research paper that first of all, focuses on the importance of nursing theory to the practice and professionalism of nursing. It then looks at the Novice to Expert theory of Patricia Benner can both substantiate and inform the Self-Care theory of Dorothy Orem. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • 4 Nursing Metaparadigms Defined

    5 pages in length. The fundamental purpose of nursing symbolizes significantly more than merely administering medications and treatments; rather, the entire strength of nursing is based much more within the psychological components of the patient/caregiver relationship than most people realize. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Self-Care Deficit Theory, Dorothea Orem

    This 10 page research paper offers a comprehensive overview of Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory, which discusses its key components, establishes ties between theory, research and practice and describes relevance to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Rehabilitation Setting and Collaborative Nursing

    A 16 page paper discussing the value of collaborative nursing in rehab. Culturally competent nurses – whether that competence is gained through ethnic group identification or learned through practical study and experience – can aid in achieving success in the rehab setting. Addiction is such a demanding form of mental illness that practitioners and patients alike need the greatest degree of ease possible. The paper discusses demographic changes occurring in the US and rehab needs specific to African-American and Hispanic populations. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • 4 Questions Pertaining to Nursing

    A 4 page research paper that provides brief answer to 4 nursing questions. These questions cover the topics of defining paradigm and model; differentiating between medical model and wellness model; defining theory and discussing its application in nursing; and the utility of psychoneuroimmunology. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Journal Critique Upon Cancer Patient Treatment Through Therapeutic Massage

    This 3 page paper gives a professional review/critique of a nursing journal article/case study on the use of massage therapy by nurses in the treatment of cancer patients. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Satisfaction on the Job

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of an article on job satisfaction in nursing, which compares views of two different types of nurses. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Nursing Case

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a nursing case and considers the current literature about the issue. This paper considers the implications of the case for nursing best practice approaches. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of Watson's nursing prespectives. Nursing theorist Jean Watson developed her Theory of Human Caring in the late 1970s, as a result of Watson’s efforts to bring greater meaning to the health care process. This paper outlines this theory. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Occupational versus Nursing Therapy for Stroke Patients

    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. This paper reports and comments on the methodoligy used, explainng the types of research approaches used, and, in general, critiques the study. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Obesity in Adults

    This 30 page paper looks at the problem, causes and treatment of obesity. The paper starts with an introduction, defines what is meant by obesity and discusses the influences on obesity, including genetic, environmental and behavioural influences. The paper discusses the conditions that result from, or that are aggravated by, obesity, including diabetes and coronary heart failure. The paper then goes on to look at the way obesity can be treated and the models of change which can help to frame treatment approaches, including the Tannahill Model as well as the approach of Prochaska and Diclemente. The discussion in the paper includes policies and approaches seen in the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) and UK obesity statistics .The bibliography cites 34 sources.

  • Planning an Obesity Education Program for 16 - 18 Year Olds

    This 11 page paper looks at the problem of obesity, paying particular attention to the age group of 16 0 18 years. The aim of the paper is to develop an effective educational program aimed at reducing obesity in 16 – 18 year. Included in the paper is a discussion on the problem and current gaps in support and healthcare education dealing with obesity before looking at the use of an appropriate healthcare change model and the proposed inclusion in any education program. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Obesity/Hispanic Women in Tillman County, OK

    A 10 page research paper that examines obesity and focuses on how this problem is affecting the Hispanic population of Oklahoma and specifically Hispanic women of Tillman County. Cultural and gender factors associated with obesity are explored and discussed in terms of this population, and as well as in regards to the State of Oklahoma and the US as a whole. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Teenage Pregnancy

    A 6 page paper which examines many aspects of teenage pregnancy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Lung Cancer in Men and Pain Management Through Narcotics

    A 12 page research paper that proposes a hypothetical research study that would investigate the perceptions of male lung cancer patients regarding the efficacy of narcotic pain management. A literature review discusses the need for effective pain management with cancer patients, as well as the administration of opioid medications for pain. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Etiology of Lung Cancer

    5 pages in length. The writer addresses the following aspects of lung cancer: description; incidence, prognosis, early signs and symptoms; preventive methods; and ethnic considerations. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Review of Qualitative Research on Childhood Obesity

    This 8 page paper reviews a qualitative research article on childhood obesity. The paper looks at the research by Lynn Kelly and Barbra Patterson reported in the article “Childhood Nutrition: perceptions of carers in a Low Income Urban Setting” and assesses the research, considering what was being studied, if it was undertaken in an effective way and the appropriateness of the methodology, along with the strengths and weaknesses of the research. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Obesity and Childhood

    A 6 page paper discussing the growing problem of obesity in childhood. Television, electronic games, uncertain dangers in urban settings, parents’ busy schedules and a plethora of other influences all combine to contribute to creating increasing obesity in children. Children are more sedentary than at any other time, and marketers believe there is great value in marketing directly to those efficient influencers of parents. The cost of marketing directly to children now tops $12 billion annually, and increasing numbers of health professionals believe that today’s children face a lifetime of learning to deal with and overcome the physical and psychological influences of childhood. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Economics and Nursing

    This 4 page paper looks at issues of economics and nursing. The first part of the paper defines the terms economics, supply and demand, macroeconomics, microeconomics, elasticity and inelasticity. The second part of the paper summarizes three articles concerning supply and demand of nurses. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • New Nurses Survival Guide

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how new nurses can survive the transition to practice. The fact that there is a knowledge and skill gap between a new graduate registered nurse's education and "actual practice requirements of new registered nurses" (RNs) has long been acknowledged among nursing professionals (Burns and Poster, 2008, p. 67). This gap in knowledge suggests that the novice nurse needs a survival guide in order to survive the critical transition from student to licensed RN. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2009

    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). The writer supports the bill and calls for other nurses to do so as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Various Types of Nursing Roles

    A 5 page research paper that looks at various nursing roles. A pertinent question to nursing practice is what, specifically, should a patient expect from his/her nurse. This question can be examined from the standpoint of the scope of nursing practice for both registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners (NPs). This examination looks at both of these areas of nursing expertise, particularly focusing nursing practice in the State of North Carolina. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Negative Effect of Anesthesia Assistants on Nursing

    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 registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) hold. Though it can be valuable to have an assistant present who has more knowledge in anesthesia than most other nurses present in the operating room, the very existence of the classification is detrimental to the profession of nursing. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Screening and Treatment of Postpartum Depression Policy Proposal

    A 5 page paper presenting a proposal for screening new mothers for postpartum depression, beginning with the intake process as the mothers report to a hospital for labor and delivery. The hospital's foundation document becomes part of the obstetrician's and pediatrician's file; those care providers or their nurses actively address the issue at each follow-up visit in the months following the birth of the baby. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Vets with PTSD

    A 5 page research paper that examines ), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in relation to its impact on veterans and in relation to nursing care. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Paranoid Schizophrenia

    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 a therapeutic nurse-client relationship. The next section describes client behavior in relation to schizophrenia, i.e., its signs and symptoms, before concluding with a brief discussion of the roles of the nurse in regards to patients with schizophrenia in terms of the nurse as the provider of care, manager of care and as a member of the profession of nursing. This paper also includes a restatement of this abstract. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 2D Ultrasound Technology versus 3D Ultrasound Technology

    This 4 page paper considers the use of 3D ultrasound technology vs. 2D ultrasound technology. This paper specifically considers the use of 3D imaging for abdominal organs, including the liver. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Alternative Medicine Therapies of Energy Medicine, Rebirthing, and Pranayama

    A 6 page research paper that examines alternative medicine therapies. Therapies offered by alternative medicine are becoming more and more accepted, even within academic circles. This holistic approach to medicine suggests that the ability to heal lies within the patient rather than within the health care practitioner. The following examination of alternative medicine therapies looks at pranayama/rebirthing and energy medicine. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Are All Nursing Degrees Created Equal?

    A 3 page paper weighing the differences between the associates degree and bachelors degree routes to achieving RN status. Both have solid clinical experience, as well as technical training. The BSN degree, with an additional two years, provides more time for study of nursing theory and application to the clinical setting, while the AND degree puts the nurse to work more quickly. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 7 Nursing Theory Issues

    28 pages in length. The writer discusses seven separate issues: Nursing's Ways of Knowing; Nursing's Body of Knowledge; What is Nursing Theory?; Analysis and Critique of Nursing Theory; Analysis and Critique of Family Nursing Theory; Nursing Theory and Research; and Nursing Theory and Practice. Bibliography lists 21 sources.

  • Personal Philosophy of Nursing

    A 3 page essay that offers a template for a student nurse to use in writing about his/her personal nursing philosophy. A nurse’s beliefs “regarding humanity, values, the nature of nursing, the focus of nursing, the goals of practice and the focus of nursing research and education” collectively formulate a personal philosophy of nursing that informs and shapes that particular nurse’s practice behaviors (Courier, 2008). As a medical profession, nursing knowledge draws upon the related scientific fields (CSUB, 2006). However, nursing also goes beyond the medical model of healthcare delivery to stress humanistic, caring qualities that address the emotional, psychological side of human experience, as well as physiological needs. The purpose of the following essay is to provide a guide to a nursing student that can aid that student in describing his or her own personal philosophy of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing: Article Reviews

    This 10 page paper reviews three articles related to nursing and nurse leadership. The first article reviews an article about interventions to reduce problems for patients discharged from the hospital; the second article investigates the new quality assurance procedures in the United Kingdom; and the third article investigates why nurses become nurse leaders. The essay ends with the writer's reflections on the nurse leadership article. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 3 Elements of Psychiatric Nursing

    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 an essential component of psychiatric nursing and the ramifications of these roles. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Facts About Nutrition and Diabetes

    A 3 page research paper. Obtaining reliable information concerning nutrition and diabetes is one of the first steps toward controlling blood glucose levels and the possible adverse side effects of this disease. This examination of diabetes and nutritional facts, first of all, examined a web site for three nutritional topics pertaining to diabetes and, then, consulted a professional journal article in order to verify this information. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Health and Nutrition Education Plan

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of a family health plan for a fictitious family, which includes both nutrition and exercise plans. This paper relates the family's need, including need for the management of Type 2 diabetes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Aging Nursing Population/Healthcare

    A 7 page research paper that examines this issue. A predominant demographic trend in the U.S. is toward a progressively older population, as Americans live longer lives. Connie Barden, president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), points out that nurses are getting older along with the rest of the country (An interview, 2003). The aging nursing population has a tremendous impact on the current nursing shortage, as more and more nurses near retirement age. Furthermore, it is logical to presume that older nurses may find the stress caused by understaffing to be more problematic. This examination of this topic addresses literature and what it reveals about the extent of the problem, as well as proposed solutions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Right to Die Argumentative Essay

    A 5 page research paper, which presents an argumentative essay that addresses the right to die issue of physician assisted suicide. The writer argues in favor of this issue. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Kidney Failure and Treatment

    A 3 page research paper that first of all discusses the symptoms of kidney failure and why this is considered a chronic disease and then concludes by describing the importance of treatment that considers psychological and emotional needs as well as physical needs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Kidneys and Renal Failure

    This 4 page paper discusses the kidneys and renal failure; nursing assessment of such patients, including lab results and patient interaction; types of dialysis and finally, transplant. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Pain Management Literature Review

    An 8 page literature review of self-management and therapeutic touch approaches to the management of chronic pain. The purpose of the paper is to provide a literature review; theoretical framework (Neuman Systems Model); problem statement; and research question. The question is, "Is TT an effective drug-free approach to the management of chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents?" Bibliography lists 11 sources, most from 2007 and 2008.

  • Nursing Leadership, Advocacy & Responsibilities

    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 the importance of nursing leadership and the ramifications of leadership and its challenges that student nurses face after graduation in today’s healthcare environment. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses leadership and management in nursing. The ongoing nursing shortage has generated numerous changes in the nursing manager role, as the exemplary functioning of nursing leadership has become increasing crucial to the priority of continuing to delivery quality patient care (Heller, et al, 2004). Consequently, there has been a huge interest in nursing research on the topic of leadership in recent years. However, Redfern points out that while nursing managers are required to be effective leaders, managerial skills are also important as "leadership without management is an abdication of responsibility that can lead to disaster" (Redfern, 2008, p. 10). As this statement emphasizes, both leadership and management are essential to achieving the goals of nursing and both factors must intertwine synergistically to achieve nursing goals. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership, A Reflective Essay

    A 5 page reflective essay that discusses nursing leadership and offers tutorial guidance to a nursing student regarding how to incorporate the student's nursing style, which is democratic. Transformational and pacesetting leadership are also discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Article Critique/Learning Style Preferences

    A 7 page research paper that summarizes and analyzes Rassool and Rawaf's 2007 study "Learning style preferences of undergraduate nursing students." This critique argues that while the authors reveal information that has the potential to aid nurse educators in accomplishing their instructional goals, the limitations that the authors discuss in terms of the reliability and validity of their study instrument, as well as, the self-selection element in their study sample, correspondingly limits the extent to which their findings can be accurately generalized to a broader population. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Bipolar Disorder

    A 4 page research paper that examines the differences between maniac and depressive symptoms within the context of bipolar disorder. The writer profiles a case study of a boy with pediatric bipolar and discusses his symptoms also. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Massage Therapy as Alternative Pain Management

    A 3 pages research paper on massage as a pain management strategy. Massage therapy is defined as "soft-tissue manipulation by trained therapists for therapeutic purposes" (Tan, et al, 2007, p. 195). Massage is offered in many styles and forms, such as "Swedish, reflexology, Shiatsu, Rolfing, and craniosacral" (Tan, et al, 2007, p. 195). Frequently, it is used as an adjunctive therapy that helps to prepared the patient for other interventions (Tan, et al, 2007). This discussion of massage therapy will examine its use as a strategy that can be used for pain management. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Conflict Mediation In Health Care

    A 3 page paper that begins with comments about some of the causes of conflict and the types of conflict that erupt. The process of mediation is explained, including the mediator's role and how it works. Two different examples of conflicts that were resolved through mediation are reported. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • IOM Ecological Model/Bioterrorism

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the threat of bioterrorism from the viewpoint of the IOM ecological model and how this applies to nursing. One page of this paper is an outline. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Skin Cancer Literature Review

    This 20 page paper is a literature review on skin cancer. This paper also includes an assessment of the health problem within rural communities and also discusses the role of nurses in regards to disseminating information. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Pending Health Care Legislation

    A 5 page research paper that briefly summarizes and discusses H.R. 3200, which is the health care reform bill that, along with the Senate version of the bill, may eventually pass into law and radically reform the American health care system. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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

    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 chronicling the events that have occurred throughout the centuries in relation to women and the medical community, Ehrenreich and English help to illustrate just how despotic the entire male-based medical profession has been, particularly in light of the unpleasant legacy left by the witch hunts of old. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Triage and its Medical and Military History

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the history of triage in medicine and its use in the military and civilian health care. Triage, a medical term to mean a sorting or classification of patients based on their levels of medical urgency was first developed as a military term and used in wartime. The French used “triage” to decide who would be taken from the battlefields to be treated and who would be left behind. Soon afterward, from World War II until present day, triage was not only used in Army field hospitals but is also now used in emergency departments to classify the large number of patients who enter each day. Nurses have been involved in the triage process from the beginning and recently the nursing associations have broadened the original three level triage classifications of emergent, urgent and non-urgent, to one of a four level priority system in the United States and one of five level priorities in Australia, Canada and Great Britain. Regardless of the number of levels, triage has become an important and efficient system to evaluate a patient’s urgency as well as analyze the effectiveness of the health care given in emergency departments. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature Review on Retaining Psychiatric Nurses

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a review of literature, including a literature review chart, of articles relating to retention for psychiatric nurses. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Literature Review Table/Diet & Exercise

    An 18 page paper that offers an extensive literature review summary table (that is, a listing of the pertinent features of each study) on the topic of diet and exercise interventions. Also, the writer addresses the work of Virginia Henderson as the theoretical framework for this investigation. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

  • Brief Nursing History

    2.5 pages in length. The writer provides a brief history of nursing and the theorists who helped shape the industry. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • History and Recommendations for Advanced Directives

    Considerations An 11 page overview of advanced directives in the medical arena. The author reviews the history of advanced directives utilizing such historic cases as the Karen Ann Quinlan case and the recent high profile case of Terri Schiavo to emphasize their importance. The provisions of the 1991 Patient Self Determination Act are explored and recommendations made regarding their implementation on both a personal and organizational level. Statistics are provided regarding the popularity of such directives. A copy of a generic durable power of attorney form is included as supplementary material. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Literature Review on Hospice Care's Underutilization

    This 6 page paper provides an overview of literature on hospice care. The underutilization of hospice care is the focus of this paper. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Skin Cancer Literature Review

    This 20 page paper is a literature review on skin cancer. This paper also includes an assessment of the health problem within rural communities and also discusses the role of nurses in regards to disseminating information. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Literature Review on Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in Intensive Care Units and th Effects of Improved Oral Care

    This 9 page paper provides an overview of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and the impacts that improved oral care can have in reducing this disease. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • Different Literature Presentations of Asthma

    A 4 page review of two specific articles concern asthma. One article is from a professional nursing journal while the other is from a trade publication. The author of this paper emphasizes that while the type of information they cover is essentially the same, the manner in which they cover it is significantly different. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Literature Review on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    A 10 page literature review that summarize and critiques 5 research studies that address fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Topics explored include effect of FAS on delinquency, improved diagnostic techniques, the importance of early detection, etc. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature Review of Incidences of Septic Shock and Sepsis in ICU Patients

    This 15 page paper is a review of literature on the issue of sepsis and septic shock in the Intensive Care Unit. This paper outlines the pathophysiology of sepsis and the factors that lead to septic shock. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Literature Review on Operating Room Patients' Identification

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current literature regarding the identification of patients in the operating room. This paper considers the problems facing operating room staff in reducing problems related to incorrect identification of patients. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature Review on Dementia and Healthcare Employee Attitudes

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of existing literature regarding the nature of dementia and the impacts of physician/nurse attitudes. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Nursing Burnout/A Literature Review

    A 6 page literature review that addresses research on the problem of nursing stress/burnout. The writer first defines these factors and offers definitions drawn from literature, then proposes that research will be explored in order to determine factors that contribute to stress and/or burnout among nurses. Five studies are summarized and recommendations are offered. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Spirituality in Nursing Practice - Literature Review

    This 13 page paper provides an overview of the nature of spirituality and the impacts for nursing practice. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Diabetic Education for Continuing Education for Nurses Exploring Perceptions of Health Care Management Compared to Published Standards of Care Among a Rural Population Experiencing Diabetes: A Review of Literature

    This 6 page paper provides an overview of elements of a review of literature on the subject of diabetes education and adherence to health care management principles and standards of care. Bibliography lists 5 sources

  • Pain Management Literature Review

    An 8 page literature review of self-management and therapeutic touch approaches to the management of chronic pain. The purpose of the paper is to provide a literature review; theoretical framework (Neuman Systems Model); problem statement; and research question. The question is, "Is TT an effective drug-free approach to the management of chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents?" Bibliography lists 11 sources, most from 2007 and 2008.

  • Literature Review/Diabetic Foot Care

    A 3 page research paper that provides a brief literature review on diabetic foot care. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Home Injuries: A Review of the Literature

    This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of nursing home injuries. A review of literature supports the idea that staffing ratio is correlated with frequency of injuries. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Home Falls - A Literature Review

    This is a 30 page paper that provides an overview of nursing home falls. An extensive literature review is included. Bibliography lists 80 sources.

  • Nursing Literature and Pain Management

    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 nursing journals was conducted and this produced a literature review that verified this hypothesis. Implications for nursing practice and further research are discussed. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Intensive Care Unit Stress, Meeting Needs of Family, and Coping

    A 14 page literature review. This examination of literature summarizes current variables in regards to the relationship of stress and coping to meeting the needs of families of traumatic brain injury patients in an intensive care unit (ICU). First of all a theoretical framework will be discussed, which is followed by a summation of current research, concluding with a summary of findings discerned from this literature review. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Importance of Normoglycemia in the Critically Ill

    A 10 page literature review on this topic. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Falls and Senior Citizen Patients

    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.

  • Literature Reviews of Studies on Heart Failure and Obesity

    A 6 page research paper that offers a brief literature review of studies of overweight and obesity and heart failure risk. This paper also discusses how to conduct a literature review and the writer describes the process taken to provide the sources for this paper. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing & Spiritual Care

    A 7 page research paper that addresses this topic. Nursing literature offers considerable thought this subject, as this body of literature addresses the importance of nurses possessing knowledge and skill regarding spiritual care. Furthermore, it also offers excellent advice on how to overcome obstacles to implementing spiritual care. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Patient Simulators/Human Patients in Nursing Education

    A 12 page research paper that offers a literature review that first at the nursing shortage and why there is a shortage of nursing educators and then, this review looks more extensively and specifically at the literature pertaining to patient simulators. The purpose behind this is investigation is to evaluate whether or not this teaching tool, patient simulators, is effective, how it impacts the tasks of nursing educators, and how simulators, of various types, compare with more traditional forms of instruction. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Obesity Community Health Intervention

    A 4 page research paper that examines childhood obesity, which is considered to be the “greatest challenge to child health in the 21at century” (Ponder and Anderson, 2007, p. 148). This discussion of literature focuses on this community health issue and the factors that literature indicates can be applied to an effective nursing intervention. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Student Evaluation/Social Issues and Ethics

    A 10 page research paper that offers a literature review on this subject. Ethical issues concerning nursing practice and academic integrity, as well as social and legal ramifications, are a vital concern of contemporary professional nursing. In response to various prompts, a literature search of various scholarly databases resulted in the selection of eight journal articles, which are summarized below. This is followed by a synthesis of the results and conclusions. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Management Issue/Medication Error

    An 11 page research paper that addressing this issue. This examination of the problem of medication errors focuses on the context of mental health nursing within the United Kingdom (UK); however, this is a problem that is systemic to all modern healthcare systems; therefore, informative sources outside the UK will also be consulted. After examining and discussing the literature, the writer considers the literature from the perspective of risk management theory. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • HTN and Transcultural Nursing

    A 14 page research paper that offers a literature review, which focuses on information pertaining to transcultural nursing, ethnic minorities, and the needs of HTN patients. This multifaceted paper describes critical thinking and reflection on Barksdale and Metiko (2010) study, as well as an overview and synthesis of additional literature. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Attitudes of Social Workers and Nurses About Working with Alcoholic Clients

    This 20 page paper provides a review of the current literature regarding the issue of alcoholism and the attitudes of nurses and social workers who are employed in positions working with alcoholic clients and their families. This literature review promotes an understanding of the problem of alcoholism and the issues that stem from developing nursing and social service practices for indivudals with this condition. Bibliographhy lists 20 sources.

  • Dressings and Prevention of Infections Related to Catheters

    A 10 research paper that identifies the topic to be investigated, which is prevention of central venous catheter-related infections with specific emphasis on the impact of dressings on this problem. Then, the scope of the problem is identified. Next, an evaluation of research literature is offered that concludes with specific recommendations for decreasing catheter-associated infection rates that are suggested by the literature. Implementation and evaluation of these recommendations are then discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources. It should be noted that this paper is a follow-up to a more extensive literature review on the same topic that is 20 pages long (khcatinf.rtf).

  • Health and Illness Interpretations

    A 5 page research paper that review 5 stories of illness and healing. Insight into processes associated with both illness and healing do not necessarily have to come from medical texts or research on nursing. Literature abounds with works that provide perspective and understanding about how illness, even fatal illness, can promote psychic healing and the most healing elements are not always the ones that are the most obvious. The following examination of definitions of illness and healing looks at the lessons that can be learned from works of literature, each focusing on a different aspect of illness, death and learning to live. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Pain Management for the Elderly

    A 10 page research paper that examines the topic of pain management with elderly patients. While there is general consensus that pain management in elderly populations is being under-treated, the literature on this subject is less clear as to whether the best environment for elderly pain management is provided by home environments or institutional settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals. Examination of the literature on elderly pain management reveals that each environment has its own particular set of problems, which must be overcome in order to solve the problem chronic under-treatment of pain in elderly patients. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • General Anesthesia and Explicit Memory

    A 6 page research paper that offers a literature review on the incidence of explicit memory awareness during general anesthesia. Prior to the advent of anesthesia, the excruciating pain involved in surgery put patients into a state of shock that often proved fatal. In a small, rare number of cases, for reasons that remain obscure despite numerous studies, some patients do not fall into an oblivious state of unconsciousness. Sometimes they are aware of their surroundings, and sometimes they are even aware of experiencing pain. This review of literature on this topic shows that, despite the vast empirical research that has been done on this topic, there is still much that needs to be discerned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Focused Clinical Inquiry of Hip Replacement Patient

    A 10 page research paper that discusses Total hip replacement (THR), which has been identified in medical literature as one of the most "successful and cost-effective surgical interventions" (McMurray, et al, 2005). This discussion of THR relates literature on this topic to the requirements of a nursing student to formulate a focused clinical inquiry that pertain to a patient that the student car for a his/her practice clinical placement in an orthopedic ward. As the student did not provide details about this experience, the information is general, so that the student can adapt it when reporting in his/her own paper. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Type I Diabetes and Stress Effects

    A 10 page research paper that proposes the framework for a hypothetical research study and includes an extensive literature review on the effects of stress on type 1 diabetics. The writer proposes that the effects of stress, both physiological and on behavior, should be examined in regards to adolescents with this disease. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Interview With Nurse CEO

    A 7 page paper that begins with a summary of this hypothetical interview with a nurse who is the CEO of a health network. The essay responds to certain questions asked and provides elaboration from the literature. Questions focus on leadership issues, such as definition, trends, qualities, philosophy, learning experiences, mentors and more. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Diabetic Education/New Nurses

    An 11 page research paper that primarily consists of a paper outlining an educational program on diabetes for new medical-surgical nursing hires. Additionally, this paper devotes 1 page to answering to general nursing questions. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • RN vs. BSN, Advantages for Nurses

    A 10 page research paper that discusses the reasons for obtaining a baccalaureate degree as an entry into nursing practice. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • THE PROFESIONAL MENTAL HEALTH NURSE AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    This 7-page paper discusses communication skills and understanding required by the mental health nurse. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • An Article on Childbirth and Nursing Presence Reviewed

    A 5 page article review that summarizes the principal points of a research study, offering analysis. Research pertaining to childbirth and the significance that this life events has for women supports the pivotal role that nursing support plays in the birth experience. Exploring this topic, the study designed by MacKinnon, McIntyre, and Quance (2005) investigated the what it meant to a study group of Canadian women to have a nurse present during labor and childbirth. These researchers decided to approach the issue of a nurse's role during labor from a previously unexplored perspective and focused on the meaning attributed to nursing presence. This examination of this study explores the parameters of this research and its relevance to nursing practice. No additional sources cited.

  • Literacy Standards Within Nursing Education Programs

    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 literacy in nursing informatics. This examination of these topics focuses on the available literature. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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

    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 section of the paper considers the different generational cohorts that are present within nursing and how they may impact on practices and communication. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Field of Nursing

    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 commitment, and the conditions in which many nurses work today attest to the fact of those nurses’ commitment to what they do and to the patient. Nursing as a profession is demanding physically and emotionally in ways that other professions are not. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing History and Theorists

    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 of a model and how the essential concepts of the model were developed is prerequisite to identifying the inherent differences between models. Ultimately, one chooses a nursing model based upon and compatible with one's own beliefs, values and nursing practice. The writer discusses the theories of Virginia Henderson, Hildgard Peplau, Dorothea Orem, Sr. Callister Roy, Martha E. Rogers and Jean Watson. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • National League of Nursing and the American Nurses Association

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the differing roles of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National League of Nursing (NLN), two of the many professional nursing organizations that are active in the US. The ANA works for the improvement of health standards and the availability health care services and fosters high professional standards for nursing, as well as promoting the professional development of nurses and the advancement of their economic and general welfare. The NLN is primarily concerned with nursing education and has as its principal goal to promote quality nursing education, which it facilitates by providing an accreditation service. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Paranoid Schizophrenia

    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 a therapeutic nurse-client relationship. The next section describes client behavior in relation to schizophrenia, i.e., its signs and symptoms, before concluding with a brief discussion of the roles of the nurse in regards to patients with schizophrenia in terms of the nurse as the provider of care, manager of care and as a member of the profession of nursing. This paper also includes a restatement of this abstract. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Rural & Remote Nursing in Australia

    A 5 page research paper that describes this area of Australian nursing. Nursing in rural and remote Australia has recently been the focus of a great deal of attention from the Australian Nurses Federation, and it is hoped that this attention, in terms of research and position papers, will encourage government policymakers to likewise focus on the needs of the this crucial area of public health (Armstrong, 2006). As this suggests, it is widely acknowledge that nursing practice in rural and remote settings differs significantly from nursing practice in urban locales (Courtney, et al, 2002). This literature review looks at some of the problems and challenges facing nurses in rural and remote areas of Australia in order to offer an overview of the healthcare concerns of nursing professionals whose practice is far from the resources available in urban areas. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership & Groups

    A 7 page research paper that discusses nursing leadership, which, under any circumstances, is a complicated subject. According to one estimate, there are over 100 accepted academic definitions of leadership (Manz, Bastien and Hostager, 1991). At present, issues of leadership are particularly crucial to nursing as the nursing shortage constitutes a crisis situation for many healthcare institutions and the profession in general. Never has nursing needed effective leadership more; never has the healthcare system depended as greatly as it does at present on nursing leaders. This examination looks at five themes evident in literature pertaining to nursing leadership and how these themes interrelate. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Article Critique/Nursing Older People

    A 3 page article critique drawn from Nursing Older People is a British-based nursing journal that specializes in providing informative, empirically-researched nursing articles that focus on the tasks involved in nursing the elderly. Smith (2006) conducted a research study that explored the informal practice theories that nurses employ when working with older patients, the sources of these theories and then compared them with related literature. This is a significant article because it moves beyond the scope of theory to show how nursing ideas are put into practice within a specific patient context. No additional sources cited.

  • Personal Nursing Model Using the Self Care Deficit Theory of Orem

    A 5 page research paper that uses Dorothy Orem's model of nursing as a guide to creating a personal model. Dorothy Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory is one of the most often used models employed in general nursing practice (Horan, Doran and Timmins, 2004). This is primarily due to the fact that Orem's view of nursing corresponds with one of the most foundational tenets in nursing, which is that nursing intervention should facilitate the re-establishment of the self-care capacity of the patient. The tenets of Orem's theory are explored from an overall perspective and this information is then utilized in designing a personal conceptual model for nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Human Charing and the Theory of Watson

    A 5 page paper discussing Watson’s theory of human caring. This nursing theory verbalizes some of those highest ideals of the ways that human beings should treat each other. It assumes technical strength on the part of the nurse, and a true desire to serve others. In the process, the theory also provides benefit to those nurses practicing it. The purpose here is to apply Watson’s theory to a clinical setting. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Family Violence and Nursing Intervention

    A 9 page paper discussing issues affecting nurses’ ability to intervene in domestic violence issues. As those who are trained in physical needs and spend the greatest amount of time in direct contact with patients, nurses occupy perhaps the best associated position from which to intervene in domestic violence. There are barriers of course, but the emergence of forensic nursing is helping to lessen those barriers. Nurses in all areas of healthcare can develop greater awareness to the signs of abuse. There still is a fine ethical line in that nurses cannot blatantly violate confidentiality. Nurses can, however, become proficient at collecting samples, taking notes and asking the right questions of the right people, always keeping the good of the patient as the uppermost goal. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • NANDA

    An 11 page research paper that includes a 1 page abstract. This paper offers a review of nursing literature that focuses on systems of nursing classification, with an emphasis on the classification system of nursing diagnoses known as NANDA. The history of this organization is summarizes, explaining how North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) reinvented itself as NANDA International (NANDA-I) to reflect its growing multi-national membership. The historical background on nursing classifications systems is also discussed, and this includes an overview of the two other principal forms of nursing classification, before offering a general overview of NANDA and NANDA’s history. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Personnel Performance Appraisals

    A 12 page paper discussing enhancing objectivity in performance appraisals of nurses. The performance review process is recognized to be necessary, but it seems that relatively few individuals or organizations are satisfied that employee appraisal is complete, objective, ethical and positively contributes to better financial management within the organization. Many organizations continually seek to improve the process by which they evaluate their employees’ performance. Particularly in nursing where ongoing shortage of nurses continues, healthcare organizations want to ensure that their nurses view their current positions as beneficial to both the nurse and the organization. Greater objectivity and definite career development goals can assist nurses and their employers in achieving this goal. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Nursing Education Bill

    A 6 page examination of literature and discussion pertaining to the Nursing Education and Quality of Health Care Act of 2007 (S. 1604). The purpose of this legislation is primarily to increase the nation’s workforce in regards to well-educated nurses. By 2014, current estimates predict that the nation will need 1.2 million new and replacement nurses (Clinton, 2007). The bill now before the Senate will provide funding for grants and other financial programs in rural communities, which is a strategy intended to encourage the “recruitment and retention of nursing students, nursing faculty and nurses who serve in rural areas” (Clinton, 2007). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Home Costs and the Impact of MDS/PPS/RUG III System Utilization

    A 5 page paper investigating the possibility of a nursing home nurse traveling to assisted living facilities to provide health services in those facilities. There are many cost factors involved in nursing home operation, not the least of which are facility, insurance, pharmaceutical and supplies costs. Drug costs and medical supplies are costly and continue to increase in price, but those costs still are manageable. Other operating costs can be anticipated and forecast with much greater assurance of accuracy, but the availability of skilled nursing personnel continues to be problematic. Effects of the law of supply and demand directly affects nursing homes’ costs. The purpose here is to investigate the effect of acuity and utilization of the MDS/PPS/RUG III system on nursing home costs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Retention/Recruitment & Canadian Nursing Shortage

    An 8 page research paper that discusses Canada’s nursing shortage. There is currently a severe nursing shortage in all of the industrialized countries of the Western world, including Canada. Experts predict that the nursing shortage in Canada will worse over the course of the next decade and this prediction appears to be accurate as the number of registered nurses (RNs) working the rural regions of Canada have already decreased from 65.2 per 10,000 in population in 1994 to 62.3 in 2000 (Belkus and MacLeod, 2004). This literature review focuses on strategies that are being implemented regarding the key issues of retention and recruitment of nurses, as these factors have a significant influence on how the nursing shortage impacts specific organizations. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Aging Nursing Population/Healthcare

    A 7 page research paper that examines this issue. A predominant demographic trend in the U.S. is toward a progressively older population, as Americans live longer lives. Connie Barden, president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), points out that nurses are getting older along with the rest of the country (An interview, 2003). The aging nursing population has a tremendous impact on the current nursing shortage, as more and more nurses near retirement age. Furthermore, it is logical to presume that older nurses may find the stress caused by understaffing to be more problematic. This examination of this topic addresses literature and what it reveals about the extent of the problem, as well as proposed solutions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Improving Pediatric Care in the ED

    A 3 page research paper that discusses using Patricia Benner's novice to expert nursing theory within the context of a hospital Emergency Department (ED), which is one of the most stressful nursing environments and one that is particularly traumatic for children needing emergency care. In response to the need to recruit and retain ED nurses, while providing a high level of nursing care, the ED clinical educator at Poudre Valley Hospital located in Fort Collins, Colorado, devised a six-month orientation program that uses Benner's model as its theoretical framework in order to aid "new graduate nurses" and "promote clinical competency in emergency nursing," while enhancing professional socialization (Truman, 2004, p. 45). The writer discusses this program. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hierarchical Structure Interrelationships as They Relate to Nursing Accountability

    A 4 page discussion of accountability in nursing. Contends that accountability is an integral component of all aspects of nursing. The nurse is, of course, above all accountable for the well-being of his or her patient but, with recent pressure from state legislators and higher education coordinating agencies, accountability is becoming a greater and greater emphasis of all aspects of nursing. In the case of student nurses, and indeed all levels of nurses, this accountability is channeled through a chain of command, a chain of accountability which can extend both upwards (through the institutional hierarchy), downwards (to the patient) and even sideways (to colleagues and other professionals) dependent on the organizational structure. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Negative Effect of Anesthesia Assistants on Nursing

    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 registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) hold. Though it can be valuable to have an assistant present who has more knowledge in anesthesia than most other nurses present in the operating room, the very existence of the classification is detrimental to the profession of nursing. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Theory-Driven Praxis—Personal Framework

    A 12 page research paper that offers guidelines to a student in regards to creating a personal theory-drive framework intended to guide the student's nursing practice. The meta-paradigms of nursing are defined, as well as the basic principles of nursing ethics, and related to the theoretical perspective of Newman and Reed. The student's focus of practice is pain management for the elderly and this is the focus of the paper. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • 3 Nursing Theories as They Pertain to Geriatrics

    This 6 page research paper examines the nursing theories of Florence Nightingale, Dorothea Orem and Jean Watson in order to discuss how they are applicable to nursing within a nursing home environment. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Changing Image in the Nursing Profession

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the image of nursing and how this image should change. Examination of the literature on this topic suggests that the key to recruiting and retaining nurses, of both genders, is to reconcile the various images of nursing. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing and the Use of Family Theories

    This 4 page paper looks at the value of family theories in nursing with particular attention to nurses caring for patients in their own homes. The concept of family theories is considered in general and then some of the most use are discussed looking at how they may provide practical support for the nurses practice. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Historical Development of Nursing Theory

    This 4 page paper presents a timeline of developments in nursing starting with Florence Nightingale, outlining the development in nursing theory to the modern times. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Pathology and Treatment of Liver Cancer

    A 5 page paper discussing the pathophysiology; diagnosis; nursing assessments and diagnoses; medical/surgical treatments; and nursing interventions in cases of hepatocellular carcinoma. Relatively rare in the United States, liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer in developing nations but is increasing in incidence in the US. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Importance of Nursing Theory

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses this topic. The writer first offers several definitions of nursing theory and then discusses its importance to nursing professionalism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing as a Desirable Career Choice

    A 3 page essay on why nursing should be chosen as a career. The writer discusses practical reasons, but also argues that the principal motivation for choosing nursing is a desire to serve others. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Importance of Evidence-Based Practice

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses what a nursing student has learned from a course that addresses evidence-based nursing practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing and Self-Care

    A 3 page summation and analysis of an article by Jackson (2004) on the crucial role that holistic healing and self-care plays within the context of nursing and nursing education. No additional sources cited.

  • Dorothea Orem and Florence Nightingale on Nursing Theories, Beliefs, and Values

    A 4 page paper that compares and contrasts the theories of Florence Nightingale and Dorothea Orem’s theory of self-care, and summarizes how nursing beliefs and theory assist a nurse in planning patient care. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Private Duty Nursing

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of private duty nursing. The profitability of private duty nursing is emphasized. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Why Should One Choose Nursing?

    This 8 page paper provides a response to the issue of why a person should pursue a career in nursing. This paper considers how a nursing philosophy comes into play in regards to this professional choice. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Philosophy of Nursing and How It Has Evolved

    A 3 page overview of the evolution of nursing from the Cartesian philosophy towards a holistic approach. The author notes that this evolution is back in the direction of the philosophy the nursing profession held at its inception. Contemporary research reveals that this approach is indeed more effective in terms of patient outcome. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Profession and 'Telehealth' Implications

    An 8 page paper which examines the implications of telehealth on the nursing profession by defining the term; discussing its benefits; costs; education and/or training guidelines for nurses, privacy, confidentiality, security, ethics, informed consent, and storage of telehealth records; ensuring reliable technology; provincial/state issues; and legal issues. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Learning Diabetes Self-care

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the basic elements of diabetes self-care for a 20 year old woman recently diagnosed. This paper looks at the role of the nurse, nursing diagnoses and the role of the family. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage

    This 5 page paper reports and discusses journal articles that address the nursing shortage. Statistical data are included. Articles consider issues such as RNs not working different careers as contributing to the shortage and the lack of nursing faculty. The writer comments on criteria for selecting articles, the most interesting, new information and any differences among the four articles. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Interview with a Nurse Manager

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of an interview with a nurse manager and considers the implications of her thoughts in relation to both quality and direct care nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing and the Value of Honesty

    An 8 page discussion of the importance of honesty as a value in nursing. Using the example of informed consent, the author demonstrates that honesty is a particularly important value in meeting up to the Canadian Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Causes, Solutions and Student Impact of the Shortage in Nursing

    A 7 page research paper the addresses the nursing shortage. This overview looks at the shortage from three perspectives: its causes, its possible solutions and its impact on today's student nurses. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Student Interest in the Nursing Profession

    A 3 page exploration of why more and more students are becoming interested in nursing. Written as a tutorial admissions essay, this paper emphasizes the attraction of the diversity of nursing duties and the growing recognition in the field of the importance of such factors as touch and caring in improving patient welfare. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Lateral Violence in a Nursing Workforce

    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.

  • Nursing Career Development

    A 10 page overview of the steps which are necessary to develop a nursing career. This paper proceeds from the basic requirement of obtaining nursing certification to the more advanced requirements of higher degrees and specialized training. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Levels of Nursing Education

    A 7 page research paper that examines the literature on the role that education plays in practice and, specifically, if the educational level of nurses at the entry level constitutes a significant factor to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Cultural diversity, End-of-Life Issues

    A 4 page essay/research paper that in which the writer uses tutorial language to offer advice to a student on how to report on her teaching experience as a nurse educator focusing on pain assessment as an end-of-life issue and on cultural diversity in nursing practice. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing research/WICHE, CURN and Stetler

    A 3 pages paper that briefly examines the impact of WICHE and CURN on utilization of nursing research and then discusses Stetler's model of nursing research utilization. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Faculty Shortage

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the nursing faculty shortage, which is greatly acerbating the current general nursing shortage. The writer discusses the problem, its causes and suggested remedies. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Theory Research and Practice

    This 15 page paper provides an overview of the current status of nursing theory and the impacts. This paper relates some of the central theorists and theories impacting nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Maslow And Nursing

    A 4 page paper that begins with an introduction to Maslow's hierarchy and then briefly explains each of the levels in the hierarchy. The writer then discusses the implications of the theory to nursing, emphasizing the need for nurses to remember what level most of their patients are on. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Holistic Nursing and Migraine Headaches

    A 5 page research paper that investigating holistic nursing approaches to migraine headache sufferers. As migraines constitute a chronic condition that can debilitate patients emotionally, as well as physically, holistic nursing approaches are particularly apt in facilitating and developing an effective care plan that can help patients in remaining spiritually resilient in the face of a chronic condition. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 'Health as Expanding Consciousness' Nursing Philosophy of Margaret Newman

    A 3 page research paper that discuss Margaret Newman's Margaret Newman's philosophy of nursing, Health as Expanding Consciousness. This nursing model is founded on the concept that health is not a stationary goal, but rather part of a continuum. Newman posits that lifetime behavior patterns can be identified and manipulated in such a manner as it becomes possible to use an episode of illness as an opportunity to achieve greater health. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing and Diversity

    This 5 page report discusses the fact that even though all professions benefit from expanded diversity within the realms of its practice but this is especially true in one of the “helping professions” such as nursing in which a remarkably diverse group of people serve as the focus for the skills of that particular profession. Nursing serves as an excellent example of the important ways in which the “diversity” of caregivers relates to the diversity of those for whom they care. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing, the Self Care Deficit Model of Dorothea Orem, and Urinary Incontinence

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of an article by Francie Bernier called “Relationship of a pelvic floor rehabilitation program for urinary incontinence to Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing: Part 1” which considers the impact of the problem of urinary incontinence and the application of nursing theory in defining protocols for care. This paper relates the findings to Dorothea Orem's Self-Care theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 2005's Safe Nursing and Patient Act, Legal and Ethical Concerns

    A 6 page research paper that considers the impact, ethical and legal ramifications of the Safe Nursing and Patient Act of 2005, which is designed to limit the amount of overtime required by employers of their nursing staff. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Development and Clinical Supervision's Role

    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.

  • Science and Art of Nursing

    A 4 page research paper that examines the debate over nursing as an art or a science. The writer argues that nursing is a combination of both, and offers references and a case study to support this argument. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Merie Mishel's Uncertainty in Illness Theory

    An 8 page overview of Merle Mishel's Uncertainty in Illness midrange nursing theory. Midrange nursing theories are defined and Mishel's theory is thoroughly examined and evaluated. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Impact of a BSN on Nursing Role

    A 4 page research paper/essay that uses tutorial language in order to provide a nursing student with a guide to writing a personal essay that discusses the student’s personal beliefs and values relative to nurses within the context of how the student perceives obtaining a BSN degree will impact the student’s practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hospitals and Nursing

    5 pages in length. Nurses play an integral role in the overall development and application of standards of care, the transmission of scientific and humanistic caring, professional performance, ethics, as well as the level of competency expected from the industry. When one critically appraises these areas as they exist in nursing student development, one must consider a vast array of components that pertain to salary range, occupational outlook and educational requirements. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Health and Alcohol as Perceived by a GP Nurse

    This 22 page paper looks at the problem of alcohol and how this may be seen from the perspective of the GP nurse when designing a programme to help reduce the problems caused by alcohol abuse. The paper starts by looking at models of health and the definition of public health, then considers health needs such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Bradshaw’s Taxonomy of Needs. The paper then considers the issues of alcohol abuse, the role of the GP nurse and some potential models for developing improvement programs. The bibliography cites 23 sources.

  • The Lasting Legacy of Nursing Theorist Virginia Henderson

    In three pages this paper examines the contributions of nursing theorist Virginia Henderson (1897-1996) and her impact on the field of modern nursing. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Field of Nursing and Education Importance

    This 6 page paper looks at educational models, with a focus on the ADN degree. Questions regarding competence, as well as whether or not nursing programs should impose limits, and what type of degree should be required, are discussed. Both sides of controversies in nursing education, as seen through the eyes of health care administration, are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Childhood Diabetes and Nursing

    (8 pp) According to the American Nurses Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators (1998), diabetes, is increasingly recognized as a national health care and economic concern that is receiving a great deal of attention from legislators, providers and those who pay health care services. Efforts to improve care, and thus decrease its complications, validates the need for nurses who specialize in this area. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Healthy Work Environments: Decision Making In Nursing

    6 pages in length. Nursing requires some of the most attentive, detailed and organized staff of all industries; to make even one error in judgment or application can cost a life. As such, decision-making ability is of utmost importance from the moment students step into a nursing program to the day of retirement decades later. There is simply no room for lapse in decisiveness when it comes to making choices for another person's health, therefore, principles such as critical thinking and cognitive competence must work in tandem with decision-making for their synergistic components. To look lightly at making nursing decisions is to fail to uphold the inherent and unique responsibilities that guide the industry's overall mission, particularly where ethics are concerned. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Enhancing Cultural Competency

    A 3 page research paper that addresses the topic of cultural competency in nursing. Census statistics indicate that the population of the US is annually becoming more culturally diverse. This fact poses a challenge to healthcare professionals as providing care that is culturally congruent with the patient can significantly affect the likelihood of positive patient outcomes. As this suggests cultural competency constitutes a significant nursing area of interest. This literature review examines specifically the role of nurses in enhancing their opportunities for strengthening cultural competency. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 2000 Study 'Gender and Short-Term Recovery from Cardiac Surgery' Reviewed

    A 9 page paper critiquing a 2000 study of gender differences in recovery from cardiac surgery. The article is highly useful to nursing practice. It is methodologically strong and provides practicing nurses with sound and practical advice for their women patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The findings of this study provide information that nurses can directly communicate to women patients in the form of warning that any delay in feelings of wellbeing is only temporary; that with time (less than three months) they will be experiencing full benefits of their surgeries; and that those benefits will not only be physical but will include a stronger sense of wellbeing as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Foreign Registered Nurses Recruitment and Nursing Shortage

    A 5 page research paper that discusses foreign recruitment of nurses as a solution to the nursing shortage. Proponents say that it is a practice that benefits the organization and offers benefits to the nurses involved. Opponents to this practice argue that it is robbing the health systems of Third World countries in order to service First World needs. The debate is contentious because both sides have viable points. The writer discusses both sides of the debate, but indicates that the opponents of this practice have the better position. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Continuing Education

    A 4 page essay/research paper in which the writer/tutor offers advise to the student on how to write a paper that relates her continuing education activities as a nurse. The writer/tutor, for the purposes of demonstration, selected the subjects of smoking cessation and an article describing 1-day continuing education conference on the implications of genomics on nursing practice as the topics for discussion because both topics are pressing concerns in contemporary nursing literature. The writer suggests that the student draws on this information in relating her continuing education activities. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • NICU Principles of Family Practice

    A 10 page research paper that examines the concept of incorporating family-centered practice into the neonatal intensive care unit. The writer argues that a holistic approach to nursing chronically ill neonates demands that not only the physical condition of the babies should be considered, but also nurses should consider the impact on parents of having a sick infant. It is by considering the overall situation of the child that nursing truly considers the full effect of illness. Therefore, the needs of parents should be encompassed when addressing the overall needs of the child. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurses' Use of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

    A 3 page research paper that briefly discusses the significance of this subject. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Schizophrenia and Weight Gain

    An 8 page research paper that includes a sample abstract, in which the writer aids a student in writing a research utilization proposal that addresses the problem of weight gain among schizophrenic patient who gain weight to a side effect of psychoactive medication. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Cardiac Death, Screening Athletes

    A 4 page research paper that takes the form of proposal put before a school board, recommending the use of EKG as a mandatory part of pre-participation screening for student athletes in order to avoid the issue of sudden cardiac death due to previously undetected heart problems. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Second World War and Changes to the Nursing Profession

    This paper examines now World War II changed nursing and helped the profession to mature.

  • Sleep Impact of Ringing in the Ears

    An 8 page paper discussing the adverse effects on sleep that tinnitus, "ringing in the ears," can have. Specific causes of the condition still are unknown, but years of sleep research have defined many of the problems of chronic sleep deprivation, such as reduced immune system activity and reduction of general well being. More remains unknown about tinnitus than has been discovered, but one fact is inescapable: the adverse effect it has on the ability to sleep is among the most insidious and certainly is the most damaging. Bibliography lists 11 sources. KS-TIN.doc

  • Thalidomide's Return

    A 6 page paper discussing the birth-defect causing drug thalidomide prescribed to pregnant women as a sedative and defense against nausea. Despite the terrible problems it caused in the 1950s and early 1960s, the drug is being reintroduced for use in treatment of several diseases. Bibliography lists six sources.

  • Quitting Smoking and Orem's Model

    A 10 page medical paper on smoking cessation program development for nurses using Dorothea E. Orem's conceptual model. Paper includes discussion of the model, comparison to Dorothy E. Johnson and Steenbarger's model, plus an example process record for a smoking cessation program for a college student. Includes intervention and evaluation. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Can Aging and Death be 'Controlled?'

    A 2 page paper discussing what measure of control we truly have. For now, "controlling" death and aging is limited to the genetic base of individuals plus the effects of long-term health-related choices and living styles, but our current limitations are not indicative of our future ones. As recently as the 1940s the human genome and structure of DNA were mysterious as well, but those have given up many of their secrets. Death and aging may give up theirs as well. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Animal Assisted Therapy and the Relationship Between Dogs and Humans

    13 pages in length. Dogs serve humanity in a number of helpful ways. One of the most important is that of animal assisted therapy in which dogs are employed to aid ill and disabled people with day to day functions. They are also instrumental in perking up the spirits of those who are bound to hospitals or nursing homes. The writer discusses the value of animal assisted therapy, as well as addresses the various requirements pertaining to the dogs in the program. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Dying and Death

    6 pages in length. Discusses death & dying in considerable detail. Covered are life expectancy, the process of dying, stages of approaching death and coping. Bibliography not available. Death&dy.wps

  • Chemotherapy and Stem Cells

    A 2 page paper discussing the stem cell aspect of chemotherapy. Stem cells are the progenitor cells of all types of blood cells, including the white blood cells that combat infection and invasion, and red blood cells that supply nourishment to all the tissues of the body. They primarily reside in the bone marrow, but some also can be found circulating in the blood. Cancer chemotherapy depresses bone marrow activity so that fewer blood cells are produced. Stem cell therapy involves harvesting bone marrow prior to chemotherapy treatment, then reintroducing it following treatment so that blood cell production can occur at optimum rates. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Outline for the Grieving or Bereavement Process

    A 2 page outline that details how societies employ rituals in order to aid the survivors in coping psychologically with the effect that the death of a loved one has on their lives. The writer argues that while bereavement is difficult to bear at any age, it particularly impacts the elderly and young children in a detrimental fashion that can have permanent negative effects. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Beneficial Relationship between Senior Citizens and Pets

    22 pages in length. In this day and age of ever-increasing technological advancement, there are still some things that cannot be improved upon, such as the inherently beneficial relationship between pets and the elderly. There is no question that animals offer unconditional love and support, which is what most people desperately need when living out the rest of their lives in residential or nursing homes. While this intrinsic bond has long been recognized, it has not been put to medicinal use until quite recently with the advent of therapy animals and in-house pets. The marked difference animals have shown to make in various aspects of elderly patients' lives is astounding, from encouraging speech where none had existed to giving hope to one who has all but lost it. Undoubtedly, pets provide a significant incentive for the elderly to live, if for no other reason than to take the focus off their own failing health and place it upon another loving, receptive being. The writer discusses the benefits that pets have upon the elderly. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Euthanasia Controversy

    5 pages in length. A discussion which shows both sides of the euthanasia argument and a person's right to assisted suicide. This excellent paper gives compelling and thought-provoking arguments on the topic of euthanasia for humans. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Wellness & Nutrition for Healthy Aging

    A 7 page research paper that contains a brief abstract and addresses the nutritional needs of the elderly. The writer examines literature pertaining to the crucial role that nutrition plays in regards to obtaining the goal of healthy aging in populations of older adults. Using a theoretical framework provide by the nursing theory of Joyce Fitzpatrick, this examination and synthesis of relevant literature specifically addresses how nutrition impacts wellness and the implications of this information relative to nursing practice. Sections of this paper are identical to khwelnut.rtf, but this paper focuses on the needs of older adults, while khwelnut.rtf addresses nutritional needs across in both older adults and children. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Childhood Obesity and Effective Treatment

    A 36 page research paper that examines the pandemic of childhood obesity. This literature review examines the empirical research on the topic of childhood obesity in order to discern the efficacy of treatment options for this epidemic, which is plaguing the industrialized nations. Conclusions are then drawn concerning the efficacy of these proposed treatments and/or programs and how the literature suggests that childhood obesity should be addressed in light of this data. The review concludes by discussing the implications of this research in regards to possible future studies that will add to this body of knowledge and contribute to the goal of effectively coping with this societal problem. Bibliography lists 19 sources.

  • Shortage of Nursing Faculty

    A 3 page nursing literature review that examines articles on the nursing faculty shortage. The nursing shortage is a healthcare crisis that has been recognized as affecting medical services at the global, regional and local levels (Mathews, 2003a). A corresponding shortage in nursing faculty serves to perpetuate and compound this problem, as a nursing faculty shortage limits the number of applicants that can be accepted for nursing degree programs. This literature review shows the causes and the scope of this problem, as well as proposed solutions. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Women's Mental Health/Depression

    An 11 page research paper that offers discusses depression and women, offering an analysis of literature that examines both physical and social issues associated with women and depression and then discusses implications for nursing practice. Paper includes 10 pages of text and 1 appendix. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Evaluation of Hospital Quality

    An 11 page research paper that address hospital quality. Hospitals in industrialized countries account for roughly 40 percent of total healthcare spending (Blendon, et al, 2004). Considering this, it is not surprising that hospitals generally stand at the center of effects to improve the quality of healthcare service while also controlling costs. In order to accomplish such a task, the first goal must be to establish standards against which quality can be evaluated. This literature review examines how hospital quality service is defined in relevant literature. The resulting information is then used to formulate an instrument for evaluating quality, both quantitatively and qualitatively, by employing a sample group made up of medical and healthcare providers as well as the patients they serve. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Canada's New Influx of Immigrants and Depression

    A 10 page research paper that addresses this topic. Canada is currently experiencing a huge influx of new immigrants. This factor not only affects the Canadian economy and work market, but also it impacts the health care system. The question arises, however, as to precisely what the impact on the health care system will be as this involves determining the needs of this demographic group. The framework for this literature review addresses this question specifically in regards to the topic of mental heath and incidence of depression among new immigrants to Canada. As immigration necessarily implies a period of transition, in which cultural and psychological adjustment is required, it seems logical that depression could be a serious problem among new immigrant groups. The following literature review explores what research has to say on this hypothesis and also what studies reveal about the factors that affect depression among new immigrants, as well as the prevalence of depression. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Nursing Issue of Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Nurses

    A 6 page paper discussing the issue of chemical dependency among nurses and how other nurses and nurse managers should respond. The paper provides a literature review of sources after 2002; a discussion of management theory; and practical advice for how coworkers and nurse managers should proceed when they suspect chemical dependency. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • African American Teens and the Psychological Impact of Pregnancy

    An 8 page research paper. Births to adolescent mothers comprise 13 percent of all births in the US, yet adolescent mothers frequently receive inadequate prenatal care. Within this at-risk group, African American pregnant teens are particularly vulnerable. This paper offers a literature review that explores the motivations, cognitive development, and psychological state of pregnant African American teens. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Preventing Medication Error Change Project

    A 4 page research paper that discusses a problematic area in many practice clinical settings--medication errors. The writer offers suggestions found in nursing literature for improving this problem. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Use of Restraints in Healthcare

    A 14 page examination of the use of restraints in healthcare. The writer introduces the topics and discusses its ramifications for nursing, then offers a literature review and considerations for practice before discussing conclusions. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Article Critique/Learning to Nurse Children

    A 10 page article critique which summarizes and analyzes a study conducted by Coetzee (2004) entitled "Learning to nurse children: towards a model for nursing students." The writer discusses each section of the study and compares it to other literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Retention in Nursing and the Role of a Nursing Manager

    A 12 page research paper that discusses this topic in relation to the nursing shortage. The writer offers a literature review of studies that focus on the nursing manager's role in nurse retention and then offers a plan of action that is formulated on the Three-Component Model of Occupational Commitment. Discussion and conclusions are also addressed. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Community Health and the Nursing Care Theory of Jean Watson

    An 8 page research paper that examines the caring nursing theory of Jean Watson. The theory is first discussed and then the writer offers a literature review that shows how it is applicable to community health nursing. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Adult Psychiatric Patients and Reduction of Restraint Usage

    A 12 page literature review assessing accumulated knowledge in reducing the use of restraints and seclusion among adult psychiatric patients. Recent research indicates that organizational processes and caregiver training have greater influence on avoiding the "critical incident" than does the use of restraints and seclusion. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Smokers and Health Promotion

    A 5 page research paper that examines the risks of tobacco use, offers a literature review and then relates this to health promotion intervention using the "5 A's" approach. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Stroke Victims and Their Rights

    A 10 page research paper that addresses case management issues regarding stroke victims. The writer examines the scope of this problem (from a US perspective), offers a literature review, and discusses relevant ethical, social and economical considerations. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • 'Developing a Caregiving Tradition in Opposition to One's Past: Lessons from a Longitudinal Study of Teenage Mothers' Negatively Reviewed

    A 10 page paper providing a negative review of this article as any attempt at serious research, but praising the article for the author's obvious depth of caring. SmithBattle (2000) provides a touching narrative of the experiences of three teen mothers, but the effort should not be called a study. It lacks too many critical components of valid, reliable research to be included in that category of academic literature. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Elderly Patients and Medication for Asthma

    A 3 page introduction to a broad literature review on asthma medications in regards to asthma in older adults. This, however, is just the introduction. The writer cites one source in defining asthma and its relevance to an older patient population. The references cited in the bibliography are for the student researching this topic to use in the paper that the student will write. Bibliography lists 10 sources, with 1 used in the paper.

  • Schizophrenic Patients and Therapeutic Nursing Relationship

    A 4 page research paper that discusses establishing a therapeutic relationship with a schizophrenic patient. In order to aid mental health patients, literature indicates that a therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient is essential. This examination of the nurse/patient therapeutic relationship in a mental health setting focuses on a case study of 23-year-old Caucasian male with auditory hallucinations. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Ethical Dilemma Pertaining to a Do Not Resuscitate Order

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses a case study in which there is dissension over a DNR order, the terminally ill patient requests it, but his wife talks him out of it. The writer offers a possible solution/nursing intervention discussed in nursing literature. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • BSN Degree Problems

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the problems encountered in pursing a BSN degree. Registered nurses (RNs) face specific challenges that concern their multiple roles and responsibilities due to the processes involved in transitioning from RN status and earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN). Whatever the BSN candidate's nursing status, LPN or merely an undergraduate student, the transition toward BSN nursing can offer problems and challenges. Nursing literature on this topic indicates many common problems and concerns. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • MRSA Infection

    A 24 page literature review that examines the problem of MRSA infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been generally considered in the past to be a hospital-acquired (HA) pathogen; however, community-associated (CA) MRSA infections are increasing. The effects of these S. aureus infections can range from the inconvenient to the devastating. History, epidemiology, treatment and prevention are discussed. Bibliography lists 24 sources.

  • Depression in Elderly

    A 5 page research paper that addresses a specific case scenario, one that features a 64-year-old woman who is probably suffering from depression. The writer discusses literature on this topic and possibilities for her counseling plan. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Conflict & Resolution in Nursing

    An 8 page research paper that examines conflict and conflict resolution within a nursing context. This literature review looks at some of the sources of conflict between nurses from the perspective offered by Thomas conflict theory. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Family Presence at Resuscitation

    A 6 page research paper that addresses the issue of family presence during a CPR code. This examination of the literature on this topic addresses how this issue applies to nursing practice and interventions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy/Postmenopausal Women

    A 4 page research paper that examines hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women. The writer looks at the controversy surrounding HRT and current literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing, Management, and Stress

    This 8 page paper delves into stress in respect to nursing and nurse management. Stress is discussed in general as well as how it factors into the managerial role. Stress in the nursing profession is also discussed at length. Solutions are suggested. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Patient Care and Individual Differences

    A 6 page review of two nursing articles dealing with patient care. The author of this paper provides an overview of each article, its presentation style, and findings, and identifies similarities in the message being conveyed by both articles. In addition to the direct impacts to health, illness and injury can result in a number of complex problems. The literature is replete with examples of treatment regimes and recovery expectations but always at mind must be individual variation in both physiology, emotion, and manner of dealing. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing Management Change Theory

    A 6 page paper discussing implementing changes that can assist in integrating theory into practice. Theory-based nursing practice is the focus of much current nursing research and practice, but established, experienced nurses may be less familiar with theory than are new graduates. It is common practice for older nurses to mentor newer ones; new graduates fresh from study of theory also have the opportunity to teach as well. Lewin’s change theory maintains that change is incremental and proceeds stepwise. The organization can assist this progression by hiring new graduates with solid knowledge of theory, which they can pass on to those more experienced in practice. Includes abstract. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Outpatient Clinic for Pain Management Establishment

    A 15 page paper discussing the establishment of a freestanding pain management clinic attached to a nursing home but also available for adult day care. The paper discusses pain management philosophies; alternative methods of managing pain; past problems of abuse of pain-killing drugs in the elderly; and the business issues of establishing and maintaining the clinic. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Nursing Practice and Pain Management Research

    A 10 page paper discussing putting research into nursing practice. There is much research done in the name of furthering practice technique and nursing values. Not all research is of the quality it should be, but even that which is still is difficult to incorporate into practice in many instances. Increasing projects in nursing research are using a qualitative approach, one that typically has been looked askance on by the medical community as not being "real" science because it relies on opinions and attitudes of research subjects rather than on physically measurable (i.e., quantitative) quantities and structures. This paper reviews a well done qualitative work, then applies its findings to pain management in nursing practice. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Empowerment and Case Management in Nursing

    This 5 page paper discusses the concept of empowerment in nursing and describes and explains the practice of case management and how the two are linked. While there are a number of different case management models, they all have specific elements in common. Case management falls under the general umbrella of patient-focused care and has been shown to be effective in providing greater quality of care. To work, however, nurses need to be empowered. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Preoperative Fasting Management

    This 12 page paper examines the subject of pre operative fast management. The paper includes discussion on the need for management with the negative consequences of over excessive fasting and the risks associated with periods that are too long and too short, including increased incidence of post operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and the related risks. Research on the topic is included in order to define best practice and how improvements may be made in the future. A stakeholder approach is utilised within the analysis. The bibliography cites 18 sources.

  • Chronic Pain Management and Nursing Philosophy

    A 5 page paper considering management of chronic pain within the framework of basic nursing values. Management of chronic pain can be as frustrating for the nurse as it is for the patient. Though the patient suffers the pain, the nurse’s aim is to help him cope with it. There are growing numbers of alternatives available, most of which work only with a few specific individuals. Calling on nursing philosophy within the framework of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice and fidelity can inform decisions surrounding pain management. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Leadership and Nurse Management

    This 4 page paper looks at a case study in nursing to evaluate methods of nurse management. Leadership theory is included. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • ICU Nursing Ratio Restructuring and Change Management

    A 4 page paper evaluating the possibility of restructuring the ICU to gain one-on-one nursing, using Lewin’s change theory. All health care costs continue to increase despite managed care, regulatory insurer and individual efforts to halt the spiral. 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. Though costs are of significant importance to ICUs, quality of care remains of central focus. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurse Leadership, Clinical Pathways, Discharge Planning, and Quality Management

    A 12 page discussion of these nursing concepts as revealed in several key articles from the literature. The author of this paper provides a brief synopsis of three articles and one article has been selected for a more detailed discussion of how its findings pertain to preparation for practice as an RN and what new information and insights can be gained from the article. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Evaluation of a Nursing Management Plan for Women with HIV

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of a nursing management plan for women with HIV. This paper outlines the fact that the transmission of HIV to women is still a common problem, and that there is a need to address at-risk populations. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Critical Incident Analysis in Nurse Management

    A 6 page incident report addressing failure of nursing staff to attend to a patient their care for five hours. The paper reviews individual and organizational responsibility, particularly in terms of nursing’s core values. The organization needs to assess its patient care delivery model to ensure that no patient goes for extended periods without having some staff member check on their status several times during a single shift. Quality of care is an issue that gains great attention in today’s health care environment, and leaving any patient unattended for five hours does not even approach the point of providing quality care. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Assessment of HIV Prison Population Plan for Nursing Management

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of a study of a prison population with HIV status. This paper defines a management plan for evaluating this population. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Anxiety Concept Analysis

    This 15 page paper outlines a concept analysis of anxiety. This paper recognizes that concept analysis not only provides insight into the impacts of a certain concept on the development of nursing protocols, but also promotes understanding of the application of a concept in the development of both nursing theory and nursing practice. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Organizational Structure and Patient Care

    A 4 page paper discussing the organizational structure of New York's Metropolitan Hospital and how it affects nursing. Both the Nurse Manager and Chief Nursing Officer can depend on organizational structure to provide order without inhibiting the ability to step outside of routine boundaries when the need arises. Additionally, they have a subordinate organizational chart placing the patient at the top of a distinct pyramid, with all services contributing to patient care. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Nursing

    A 14 page research paper in which the writer aids a nursing student in reflecting on the four metaparadigms of nursing (person, environment, health and nursing) in relation to Mezirow's theory of transformative learning. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • 4 Traditional Metaparadigms in Nursing

    5 pages in length. The student discusses the four traditional nursing metaparadigms – nursing, environment, health and person – by offering various nursing theories as examples. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Advanced Nursing Practice Philosophy

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, discusses the four meta-paradigms of nursing: health, person, nursing and environment. Then, the writer discusses issues of collaborative practice, focusing on the role of the family nurse practitioner.

  • Nursing Research and Its Crucial Developments

    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.

  • Second World War and Nursing

    This paper examines the nursing profession in the United States in conjunction with World War II. In addition to describing some of the duties that nurses performed during the war, the essay also discusses the impact that the war had on the nursing profession in general, and how the war helped move the profession to where it is today. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Primary Care v. Team Nursing

    A 12 page research paper that examines this question in regards to the competing paradigms of team nursing versus primary care nursing. The writer offers a critical study of literature on this topic, which evaluates the pros and cons of each perspective in regards to the question of whether or not team nursing is the right course to take for a specific work environment. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Personal Nursing Ethics

    A 4 page research paper/essay that offers advice to a nursing student on how to write a personal reflection paper that discusses the student’s ethics and values. In order to do this, the writer employs tutorial language that draws on specific examples of nursing integrity and values in action from nursing literature. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 5 Articles Summarized

    6 pages in length. The manner by which nurses deal with work-related occurrence speaks volumes with regard to the ultimate outcome of a given patient's physical and mental status. The following five articles address the manner by which nurses are equipped – both personally and professionally – to deal with the very real aspect of deliberate self-harm, particularly those who tend to specific areas of nursing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Theory of Human Caring/Jean Watson

    A 9 page research paper that offers an overview of Watson's nursing theory. The topics covered include the basic concepts and assumptions that define this highly utilized nursing theory, as well as a specific example that demonstrates how Watson's theory can be applied to context of a caring moment within the context of a therapeutic nurse/ patient relationship. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Theory

    A 5 page paper accompanied by a 19-slide PowerPoint presentation, discussing theory in psychiatric nursing. Theorists include Peplau, Roy, Orem, Neuman, Rogers and Watson. Peplau is considered to be the founder of theory in psychiatric nursing, and it is still her model that is most directly applicable to psychiatric nursing. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nurse/Patient Ratios/Not One Size Fits All

    A 4 page essay/research paper that argues against mandatory, legislated nurse/patient ratios. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Community Nursing Advantages and Disadvantages

    A 5 page paper discussing the pros and cons of community nursing. The community nurse can be the liaison between policy and practice, and serve as the point at which goals become reality. There are few disadvantages, and those that exist are far outweighed by the advantages that community nursing can bring to any community. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Important Developments in Nursing

    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.

  • Shannondale Nursing Home and Its Historical Development

    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. The paper examines area demographics and anticipated changes for the future when those in independent living sections move to advancing levels of care. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Health Promotion

    A 4 page research paper that discuss nursing and health promotion, which has become a prominent theme in nursing literature. The writer discusses the definition of health promotion, its purpose and nursing responsibilities. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Metaparadigms Explored

    An 8 page research paper that examines the four metaparadigms of nursing, person, health, nursing and environment. This examination of these concepts, first of all, discusses the personal view of the writer regarding these fundamental categories. Then, these personal definitions are examined from the perspective of the simultaneity and totality perspectives, as outlined by Parse (1987). Next, the nursing metaparadigms are examined from theoretical perspective proposed by Madeleine Leininger and then, based on this information, personal definitions of these concepts are then reexamined. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing and Kangaroo Care

    A 10 page paper which defines this care method, discusses the rationale for using it, and explores outcomes and future implications for the practice and the field of nursing. Specifically considered are how kangaroo care has been used, in which situations it has been most beneficial, evaluates pros and cons, how method is related to nursing, how nurses might implement this program, and suggestions for improvement, changes, or cautions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Developments In Forensic Nursing

    A 6 page paper defining forensic nursing, examining its origins and commenting on its likely future. Forensic nursing requires that nurses observe abnormalities and investigate their possible causes for the purpose of identifying either an abuse or an abuser. The paper mentions the theory of Nightingale and Betty Neuman in terms of comforting the patient while simultaneously viewing her as a part of a larger system. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Nursing in Louisiana

    This 4 page paper looks at the way nursing wages are set in Louisiana with reference to supply and demand and considers the way that the supply of nurses may be increased, considering the motivation of nurses to enter or stay in the profession and the impact of working conditions and perceptions regarding the job. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Nursing Informatics as a Nursing Career Path

    A 3 page research paper that offers a nursing student advice pertaining to charting a career path in nursing informatics with the objective of becoming a clinical nurse educator. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Ethical Implications of Shortages in Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the ethical implications of the nursing shortage. The writer argues that managed care restructuring of nursing staff in hospitals has contributed to this situation, causing unethical declines in patient care. Also, the unethical nature of recruiting nurses from foreign countries, as a solution to the shortage, is also addressed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership

    A 10 page research paper that is based on an opening scenario, which pictures conflict in a nursing environment. This survey of nursing literature highlights several of the models of leadership that have been formulated that a nursing manager can utilize to address the situation in the scenario. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing Values and Beliefs Defined

    4 pages in length. The common denominator among nurses may be an overwhelming compassion toward helping mankind, however, there is considerably more to the wide-ranging aspect of nursing than merely administering medicine; in fact, the myriad components that ultimately comprise the vast application of nursing delve into issues of metaphysics, the mind/body connection and an overall holistic approach based upon four primary conceptual standards. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Study on Health Status and Participation Critiqued

    A 6 page paper analyzing a study in nursing research published in a journal in 2004. The implications for nursing is that nurses should seek to reinforce patients’ decisions to initiate health behaviors at the outset, in an effort to call them back to the place where they applied critical thinking skills to arrive at a determination to begin health behaviors. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Theory Practical Integration

    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 here. The nurse as compassionate educator holds a position that can be a source of encouragement for these patients dealing with sudden, unexpected and unwanted surprises in their lives. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

    A 3 page research paper that examines entrepreneurial opportunities for nurses. The writer concentrates on nurse anesthetists and mental health nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Leadership, Management Experience in 2 Nursing Environments

    A 4 page paper in which the writer offers tutorial advice and specific examples drawn from nursing literature in order to help a student discuss leadership/management in terms of being a charge nurse on a psychiatric unit and as an independent dialysis nurse. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Research Evaluation on Nursing Home Costs of Utilizing MDS/PPS RUG III Systems

    A 5 page paper assessing the validity and scientific merit of two studies of nursing home population samples in advance of conducting a larger study that will develop and test an innovation in long term care. That innovation will consist of creating alliances between nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide the latter with skilled nursing care. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Philosophy and Parse's Theory of Human Becoming

    A 9 page research paper that delineates nursing philosophy, first of all, by epistemology, ontology and ethics, and then examines how personal nursing philosophy can be informed by Parse's Theory of Human Becoming. The final section of proposes a personal viewpoint toward the epistemology of nursing research. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Review of an Article on Nursing Home Residents and Hospitalization

    A 7 page paper that reviews a journal article entitled Hospitalization of Nursing Home Residents: A Qualitative Study by Kutner and colleagues. Specific questions are addressed, including: problem studied, purpose of study, research method, sample population, data collection and analysis, strengths and weaknesses and the implications of the study. This study considered the relationship between registered nurse/nursing home resident staffing ratio and hospitalizations of the residents. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Professional Nursing and Theory

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current status of nursing theory, related to the contextual view of the history of nursing theory. This paper relates the fact that in the the curative model, nurses provide assessments, act as integral members of healthcare teams, provide direct and indirect patient care, and address central issues for patients, including patient advocacy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Katie Eriksson's Nursing Theory

    A 5 page paper discussing the nursing theory of Katie Eriksson, which focuses on caring in the Christian tradition. Some practicing nurses have objected to theory-based care, at least initially, on the grounds that it is not caring at all but rather reduces the patient to a process component that needs medical attention. Katie Eriksson dispenses with the qualifiers shrouding that mission of caring, however, formulating her own theory of caring-based nursing, one that she places in the context of Christian commitment. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Remote & Regional Issues/Australia’s Nursing Shortage

    A 10 page research paper that explores the differences between remote and rural nursing and urban nursing in Australia and in reference to the current nursing shortage. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage and Effect on Job Market

    This 5 page research paper describes the writer's investigation through nursing sources on the Internet in order to investigate how the nursing shortage is affecting the Maryland nursing job market. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Theory and Its Sub Specialties

    A 3 page research paper that explores the relationship between theory and nursing practice in regards to how nursing theories are demonstrated in nursing sub-specialty choices. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership, A Reflective Essay

    A 5 page reflective essay that discusses nursing leadership and offers tutorial guidance to a nursing student regarding how to incorporate the student's nursing style, which is democratic. Transformational and pacesetting leadership are also discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau International

    A 5 page paper describing Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc. (STTI), the Honor Society for Nursing. Described by one author as the nurses’ equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa, STTI is an exclusive organization that holds to exacting qualifications and criteria. The paper includes information on the organization’s history, services it provides for members and how membership benefits individual nurses. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership Examined

    A 10 page paper that identifies an effective nurse leader; discusses several points of leadership theory as it applies to nursing; and ends with the writer comparing her own nursing leadership skills to those of the identified effective leader. The identified leader holds a vice president position and some differences can be attributed to the differences in administrative level, but “people” issues remain the same regardless of what level the leader occupies in the organization. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Application of Leadership Theory II

    A 6 page paper discussing two verbal exchanges between a staff nurse and the director of nursing and fitting them to management theory. There are several leadership theories, most of which are most applicable to differing environments and situations. The purpose here is to examine two verbal exchanges with a nurse manager and assess it in terms of one theory of leadership. The two theories used are Situational Leadership and Leader-Member Exchange . Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Selection

    A 3 page guide for a nursing student who is asked three questions: what factors influenced your decision to choose nursing? What are your specific plans for the future; and What accommodations have you made in your life to prepare for a nursing program? The writer offers guidelines and suggestions for answering these questions. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Diabetes Self-Management - Hispanic Patients

    A 9 page paper that discusses teaching transcultural care to nurses and issues relative to Hispanic patients learning to be more proactive in managing this disease. The paper discusses transcultural nursing per Leininger and others and reports appropriate statistical data. Mezirow's approach is the theoretical base discussed for adult learning and Leininger's framework is the foundation for teaching nurses and then, patients. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nursing Community Services, Asthma & Diabetes

    A 4 page essay/research paper in which the writer uses tutorial language to advise a student on relating nursing experience that pertain to community service, specifically, asthma and diabetes care. The student's assignment calls for student to report on professional community services that the student has rendered as an RN within the last several years. Community nursing covers a broad expanse, however, two common topics addressed by community nursing pertain to the treatment of asthma and diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, within the context of a community setting. Therefore, this synopsis of two articles on these topics may give the student some ideas that are pertinent to relating her own personal experience. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing Theory Selection and Implementation

    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 the most critical point of either theory in the specific clinical setting. In those areas in which cultural sensitivity can be attained with the knowledge and language of only one or two other cultures, the hospital seeking to implement Leininger's model should undertake to fully operate within the contexts of those cultures. In those areas of far greater diversity (i.e., urban areas), a better choice would be for the hospital to provide interpreters for those patients from a culture of which the nurse has little knowledge. "Interpreting" refers primarily to language, but also addresses cultural mores and attitudes. The point is to meet the patient where s/he lives. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Margaret Sanger

    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 catalyst for what ultimately became her life's work educating about and supplying birth control devices after watching with a heavy heart how not only patients but her own mother suffered under the physical and emotional toll of having many children; at a time in history when women were only just beginning to have a social voice, Sanger's contribution to nursing was both courageous and timely. She may have met with opposition every step of the way, but Sanger stood strong in her conviction so that women of today have a choice whether to birth babies or not. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Home Admissions' Perception versus Reality

    This 10 page report discusses the differences between the perceptions, expectations, and realities of what families who had admitted a loved one to a nursing facility will experience. While there may be certain similarities in admitting a loved one to a nursing facility, it should also be understood that every situation is unique. Far too many family members have unrealistic expectations about what can or should happen in a nursing home. The end result can be confusion and frustration rather than the total support needed by the patient. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Beyond Caring by DF Chambliss

    A 10 page examination of D.F. Chambliss' text Beyond Caring (1996). Chambliss (1996) conducted extensive research on the sociology of hospitals, beginning in the 1970s and extending to the early 1990s. His text records his observations and conclusions pertaining to the workings of hospital routine and the sociological and psychological processes that are an inherent part of the hospital environment. This examination of Chambliss' research focuses specifically on the information he relates concerning nursing experience, the situations encountered by nurses, how they cope within the hospital environment and what this suggests about how nursing should be perceived within an ethical framework. No additional sources cited.

  • Nursing and the Holism Concept

    A 5 page overview of the concept of holism as it applies to nursing. This paper contends that the concept of holism is integrally linked with the goals and objectives of nursing. Holism, after all, embodies the concept of healing. Holism embodies another concept as well, however, that is the concept of caring. It is a concept which is intimately entwined with energy flows, touch, and complimentary or alternative therapies but it is also a concept which can be compared with such prominent nursing theories as Hildegard Peplau's Theory of Interpersonal Relations. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Patient Care and the Adaptation Model of Callista Roy

    An 8 page paper discussing the Roy model and then applying it to a clinical case. Roy’s Adaptation Model places the patient at the center of attention and addresses methods by which nurses can most effectively care for, instruct, educate, comfort and offer explanations to their patients. Sr. Roy is credited with bringing new enlightenment to nursing, and her model of nursing is highly valued. Dr. Roy altered her model in 1997 and 1999 to include a spiritual aspect that she calls “cosmic unity.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Importance of Care In Nursing

    This 7 page paper begins by relating a nursing situation story. The writer goes on to discuss the importance of caring in nursing, what caring is and how some scholars and researchers have defined and described caring. Theories commented on include Swanson's, Watson's, Mayeroff's and Roach's. The assumptions on which the Nursing as Caring general theory are based are outlined. Throughout the paper, the writer returns to the original situation to demonstrate the integration of theory and practice. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Horizontal Violence In Nursing: Critical Essay

    8 pages in length. Choosing a career in nursing illustrates an individual's ability to deal with many difficult situations that most others cannot address when it comes to the health and welfare of their human counterparts. The extent to which nursing involves tremendous physical and psychological challenges where patient care is concerned is both grand and far-reaching; that some of these struggles derive directly from those in the industry who are supposed to bolster rather than demean one's confidence and increase one's unease speaks to the observable consequences of horizontal violence in nursing. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing's Contribution to Quality of Life

    A 7 page paper defining and discussing quality of life as a concept of nursing. The paper mentions those beyond the ability to care for themselves or be cognizant of the world around them but focuses on those facing change as having the greatest issues for the nurse. Quality of life likely always will depend more on individuals' perceptions of their own than on anyone else's definition of it for someone else. The nurse can assist an adjusting patient to find that place where s/he believes quality of life is fine, regardless of the physical circumstances with which they live. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Continuing Evolution of Advanced Practice Nursing

    A 10 page paper discussing the continuing evolution of advanced practice nursing and the resistance it receives from physician groups. Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses have filled significant roles in US health care for years. They have legal rights and the technical expertise to take on much of the burden of providing direct health care services, generally under the supervision of an MD. This advanced practice niche is a hybrid position arising from increasing pressures on the still-evolving health care American health care system; it is a position respected in the profession and welcomed by patients. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage

    A 5 page research paper that addresses the nursing shortage. All aspects of the current U.S. shortage of registered nurses (RNs) have been thoroughly documented. The present shortage began in 1998 and by 2001, roughly 126,000 hospital nursing positions were left unfilled (Auerbach, Buerhaus and Staiger, 2007). In 2006, the shortage entered its ninth year, which make this the longest-running shortage in the past fifty years (Auerbach, Buerhaus and Staiger, 2007). Examination of current literature suggests several pertinent factors concerning the nature of this shortage that differentiates it greatly from those of the past. This information is summarized and then discussed in terms of its public policy implications. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Application Degree Essay

    A 3 page nursing degree program essay. The essay stresses motivation and dedication as strengths, and lack of knowledge of nursing theory and the means of putting it into practice as weaknesses. The applicant states, “I seek to augment the knowledge and experience I already possess with learning on levels I have not visited before. Additional training and education can enable me to further contribute to the nursing profession and benefit patients, and I am eager for the opportunity to gain that knowledge and training.” Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Shortage And Access To Quality Care

    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 and the quality of care patients receive. The essay comments on the aging of the population and its impact. The writer comments on ethical issues related to access to quality care. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Bone Cancer Case Study and Nursing Interventions

    An 8 page research paper that addresses a specific case scenario, which deal with nursing interventions for a 52-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, which is metastasized to the left hip and involves the lymphatic system. She presents to the oncology nursing unit with severe bone pain in her left hip. She has already undergone external radiation therapy (palliative) and is suffering from severe nausea and vomiting. The patient and her family are having difficulty coping, both with the patient's current health status and with the terminal prognosis. This investigation examines three aspects of this patient's care and possible nursing interventions: bone pain; nausea and vomiting; and psychosocial interaction with the patient and her family in regards to coping. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Cultural Needs of Chinese Women in Childbirth

    An 8 page research paper that discusses cultural competence in regards to the nursing needs of Chinese women and women of Chinese extraction. According to census figures, the demographic nature of the American populace is becoming increasing culturally diverse. This fact constitutes a challenge to healthcare professionals as it has been shown by research that providing care that is culturally congruent with the patient’s background and health beliefs can have a beneficial effect on obtaining a positive outcome. Therefore, cultural competency is considered to be an important component of contemporary nursing care. This discussion of sources focuses on the needs of Chinese women or women of Chinese descent during the processes associated with childbirth from a nursing care perspective. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Hamot Medical Center Organizational Analysis

    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 does Hamot Medical Center discuss and pursue the “new nursing” that both builds and preserves the professionalism of nursing. The paper examines the hospital’s organizational structure, vision and mission, and assesses the organization’s success in pursuing and achieving its goals. The paper discusses the role of organizational structure in maintaining an atmosphere in which change is both possible and positive. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Angina Pectoris From a Nursing Perspective

    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 the possibility of MI is great after they are diagnosed with angina, and nurse-led care programs are highly effective in providing quality patient education as well as alleviating patients' fears. This paper reviews the condition and discusses nurse-led management of it. Includes a 3-page outline and an abstract. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Organ Procurement and the Role of Nursing

    An 8 page overview of the many considerations a nurse must make when serving as the front-line between patient, family, and the medical profession in terms of interpreting organ procurement and transplant. The nurse must be prepared to carry out his or her technical duties as well as to discuss the issues surrounding the organ procurement process to family members in their time of grief. The nurse that makes an ongoing effort to gain trust and respect of the patient and family is more likely to receive permission for organ collection. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Expansion of Paper on Nursing Delegation and Shared Governance

    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 a facilitator in unit governance and as a liaison between direct-care nursing staff and nursing administrators. This organizational structure is more conducive to true shared governance than hierarchical straight-line organizational structures that have the effect of insulating administrators from those providing direct patient care. It also ensures that those having the greatest degree of direct patient contact have a voice in establishing policy for both the present and the future. The paper discusses shared governance more as a philosophical approach to management than as a “how to.” Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Professional Ethics: Nursing Inmates

    An 8 page research paper that offers a discussion of professional nursing ethics, which is taken from the perspective of the student researching this topic whose current practice environment is the Los Angeles Central Jail. Therefore, the ethical issues discussed focus on the challenges and ethical dilemmas that are inherent to this clinical environment. However, prior to addressing these specific issues that are inherent to nursing with a correctional facility, which will be referred to as "correctional nursing," it is enlightening to place the parameters of this discussion within a conceptual framework. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • MSN and ANP Degrees

    This 3 page paper provides a response to some of the following questions: 1. What is the difference between baccalaureate and graduate-degree education with regard to autonomy? Why is it important to identify clinical or practice experts to help you achieve your Practicum learning objectives? Why must MSN students have MSN mentors? 2. What is advanced nursing practice (ANP), as you understand it? What do you believe the role will be for advanced practice nurses in five to ten years? Please share the titles and educational preparation that your State Board of Nursing recognizes as APRN? Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury, I Present…the Nursing Documentation

    A 3 page summary of the article Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury, I Present….the Nursing Documentation by Sally Austin. No additional sources cited.

  • Theories of Leadership and Nursing

    A 7 page research paper that discusses leadership theories. Healthcare today faces numerous and complicated challenges that must be overcome in order to maintain the viability of healthcare organizations. To meet and overcome these difficulties, effective leadership in the contemporary healthcare system is essential. Therefore, examination of leadership theories and models in order to determine their effectiveness is highly salient to meeting the needs of nursing both now and in the immediate future. This examination will specifically examine three leadership theories, transformational, transactional and participative, before discussing the contribution of such theoretical models to nursing and drawing relevant conclusions and showing that nursing leadership should be a combination of all three approaches, with an emphasis on the participative leadership model. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Restraint Uses in Psychiatric Nursing

    A 4 page research paper that contrasts and compares position papers from the Internet sites of two psychiatric nursing organizations. The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) both have position paper posted regarding the use of seclusion and restraint on psychiatric patients. The positions of these organizations are extremely similar. They both, for example, approve of the use of seclusion and restraint only as a last resort. However, there are also differences between the two documents. Examination of the two official position papers reveals that the APNA document is more informative and more precise, while assuming what is basically the same position as the ISPN on this topic. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Student Training and Outlook in Pediatric Nursing

    5 pages in length. Nursing students with a focus upon pediatric care play an integral role in the overall development and application of standards of care, the transmission of scientific and humanistic caring, professional performance, ethics, as well as the level of competency expected from the industry, all of which directly relates to the level of motivation newly licensed professional nurses experience. When one critically appraises these areas of role development, one must consider a vast array of components that pertain to student interaction: areas needing further development; planned actions to continuously improve professional role; responses to changing societal influences; changing health care needs of people; changing developments in the profession; ability to depict trends, develop strategies and act proactively; and transformation tools learned, how change can be managed and challenges in the transformation of nursing and health care deliver. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing Care and Ida Jean Orlando's Theory

    This 12 page paper relates the basic components of Orlando's views. Ida Jean Orlando’s Deliberate Process of Nursing is what has been deemed one of the “interpersonal process theories” that focuses the relationship between the nurse and the patient. In the labor and delivery unit, advanced practice nurses often take an active role in the process of care, recognizing first that patients can participate in the process and work to meet their own needs. This paper also relates some other views, including those of Dorothea Orem. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Advocacy and Caring in Nursing

    An 8 page paper. There is a link between a patient's level of satisfaction with hospital services and the patient's perceived level of caring from the nurse. This essay supports this premise by reporting studies that have made this conclusion. The underlying principles of the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient are reported. The writer also discusses nurses as advocates for patients. Four models are presented along with comments about those models. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing's Core Values

    A 4 page paper providing annotation of two main sources followed by discussion of application to the current nursing profession. The founder of modern nursing; theorists writing more than two decades ago; and current patients all agree on the worth of the core values of nursing. Technology and environment change, but core values do not. The articles highlighted here underscore that fact and can be used directly in any current professional's career. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Patient Care Impact of the Shortage in Nursing

    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, an intensive care nurse is responsible for one or two patients who require all of her time; if staffing cuts require that same nurse to tend to double and triple that amount of people, her stress level inevitably rises, the patients receive less than adequate care and mistakes are rife, resulting in a less confident nurse. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • AIDS Adolescents and Nursing Management

    A 6 page overview of the various considerations which enter into managing adolescents with AIDS. An outline of the problem confronting adolescents and its causes as well as a detailed discussion of the physiological impacts of the disease and its chemotherapeutic management is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Overview of Post Operative Management of Care and Interventions

    A paper which looks at various aspects of post operative care, including the relative value of traditional observations and individualised care, and the need for effective pain management. Bibliography lists 10 sources

  • Medical Doctors and Nurse Practitioners Conflict Management

    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 physicians, it is the patient ultimately most affected. In today’s health care system as it currently exists, nurses not only have “more time” for direct patient interaction than do MDs, they also generally have greater motivation. The model presented here stresses communication and experimentation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing and the Management of Time

    A 9 page paper. This essay first identifies some of the things that waste time, such as not planning and not organization. The next section in the essay comments on the shortage of nurses, which is followed by a discussion of the results of being overworked. The last section offers some time management strategies for nurses and nurse supervisors. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Hospital Utilization Management

    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.

  • Various methods of pain management

    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, the use of alternative pain management techniques, and the use of a team approach for care. Leadership, management and the perspectives of others can all impact pain management systems. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Employers' Tool for Healthcare Outcomes Management

    An 11 page paper discussing the increasing rates of obesity in the US – indeed in all developed nations – and the health problems that are expected to increase as a result. Diabetes already is epidemic in the US, and obesity contributes to several of the leading causes of disease and death in the country. Lean organizations need to gain full contribution from every employee, an accomplishment not possible when employees are ill but present, or even absent from work. Solutions such as those presented in the paper can make life-changing differences for those individuals who choose to exercise them. A real-world workplace promotion can provide immense benefit for employees as well as for the organization, and involving employees early in the planning process ensures that the resulting program is relevant to employees, their lives and families. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Hospitals and TQM

    A 7 page paper discussing quality indicators and measures currently in place at the hospital in which the student works. Structure in the form of a quality director in the upper levels of the organization and attention to quality exist, but as is the case at so many other hospitals, the issue at the organization still has not achieved absolute clarity. The paper discusses the Deming cycle (PDCA), TQM theory and rating hospitals on customer satisfaction measures. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nurse as an Agent of Change in Data Base Management

    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 data base. The nurse can, in fact, be a change agent in the QI process, an agent that makes recommendations that will result in improved data base management. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Why Don't Nurses Delegate?

    A 9 page research paper that investigates this question. The writer first offers a literature review, then discusses sources that address this problem and then offers conclusions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Role of a Legal Nursing Consultant

    A 4 page research paper that explores the role of this nursing professional. The writer defines and outlines the requirements, duties and parameters of this nursing specialty. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Becoming a Nurse

    A 4 page paper which examines why one would wish to become a nurse. No sources cited.

  • Various Types of Nursing Roles

    A 5 page research paper that looks at various nursing roles. A pertinent question to nursing practice is what, specifically, should a patient expect from his/her nurse. This question can be examined from the standpoint of the scope of nursing practice for both registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners (NPs). This examination looks at both of these areas of nursing expertise, particularly focusing nursing practice in the State of North Carolina. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • 7 Nursing Theory Issues

    28 pages in length. The writer discusses seven separate issues: Nursing's Ways of Knowing; Nursing's Body of Knowledge; What is Nursing Theory?; Analysis and Critique of Nursing Theory; Analysis and Critique of Family Nursing Theory; Nursing Theory and Research; and Nursing Theory and Practice. Bibliography lists 21 sources.

  • Personal Philosophy of Nursing

    A 3 page essay that offers a template for a student nurse to use in writing about his/her personal nursing philosophy. A nurse’s beliefs “regarding humanity, values, the nature of nursing, the focus of nursing, the goals of practice and the focus of nursing research and education” collectively formulate a personal philosophy of nursing that informs and shapes that particular nurse’s practice behaviors (Courier, 2008). As a medical profession, nursing knowledge draws upon the related scientific fields (CSUB, 2006). However, nursing also goes beyond the medical model of healthcare delivery to stress humanistic, caring qualities that address the emotional, psychological side of human experience, as well as physiological needs. The purpose of the following essay is to provide a guide to a nursing student that can aid that student in describing his or her own personal philosophy of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Management/Retention Issues

    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, the turnover rates for hospital nursing staff averages over 20 percent (Force, 2005). However, since this is a widespread problem, which has been acerbated by the nursing shortage, management strategies that promote nursing staff retention, as well as strategies that address the issues that research shows to be influential in creating nursing staff job satisfaction. Nursing managers are the link between hospital administration and nursing staff. Therefore, one of the crucial responsibilities of a nurse manager is to implement strategies and procedures that ensure nurse retention and job satisfaction (Anthony, 2005). Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Peplau and Orem/Core Concepts

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the theories of Hildegard Peplau and Dorothea Orem, who are two of the nursing profession’s most influential theorists. Peplau’s Interpersonal Nursing Theory and Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory have for decades provided nurses with a foundational understanding of nursing that has facilitated both everyday nursing care and nursing research. This examination of these two theories contrasts and compares the core concepts of their theoretical perspectives, demonstrating their commonalities. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership, Advocacy & Responsibilities

    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 the importance of nursing leadership and the ramifications of leadership and its challenges that student nurses face after graduation in today’s healthcare environment. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Surgical ICU Clinical Practice and Theoretical Nursing Models

    A 5 page research paper that discusses applying nurse models to ICU clinical practice. Applying nursing theory, that is, theoretical frameworks proposed by nursing theorists such as Neuman, Orem and Roy, to clinical practice has been a longstanding focus of attention within nursing scholarship (Smith 16). The following examination of three nursing theories, specifically the models developed by Neuman, Orem and Roy, addresses how these approaches can guide nursing practice in regards to surgical ICU practice and its patient concerns. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing and Leadership

    A 5 page paper arguing the appropriateness of using advanced practice nurses in leadership roles. Advanced practice nurses are more qualified for leading nurses than are non-nurses or nurses lacking the managerial training that advanced practice nurses receive in pursuit of their advanced standing certification. Moreover, active RNs, LPNs and CNAs understand that these advanced practice nurses have filled roles similar to theirs in the past, that they know the conditions in which today’s direct-care nurses work. Advanced practice nurses provide the best of all worlds when they occupy leadership roles. They comprise the natural entity to provide effective nurse leadership. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Faculty Shortages and Shortages in Nursing

    An 8 page research paper that discusses the nursing shortage and how it relates to a similar shortage of nursing educators. In order make-up for the tremendous nursing shortage that is evidence across the country, universities and colleges are offering a greater number of accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Martin 5). Yet despite the increasing number of such programs, shortfalls in the number of nurses needed to fill vacancies still exist. Exacerbating the problem of the nursing shortage is the fact that is also a shortage of nursing faculty. Examination of this problem shows that the first, and perhaps the most crucial step, in solving the nursing shortage is to increase the number of number of nursing faculty members in order to break a negative cycle that is powering this national healthcare crisis. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage Critical Issue

    A 3 page research paper that addresses a critical issue in nursing--the nursing shortage. Today's nursing shortage is driven social and demographic changes that are unprecedented, which makes this shortage markedly different from nursing shortages that have occurred previously. Therefore, solutions that have alleviated previous shortages will undoubtedly prove insufficient to address the current situation. The nursing shortage that healthcare is now experiencing requires new solutions, new answers. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing: Article Reviews

    This 10 page paper reviews three articles related to nursing and nurse leadership. The first article reviews an article about interventions to reduce problems for patients discharged from the hospital; the second article investigates the new quality assurance procedures in the United Kingdom; and the third article investigates why nurses become nurse leaders. The essay ends with the writer's reflections on the nurse leadership article. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Humanistic Leadership & Nursing Unions

    A 20 page research paper that in which the writer assumes the persona of a nursing leader working in a hospital where the nurses are unionized. The writer establishes a background for this investigation by examining what is meant by the terms "humanistic" and "leadership," which includes a discussion of various leadership models and theories. Then, this investigation looks at nursing literature pertaining to nurses' unions and the processes of unionization and how this supports the importance of establishing a working partnership between union leaders and nursing management. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • The Nursing Metaparadigms/Nursing Philosophy

    This 5 page research paper/essay discusses the parameters of nursing philosophy, as related to the nursing philosophy of the Jacksonville University School of Nursing and the four nursing metaparadigms of Person, Environment, Health and Nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Social Policy Statement of Nursing

    A 3 page essay that summarizes and discusses Nursing's Social Policy Statement (ANA, 2003). Nursing's Social Policy Statement offers a concise yet comprehensive description and introduction to professional nursing as it is practiced in the United States. This document specifies not only the core values of American nurses but also addresses the fundamental social responsibility that is associated with the nursing profession. No additional sources cited.

  • Philosophy of Nursing and Values

    A 5 page paper discussing the values and philosophy of nursing, as well as nursing as a profession. Much of the focus of development of nursing over the past century has been on professionalism that has been based on theory and practice, while education, licensing and standards of care have addressed technical expertise requirements. Though true for any profession, that of nursing is not for everyone. Nursing requires a particular type of commitment and level of caring. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Role of Nursing and 4 Metaparadigms

    A 4 page paper discussing nursing’s four metaparadigms and the central role of nursing. Certainly the nurse has physical responsibilities that vary with the area in which s/he works, but each patient is an individual. Nursing is one of the few professions that continually assesses its effectiveness, professionalism and true worth. This constant attention to ways to improve both patient care and nursing quality creates an environment that improves continually, without losing the ground already gained in the past. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Conceptual, Philosophical, Legal And Ethical Foundations And Processes Inherent To Professional Nursing Practice

    5 pages in length. Professional nursing involves much more than tending to the physical needs of patients. Bound by such guiding industry principles as the American Nurses Association (ANA) standards, the Nurse Practice Act and Nursing's Social Policy Statement, professional nursing incorporates the tenets of conceptual, philosophical, legal and ethical foundations and processes. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Adaptation Nursing Model of Callista Roy

    A 9 page research paper that examines Callista Roy's Adaptation Model of nursing. As the nursing profession has developed, nursing theorists have developed numerous frameworks for guiding nursing practice in a manner that stresses its scientific nature, while also adhering to its humanistic roots. One of these theories is the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing. This examination gives a thorough overview of this theory before offering evaluation. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Shortage of Nurses and Its Global Implications

    A 4 page paper discussing difficulties in recruiting, long hours and growing work-related stress. These are not unique to nursing, but likely nursing is the profession that finds these characteristics most problematic. The nursing shortage has been reality for a long while in both the US and the UK. Nurses in developing countries have taken note, and the ongoing shortages in the nursing profession now have taken on global proportions. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Preceptorship in Nursing

    A 9 page research paper that examines nursing preceptorship. The paper begins with a brief history of nursing education and then moves on to define nursing preceptorship and to explore its role in nurse retention, the nurturing of critical thinking skills and other areas of nursing practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 3 Elements of Psychiatric Nursing

    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 an essential component of psychiatric nursing and the ramifications of these roles. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Profession and Men

    An 8 page research paper that examines the topic of male nursing. According to the American Nurses Association, the number of male student nurses has substantially increased, as male enrollment in nursing schools doubled between 1980 and 1992 (Hawke 56). Nevertheless, the problem typically encountered by males in a female-dominated profession continue to plague some male nurses and the overall number of male nurses in the profession remains low. Examining literature pertaining to men in nursing shows both the progress of male nurses in the profession, as well as what remains to be done in opening up nursing to all candidates, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Issues, Problems, and Solutions Regarding Nursing Shortages

    This is a 12 page paper discussing the current nursing shortage issues and proposed solutions within the profession. The United States is currently undergoing a nursing shortage which is expected to continue until the year 2020. Reasons for the shortage have been reported as: an ageing nursing population; an ageing and decreasing nursing education population; less than competitive salaries in the nursing profession; poor recruitment programs; an increase in the overall population of the United States; an increase in the number of patients due to the ageing baby boomer population; and, individuals in modern society living longer due to new technologies and treatments. The nursing shortage affects the nursing profession in a number of different ways in that nursing managers are trying to find ways to organize, retain and satisfy their current nursing workforce during a time of crisis while at the same time trying to organize new incentives and recruitment strategies to once again build the profession. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Following Watson's Example/Personal Philosophy of Nursing

    A 10 page research paper/essay that offers a guide for contrasting and comparing a student nurse's personal nursing philosophy to that of nursing theorist Jean Watson. The writer argues that each individual nurse brings personal perception to the act of interpreting Watson's theory. This interpretation is necessarily influenced by that nurse's personal history, knowledge level, and understanding. The purpose of this discussion of Watson's theory is to compare and contrast it with the personal nursing philosophy of a particular nursing student. The paradigms of person, environment, health and nursing are addressed. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Families Should Decide Own Health Goals

    An 8 page research paper that offers a discussion of the family health nurse's role, which focuses on the aspect of decision-making and who is the most qualified to establish health goals and make health-oriented decisions, the professional health practitioner or families themselves. This examination of literature indicates that the role of the family nurse should be to empower family members in the task of determining their own health goals by helping families develop their strengths within the context of an egalitarian, collaborative partnership with the family health nurse. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing Theory

    A 3 page research paper that addresses the question of whether or not nursing has a theoretical basis. The writer outlines the parameters of the debate and then argues that nursing does have such a theoretical basis and that theory provides the foundation for the highest level of nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Personal Philosophy of Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the nursing concepts of person, environment, health/illness and nursing. This examination of these concepts examines each idea in relation to how it is defined by the Barry University School of Nursing faculty, but also offering a personal perspective on the meaning of each term. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Practice and the Basis of Nursing Theory

    A 4 page research paper that explores how nursing theory provides a theoretical basis for nursing practice. The writer examines what nursing theory is, how it influences practice, and how it has evolved. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • CC vs. Med-Surg Units/Job Satisfaction

    A 6 page research paper that investigates the differences in nursing job satisfaction between critical and med-surg units. Within the framework of a research project, the writer hypothesizes that as there are different working conditions in these units, such as patient-to-nurse ratios and management styles, there are also differences in nursing job satisfaction. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing Issues and the Health Issues of the West Family

    A 5 page research paper that is framed around a scenario describing the West family members indicates numerous health issues. The following discussion selects 5 of these issues and relates them to literature and to a relevant nursing issue. Then two of these nursing issues are used to formulate a nursing care plan. There are four current members of the West household and a fifth on the way, as May West is 8 weeks pregnant. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 'Applying Airline Safety Practices to Medication Administration' Article Review

    An 8 page paper reviewing a quantitative nursing research article that won MedSurg Nursing’s writer’s award for its design and reporting. Published in 2003, the hypothesis of the study was that medication errors would be reduced if nurses followed the pre-flight checklist procedures required of airline flight crews. The results found indicate that it is directly applicable to being included in evidence-based practice as a goal to attain. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nurses and Stress

    5 pages. Stress is likely to occur in almost any profession but when it comes to nursing there is a high probability that at some point there will be job-related stress or burnout. The nursing professional is subjected to many more situations that are likely to be stress producing. This paper describes how and why the nursing profession is so prone to stress and burnout. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Education & A Humanities Fieldtrip

    A 5 page paper that offers a nursing student suggestions for how to organize a fieldtrip that focuses on an aspect of humanities studies for a group of learners consisting of nursing students. The writer suggests a fieldtrip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A discussion of the role of the humanities in nursing education is also included. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Philosophy of Nursing

    A 7 page example essay that describes a personal philosophy of nursing. This perspective on nursing draws heavily on the career of Florence Nightingale and offers comparisons between this first modern nursing theory and the student's hypothetical personal position. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Community Health & Teen Pregnancy

    A 5 page research paper that presents a scenario involving a high rate of teen pregnancy within a specific community and then discusses the role of community nursing exploring the role of the community health nurse, as a provider of care, manager of care and representative of the nursing profession, within this difficult situation. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Two Articles on Ethics in Nursing Reviewed

    This 3 page paper includes two article reviews in nursing ethics. One article examines a survey on ethical issues in nursing while the other focuses on the idea that nurses often engage in rule bending behavior. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Affordable Healthcare in Australia

    A 7 page research paper that examines affordable healthcare in Australia specifically in terms of community health nursing: the role of the community health nurse and the relationship of this nursing specialty to the social model of health. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Article Review and Discussion of Nursing Mentoring

    A 3 page literature review of mentoring in nursing, followed by a closer review of a specific article. The topic is mentoring among new nurse managers, but can apply to all levels and types of nursing. Mentoring provides benefit for more than only the two individuals directly involved in the mentoring relationship. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Responses to Two Nursing Posts

    This 3 page essay describes how a student might possibly respond to two nursing posts. The first of which refers to creating a safer nursing system and the second to the role of the master's prepared nurse. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing and the Impact of Electronic Data Security

    An 8 page paper discussing how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 might affect nurses’ approach to their jobs. There is no question that HIPAA will change the way that nurses work. The only question at present is how it will change work processes and work flows. It appears to have ability only to complicate nurses’ already-full days. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Article Analysis/Evidence-Based Practice

    A 9 page article analysis of a research study, Pravikoff, Tanner and Pierce (2005), that was designed to evaluate the knowledge, computer literacy skills and general readiness of American nurses to implement evidence-based nursing practice. The writer summarizes and evaluates each section of the study, concluding with an evaluation of the research's significance to nursing. No additional sources cited.

  • Med/Surg Leader, An Interview

    A 7 page research paper. Nursing leadership is acknowledged to be one of the most crucial factors in addressing the current and emerging needs of the healthcare system. This investigation explores issues related to nursing leadership, first of all, by summarizing literature that defines and discusses the way in which leadership models relate to concepts of formal and informal power and then by offering a hypothetical interview with a nursing leader that exemplifies the principles associated with this topic. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Palliative Care and the Theory of Dorothea Orem

    A 5 page research paper. In addressing nursing practice and the needs of patients, nurses often adopt a theoretical model that aids them in conceptualize and meeting those needs. The following examination looks at how Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory facilitates and informs palliative care for a patient with arm lymphedema. It will show how Orem's model of nursing care fits the needs of this patient and facilitates helping the patient to reach self-care deficit goals. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Community Nursing Questions

    A 4 page paper that answers questions on community nursing, such as community nursing and evidence-based nursing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Elder Neglect in Nursing Homes

    A 10 page research paper that offers an overview of the topic of neglect and abuse of elderly patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, such as assisted living homes. This also includes issues relating to nursing care of the elderly, as influenced by the nursing theory of Dorothea Orem. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Contemporary Applications of the Deliberative Nursing Theory of Jean Orlando

    A 5 page overview of the theory of deliberative nursing, a theory first formulated in the late 1950s but with applications into present day nursing. This paper discusses the applicability of Orlando’s theory to modern nursing using the example of medical intervention in cases of domestic violence. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing and the Structural Functionalist Sociological Model

    This 7 page paper evaluates how this sociological model can help nurses perform better. It looks at the theory based upon a model found in Chinn & Kramer's Theory of Nursing. Various elements of the theory are discussed inclusive of its importance and applicability to nursing. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hand Washing and the Care of Patients

    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 so highly effective in controlling incidence of nosocomial infection. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Is There a Relationship Between Nursing Burnout and Shortage of Nurses?

    A 7 page paper discussing both of these facets of nursing. A common primary factor in each is stress, and the paper concludes that the ongoing nursing shortage directly contributes in increased incidence of burnout among nurses. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Interprofessional Approach to Nursing

    A 5 page paper describing and analyzing a clinical situation in which nurses, a physical therapist and a prosthesis specialist collaborated in the care of an amputee. The shared governance structure within units ensures that direct-care staff nurses have a voice with senior management and addresses risk management and quality indicators, while maintaining an environment that encourages continual improvement. The interprofessional approach both relies and enhances nursing as a profession. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership Scenario

    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 program. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Art of Nursing

    In 1986 Jean Watson was Dean of the School of Nursing in Denver and Director of the Center for Human Caring. The two job titles provide a significant insight into how she views nursing. This 6 page paper examines the theory of nursing as an art within the context of the bio-pscho-social model and presents a scenario for an interview. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Overview of a Personal Statement of Nursing

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of a personal statement of nursing, which considers the role of the nurse, the concept of wellness and the needs of the patients. This paper integrates a theoretical and practical view of a personalized view on nursing. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Anxiety and Nursing

    15 pages in length. The extent to which anxiety infiltrates even the most competent of GYN nurses is found to be both grand and far-reaching; that nurses succumb to the detrimental effects of anxiety – both personally and professionally – speaks to a ongoing concern that renders otherwise proficient and effective nurses incapable of looking beyond the emotional barriers that anxiety erects. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Utilization of Research/Nursing Shortage

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the nurse retention issue of the nursing shortage. This discussion examines how research findings can be utilized to formulate administration policy that is more effective in achieving the goal of nurse retention. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing and Evidence Based Practice Enhancement

    A 7 page paper discussing the trend toward evidence-based practice. The concept of evidence-based nursing is an attractive one that calls for abandoning closely-held, longstanding attitudes toward many of the duties of nursing. There are problems with making that shift, however, not the least of which is the time required to search and study current literature. Nursing leadership can help to overcome this significant barrier. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Quality Nursing Care

    An 8 page research paper that discusses the principles of quality nursing care. Nurses constitute the largest group of healthcare practitioners offering direct patient care; and therefore, whether or not patients receive quality care is intrinsically tied to the level of professionalism exhibited by a nursing staff (Hassmiller and Cozine, 2006). It follows then that quality patient care is the quintessential goal of nursing. This exploration of literature offers an overview of the principles of quality patient care that have been developed by nursing scholarship. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Patient Outcome and Defining the Contribution of Nursing

    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 at one time nursing was a discipline which concentrated primarily on the science of human anatomy and physiology, nursing has evolved to a discipline which recognizes not only the hard scientific facts of physiology but also the importance of psychological and sociological factors. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Profession and Hispanics

    A 10 page overview of the shortage which currently exists for Hispanic nurses. The author suggests that the need for Hispanic nurses is growing in conjunction with the growing Hispanic population as this population presents unique cultural considerations which can best be addressed by someone of a similar cultural background. The contention is presented that being Hispanic, however, is not enough to insure securing a job in the nursing profession. In order to meet their personal and cultural commitments Hispanic nurses must strive to complete the highest degree of training possible to better equip them for the ever evolving field of nursing. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage in Canada

    A 4 page research paper that explores the nursing shortage, focusing on Canada. There is a worldwide nursing shortage that is seriously affecting healthcare and healthcare in Canada is deeply affected. The nursing shortage in Canada is expected to worsen over the course of the next decade. Already the number of registered nurses (RNs) working in rural areas of the country has decreased from 65.2 per 10,000 in population in 1994 to 62.3 in 2000 (Belkus and MacLeod, 2004). This examination of the nursing shortage focuses on Canada and the key contextual factors that influence this crisis, as well as barriers and potential strategies to resolution. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Causes and Solutions Regarding Shortage of Nurses

    This 11 page paper explores the nursing shortage. Experts have predicted that the number of registered nurses will be at least 20 percent below the number needed by 2007. There are a number of reasons for this crisis. Fewer young people are choosing nursing as their career. Nurses do not receive adequate compensation. The current shortage has resulted in unpleasant and stressful working conditions, which keeps young people away from this profession. This essay discusses these and other causes and reasons for the shortage of nurses. The writer then reports recommendations for solving the problem as provided by experts in the field. Data are included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Quality of Life and the Role of Nursing

    A 3 page paper discussing how nurses can positively affect patients’ quality of life. They can teach the diabetic that, although some things about his life have changed with diagnosis, s/he can live quite normally in most respects. Visiting nurses provide a bright spot in an at-home patient’s day. The pediatric nurse is a wealth of information for new and inexperienced mothers trying to cope with life. Orthopedic nurses can make suggestions for dealing with new limitations in mobility. Patients are grateful, and directly benefit from nurses’ efforts to improve their patients’ quality of life. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Article Critique/Handling Difficult Situations/Daily Care

    An 8 page article critique. One of the most difficult nursing tasks is caring for patients with serious or terminal illness. Nurses involved with this level of care have to be both involved and caring, but also sufficiently detached as to avoid emotional burnout. In their qualitative study, Blomberg and Sahlberg-Blom (2007) addressed how nurses cope with the day-to-day stresses of offering care with these care difficult care settings. This critique is a summation and analysis of their study article. No additional sources cited.

  • Nursing Home Management Interview Summary

    A 6 page paper discussing a meeting with nursing home management to discuss the development of an in-service educational program addressing the use of physical and chemical restraints. The facility received two state-level citations and seeks to heighten staff's awareness of both restraint use and state laws, but its primary purpose is to pursue continuous improvement in patient care. The meeting between a Master's student and the nursing home administrator, director of nursing and director of staff development results in plans for the student to develop and present a two-hour staff development program addressing the use of physical and chemical restraints. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Homes and Ethical Issues

    5 pages in length. In today's world of nursing home care, the level of abuse and neglect has reached an all-time high. The commonality of such unacceptable treatment has called for myriad legal intervention as a means by which to re-evaluate health reform; however, such inhumane activity continues in spite of these measures. The most frustrating aspect of nursing home care is the fact that the patients themselves are often incapable of reporting such treatment, rendering them victims in the ongoing breakdown of America's health care system. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Assistants and Multicultural Education

    A 10 page paper discussing the education of nursing assistants from an immigrant population that is America's fastest-growing minority. Recruiters increasingly are looking to that growing Hispanic population as a possible solution to the nursing shortage. There can be several problems with recent immigrants, however. These include language barriers, not having completed a GED, limited healthcare, limited financial resources, and possible home issues. As the Hispanic population grows, health care facilities also see a rise in Hispanic patients. Overcoming cultural issues in education can assist in overcoming those same cultural issues in the health care facility. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nursing Theory and the Importance of Domestic Violence Screening and Intervention

    A 7 page discussion of the issues presented by domestic violence. The author contends that increased screening for domestic and partner violence is imperative if this problem is to be effectively addressed. Consequently, there is a need for increasing nurses' awareness of the problem. The problem that must be overcome, however, is the medical profession's tendency to not look beyond the obvious, a potentially fatal flaw when it comes to domestic violence. This flaw can be overcome, however, through a reemphasis of the on the deliberative process. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Neuman and Rogers Systems Model Application

    A 6 page paper discussing the Neuman and Rogers systems models of nursing, evaluating each and determining which would be most appropriate for a specific case. Many of today’s commonly-used theories are quite similar in their form, differing in only a few distinct points. This is the case with the theories of Neuman and Rogers. Both are systems theories, but take different approaches in applying the systems concept. The purpose here is to apply the Neuman’s System Model to the case presented. Psychiatric nursing. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Reflection Process Recording

    3 pages in length. Much of life's attempts at communication is fraught with misunderstanding or misconstrue. In the field of nursing, this reality can be deadly. One of the many ways to uphold a working system of checks and balances is through the practice called process recording. Nursing - more than virtually all other profession - relies upon the mastery of the health caregiver to maintain open communication with the patient; as such, it is a daunting task to verify each and every process without the help of creating a record of interaction. Behind the overall concept of process recording is to provide an opportunity for self-reflection in relation to the way in which interpersonal communication is approached. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Ida J. Orlando And Hildegard E. Peplau: Theoretical Application To Eating Disorders

    14 pages in length. Nursing's primary focus is to complement the patient by providing a combination of physical care and the psychological assurance so often needed in such vulnerable situations. Those suffering with eating disorders experience an inordinately level of emotional imbalance that can be attributed to myriad environmental factors, not the least of which includes the detrimental influence of popular culture. In order to reach these individuals where they will not only hear what they are being told but also adhere to it requires an intrinsic connection inherent to both Peplau and Orlando's theories, the fundamental basis of which is cultivating a relationship between nurse and patient to the point where it goes far beyond the conventional - and often perfunctory - pleasantries typically exchanged within the facility atmosphere. A deeper and more genuine interface with the patient will bring about positive results unlike many other theories. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Nursing and Knowledge

    A 12 page paper assessing how we know what we know, beginning with a discussion of knowledge as seen by Plato and Descartes. There are four types of knowledge that the nurse uses: empirical, ethical, aesthetic and personal. From this base, the paper discusses the points of philosophy present in the Simultaneity Parse worldview. Within this framework, the nurse draws on knowledge both held and created according to the current situation, using a much greater depth of knowledge and can be expected to gain more positive results. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Imogene King: Theory Of Goal Attainment

    6 pages in length. An individual's physical and/or emotional recovery is not left to happenstance or the sole responsibility of nurse practitioners; rather, convalescence comes from the proactive efforts of both patient and caregiver, a synergistic interchange that thrives because of equal output. Imogene King fully appreciated the value of patient involvement with regard to healing process and shared this vision through her theory of goal attainment. The extent to which personal goal setting empowers the patient to reach individual milestones of progress is both grand and far-reaching; to remove or withhold this internal power because of political or economic issues only serves to delay the healing process when the patient loses the ability to proactively target specific recovery goals. The impact such a concept as King's has made upon the nursing profession illustrates how the industry as a whole believes patients oftentimes have a greater influence over their journey back to health than anyone else does; additionally, King's perspective was instrumental in facilitating theoretical approaches overall. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • New Nursing Theory Formulation

    A 10 page paper constructing a new nursing theory. “Theory” is not merely some nebulous entity arising from ruminations far removed from nursing practice and patient outcome. Rather, it can be a tool for devising the optimal treatment plan for patients in a variety of areas. The one focused on here is the struggle against alcoholism. The patient used as example in this paper, Mr. Walker, is a 42-year-old man with a history of noncompliance recovering from alcohol hepatitis with jaundice. The relational statement providing a foundation for a new theory is that the greater number of variables contained in a system, the greater the chances that a patient can negotiate through them and maintain higher numbers of subsystems in equilibrium. Included in the discussion are the topics of the nature of theory; the central propositional statement and underlying assumptions; concepts on which to build the theory; and translating the new theory into practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Community and Corrections Nursing

    A 7 page paper discussing how the correctional facility nurse can have effect in the local community. The US penal system guarantees appropriate health care to prison inmates. US Supreme Court decisions have determined that withholding any medical treatment where there is urgent need constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment," which of course is not allowed by the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution or by the American character. Providing nursing service within the prison community offers distinct challenges, but it also offers opportunities that otherwise might never be available to health care providers. Prisons often hold individuals that public health professionals have difficulty locating; extending public health screening to the correctional setting can have direct benefit both within the prison and in the local community when individual inmates are released. Includes an outline. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Pediatric Burn Care and High Acuity Nursing

    An 11 page paper discussing the epidemiology, pathophysiology of burns, as well as clinical issues involved in care of them. High-acuity nursing is more intensive and far more costly than other types of care, and it generally is reserved for those cases requiring either more advanced or more intricate techniques. This paper reviews three articles reporting on nursing research while also addressing the personal and financial costs of burns. It includes the case of Ms. Pierce, severely burned as a child who was able to successfully complete a pregnancy despite the inelastic nature of her burned skin. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing Perspective on the Issue of Living Organ Donation

    A 3 page research paper that looks at this issue. Nursing practice, in regards to transplant medicine, involves numerous potential problems. Not only does the nurse have to be aware of possible medical complications for both the recipient and the donor in cases where a relative donates living tissue, but the entire subject of live organ donation is potentially troublesome due to ethnical considerations. This is particularly true when the donor is the child of the intended recipient; however, ethical consideration should always be scrutinized in such cases. The writer examines a case study and discusses ethics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Health Care: Ethical Dilemma

    4 pages in length. Carol took a one-month leave of absence rather suddenly; when she returned and resumed her regular nursing duties, there was nothing outwardly different about her but there was most definitely a change in the way many of her coworkers interacted with her. Shortly thereafter it was disclosed by some disgruntled employees that Carol had learned she was HIV positive and took the time off to make the ethical decision of whether she should continue working in the health care field. Patients soon learned of this and refused to let Carol come near them, fearful they would contract the disease merely by casual touch. Bowing to the pressure but fully behind Carol's presence as a nurse, hospital administrators decided to honor their commitment to patient care and let her go. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Career Objectives and Philosophy of Nursing

    3 pages in length. Nursing, a profession that was decidedly more of the female persuasion in the mid-eighteen hundreds, has long been considered an extension of a woman's natural ability to nurture. Had it not been for Florence Nightingale's attempts to humanize the medical profession in the nineteenth century, there is no telling where contemporary society would be with regard to humane and appropriate medical care. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and it is clear how nurses play an integral role in the overall development and application of standards of care, the transmission of scientific and humanistic caring, professional performance, ethics, as well as the level of competency expected from the industry. No bibliography.

  • Pain Management and Nursing Involvement Increases

    A 19 page paper divided into 14.5 pages of text and 4.5 pages of annotated bibliography discussing augmenting the nurse's role in pain management among the elderly within the nursing home setting. Pain among the elderly has been seen more as an unfortunate fact of life in the past, but current approaches to pain management and pain education appear to be beneficial, leading to less dependence on pharmaceuticals and less cost to the elderly as a result. When combined with a higher quality of life, nondrug pain management appears to be worthwhile. The Harvard-style annotated bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Truth in Patient Care

    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 to handle patient care when family members insist on sheltering a relative from the knowledge that they have a chronic condition. In other words, when, where and how to convey the truth of a prognosis is a recurring problem in healthcare in general and one that specifically impacts nursing. The writer explores ethical considerations, referring to Kantian ethics and cases cited in nursing literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Fundamental Theories/Nursing Faculty Shortage

    A 15 page research paper that looks at the nursing faculty shortage and relates this to a literature review which examines scholarly sources that pertain to fundamental theories that affect nursing leadership. While responsible leadership is necessary to the success of any industry, Spinelli stipulates that "Leadership in the healthcare environment today is essential and mandated if our healthcare system is to survive" (Spinelli, 2006, p. 11). The writer examines macroeconomic theory (supply and demand), transformational leadership, servant leadership, situational leadership and role theory. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • Being an Advocate for an Injured Client

    A 3 page research that addresses an assignment scenario, which proposes that a nurse is handling a case in which a client was injured on the job and now needs accommodations in order to continue in that job during recovery or, possibly, long term. How should the nurse go about approaching the employer about making two accommodations? Specifically, the client needs to be able to access the building, which means negotiate the three steps necessary to get into the building and also needs a work station that is at the right height for wheelchair access. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • American Leadership as Personified by Steve Jobs and Virginia Henderson

    A 5 page research paper that profiles 2 American leaders: Steve Jobs of Apple Computers and nursing theorist and innovator Virginia Henderson. The writer offers a profile of each leader and argues that these two individuals exemplify leadership qualities. Henderson's work changed the entire perspective of modern day nursing, making it more patient-oriented and humanistic. Jobs' missionary zeal towards computing has broadened the horizons of human knowledge by bringing computers into the home and making them "user-friendly" so that even children can access the Internet's broad knowledge base. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Research on Nursing Leadership

    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 to evolve into a form immensely different than that in which it existed for decades. As it becomes more “business-like” in its management, it also is more likely to achieve those goals that can improve staff retention as well as patient outcome. These studies point to promise for achieving management structures that can benefit all involved, including staff and patients. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Using Learning Contracts Within Patient Education

    A 12 page paper presenting the beginning point from which a nursing learning contract can be negotiated. The paper discusses attributes of adult learners, which includes the nurse involved in contract learning as well as the patients benefiting from the end result, which is to be a booklet that a general practice can use in educating patients in the proper use of medication. The proposed learning contract lists 5 learning objectives, and 5 possible approaches to meeting those objectives. It discusses evidence of mastery, evaluation approaches, and provides a time line for completing individual assignments. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Concepts of Self Care

    14 pages in length. The writer discusses how the objective for maintaining and/or regaining one's health by way of the self-care concept is found in two primary components: 1) patient involvement and 2) nurse's guidance. Isolating questions include if the patient is physically and/or mentally stable enough to facilitate his or her own recovery; whether the nurse is able to convey the necessary information regarding the application of self-care; and how effective the patient is at both understanding and applying the concept. The essential uses of the concept, therefore, are to instill the patient with a significant responsibility for health recovery and maintenance. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage In The United States: Causes, Effects And Solutions

    8 pages in length. The health care industry is fraught with struggles that keep people from obtaining the medical attention they need in a system where patients often pay the price for social and political agendas. One area in which this fall down of services is felt especially hard is with regard to nationwide nursing shortages that place patients in a highly vulnerable situation when they are admitted to a facility where one trained nurse must oversee three times the number of people than is safely or ethically acceptable. The variables that have constructed this national problems are such that it is becoming uncertain what type of care one will find from one hospital visit to the next. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Overview of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

    A 10 page research paper that offers an overview of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. The paper defines the disorder; describes its history and incidence statistics; research; implications/impacts on health; psychological and social implications; treatment; and the role of nurses and nurse practitioners in management, concluding with a section that addresses the feeling of the NP on the topic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis of Sr. Callister Roy's Adaptation Model Theory

    9 pages in length. Understanding the evolution of Sr. Callister Roy's adaptation model and how the essential concepts of the model were developed is prerequisite to identifying the inherent differences that exist between and among all other models. Roy's model, defined as "the process and outcome whereby the thinking and feeling person uses conscious awareness and choice to create human and environmental integration" (Carey, 2003), reflects the relationship that exists between environmental integration and nursing care, which has much to do with the manner by which the nurse holds accountability for the patient's health over and above any accepted standards. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • 'Bearing Illness and Injury' Review

    A 6 page review of an article appearing in the December 2000 issue of Western Journal of Nursing Research. The authors describe a qualitative study seeking to gain information about patients' views of catastrophic illness and injury. The paper analyzes problem statement, study purpose, sample selection, data collection, data analysis and the conclusions that the researchers draw. The study is good as a preliminary one, but the authors fail to address the issue of bias at any point. They still arrive at conclusions valuable to nursing, however. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Leadership and Management in Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses leadership and management in nursing. The ongoing nursing shortage has generated numerous changes in the nursing manager role, as the exemplary functioning of nursing leadership has become increasing crucial to the priority of continuing to delivery quality patient care (Heller, et al, 2004). Consequently, there has been a huge interest in nursing research on the topic of leadership in recent years. However, Redfern points out that while nursing managers are required to be effective leaders, managerial skills are also important as "leadership without management is an abdication of responsibility that can lead to disaster" (Redfern, 2008, p. 10). As this statement emphasizes, both leadership and management are essential to achieving the goals of nursing and both factors must intertwine synergistically to achieve nursing goals. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Elements of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

    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), exploitation (the patient takes advantage of the nurse's expertise) and termination (discharge plan is initiated). When Peplau formulated her model of psychiatric nursing, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, the routines of mental institutes tended to reinforce illness (Sills, 1999). Peplau taught nurses to nurture mental health, to conduct research and seek methods for interrupting the illness maintenance systems (Sills, 1999). This examination of psychiatric nursing practice looks briefly at research literature in order to demonstrate how Peplau's model remains applicable today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Policy Statements and Nursing Standards

    A 5 page paper reviewing three position statements. The American Nurses Association has issued three documents designed to both define and direct nursing practice as it currently exists and as it is likely to continue to evolve. Together, these documents define the scope of nursing practice; the roles and responsibilities of nurse administrators; and clearly state nursing’s social policy. Taken together, these three documents define nursing practice as it exists today, as well as glimpses into nursing practice as it is likely to evolve in the future. Each of the documents is strong enough to stand alone, but taken together, they define current nursing practice well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Profession and Teamwork

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the change in teamwork in the nursing profession. Teamwork within the nursing profession has changed a great deal within the last fifty years. Team nursing was a common structure in patient health care but took many of the registered nurses (RNs) away from patient care and into administrative work leading to job dissatisfaction in nurses and leaving lesser skilled workers such as licenced practical nurses (LPNs) and aides with patient care. When primary care nursing was introduced, RNs were once again in charge of patient care but were left with little administrative representation until the introduction of nursing executives which allowed for nurses to become active members on the administrative teams. Today, patient-focused health care requires multidisciplinary teams which include not only physicians, nurses and aides but also physical therapists, occupational therapists and the patient in regards to decision making about patient care. The nurse has become a vital member of the patient-focused team because the nurse becomes the team leader and liaison between the patient and the rest of the team based on the nurse’ high level of contact with the patient. This allows the nurse to not only utilize health care skills learned through his or her education but also increases the area of responsibility to include important aspects of communication necessary in a successful team environment. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Metaparadigm of Nursing, Parse's Totality and Simultaneity, and Madeleine Leininger's Cultural Care Diversity

    A 12 page paper discussing culturally sensitive nursing. As the composition of populations shifts in many developed nations, it becomes increasingly necessary for nurses to relate to patients in terms that patients can understand. Madeleine Leininger’s Cultural Care Diversity and Universality Theory focuses on spanning the cultural divide that can exist between the nurse and her patient. The purpose here is to assess the concepts of nursing, environment, person and health in terms of Leininger’s theory and Parse’s totality and simultaneity perspectives. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Clinical Nursing Ladder System Development

    An 8 page discussion of the importance of effective clinical career ladders in the nursing environment. The author contends that the development of a system which allows for internal promotion in the nursing agency, i.e. a clinical career ladder, can improve nursing efficiency, job satisfaction, and even loyalty. While the personal and organizational costs can be substantial, these costs are far outweighed by the improvement in nursing efficiency and patient welfare which results. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Professional Practice and Nursing Philosophy

    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 on the manner in which basic nursing concepts provide a rationale that supports and facilitates the implementation of standards of professional practice. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Organizational Change in St. Vincent's ICU

    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 additional hospital-employed nurses for permanent assignment only to the ICU. Assessment includes attention to costs, patient outcome and nurses' morale. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Overview of Intensive Care Nursing

    A 3 page paper discussing why nurses would choose to work in intensive care. The president of the AACN characterizes intensive care nurses as high achievers who continually seek to improve care and conditions. Though many patients are unconscious and offer no direct interaction with intensive care nurses, patients’ families are “patients” themselves, who view intensive care nurses as invaluable sources of information and insight. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Terminally Ill Patients and Nursing Care

    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 social needs of dying patients and their families. As this suggests, nursing care in regards to terminally ill patients encompasses a broad and demanding scope of responsibilities. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Shortage & Patient Safety

    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. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Agency & Traveling RNs

    A 6 page research paper that addresses the issues and ramifications of using agency and travel nurses in order to address nursing staff shortages. This examination of literature looks specifically at the use of agency and travel nurses, the benefits and drawbacks of this solution to nursing staff shortages, in order to formulate policy suggestions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Staffing Ratios and Outcomes in Nursing

    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 exhaustion/burnout and more patients die when ratios are high. Statistical data are included. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing/Legal Requirements in Tennessee

    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. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Patient Depression and Nursing

    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 the underling medical knowledge and how this is observed, the presence of influences such as stress and outlines a suitable nursing model that would be appropriate for the treatment of this patient. The bibliography cites 15 sources.

  • Caring in Nursing Theory

    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 each framework. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Knowledge: Development And Utilization

    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 nursing knowledge is founded within the synthesis of all these elements which - when taken as a unit instead of individually - serves to synergistically encapsulate the very nature of nursing philosophy. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • 3 Specialties in Advanced Nursing Practice

    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.

  • Annotated Bibliography/Nursing Shortage & Foreign Recruitment

    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.

  • Academic Planning and Nursing Assessment

    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.

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS on Nursing

    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. The implications drawn from this research indicate the challenges facing nursing today due to HIV/AIDS. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing and Mandatory Overtime

    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 to maintain the status quo of duties when everything else about health care has changed in recent years. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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

    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 in their relativity to nurses that work in critical care areas! Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Importance of Forensic Nursing

    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. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Synchronous and Dichotomous Concepts of Empowerment and Advocacy

    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 towards wellness. This paper outlines the central premises of Falk's article and underscores their importance for the nursing profession. No additional sources cited.

  • Philosophy of Nursing and Future Plans

    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 author's short-term and long-term professional goals, which includes becoming a trauma nurse practitioner. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Questions

    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 are the advantages of graduate nursing education when providing care to communities and aggregates? What are some strategies for providing culturally sensitive care to aggregates and communities? Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 2 Perspectives on Nursing Theory

    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.

  • Images of Nursing

    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.

  • Operating Room Nursing Specialties and Oncology

    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 topic of orientation for new RNs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Health Care Staff Shortages

    A 7 page paper that includes labor shortage data for three states and the nation. The emphasis is on RN shortages, the numbers needed in the future and what is driving the need. The concept of supply and demand is discussed in terms of RN shortages. The writer makes suggestions for how this shortage might be decreased. Statistical data regarding nurse/patient ratio, the number of lives that could be saved, and working conditions for nurses. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Reminiscence Therapy Research and Reflection

    A 27 page paper combining personal reflection on nursing practice with a literature review and analysis of research to formulate a method of putting research into practice. Even though reminiscence therapy gains mixed reports in formal research efforts, its benefits appear to be clear. Nurses using reminiscence therapy are not encouraging their patients to retreat into the past and therefore cease living in the present, but rather facilitating their patients’ ability to complete their life reviews and to gain a measure of satisfaction from the cumulative effect of the events of their lives. Bibliography lists 30 sources.

  • Article Critique/Perceptions of Palliative Care

    A 6 page article critique that summarizes and analyzes a study by Johnston and Smith (2006) on palliative care. After defining precisely what is meant by "palliative care," the researchers indicate that the purpose of their study is "to explore the perceptions of patients and nurses of palliative care" in order to more precisely define the "concept of the expert palliative nurse" (Johnston and Smith, 2006, p. 701). The various section of the research study are reviewed and the writer discusses the significance of the research findings. No additional sources cited.

  • Reflection, Experience, and Training Competence Building

    A 6 page paper discussing the need to link experience and reflection in achieving practical competence. Formal training provides the technical knowledge needed to provide competent care in the psychiatric setting, but formal training also can be seen as only the beginning point of building competence. Experience and reflection on that experience are critical factors. Training allows the new nurse to provide technically competent care, but full competence and greatest effectiveness emerges only when the nurse is able to combine experience and reflection on that experience with basic and ongoing training. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Family Assessment and Health Care

    A 5 page paper discussing the family as client and the increasing need for public health nursing to address families, rather than individuals. Families gain increasing attention in health care matters, though accessibility to health care still is grossly limited to many. Community- and advanced-practice nurses in many cases are filling the voids left by the path of evolution of health care in the US. We can expect this route to become only more common as former health care standards become increasingly elitist and out of the reach of the mainstream. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Change Theory and Shortages in Nursing

    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 to get worse over the coming decades. Policymakers and nursing leaders are struggling to change their systems and public perception of nursing in order to drawn new people to the profession, educate them, certify them and deploy them in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of aging populations. The question facing policymakers is how to negotiate the process of change in a manner that will best rectify the nursing shortage. This examination of literature examines how change theory can inform and direct the morass of issues to be considered in addressing this problem. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Costs of Skilled Nursing Facilities and the Impact of the Shortage of Registered Nurses

    A 5 page paper assessing the value of instituting a primary nursing arrangement at a nursing home skilled nursing facility (SNF) to reduce the influence of the nursing shortage while also gaining more timely MDS/PPS/ RUG III reporting and therefore Medicare payments to the SNF. Of course the purpose of any SNF is to provide the best patient care possible, and confirmation of the appropriateness and success of the program should include positive benefit to residents. Enhanced patient care and better business results do not need to be mutually exclusive, however. An efficient organizational structure should be able to provide both, while also alleviating some of the pressures of the nursing shortage as they apply to the SNF. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nursing Field and the Growing Number of Unlicensed Workers

    3 pages in length. The nursing shortage of late has exacerbated an already limited healthcare workforce; that extra hands are a significant help even though they might not be accompanied by a licensed practitioner has long been at the forefront of ethical and legal concerns. While the American Nursing Association recognizes the inherent value of unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) as being instrumental in providing nurses with much-needed support, the ANA also stresses the fundamental dangers of allowing UAPs to engage in functions – such as administering medications - that only a licensed nurse should be undertaking, a far too common reality that stands to erode the nursing profession. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Emergency Room and Making Ethical Decisions

    A 9 page paper discussing the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls to inform decision-making in nursing, but perhaps the philosophy of Rawls is most directly applicable to nursing. Though wholly unworkable on a national scale, using Rawls’ philosophy in teaching nursing ethics and values works beautifully with nursing’s reason for being. From the nursing perspective, the “least advantaged member of society” is that one confined to a hospital bed. Ethics of choice does not require a great deal of time to process, for it is intent – rather than outcome – that carries greatest weight in determining the morality and justice of a decision. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Mandatory Staffing Ratios

    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 by many states is whether or not nurse staffing ratios should be mandatory. To determine the answer for this question, requires examination of the pertinent issues. The writer examines these issues in current literature and concludes that mandatory ratios are a good idea. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Virginia Henderson/Neonatal Application

    A 5 page essay that, first of all, addresses the parameters of the theoretical perspective on nursing that was developed by Virginia Henderson. The basic assumptions and major points of Henderson's theory are summarized, which includes briefly addressing how she perceives the four meta-paradigms of nursing (i.e., person, environment health and nursing). Then, a clinical application of this nursing theory is discussed. Specifically, the research conducted by Ahmed (2008), which describes a successful educational intervention that was undertaken with the mothers of pre-term infants in regards to breastfeeding, is described and then discussed in terms of Henderson's theory. This discussion demonstrates the utility and versatility of Henderson's theoretical perspective and why this theory is highly applicable to neonatal nursing. This paper also includes an abstract which is 117 words in length and included as part of the page count. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • U.S. Nursing Shortage

    A 4 page research paper that summarizes and discusses the nursing shortage in America. The current U.S. nursing shortage began in 1998 and resulted from a combination of social and economic factors, which included the “little growth in RN (registered nurse) wages, demographic changes in the RN workforce that decreased the supply of working RNs and a stressful hospital workplace environment” (Buerhaus, et al, 2007, p. 853). Currently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicted that by 2010, there the nursing shortage will have reach the level of 29 percent, which translates to more than 800,000 nurses (Chandra and Willis, 2005). This examination of literature briefly summarizes this situation and the negative impact that it has on the American healthcare system. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • High Nursing Turnover Rate

    A 5 page research paper that discusses nursing retention rates. A consistent challenge for nurse managers today is to control staff nurse turnover rates, which average as high as 21 percent in some areas (Kleinman, 2004). According to the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), in 2002, the national average turnover rates for nurses working in the US was 21.3 percent (Kleinman, 2004). This high rate is not only costly to hospitals, but seriously impairs the quality of patient care that these institutions can offer. This examination of this problem does so within the context of a hypothetical case scenario. First of all, however, background information on this issue is presented in order to identity the parameters of this problem, provide analysis and present a rationale for its solution. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Competency and the Use of Technology

    An 8 page discussion of the need for technological competence in nursing. This paper asserts that utilizing technology to optimize patient outcome is directly dependent on a nurse’s competence with that particular technology. Because technology is changing on a daily basis in the medical environment, nursing competency is an ever evolving phenomena. The problem which exists, therefore, in insuring nursing competency revolves around insuring both adequate training and provisions to provide the proper management format and accountability which is necessary to insure that nurses continually perform their duties in the most competent and constructive manner. The establishment of well designed quality assurance/quality improvement models and clinical pathways are critical components of this task. A 1/2 page Roman Numeral outline is included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Field of Nursing

    A 10 page paper assessing whether nursing is a profession or a vocation. Today’s nurses are indeed members of a profession, rather than vocational workers or pursuers of an avocation. They are accountable for their own actions, and they are directly responsible for the lives of patients. Nursing is one of the few professions that continually assesses its effectiveness, professionalism and true worth. This constant attention to ways to improve both patient care and nursing quality creates an environment that improves continually, without losing the ground already gained in the past. The paper lists characteristics of a profession and examines how nursing aligns with those characteristics. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Nursing and Stress

    An 8 page paper defining stress, examining nursing literature addressing the problem and discussing implications for nursing. It is completely reasonable to attribute the continued shortage of nurses to recent increases in nursing burnout, at least in part. By definition, burnout results in part from having more to do than one person can hope to do well. The description aptly fits today’s nursing environment. It has long been said that the first step in correcting a problem is to acknowledge that it exists. Active awareness of the signs of detrimental stress is necessary for recognizing and rectifying problems that may exist at present or arise in the future. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Personal Definition of Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the parameters in defining a personal definition of nursing based on ethical and professional standards. Actions that are purposeful and effective are inevitably aligned with a specific set of values that serve to guide individuals in the process of decision making, in both their personal and professional lives. Therefore, the following examination of nursing values offers a comprehensive view of this topic that addresses the following topics: definitions of nursing's fundamental concepts (i.e., nurse, patient, health and environment; personal and professional values of a nurse; examples from practice to support these values; and how these values relate to the Regis College mission. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Second World War and Changes to the Nursing Profession

    This paper examines now World War II changed nursing and helped the profession to mature.

  • Nursing Contracts

    A 5 page overview of several different types of nursing contracts. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Role of Nurses in Knee Replacement Surgery

    Discusses what occurs with knee replacement surgery and the nursing role. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • NURSING SHORTAGE AND IMPACT ON HEALTHCARE DEMAND

    This 4-page paper discusses the economics of potential nursing shortage. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Professionalism

    A 5 page paper which examines the position of nursing professionalism. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Overview of Nursing Diagnoses

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of nursing diagnoses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Practice Improvement and Qualitative Research's Importance

    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 relatively large-scale low-cost studies. However, in today’s environment in which health care has become patient-centered and indicators in health care are based on quality assurance and quality improvement, qualitative research methods are now the preferred measure of effectiveness of health care, most notably in the area of nursing practice. Qualitative studies in nursing practice which involve subjective and interactive interviews and assessments include not only those involved with direct patient contact but patient perception as well. Patient satisfaction and perception has become essential to the determination of areas of concern in the health care system and allow for immediate action in improvement in nursing care. Qualitative research which also involves nursing input and interactive discussions also gives the nursing staff opportunity to comment on the impact of changes within the organization; an interaction which in itself has shown directly impacts and improves nursing practice. Despite the need for large-scale quantitative reporting, qualitative research methods are not only preferred in regards to quality improvement but also provide direct, subjective and immediate opportunities for improving nursing practice and patient care. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing and Employment Satisfaction

    An 8 page paper addressing the problem of stress and job satisfaction in the nursing profession. The paper includes a literature review and a proposed intervention that ultimately is taken over by the nurses themselves. A facilitator initiates the intervention and conducts a two-hour training overview, but then the nurses themselves meet later to discuss those issues important to them at the time. Underlying theory is that of the Neuman Systems Model, except in this case it is the nurse being focused on, rather than the patient. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Practice, Knowledge, and Nursing Theory's Role

    An 11 page research paper that examines the relationship between theory, knowledge and practice. Florence Nightingale asserted that there is no differentiation between "men of thought" and "men of action" and that an "ideal" or philosophy should not be considered as isolated, but rather incorporated into everyday routines (Jacobs, 2001). In other words, Nightingale felt that there should be no artificial barriers between philosophy or theory and the utilization of nursing knowledge and practice. Nightingale obviously regarded herself as a woman of action, "dealing with daily activities of nursing," yet nursing scholars frequently portray her as more of a theorist and philosopher (Jacobs, 2001, p. 17). It was Nightingale's position that theory should lead the development of knowledge and practice and this is the orientation reflected in the vast majority of nursing literature, as this review illustrates. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Confidentiality Issues and Nursing Ethics

    A 6 page paper discussing an ethical dilemma faced by nurses in an emergency department. A man has made another appearance there because he failed to take his anticonvulsive medication and had a seizure at a movie theatre. The ethical dilemma is that the nurses know that the man drives regularly and that he experiences seizures with some regularity. The paper uses the principles of utilitarianism (Kant, Mill and Rawls) and nurses’ code of ethics regarding self-determination and confidentiality to conclude that the nurses must maintain confidentiality. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Article Summary/Veenema (2008)

    This 3 page article summary offer an overview of an article by Veenema (2008). The article describes the curriculum and program developed by Veenema under the auspices of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and how it addresses the needs of nurses in regards to disaster nursing education. No additional sources are cited.

  • 3 Sociological Views on the Shortage of Nurses

    5 pages in length. The nursing industry of years gone by saw beyond society's brusque and compassionless approach to medicine by providing humanistic care beyond the traditional way. The lack of humanistic care made glaringly apparent by the medical community's unemotional arms-length attitude was precisely what nurses like Florence Nightingale sought to correct, believing that a world without the ability to touch – along with treating the disease – is not a world where actual healing occurs. Under her wing, Nightingale took care of the soldiers while at the same time training other women to "nurse" them back to health. Indeed, one can readily contend that her efforts as a means to humanize the medical industry have often struggled to continue in contemporary practice. Examining today's nursing shortage finds several sociological perspectives under consideration as they relate to Nightingale's original approach, with the tenets of conflict theory, functional analysis and symbolic interactionism employed as a means by which to seek out a more humane and holistic approach to medicine. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Value of Mentoring in the Nursing Profession

    An 11 page paper discussing the value of mentoring in nursing. Mentoring is a nursing practice that is simultaneously informal and prescribed in the organization supporting it. In those organizations most devoted to improvement in all areas of operation, mentoring can be a valuable tool in improving patient outcome while enhancing efforts to recruit and retain high-quality nursing staff. The experienced nurse provides personal navigation for the new graduate who has studied theory and now is faced with putting it into practice. The mentor explains and demonstrates approaches and rationale, and gives practical meaning to all those theories the new graduate has studied but not yet put into practice. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Leadership in Nursing

    An 8 page research paper that, first of all, examines the difference between leadership and management concepts while also providing a personal philosophy of leadership. From this orientation, suggestions are then offered that illustrate how team building concepts and organizational theory, including change theory, can be applied to nursing clinical practice. Contemporary nursing is a constantly advancing, changing field in which knowledge is advancing in all specialty fields at an accelerated rate. In order for nurses to continue to offer the optimum in evidence-based patient care, there must be a synthesis between leadership and management that encourages nurses to keep "at the top of their game" and thereby reach their full potential as healthcare professionals. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Family Health Nursing

    A 6 page research paper that addresses literature pertaining to family health nursing. Family health nursing provides the “conceptual underpinnings for the practice of family nursing across the life span” (Garwick, 2002, p. 284). The Family Health Nurse (FHN) concept was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe in order to provide a means to strengthen “family and community-oriented health services” (West and Macduff, 2006). WHO identifies the FHN as providing a “key contribution within a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals in the attainment of the 21 health targets” established by the WHO HEALTH 21 policy framework (West and Macduff, 2006). More aspect of FHN are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Levine's Conservation Theory of Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that investigates Levine's nursing theory. Nursing theory provides a cognitive framework that nurses can utilize in devising interventions that are comprehensive and oriented toward specific therapeutic goals. One such theory is the Conservation Theory formulated by Myra E. Levine in the late 1960s/early 70s. This theory conceptualizes human beings as being adaptive and in constant interaction with his or her environment (Martsolf and Mickley, 1998). This overview of Levine's theoretical perspective demonstrates the utility of this model to contemporary nursing practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Group Process/Nursing

    A 4 page research paper that discusses group psychology in relation to nursing management. The tasks and objectives associated with nursing and nursing management can be understood in terms of the broader context of group roles and group process as outlined by what is known concerning leadership and group psychology. When a task is delegated to a group and that group functions as a team, with each member responsible for a specific role, with each team member having the skills to execute that role, this strategy becomes "the manager's best bet, even though groups rarely function perfecting," to accomplishing specific tasks and goals (La Monica 23). As this suggests, group psychology plays an integral role in nursing management. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Values and Professionalism in Nursing

    A 5 page paper discussing development, preservation and advancement of nursing as a profession. Much of the focus of development of nursing over the past century has been on professionalism that has been based on theory and practice, while education, licensing and standards of care have addressed technical expertise requirements. Though true for any profession, that of nursing is not for everyone. Nursing requires a particular type of commitment and level of caring, which the paper discusses. JCAHO is seen as contributing to the overall trend. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • McCubbin and Patterson/Double ABCX Model of Family Stress

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the Double ABCX Model of Family Adjustment and Adaptation, developed by McCubbin and Patterson in 1983, which refers to family stress that accumulates and becomes problematic within a short period of time, that is, periods when there is “stressor pile-up” (Laszloffy 206). This discussion of this model, first of all, offers a brief overview of the theory’s components and its principal strengths and weaknesses. Then, a research study that uses the model is summarized, which demonstrates the model’s utility to nursing practice, before closing with remarks about ideas for future research that will continue the development of this theory for use in family nursing practice. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Fictional Family Unit and Application of Family Theory

    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 of the paper evaluates the family in terms of Friedemann’s Family Assessment (long form). The paper concludes that even though the family depicted (a middle-aged gay couple and a grown heterosexual son) carries a nontraditional appearance, it is nonetheless highly traditional in terms of values and commitment to other family members. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Nursing Ethics

    A 10 page paper examining the applicability of the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls for decision-making in nursing. Today's nurses face decisions and situations that were not technologically possible only a few years ago, and they are called on to make decisions in realms that were barely considered a generation ago and did not exist earlier in the last century. The old (and some still living) philosophers provide a framework in which to approach decision-making and emerge with sound, ethical and moral decisions even though the specific situation at hand may appear to be quite thorny. Though any specific situation is likely to be complex, the old philosophers can help to illuminate the proper decision path. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Australian Patient with Unstable Angina and Nursing Actions

    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 of managing conditions with diet and exercise first. Mrs. Brown’s nurse may be able to affect greater patient compliance by supplying pertinent information underlying health professionals’ recommendations. Bibliography lists 13sources.

  • Effects of Stress

    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 when negative stressors become excessive. As established by Selye in the 1950s, this can produce “fight-or-flight response,” which if prolonged can lead to psychological and/or physical illness (Lunney, 2006). As this suggests, this topic is of particular interest to nursing because excessive stress has become so pervasive in contemporary society. Examination of literature pertaining to excessive stress reveals the physiological mechanisms that are triggered by stress, their effects both physically and psychologically, as well as suggests nursing interventions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Ethics in December 2002 AORN Journal

    A 3 page paper discussing a series of nine articles appearing in the AORN Journal between April and December, 2002. The value of the series of articles is that each article focuses on a specific point of stated, formal ethics code to explain to perioperative nurses precisely what the standards mean for them. Ethics codes necessarily must be broad enough to apply to a wide range of situations, but narrow enough to be meaningful and to provide direction when questions arise. This AORN Journal series has the effect of narrowing perspective to illustrate the relevance of ANA’s code of ethics to perioperative nursing. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Nursing's Hermeneutic Phenomenology Method of Inquiry

    A 24 page paper discussing the value of the hermeneutic phenomenological method of inquiry in nursing. All researchers need to take great care in designing, conducting and evaluating their investigations, particularly when using the hermeneutic phenomenological method of inquiry. Any research effort undertaken in this method may be suspect in the view of proponents of quantitative methods, but the method allows research into areas not possible to evaluate using quantitative methods. Resulting conclusions from valid, reliable research conducted according to hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry can be of direct benefit to both nurses and patients, and significantly add to increasing the “humanness” of health care. Bibliography lists 19 sources.

  • Contemporary Nursing Ethics

    A 5 page research paper that discusses a case scenario and the ethical issues involved. Due to medical innovation and advancement, more patients are living longer with chronic diseases. But while these innovations can prolong life, death is eventually inevitable for everyone and, therefore, it seems logical that the majority of nurses will be called upon at some point in their roles to provide palliative care. Therefore, this writer/tutor chose to focus this exploration of a nursing ethics situation on a case recounted by LaDuke (2004) that describes her feelings and decision-making process concerning palliative care for a patient whom LaDuke cared for during the 1990s. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Mr. V and a Nursing Ethics Case Study

    A 10 page paper discussing a case of ethics of choice. Mr. V is terminally and wishes to give up his struggle. He is on a morphine drip, and the nurse on duty has instruction to decrease the drip should his respirations drop to four per minute. Mr. V maintains that he was resuscitated against his wishes; the nurse claims she merely followed instructions. The paper discusses the ethics of the case in terms of the philosophy of Kant and Mill. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Continuation of 'Historical Development of Shannondale Nursing Home'

    A 5 page continuation of “Historical Development of Shannondale Nursing Home” (KShlthDevShan.rtf) that explores how changes in the local area and in the overall health care industry are certain to affect Shannondale’s future. The purpose here is to address anticipated changes in items such as professional staffing, human resource management, financial solvency, technological changes and other related issues. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • School Nursing and Disaster Planning

    A 5 page research paper that presents a scenario involving an explosion and then discusses the appropriate response by the school nurse. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Family Systems/The Postpartum Mother

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the topic of family systems and family-oriented care with the context of postpartum nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Reflections

    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, but is written in the first person. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Radiotherapy and the Impact of Isolation

    This 5 page paper looks at the psychological effects of isolation necessary for radiotherapy. Various aspects are discussed inclusive of duration of treatment, gender and skill of the nurses. Emotional reactions to the procedure are explored. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Community Nursing Issue Regarding HIV in Black Males and 2010 Objectives

    A 7 page research paper that examines the problem of increased risk for HIV among young black men. This examination demonstrates the dire need for community health nursing efforts to be coordinated with other health initiatives in order to provide a comprehensive strategy for addressing the needs of this demographic group. In addressing this problem, this examination also focuses on young black men in the Philadelphia area, who appear to be a group particularly at risk. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act

    A 6 page research paper that offers an overview and discussion of this bill, which sought to place restrictions on the amount of overtime that nurses are required to work. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Ethics and Beliefs in Nursing

    A 6 page research paper/essay that discusses nursing ethics, the factors that influence the development of personal and professional ethics and how they apply to clinical practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing and 2 Qualitative Research Articles Critiqued

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of two research articles that provide qualitative research in the field of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing a Muslim Patient

    This 16 page paper is a PowerPoint presentation made up of 12 slides and speaker notes, using Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model to assess the cultural characteristics present in Muslim Indian patients and families, with consideration of the way the cultural influences will impact on nursing care. The bibliography cites 11 sources.

  • Coping Nursing Concept Analysis

    A 10 page research paper that offers a nursing concept analysis of coping. Topics covered include definitions and attributes, as well as model, borderline and related cases. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Current Shortage in Nursing

    An 8 page paper which examines various aspects of the current nursing shortage. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Communication and Palliative Care

    7 pages in length. The nurse's role in palliative/end of life care is very important in the treatment of a dying patient and his/her family. One of the most important subjects pertaining to this care is the extent to which communication skills help to assist the patient through the dying process. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Aggressive Behaviors Against Nurses

    This 22 page paper provides an overview of the issue of aggressive behaviors in the emergency department, with a specific focus on the impact for nurses. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Strategies for Student Nursing Assessment

    A 4 page research paper that discusses assessment strategies for student nurses, both effective and ineffective. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • New Jersey Nursing and Its Occupational Outlook

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the nursing profession and opportunities with a focus on the state of New Jersey. While the career opportunities are addressed as a whole, the situation and salary ranges in New Jersey are highlighted. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing/Entry into Practice

    A 3 page research paper that discussing the controversy over educational entry levels into nursing practice. The writer defines and describes the three entry levels and then discusses the debate before offering an opinion. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Future in Nephrology

    An 8 page research paper that offers a guide to a nursing student, using considerable tutorial language, on how to produce a personal statement regarding the student’s values, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses and plans for the next five years. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Pediatric Asthma Case Management

    A 6 page research paper that discusses a case scenario involving a pediatric patient and then relates this to information on asthma case management conducted by a nurse practitioner. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Leininger's Culture Care Nursing Theory

    A 7 page research paper that investigates Leininger's Culture Care Nursing Theory and transcultural orientation in regards to implementation in a hospital setting. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Economics/ Fiscal Realities

    A 3 page research paper that looks at several economic factors affecting American healthcare. The writer argues that the American healthcare system is in crisis. There are numerous economic issues that currently plague the nation's healthcare system and consequently seriously impact nursing. Examination of even of few of these issues points toward the serious need for healthcare reform. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Evaluating 2 Nursing Web Sites on EBP

    A 3 page research paper/essay that summarizes the resources available on 2 nursing websites: the Joanna Brigs Institute and the Sigma Theta Tau International. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Los Angeles Air Pollution and Healthy People 2010

    A 6 page paper integrating Healthy People 2010 Objective 8-1 (Reduce the proportion of persons exposed to air that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's health-based standards for harmful air pollutants) and Watson's Theory of Human Caring to address the effects of air pollution in Los Angeles. Nurses operating within Watson's theory and addressing air quality can seek to educate the elderly and parents of young children about the dangers of high-pollution days and how they can mitigate their health risks as others continue to work to improve local air quality. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Medication Administration, Risk Management, and Nursing Responsibilities

    3 pages in length. The years of experience behind a seasoned nurse does not preclude him or her from making grave medication errors, an occurrence considered "one of the most common causes of unintentional harm in Australia" (Bronger, 2003). Anyone at any time who has the responsibility to administer medication can make a mistake that may be negligible or may cost a patient's life. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Healthcare and Continuous Quality Improvement

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the impact of CQI, continuous quality improvement, on the health care environment. This paper specifically considers the impact for nurse practitioners. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Middle Range Nursing Theories, An Overview

    A 6 page research paper that examines several middle range nursing theories, offering discussion of their development, analyzing their content and utility. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing, Various Issues

    This 6 page research paper addresses a variety of issues in regards to the theoretical foundation of nursing. Topics covered include the definition of emancipatory knowledge and praxis, differentiating between science and philosophy, strategies for transformational leadership, among other issues. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Music Therapy as a Pediatric Sedative

    This 10 page research paper reports on using music therapy as a sedative in regards to pediatric patients. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Music As Sedation for Children

    A 3 page research paper that summarizes the effect of music in a study conducted by Loewy, et al (2006), which utilized a sample group of 60 pediatric patients who ranged in age from 1 month through 5 years in order to compare the effects of chloral hydrate to music therapy in regards to sedating children while they underwent EEG testing. This study showed music therapy to be a safer and more efficient means of sedation for young children undergoing diagnostic testing. No additional sources cited.

  • Clinical Environmental Considerations of Music Therapy

    A 12 page discussion of the potential benefits of music therapy in reducing pain and anxiety associated with varied medical procedures and conditions. This paper emphasizes that while music therapy can be a tremendously positive factor in patient well being, music therapy opens up a whole gamut of considerations which must be given specific attention to ensure that the outcome is more positive than negative. Music therapy is considerably more complex than grabbing a CD off the shelf and plugging it in. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Music Therapy and Stroke Victims

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the literature pertaining to music therapy and how it can help stroke victims. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Music as a Nursing Intervention

    A 3 page research paper offers a brief literature review, which summarizes and compares five nursing studies that addressed the use of music in regards to reducing anxiety and/or pain associated with medical procedures. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology; The Case of an Elderly Bereaved Patient

    This 4 page paper looks at the case of an elderly patient who has suffered the loss of his wife and does not approve or feel that they fit in with modern society. The issues the patient faces and ways of helping him are identified using the lifespan developmental model of Erickson and Ainsworth's theory of attachment. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Ireland's Nurse Practitioner Role

    An 8 page research paper that contrasts and compares the role of advanced nurse practitioner in various countries, with specific focus on how these roles compare with NP practice in Ireland. Bibliography lists 6 source.

  • Therapeutic Relationship Between Nurse and Client

    A 4 page research paper that investigates the nurse/client therapeutic relationship in mental health nursing with illustrations of Peplau's theory as dramatized in the film Good Will Hunting. The therapeutic nurse/client relationship stands at the core of mental health nursing. Through the establishment of this relationship, nurses are ideally suited as therapists to lead clients toward accomplishing mental health goals. Examination of the parameters of this relationship demonstrates how, ideally, it should be established following the parameters established by nursing theorist Hildegard Peplau and by psychologist Carl Rogers. The phases of the relationship, as outlined by Peplau, are dramatized in the film Good Will Hunting (1997) and examination of this film provides a venue for elaborating on nursing principles. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Impediments to the Utilization of Nurse Wives

    A 5 page research paper that explores the impediments to practice, historical and current, that affect the utilization of nurse-wives. The writer looks as social, cultural, political, legal and economic aspects of this situation. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Educating Nurses on the Importance of Clean Scissors

    This 8 page paper is a design for a nurse educational program on cleaning scissors. The paper presents the rationale for the study, learner goals, an outline of the content, the educational approach; resources needed and process of evaluation. The program is designed so it can be adapted for nurses at different stages of their career. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Forensic Mental Health Setting and Nursing Care

    6 pages. Within the field of forensic mental health there are many different approaches used to educate the nursing staff. These approaches focus on developing awareness, skill and competence in intercultural care. This paper describes programs used in the education of nurses that are involved in patient care in the field of forensic mental health as regards to different ethnic groups. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Nurse Training and Retention Act of 2007

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, reports on the contents of this Senate bill and then discusses its ramifications for nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Role of Nurse Educator

    An 8 page research paper that addresses the field of nursing education. Nursing education is a dynamic field that has been challenged in recent years by the issues entailed in the national nursing shortage, as well as the related faculty shortage, while also addressing the innovations presented in increasingly sophisticated technologies (Nurse educator, 2008). This discussion of the nurse educator role looks at various issues associated with this pivotal cog in the nation's healthcare system and the responsibilities involved in being a nurse educator. The final 2 pages on the paper offer an appendix that identifies 5 Internet sites related to nurse educators and discusses these sites. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2009

    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). The writer supports the bill and calls for other nurses to do so as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Burnout of Nurses

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of nurse burnout. Signs and symptoms are explored and diagnosing is discussed. Solutions for burnout are noted as well. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Arguing Against Nurses Participating in the Death of Patients and the Christine Busalacchi Case

    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 will be considered, and a decision will be reached on the basis of the precedents offered. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurse Practitioner

    This 7 page paper discusses a variety of issue related to the NP or APN. These include reimbursement issues, prescribing authority, malpractice insurance, whether to open independent practice, budget issues and other issues the writer comments on. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Public Relations/Nursing in Singapore

    A 6 page research paper that discusses how the public perceives nurses, with a particular emphasis on Singapore. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • NEED 2009

    A 5 page research paper that describes and discusses this bill, which is currently before Congress. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Skills Needed by a Forensic Nurse

    This 3 page paper considers what skills are needed by a forensic mental health nurse when looking after patients in a medium secure unit. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Nurse's Role in Pediatric AIDS

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of the issue of pediatric AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. This paper specifically considers the role of the nurse. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nurse Consultants and Their Role

    The 12 page paper explores the contributions that nurse consultants occupy in healthcare and critically discusses their role. The paper focuses in the consultant nurses in the UK National Health Service. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • HIV Positive Nurses Should Still Be Allowed to Work

    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. Research clearly supports the reality of the situation: While the risk of transmitting HIV depends upon "health personnel practices, the prevalence of the illness, and the frequency of exposure" (Campbell, 2004, p. 33), the fact remains it is too low a risk to disallow HIV-positive nurses to continue working. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nurse's Knowledge of Breast Cancer Screening

    This 12 page paper provides an overview of a research article on breast cancer and the role of nurse practitioners. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • CNS' Role

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the CNS position and looks at other advanced nursing positions as well. The duties of the CNS are explored as is the profession in a general sense. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The working hours of hospital staff nurses and patient safety (Questions and Answers on this journal article)

    This 6 page paper examines this journal article and answers questions provided by the student. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • General Medical Services Contract, National Health Service, and Practice Nursing

    This 4 page paper looks at the role of the practice nurse, defining they do and how this has changed from the past. The paper then considers how the role of the practice nurse is likely to change following the introduction of the General Medical Services contract that came into effect in the NHS in April 2004. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Hospital Environments and the Skills Necessary for Effective Leadership in Nursing

    This 6 page paper provides an overview of the skills needed for nurses to be effective in the modern healthcare enviornment. In particular, this paper integrates a view of leadership skills and their role in shaping the focus for nurses, particularly in the hospital setting. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Code of Ethics for Nurses/The ANA Guide

    A 3 page book review on the ANA's Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application, edited by Marsha D.M. Fowler. The writer describes the first chapter and recommends the book. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Article Overview of 'Rotating Night Shifts and Risk of Breast Cancer in Women Participating in the Nurses' Health Study'

    This 6 page paper provides an overview of an article on breast cancer and considers the impacts of rotating night shifts and breast cancer risk. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Relationship Between Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses

    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.

  • Clinical Nurse Leaders/Are They Needed?

    A 3 page research/opinion paper in which the writer, first of all, offers background on what the clinical nurse leader is and the specifics of the debate surrounding the creation of this role. Then the writer offers a personal opinion about the role and argues that it is not needed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Texas Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

    This 9-page paper examines the relationship between advanced practice nurses and physicians in Texas. The essay discusses the attitudes of physicians toward APNs, and explores legislation passed that provides somewhat more freedom for APNs to define the scope of their duties. Also included in the paper are examples of how successful APN/MD relationships work. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Becoming a Nurse Manager

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of the role of a nurse manager and the salary and educational requirements. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Medical Missionary Work and Nurses

    (5pp). When Christ sent out the twelve disciples on their first missionary tour, He bade them, "As ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7, 8. So the New Testament has directed, and medical missionaries have been trying to fulfill that command since the mid nineteenth century, unfortunately it is becoming more and more expensive to do so. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Marketing Plan for Utilizing the Adult Nurse Practitioner at an HIV/AIDS Clinic

    A 9 page paper discussing increased utilization of nurse practitioners for direct patient care at an HIV/AIDS clinic. Increased utilization of NPs in an HIV/AIDS clinic can bring about several benefits, including patient responsiveness, financial considerations and ability to see greater numbers of patients. Patients are likely to build closer interpersonal relationships with NPs than with MDs, which can benefit patients in a variety of ways, including how they manage their disease. Much of the territorial posturing by the medical community is falling away, enabling NPs and MDs to work in better cooperation for the good of their patients. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • Article Critique/Nurses & Tobacco

    A 7 page article critique that addresses research performed by Heath, et al (2004). The writer summarizes and analyzes the various section of this qualitative study, which addresses tobacco-use by nurses. No other sources cited.

  • The Changing Nature of Health Care in the U.S.

    A 7 page paper discussing the state of several aspects of the US health care system and nurses’ roles within both the current system and that which continues to emerge. One of the primary qualities of US health care today is that it is in flux. It has been changing dramatically since the advent of managed care; continued budgetary pressures and the ongoing shortage of nurses dictate that further changes are made in the future. Nursing itself is changing as well, as those who have made nursing their life profession approach retirement age themselves. Those new to health care now face higher career demands than those who went before them. The new generation of nurses will need to be even more adaptable to change and more conversant with technology as it continues to change the face of health care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing, Cultural Understanding, and the Cultural Care Diversity and Universality Theory of Madeleine Leininger

    An 8 page paper assessing the need for and value of diversity in healthcare, specifically in the hospital setting among nurses using Madeleine Leininger's Cultural Care Diversity and Universality Theory as a guide. Leininger's theory should be useful in efforts to increase diversity within the nursing staff as well enhancing nurses' and patients' understanding of each other. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Includes an outline.

  • Leadership/Clinical Nurse Specialist

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the role of clinical nurse specialists in a hospital setting. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ethical, Legal Issues and Registered Nurses

    This 5 page research paper describes the legal and ethical issues that pertain to the practice behaviors of registered nurses (RNs). The writer describes the importance of Nursing Practice Acts and HIPAA requirements, as well as the complexity of the ethical issues that daily confront RNs, while emphasizing the importance of the ANA Code of Ethics in regards to guidance of these issues. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Professional Nurse Classification

    This 5 page paper considers Bixler's criteria of a profession, and explains how nursing is meeting this criteria so that nursing can be seen as professional career. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Clinical Supervision of Nurses in the NHS; Professional, Legal and Ethical Perspectives

    This 8 page paper looks at the increasing importance of clinical supervision for nurses in the UK's National Health Service. The approach is being adopted with the aim of performance management and quality improvement. The use of supervision is considers from a professional perspective, the legal perspective and the ethical perspective. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Interview/Diabetic Nurse Educator

    A 4 page research paper that describes an interview conducted with an MSN-prepared nursing educator. The writer discusses this nurse educator's beliefs regarding how theory is used in her practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Role of the Registered Nurse in Educating Teens about STDs/HIV

    This 6 page paper describes the way in which RNs can educate teens about sexually transmitted diseases, and why a nurse, rather than another medical professional, is the person to do so. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Community Health Care Nursing and Child Abuse Interventions

    A 5 page overview of the phenomena of child abuse and the considerations this abuse presents in the community health care environment. The author of this paper contends that while some may question the appropriateness of nursing intervention in anything but the medical aspects of this phenomena, it quickly becomes apparent that nursing intervention has out of necessity evolved to not only provide medical treatment for the abused but to a position of working with law enforcement personnel to identify the problem and to eliminate it where possible. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurses & Liability Insurance

    A 6 page research paper that discusses whether or not nurses should purchase individual liability insurance. This examination of this issue looks at the issues involved in this debate and what experts advise in order to determine a reasonable position based on current fact. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Mandatory Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

    A 6 page research paper that describes this ongoing debate and then offers editorial comment. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Health Policy and the Role of Public Health Nurses

    A 6 page paper assessing three studies addressing nurses' ability to influence public health care policy. How much direct influence nurses can have on policy-making does not appear to be clear, but likely is greater than many nurses perceive. Particularly in the area of public health, nurses' roles appear to be weighted more to the traditional roles than in other areas of health care though actually may not be. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Nursing Theory, a Comparison

    A 5 page paper discussing two nursing theories, one of which is broad, the other mid-range. Most models of nursing theory are careful to take into account the fact that the patient is more than only a body in dysfunction. These theories have originated with at least one individual’s background in patient care in conjunction with the theorist’s higher awareness of the interaction of many factors in realizing physical goals. The purpose here is to compare a broad nursing theory with a mid-range one. The work of J. Travelbee represents the broad nursing theory. That of K.M. Swanson addresses mid-range issues. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Paradigm Concepts and Leininger's Theory

    A 10 page paper discussing the concepts of person, nursing, environment and health of the nursing paradigm, from the perspectives of personal conviction and Leininger’s theory. Certainly intercultural nursing can be accomplished using other theories, but Leininger’s is the most complete culturally. Cultural awareness can be expected only to gain in importance in coming years, in all areas of the country. Nurses who are more culturally aware will be those who are able to have the greatest degree of influence with culturally diverse patients. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Theory and Self Agency

    A 5 page research paper. One of the basic principles of nursing is that intervention should aid the client/patient in obtaining the goal of self-agency or self-care. Nurses, in other words, do not seek simply to aid patients during a period of illness or injury, but to help them in reestablishing their ability to care for themselves and thereby resume their normal lives. This examination of this patient concern looks at the goal of self-agency from the perspective offered by three different nursing theoretical models, that of Orem, King and Rogers. This discussion will illustrate some of the numerous benefits that can be gained from employing nursing theory (or models) in considering patient concerns. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Clinical Education and the Role of a Mentor

    This 9 page paper consider the role of the mentor in clinical supervision and how it should be conducted. The paper included definitions of supervision and the various purposes of supervising and mentoring as well as the way it needs to be varied depending on student level and development. The writer focuses on using exiting models to determine the role of the staff nurse as a mentor to a student nurse. The bibliography sites 12 sources.

  • Nursing and the Interaction Between Theory, Research, and Practice

    An 11 page paper discussing the interaction of theory, practice and research in nursing. The practical aspect of nursing can be viewed as that point of overlap of three intersecting circles of a Venn diagram, with the circles of the diagram being theory, practice and research. Each of the entities exists separately and can be treated or regarded as a separate entity, but each also is affected by the other. Where they come within proximity of each other, they overlap to product a smaller area that contains all of them. This point is the ideal position of today's nurse. The paper briefly discusses Roy and Leininger and more completely discusses Orem. Application is to intensive care nursing. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Reform and Ethics As They Relate to Nursing Home Care

    10 pages in length. Discusses at length the health care reforms and ethics as pertaining to nursing homes. Whenever nursing home care is an issue, people take notice. It is possible that with Medicaid dollars decreasing that the nursing home industry will fight increases in the amount of state regulation required in maintaining the care and maintenance of nursing care facilities. It is unfortunate that public effort to correct this situation will probably not be enough to withstand their fight because most public organizations to not have the resources with which to combat this problem. Discusses federal court case. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Neuman Systems Model

    A 12 page research paper that examines this model. Nursing theorist Betty Neuman’s Systems Model Theory is one of the most widely utilized model of nursing being used today. This critique of Neuman’s model draws on literature in order to offer an extensive overview of its theoretical structure and its subsequent utility in regards to nursing practice, education, research and administration. This evaluation will also consider pluralism, ethical considerations and gender bias, as well as strengths and weaknesses, when discussing Neuman’s model in regards to achieving nursing goals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Family Health Nursing

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses family health nursing, families and the role of the family health nurse (FHN). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Malpractice and the Nursing Profession

    A 4 page paper discussing the growing trend toward naming nurses in malpractice claims, reviewing current literature on the subject and making recommendations for the future. It is a common view that greater numbers can be attracted with higher salaries, and that appears to be true to a point. Beyond that point, however, other factors take on greater weight. There is no mystery in what those other factors are; Maslow defined them quite well and clearly nearly 40 years ago. Providing security and meeting basic needs is only the first step. Beyond that is a sense of belonging and ultimately self-actualization. As nursing continues to evolve, current leaders need to be working for greater possibilities for self-actualization in nursing. Doing so can lead to better patient outcomes in the present, while also making nursing more attractive to those not already in the profession. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Forensic Psychiatric Nursing

    6 pages in length. Nursing in general encompasses many subsets of care, not the least of which includes focusing upon those who are mentally ill. In that vein, a forensic nurse tends to victims of trauma and catastrophe, those who commit crimes and enact violence, as well as address the issues that pertain to family members of each group. Psychiatric nursing, by comparison, cares for those no matter the age with varying stages of mental illness, not the least of which includes depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, dementia or bipolar disorder. Supplementary training is required for both of these specialties such as therapeutic alliance, pharmacology and diversity of psychological therapies. Combining the two areas of expertise creates forensic psychiatric nursing, a somewhat new subset that is currently charting its own course with mentally imbalanced offenders within the overall aspect of mental health care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Three Articles on Issues Involving High Acuity Nursing Reviewed

    An 11 page paper discussing a variety of issues related to high-acuity nursing. High-acuity nursing is that branch of acute nursing in which patients have various conditions that require close and often intense attention. It is more intensive and far more costly than other types of care, and it generally is reserved for those cases requiring either more advanced or more intricate techniques. This paper reviews three articles reporting on nursing research while also addressing epidemiology, pathophysiology and the personal and financial costs of Type II diabetes. It includes the case of Mr. Conner, a heart patient who later developed Type II diabetes along with its complications. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Role of Duties in the Burnout Problem of Nurses

    5 pages in length. There exists an inherent connection between those who enter the nursing field and their desire to help others. They discover that the best way to make a difference in someone's life is to be there in their most desperate of times. This is why nursing is such a tremendously rewarding career: just by offering a piece of oneself, an individual can make a lasting impression, while at the same time assisting in a person's recuperation. However, as uplifting as this field may be, there is a significant downside in that a high percentage of nurses become burned out after considerable time in and around a health care facility. The writer discusses how intensive care and neonatal nurses are more prone to burnout than their counterparts. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing & Mandatory Overtime

    An 11 page research paper that examines the nursing policy issue of mandatory overtime. Hospitals throughout the United States have been addressing the persistent problem of nursing shortages by requiring mandatory overtime from their nursing staffs. These policies are instituted despite the considerable body of research that indicates that excessively long shifts leads to increases in medical errors, which means that this problem goes beyond negatively impacting the lives of nurses, but also is a serious factor to consider in regards to patient safety. Policy implications are analyzed and discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Roy Model and Infection Control

    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. The nurses of the medical/surgical floor are obliged to adapt to changing conditions and then to take steps to address conditions as they exist at any given time. The Roy model dictates that conditions will change; nurses are obliged to change with them. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Practice Scope and Nursing Professionalism

    : A 3 page research paper that includes a 1 page introductory business letter to the nursing program manager who requested the research. This report pertains the topic of nursing professionalism and how this is influenced by the scope of practice. The topics covered pertain to nursing professionalism, as evidenced in activity of nursing professional organizations, both in Canada and the US; the Health Professions Act; registration and licensing; and continuing competence through lifelong learning, as evidenced in baccalaureate degree entry-to-practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Difficult Problem of the Nursing Shortage

    A 6 page paper offering a letter of petition for publication, abstract and a short journal article discussing current efforts and future predictions of increase in the current nursing shortage. The current nursing shortage is expected only to intensify over the next generation. Though there are 126,000 hospital vacancies for RNs in late 2002, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that number to rise to more than one million in less than 20 years. The American Nurses Association and Monster.com recently entered into a strategic alliance designed to assist both employers and nurses in finding the matches most meaningful for them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nursing Need to Delegate

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the need for RNs to delegate tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel. While unlicensed assistive personnel (UAPs) are available in a number of clinical environments, overworked and harried registered nurses (RNs) will frequently fail to take full advantage of the capabilities of UAPs by not delegating tasks. Buerhaus, et al (2002) point out that nursing education should include instruction in delegation as part of clinical management precisely so that nurses will become more comfortable with this skill. The ability to delegate effectively is needed in order to oversee the non-RN nursing workforce that will inevitably be required in order to maintain sufficient level so patient care (Buerhaus, et al, 2002). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Philosophy for Professional Practice

    A 7 page research paper that discusses a student-formulated professional philosophy of nursing practice, which is that making clinical judgment decisions in nursing care should be comfort based and founded on an understanding and knowledge of the patient’s continuous evolving physical and mental state. This examination of literature discusses how this philosophy can be applied to the four nursing domains of person, environment, health/illness and the nurse. Then, a broader perspective is given that takes into account the expectations of ANA standards of practice, the requirements of law and JCAHO standards. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Long Term Nurse's Reflections and the Formulation of a New Nursing Theory

    A 20 page paper formulating a new nursing theory based on the reflections of a long-term nurse. The paper contains 4 appendices in 12 pages presenting cases and analyzing them, and evaluating other nursing theories for influence. The theory arrived at is that the nurse needs to address physical issues first, but to hold a view that emotional, environmental and psychological factors also may need to be addressed and that s/he may be required to educate the patient in their influence. Basing practice on this theoretical foundation can avoid instances of "treating symptoms" when causes or contributors to causes may lie elsewhere. It can provide a richness that all too often is lacking in observed results. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Overview of Family Health Nursing

    A 6 page research paper that discusses this area of nursing. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe introduced the concept of the Family Health Nurse (FHN) in 1998 as a possible means for promoting and strengthening health among families (Macduff and West, 2005). It was proposed that this new type of nurse would make a "key contribution within a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals" (Macduff and West, 2005). This examination of family health nursing looks at its role in promoting family health, how it is defined and how it fits with the changing nature of the family in Western culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Atrial Fibrillation

    A 3 page research paper that examines and summarizes three nursing articles pertaining to atrial fibrillation (AF) and recent research investigations and then specifically discusses the implications of this information to nursing practice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hypothetical Interview/Nursing Leader

    A 6 page research paper that offers suggestions to a student on how to intertwine literature on leadership with an interview of a nursing leader. Topics covered include the impact of formal and informal structures of power, leadership styles and the relationship between leadership style and nurse recruitment and retention. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Qualitative Study 'Occupational Stress and Job Satisfaction in Mental Health Nursing: Focussed (sic) Interventions via Evidence-based Assessment' Reviewed

    A 5 page paper reviewing the report of a qualitative study of stress among nurses in Britain’s National Health System. Cottrell (2000) provides a quite useful and highly relevant study directly applicable to the issue of stress among nurses. Though the author does not provide any research-supported follow-up on the intervention portion of the study, he provides alternatives that appear to be quite reasonable and naturally present the opportunity for further research in the future. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Staffing Shortage/Proposed Project

    A 5 page research paper that proposes a project to address the nursing shortage. The project focuses on the goal of nurse retention. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Practice and Classical Virtues

    A 4 page paper examining the ethical values of autonomy, beneficence, non-malficence, fairness and fidelity, choosing one to discuss in depth. The telos chosen to pursue here is to become a nurse working in a hospital. The purpose here is to examine one of the classical virtues of nursing (beneficence) from the perspective of enabling the accomplishment of the chosen telos. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Jean Watson's Nursing Theory

    An 8 page research paper that discusses Watson's Theory of Caring, its major concepts and the way in which the four nursing meta-paradigms of person, health, nursing and environment can be applied to a hypothetical caring moment. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Summary and Analysis of a Nursing Practicum

    This 7 page paper summarizes and analyzes a nursing practicum project that used a needs assessment to evaluate the need for and appropriateness of using simulation technology to educate nurses on pulmonary artery catheterization . Bibliography lists 5 sources, which includes citing one of the student's previous papers.

  • Putting Kolcaba's Theory of Comfort in Practice

    A 7 page paper examining Kolcaba's theory of nursing and how to put it into practice. Many of the technological advances in medicine and nursing have focused far more on processes and outcome benefits than on the comfort of the patient. Kolcaba (2008) holds that greater comfort translates to greater attention to the health-seeking behaviors (HSBs) that can enhance long-term health and wellbeing. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Political Processes and Healthcare Regulations

    A 3 page research paper that deals with two topics. The first is how the political processes impacts nurses, which focuses on how nurses can become politically active and the second deals with the complexity of healthcare regulations. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Profession of Nursing

    A 6 page research paper that discusses, first of all, how nursing fits the definition of a profession, but then goes on to discuss why nursing is often not perceived as fully professional by the public and offers suggestions for overcoming this problem. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hand Washing Project

    A 4 page research paper, which includes a brief abstract and outline, which offers a proposed nursing project, which addresses the problem of hand sanitation within clinical environments and how this issue relates to high rates of nosocomial infection. After discussing this problem, its importance and significance to patient outcomes, the nurse researcher proposes formulating an educational intervention on the topic, which includes placing hand sanitizers at convenient bedside locations throughout the facility (or unit) and then verifying the efficacy of the intervention by both a posttest and the number of bottles used over a two weeks period. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Studies: Identifying the Underlying Theoretical Frameworks

    This is an 8 page paper that provides an overview of nursing theories. A nursing study is analyzed in terms of Watson's philosophy of care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Long Term Healthcare Evolution

    A 5 page paper discussing the effect that Medicare has had on the nursing home – or skilled nursing facility – industry over the past 30+ years. Automatic increases in payments results in automatic increases in prices, a fact that now has become obvious to legislators. The paper includes a timeline beginning with Medicare’s creation in the 1960s, extending through 2002 when Medicare’s fraud investigation system extended to all 50 states. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Are All Nursing Degrees Created Equal?

    A 3 page paper weighing the differences between the associates degree and bachelors degree routes to achieving RN status. Both have solid clinical experience, as well as technical training. The BSN degree, with an additional two years, provides more time for study of nursing theory and application to the clinical setting, while the AND degree puts the nurse to work more quickly. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Advance Practice Nursing and Postgraduate Degrees

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current literature regarding the importance of completing a postgraduate diploma in a specialty area and the focus on this credential, the postgraduate diploma, for advanced practice nurses. This paper considers the fact that many advanced practice nurses have not necessarily received postgraduate diplomas, but more and more hospitals are assessing the importance of this degree in emergency departments. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Modalities of Self Care and Holistic Nursing

    A 6 page paper discussing various self-care modalities (self-massage, music, meditation, exercise and imaging) to be used over the period of a class in holistic nursing. Self-massage and meditation are the modalities chosen, because neither requires any specialized equipment and neither requires that another person be available to assist. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Reflective Learning in the Radiology Department

    This 13 page paper uses Gibbs reflective cycle to examine an event; the use of a CT scan to assess the suitability of a patient for Avastin therapy. The cycle is used to assess improvements to patient treatment by reducing the level of exposure to radiation during the tests. The bibliography cites 9 sources.

  • Learning to Care for Children/A Study Critique

    A 10 page paper that summarizes and analyzes a research study performed by Coetzee (2004), drawing on additional sources where it is relevant. This critique encompasses all sections of the study, which explored how South African nursing student learn to relate to pediatric patients. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Article Critique/Kameg, et al (2010)

    A 5 page critique of study article by Kameg, et al (2010), which describes and evaluates the information provided, demonstrating that this constitutes a valuable quantitative study pertaining to nursing education. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program

    A 6 page paper discussing a program supporting the goals of Healthy People 2010. This goal provides the focus of a program to be developed and directed at a group of 25 at-risk teens living in a group home in Kansas City, Missouri. The approach is that of issuing a one-page fact sheet for the teens and opportunity for question-answer sessions. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Patients and Diabetes

    This 12 page paper explains type 1 and type 2 diabetes; looking at the causes, the symptoms, the management and treatment. The paper applies this to a patient where there are additional complication, including diabetic retinopathy. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • U.S. Health Care System

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the American system. According to an online dictionary, www.businessdictionary.com, a "health care system" is defined as a "Complex of facilities, organizations, and trained personnel engaged in providing health care within a geographical area." If one considers only this extremely broad definition of a "health care system," then, yes, the manner in which health care is delivered in the U.S. is a "system." However, there are scholars who express an evaluation of the way that health care delivery functions in the US that is so negative that one can also easily make the argument that the delivery of health care in America is too dysfunctional to be considered to be a "system," as the term "system" implies organization and comprehensive service. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Leadership in Healthcare

    A 4 page paper discussing effective leadership in healthcare. The paper discusses leader-member exchange as an appropriate leadership theory for healthcare, as well as the use of power in leadership. The paper identifies informal, positive power as being most effective in professional healthcare settings. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Healthy People 2010/Obesity Objective

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the overweight/obesity objective 19-1 of the Health People 2010 goals. Today, nearly 55 percent of all adult Americans can be classified as overweight or obese and the incidence of overweight/obesity for children and adolescents is also climbing (FDA and NIH, 2008). The health consequences of this trend can be personally devastating, which is why this problem is one of the many issues addressed by the Healthy People 2010 objectives, in which objective number 19-1 is to: “Increase the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weight” (FDA and NIH, 2008). A healthy weight is “defined as having a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 18.5 and less than 25” (FDA and NIH, 2008). To formulate a public policy that would achieve this goal involves addressing multiple issues. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Heat-Related Illness

    A 5 page research paper that reports on literature relating the effects of heat-related illness, and the responsibilities for employers relating to this topic. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Herbal Medicine/What Nurses Should Know

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the information that nurses should offer their patients regarding the use of herbal medicines. It has been estimated that roughly 11 percent of the adult population utilize herbal medications on an annual basis (Dingwall, 2007). Consumers frequently take it for granted that the foods and drugs that they purchase are safe and there is also the misconception that all herbal medicines are safe because they are “natural.” Nurses should be cognizant of the risks involved and the likelihood of their patients taking herbal medicines. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • A look at the Herpes Viruses

    A 6 page overview of the Herpes virus family, of which 8 cause disease in humans. All herpes viruses belong to family Herpesviridae and have in common their ability to establish latency during the first active infection caused by one of the viruses. There are more than 100 distinct herpes viruses that have been identified throughout the world. The paper lists the alpha, beta and gamma herpes viruses and discusses etiology, diagnosis and treatment of cold sores and shingles. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Health Overview of High Blood Pressure

    A 5 page discussion of the health impacts of hypertension. This paper defines hypertension and outlines its impacts to cardiovascular and renal function in particular. Presenting the case study of a fictional patient who presents to the emergency room with chest pain, the author reviews the diagnostic techniques which are utilized and the interventional methods which are employed. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Problem Statement/Chinese Cholesterol Study

    A 3 page research paper that offers the problem statement for a proposed research study on educating the Chinese public on the risks of high cholesterol. The rationale for the study is discussed and substantiating research is cited. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Evaluation of a Prevention Program

    A 4 page research paper that examines literature on program evaluation and proposes specific evaluation techniques for a student research proposal for creating a prevention program to prevent methamphetamine use among teens. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Problem of High Staff Turnover Rates of Nurses in Primary Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

    Primary healthcare in Saudi Arabia has been developed with a high degree of political commitment. However, the development is hindered by the high staff turnover in the nursing profession. This 22 page paper looks at the primary healthcare service from the perceptive of the nurses, identifies the potential causes of high employee turnover and applies them the community nursing in Saudi Arabia. The paper then assesses the cost of the turnover in terms of economic cost and quality and then makes recommendations to reduce the turnover rate. The bibliography cites 35 sources.

  • HIV/AIDS & African American Women

    A 12 page research paper that offers a detailed analysis of 4 research studies dealing with how to decrease the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection among African American women. Specifically the analysis of these articles looks for factors that should be included in HIV/AIDS prevention measures for black women. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Nutrition and HIV

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the relationship between nutrition and HIV. Extreme weight loss frequently occurs among HIV-positive patients. Known as HIV wasting, weight loss can occur for a variety of reasons, which include cognitive impairment and difficult in swallowing, but it can also occur due to altered “gonadal, adrenal and thyroid function” (Ungvarski, 1996, p. 26). Nurses play a crucial role in combating HIV wasting through educational interventions with HIV asymptomatic patients, as well as acting as a resource for information on successful interventions that can be employed when HIV wasting strikes (Ungvarski, 1996). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Mandatory HIV Testing for Pregnant Women

    A 6 page research paper that offers an examination of the issues involved in mandatory HIV testing as a standard part of prenatal care is designed to aid the student researching this topic with preparing for a class debate. The student will be debating the negative position, that is, opposing mandatory HIV testing. Therefore, this speech presents this position. Then, the affirmative positive is briefly summarized, which is followed with how the negative position can offer rebuttal to these points. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Issues of Emergency Response Disaster Management

    A 20 page paper discussing issues surrounding emergency response as it relates to disaster management. The paper discusses emergency response resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but it also discusses events such as Hurricane Fran in 1996, centering on the coast of North Carolina where the category 3 storm made landfall. The key to effective emergency response - excluding the training that can be seen as being a constant value – lies in the quality of communication between diverse teams and agencies responding to the event that has generated a crisis. The purpose here is to address two primary questions: “Are emergency responders equipped to communicate with others outside of their departments in time of crisis? [and] What are strategies to improve communications?” The paper concludes that emergency response in urban areas is highly effective, but that the same efforts in rural areas can be hindered by communication deficiencies. Bibliography lists 11 sources. A companion 16-slide Power Point presentation is available.

  • Strategies to Retain Employees

    A 3 page paper that emphasizes the shortage of nurses and other health care professionals. The paper reviews an article about employee retention and comments on what needs to happen to reduce the turnover of nurses. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Energy and Four Conservation Principles of Myra Levine

    This 3 page paper looks at Myra Levine’s Four Conservation Principles paying particular attention to the aspect of energy conservation, what it is, how it can be measured and how the framework may be used. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

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

    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.

  • Implementing Patient to Nurse Ratios in the Healthcare Environment

    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. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Effectiveness of Sex Education in Teen HIV Prevention

    A 14 page research paper that offers a research study proposal. The hypothesis for the proposed study is that a sex education program that significantly affects the attitudes and norms of participant adolescents and creates positive cognition toward abstinence and delayed sexual behavior can be termed to be effective, as this result can logically be assumed to have a positive effect on the incidence of HIV among adolescents/young adults. The proposal outlines the parameters of the problem and provides background information on the issues, which states the purpose of the proposed study. A literature review provides context, as it summarizes previous research on this topic. The proposed methodology, data collection and analysis are then summarized. Samples of a parental/guardian consent form and a participant asset form are also included. The proposal also includes a 1 page abstract. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • HIV Prevention for Youth in Rural Areas

    A 10 page project proposal that includes a short abstract/project summary. This project proposal addresses an urgent public need, which is the rising incidence of HIV infection among American adolescents living in rural environments. This proposal outlines the parameters of the problem; substantiates the need for the project through a review of relevant literature and then proposes an nurse-led intervention for rural youth that is based on a program developed by Murry, et al (2005), the Strong African American Families Program, which involves rural parents and focuses on developing their knowledge and parenting skills so that they can effectively and meaningfully interact with their 11-year-old children in a manner that directs them toward a healthy future. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • African American Children, AIDS, and HIV

    A 12 page paper which examines what impact HIV and AIDS has on African American children. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nursing and the Value of Honesty

    An 8 page discussion of the importance of honesty as a value in nursing. Using the example of informed consent, the author demonstrates that honesty is a particularly important value in meeting up to the Canadian Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hospital Information Systems

    A 3 page research paper that, first of all, summarizes how the implementation of a computerized information system aided patient care in an upstate New York hospital. Then, the writer discusses how implementation of a similar system might benefit the student's own healthcare institution. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Humor Therapy

    A 3 page research paper that investigates the use and benefits derived from humor therapy. Humor therapy is a part of complementary medicine, and is used to relieve physical or emotional pain, as well as decrease stress. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Injections

    This 7 page paper look at injection technique from an evidence based medicine perspective. The prevalence of custom and practice and lack of research is discussed, potential issues associated with injections and poor technique are assessed barrier to good technique are discussed. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • CC vs. Med-Surg Units/Job Satisfaction

    A 6 page research paper that investigates the differences in nursing job satisfaction between critical and med-surg units. Within the framework of a research project, the writer hypothesizes that as there are different working conditions in these units, such as patient-to-nurse ratios and management styles, there are also differences in nursing job satisfaction. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nurses Job Satisfaction

    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 specialty area and setting. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Two Topics, Self-Efficacy/Childhood Obesity

    A 4 page research paper that explores two topics. The first topic addressed is self-efficacy and its influence on human behavior. The second topic is the advantages of taking a social marketing approach to the problem of childhood obesity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Management/Retention Issues

    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, the turnover rates for hospital nursing staff averages over 20 percent (Force, 2005). However, since this is a widespread problem, which has been acerbated by the nursing shortage, management strategies that promote nursing staff retention, as well as strategies that address the issues that research shows to be influential in creating nursing staff job satisfaction. Nursing managers are the link between hospital administration and nursing staff. Therefore, one of the crucial responsibilities of a nurse manager is to implement strategies and procedures that ensure nurse retention and job satisfaction (Anthony, 2005). Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Childhood Obesity/The Role of Schools

    An 8 page research paper that examines the debate about whether or not schools should allow vending machines to sell junk food and the effect this has on the nation's children in terms of the obesity epidemic. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Reducing Absenteeism/Nursing Home

    A 5 page research paper that looks at the problem of absenteeism in nursing home employees, with particular focus on absenteeism among assistive personnel. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Medication Errors & Their Prevention

    A 5 page research paper that discusses medication errors, their causes and prevention. The writer discusses the importance of error reporting systems, enumerates associated causes of medication error, and discusses how automatic medication systems aid nurses in following the "five rights" of correct medication administration. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • ADHD and ADD and School Compulsory Medication

    A 14 page research paper that explores the use of psychoactive drug use in the US with schoolchildren. The first half of the paper offers a legal analysis and the second half an ethical analysis. The writer concludes from a review of available research that while these drugs are crucial for some children (1 to 2 percent of the childhood population), they are dramatically over-prescribed and used as a "quick fix" to enforce compliance with unrealistic behavioral expectations for young children. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Heart Disease Prevention and the Role of a Canadian Nurse

    A 4 page research paper that discusses how nurses are involved in health and wellbeing as it relates to heart disease prevention. The writer discusses this topic in relation to the five categories of health promotion listed in the Ottawa Charter of 1986. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nurse Retention and Teams Effects

    This 8 page paper presents a case history of one trauma center that decreased their turnover rate from 58 percent to 15 percent and have a list of nurses who want to work at the center. This essay reports the process this center used to develop empowered teams that led to such remarkable success. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Process of Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of the process of becoming a nurse practitioner and one person's individual view on why they would want to do this. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

    A 10 page research paper that discusses the issue of mandatory overtime for nurses and its effects and ramifications. The writer discusses the background to this issue, as well as political, social, and economic aspects. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Role of Nurse Practitioners and Reimbursement

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in today's healthcare delivery system and the issue of reimbursement. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Role of the Nurse Anesthetist

    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 now are entering retirement age. As is the case in any advanced-practice field of nursing, the issue of physician supervision continues to be a point of issue. It is less so for the CRNA, which most states allow to practice independently. The purpose here is to assess the role of the CRNA in the health care system of the United States. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

  • Prescribing Nurses and the Treatment of Wounds

    This 7 page paper considers the position of community nurses when undertaking wound dressing and how, with the advent of prescribing nurses, the non prescribing community nurses are placed in a difficult position with conflicting needs from their primary health care trusts, patients and the law. The bibliography cites 9 sources.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing Roles

    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.

  • The Nurse Educator, Postprostatectomy Patients and Informative Websites

    This 6 page paper lists 10 websites: five that discuss prostatectomies clinically; and five that might help nurse educators with the subject. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Political Activism and Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the importance of political activism as facilitated by professional nursing organizations. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurse's Role and Bowel Elimination Influential Factors

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the factors that influence bowel elimination and the role of the nurse in preventing constipation in patients in a hospital setting. This paper integrates a view of factors like hydration, nutrition, frequency of elimination and pharmacological factors that influence bowel elimination and the role that nurses play in preventing problems in elimination. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Decision Making and Nursing

    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. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Studies and Recommendations on Burnout of Nurses in Oman and Other Countries

    This is a 4 page paper discussing nurses’ burnout. Nurses’ burnout is a global problem which is considered more severe in developing countries due to the initial high patient nurse ratio and the increased number of health care workers which leave developing countries for other opportunities. While the Sultanate of Oman has a fairly large nursing population, over 70% of the nurses are foreign born leaving Oman even more vulnerable to the departure of a large portion of its nurses. The Ministry of Health within Oman has undergone several initiatives which will hopefully help to retain the current nursing population such as increasing the percentage of Omani and adopting international nursing standards, but in addition, the administrators responsible for the well being of nurses in Oman may wish to consult worldwide studies on nurses’ burnout which indicate that environmental factors such as resource availability, supervisor support, length of stay in high demand departments and overall “empowerment” within the workplace among many other factors are equally important in decreasing emotional exhaustion and stress which leads to burnout. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Problems of Retaining Nurses

    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.

  • Nurse Practitioner & Nurse Midwife

    A 6 page research paper that, first of all, examines the umbrella category of advanced practice nursing, offering a definition and overview, but then specifically examines the roles and scope of practice of the nurse practitioner and the nurse midwife. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Advanced Practical Nurse's Role

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the role of the advanced practice nurse. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • DUTIES OF A REGISTERED NURSE AT KINDRED HOSPITAL

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

  • Nurse Staffing Issues

    A 5 page research paper that examines a variety of issues that relate to human resource management and nurse staffing. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Student Nurses Assessment Strategies

    A 7 page research paper comprised of an examination of literature pertaining to student nursing assessment, which focuses on the strategies that are utilized in nursing student assessment, offering analysis of these strategies, and also describing the qualifications of evaluators, as well as the role that the nursing students themselves play in the assessment process. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • LPNs and RNs

    This 10 page paper provides a comparative view of LPS and RNs, including a focus on diffences in their duties. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nurses Job Satisfaction

    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 specialty area and setting. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Pregnant Patients Smoking Cessation Through Nurse Intervention Programs

    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 is that it is personal attention and willing support that substantially increase positive results in cessation efforts. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Patient Care Perception and Nurse Uniform Color

    This 5 page paper discusses how the color of nurses uniforms affects the patients' perception of care. This paper asserts the white uniforms are perceived as more professional, and that nurses who wear them are more confident, intelligent, and competant. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nurse Practitioners Article, a Critique

    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 as a result of their study likely should be viewed as a beginning point of investigation rather than as any sound conclusion regarding the state of NP practice. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nurses, Patients, and Managed Care

    The increase of managed care has changed the framework of health delivery, effecting both the patients and the nurses. This 4 page paper, with a two page annotated bibliography, considers how this impacts on the nurses. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • RN Nurses in Canada and Impact of Health Care Reforms

    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.

  • Nurse's Views on Euthanasia

    An 8 page discussion of the ethics of euthanasia as it impacts the nursing profession. This paper contends that in some situations euthanasia could be considered morally and ethically right. At the same time, however, the author cautions that the appropriateness of euthanasia must be considered on a case by case basis. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Overview of Critical Care Nurse Practitioner

    A 9 page research paper that gives a comprehensive overview of the role of the critical care nurse practitioner within the realm of critical care nursing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Relationship Between Psychiatric Nurse and Patient

    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. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nurses & Health Care Policy

    A 4 page research paper that addresses the role of nurses in health care policy. There are numerous healthcare issues and policies that affect nurses and nursing in a variety of crucial ways. The nursing shortage, which is a worldwide phenomenon, causes staffing issues that affect the quality of patient care, as well as nurse retention. Medicare cutbacks and other budgetary restraints naturally deeply affect nursing, as well as when hospital administrations react by requiring mandatory nursing overtime. These issues bring up the question concerning the role of nurses in healthcare and health policy, which the writer discusses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nurse Retention

    A 5 page research paper that provides an examination of literature, which focuses on nurse retention and particularly how nursing managers can influence the rate of nursing staff turnover. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

    A 3 page research paper that offers an overview of this nursing specialty: its practice settings, roles, expected salary, educational requirements, etc. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Diabetic Education for Continuing Education for Nurses

    This 11 page paper provides an overview of lesson plans for diabetes management, as well as a rationale for the development of nursing education programming. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Caring and the Nurse Practitioner

    A 5 page research paper that discusses caring in advanced practice nursing from the standpoint of ethical, moral and legal obligations. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing Relevance of Jean Watson's Theory of Caring

    In ten pages, this paper discusses theorist Jean Watson and her caring theory within the context of its continuing relevance to nurse practitioners, particularly within a pain management setting. Twelve sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Explaining DNRs

    A 15 page paper. The paper begins by explaining the differences between an Advance Directive and a Do-Not-Resuscitate order. DNRs are not well understood. They are misinterpreted largely because patients and their families do not understand them. The one health care professional who has the best opportunity to clear up this confusion is the nurse. This essay discuses DNRs, their implications, and how they affect nurses. Bibliography lists 10 sources. PG698592.doc

  • Ratio of Patients to Nurses

    A 5 page paper that reports and discusses nurse to patient ratios. California is the first state that initiated and subsequently passed a bill legislating the ratio of nurse to patient. The bill was passed in 1999 but it is only in 2002 that the mandates are finally being put into effect. This essay presents the argument against ratio limits and points out that research is clear about the correlation between nurse-patient ratio and quality of care. Bibliography lists 7 sources. PGnrsrto.rtf

  • Leadership/Clinical Nurse Specialist

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the role of clinical nurse specialists in a hospital setting. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • New Nurses Survival Guide

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how new nurses can survive the transition to practice. The fact that there is a knowledge and skill gap between a new graduate registered nurse's education and "actual practice requirements of new registered nurses" (RNs) has long been acknowledged among nursing professionals (Burns and Poster, 2008, p. 67). This gap in knowledge suggests that the novice nurse needs a survival guide in order to survive the critical transition from student to licensed RN. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Performance Management through Clinical Supervision of Nurses in the NHS; Professional, Legal and Ethical Perspectives

    This 11 page paper looks at the increasing importance of clinical supervision as a tool of performance management for nurses in the UK's National Health Service. The approach is one which can be seen as having the potential to improve quality of care and enhance skills. The issue is considered from the professional perspective, the legal perspective and the ethical perspective. The bibliography cites 21 sources.

  • Nurse Mentoring Issues

    This 10 page paper is written in two parts. The first part considers how mentors can understand and communicate more efficiently with the charges by understanding their level of development and the type of communication they need. The second part of the paper examines the way learning can be facilitated by looking at different learning styles and how the learning process may be managed to ensure all learners benefit. The bibliography cites 18 sources.

  • Nurse Practitioner Profession and Risks of Musculoskeletal Injuries

    This 7 page paper looks at the risk of back, and other musculoskeletal, injuries in the health care setting. Risks of such injuries to the nurse practitioner in a primary care setting are explored. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist/State of CA

    A 3 page research paper that discuses this nursing specialty within the context of practice under California law and specifically on the topic of nurse prescribing. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • STDs and Plans of Health Promotion

    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 and local organizations are developing plans for the prevention of STDs through the education of the public provided mainly through health care facilities, centers and providers. Nurses play a dominant role in regards to health promotion in communities as many are involved not only in the larger centers such as hospital settings in which they will come in contact with patients with STDs but nurses also promote education in smaller communities through awareness programs for the schools, local centers and physician practices. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

    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.

  • Analyzing Universality and the Cultural Care Diversity Theories of Madeleine Leininger

    A 4 page paper discussing Leininger’s theory within Fawcett’s framework for theory analysis. The theory based nursing actions are compatible with the expectations of nursing practice. Indeed, Leininger’s theory both provides that benefit and enhances outcomes in those cases where Leininger’s theory has been instrumental in a patient’s care plan. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Leadership

    This 11 page paper responds to specific questions about the nature of effective leadership and its implications for nursing. This paper relates the belief that effective leadership skills are essential in the development of nurse leaders. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Derived Theory of Smoking Relapse Analyzed

    This 7 page paper evaluates the derived theory of smoking relapse in respect to nursing. A model found in Chinn & Kramer's Theory of Nursing is utilized for analysis. Various elements of the theory are discussed inclusive of its importance and accessibility. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Article Critique/Effects of Remembering/Nursing Home Residents

    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.

  • Nursing and the Impact of 1996's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

    A 5 page paper discussing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The paper provides a brief history of the law and discusses the data security aspect that went into effect in 2005, but the focus of the paper is how it can be expected to affect nursing and nursing duties. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Political Issues in Nursing

    A 3 page research paper that briefly examines some of the political and economic issues facing nursing and healthcare and how nursing impacts these issues. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Scenario on Malpractice in Nursing

    A 15 page research paper that, first of all, offers a scenario concerning a specific example of nursing malpractice. Then, the writer addresses the legal issues involved, the topic of nursing malpractice in general, and what should have been done to avoid the possibility of litigation. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • From an AS Degree to a BS in Nursing Past, Present, and Future

    An 8 page paper discussing one AS nurse's decision to complete a BS degree and the benefits that completion of the degree offered for the present and for the future. Most employers are beginning to require a BSN as minimum standard for advancement to supervisory positions. Whether the nurse seeks administrative work or prefers to remain "hands on" in direct patient care, the BSN provides the foundation necessary for any future decision. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing Model on Human to Human Relationship by Joyce Travelbee

    A 14 page research paper that examines Travelbee's nursing model in regards to aiding nursing interventions with African Americans with hypertension. Overview of Travelbee's model is included. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Standards of Critical Care Nursing

    A 5 page research paper that examines and critiques available guidelines for critical care nursing. An abbreviated version of the standards of the American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses is discussed, but also an extensive set of guidelines formulated for pediatric intensive care units is also evaluated. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Strategies to Retain Employees

    A 3 page paper that emphasizes the shortage of nurses and other health care professionals. The paper reviews an article about employee retention and comments on what needs to happen to reduce the turnover of nurses. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Health Care: Challenges in Caring for a Diverse Population, and Dealing with Colleagues of Different Ages

    This 3 page paper discusses two matters: the opportunities and challenges presented to health care workers by the increasingly ethnically diverse American population; and generational conflict between older nurses and younger nurses and administrators. Bibliography lists 2 sources

  • QA, Clinical Pathways, and Nursing Effectiveness

    A 5 page overview of the various factors which can influence nursing effectiveness. The author emphasizes the importance of establishing clinical pathways and the implementation of quality assurance plans in the nursing environment. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Virginia Henderson

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the life and work of nursing theorist and educator Virginia Henderson. The writer includes brief biographical detail, but concentrates on discussing Henderson's contributions to nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Wages/New Jersey

    A 4 page research paper that specifically addresses the wages earned by nurses in New Jersey. The writer speculates on ways that the nursing shortage in N.J. could be addressed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Childhood Obesity

    A 4 page research paper that examines the problem of childhood obesity from a public health nursing perspective. The writer discusses the severity and health repercussions of the problem and then addresses nursing diagnosis, evaluation and possible intervention. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Quality within Australian Nursing

    A 10 page research paper that offers a comprehensive literature review in regards to factors and principles associated with quality nursing care, with a particular focus on nursing in Australia. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Nursing and the Theory of Interpersonal Relations by Hildegard Peplau

    A 12 page research paper that discusses, describes and evaluates Hildegard Peplau's Interpersonal Relations Theory of nursing. The writer discusses concepts, applications and utility to nursing. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • ER Television Series and the Nursing Image it Presents

    A 3 page television show review that discusses the manner in which the hospital drama ER portrays the profession of nursing. The writer argues that while this show at least tries to show nurses as professionals with skill and knowledge, the huge focus of the producers on physicians gives a distorted view of both professions. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Nursing's Philosophical Issues

    This 9 page paper delves into ethical issues in medical science. Several aspects of nursing care are discussed inclusive of the DNR order and medication errors. Several ideologies are included and discussed as they relate to the field of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Education and Nursing

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of nursing education and its significance for nursing practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Personal Nursing Philosophy

    This 3 page research paper/essay offers suggestions to a nursing student on how to go about describing the student's personal nursing philosophy, which draws upon Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Orem, Mid-range & Grand Theories

    A 3 page research paper that offers an examination of Orem’s theoretical perspective as it differentiates between the grand and mid-range versions of Orem’s model of nursing and then goes on to discuss the substance of her mid-range theory, that is, her Self-Care Deficit theory of nursing and its application. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Carper's 4 Knowledge Types and Nursing Evaluation

    A 5 page discussion of the importance of the evaluation process. The author contends that this process should encompass much more than strictly clinical results. Examples are presented from Carper’s (1978) classic “Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing” delineating the four types of nursing knowledge which are critical to the evaluation process: empirical, ethical, personal and aesthetic. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Nursing Mentoring & Burn-out

    A 3 page research paper that explores the benefit that being a mentor/preceptor has on retention of novice nurse graduates. The write argues that mentoring prevents these new nurses from burning out. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Dealing with Change/Miami Valley Hospital

    A 3 page research paper that offers advice to a nursing student on how to address the change occurring within the student’s workplace, which is Miami Valley Hospital located in Dayton, Ohio. The writer summarizes literature on nurse/patient ratios and change theory. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Hybrid Program

    A 3 page paper that discusses the Health Care Academy in the Delaware Community College district in Pennsylvania. The existing nursing shortage has the potential of seriously reducing quality patient care. Many approaches have been used to reduce the shortage and have more people enter nursing as a career. The program described in this essay may be successful. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Med-Surge Nursing

    A 7 page research paper/essay that offers a nursing a template for discussing his/her career as a medical/surgical nurse. The writer first discusses the parameters of practice and then offers suggestions for how to critique practice. Tutorial language is used throughout this discussion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Definitions of Nursing Meta-paradigms

    A 5 page research paper that offers definitions of the nursing concepts health, environment, person and nursing, and also caring. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Should A Nursing Manager Quit?

    A 4 page research paper that discusses a scenario that proposes that a nursing manager is considering leaving her job due to stress. The writer discusses an ethical decision making model in detail, relating it to current literature that describes the nursing shortage and hospital working conditions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Economics and Nursing

    This 4 page paper looks at issues of economics and nursing. The first part of the paper defines the terms economics, supply and demand, macroeconomics, microeconomics, elasticity and inelasticity. The second part of the paper summarizes three articles concerning supply and demand of nurses. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Time Management and Critical Care Nursing

    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 fast or so efficiently that time is not taken to note crucial details that can mean the difference between positive and negative outcomes. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Suggestions for a Psychiatric Practicum

    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.

  • Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring & Personal Reflection

    A 14 page paper. This essay is an expansion of PGwtsnr.RTF. The last pages of this essay reports a case study, demonstrating which of Watson's clinical caritas processes are applied during the interaction between nurse and patient. It also includes the writer's reflection on the processes and what the nurse must do to continue to follow Watson's model. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Shared Governance and Collective Bargaining Issues in Nursing

    3 pages in length. The fundamental reason for incorporating collective bargaining and shared governance within the nursing environment is so decision making becomes a more mutual outcome where nurses have greater contribution toward daily undertakings and management readily facilitates this input. Examining the political, legal, ethical and social issues of this relatively new concept exemplifies how a feasible, much-needed model of cooperation might still be fraught with difficulties when implemented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Objectives Regarding Professional Development as a Nurse Educator

    A 3 page paper discussing a nurse’s plans to finish her current MSN course of study and to gain a PhD in preparation for a career as a nurse educator. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Nursing Practice/Texas

    A 6 page research paper that offers 3 case scenarios. Each of these cases refers to specific scenarios concerning nursing practice in Texas and how each RN violated specific sections of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) standards of practice code. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing & ED Overcrowding

    A 5 page research paper that explores the problem of overcrowding in EDs and how this impacts nursing. This examination of overcrowding in American EDs looks at reasons for overcrowding and the effect that this has on nurses and patients. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Accreditation in Nursing

    A 9 page research paper that consists of 2 smaller papers. The first paper, 5 pages, has to do with the processes involved in nursing accreditation, which compares these processes, between two agencies, with the accreditation process as it applies to forensic science. The second 4 page essay discusses how a background of employment in the pharmaceutical industry aids the nursing student. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Wages

    A 4 page research paper that, first of all, discusses nursing wages, focusing on wages in California. Then the writer discusses the nursing shortage and possible solutions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Spiritual Nursing

    A 6 page research paper that offers a literature critique, which examines the topic of spirituality and nursing and how this area of nursing endeavors to fulfill the needs of pediatric patients. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • African American Teenagers and Incidence of HIV

    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, which was chosen because it has been applied frequently within a public health/community nursing perspective. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nursing and Critical Thinking

    This 3 page paper looks at definitions of the term nursing. Critical thinking in nursing is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Adverse Effects to Antipsychotic Drugs

    A 3 page paper that explains and discusses what this syndrome is and what nurses need to be aware of. The paper also reports what nurses need to do when they have and NMS patient. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Dorothea Dix, Pioneer of Nursing

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the life, career, and nursing philosophy of nursing pioneer Dorothea Dix, who was instrumental in both founding and expanding more than 30 hospitals devoted to the treatment of mental illness. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Bioterrorism and Nursing

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how the threat of bioterrorism affects the future of nursing. The writer discusses the need for greater emergency preparedness and also how this threat will affect nursing curricula. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Bipolar Disorder

    A 10 page research paper that discusses bipolar disorder Examination of literature on this topic indicates some of what has been learned in treating bipolar disorder, and this information suggests conclusions as to how nurses can improve their practice and care of these patients. The writer offers a summary of four relevant studies. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • The Case Study of a Child in Need

    A 5 page nursing case study that concerns the situation of "Tommy," a 10-year-old permanently disable child who suffers from multiple handicaps caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome. The writer addresses Tommy's needs but also focuses on the needs of Tommy's extended dysfunctional family. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Child & Adolescent Obesity/U.S.

    A 6 page research paper/ argumentative essay that examines the topic of childhood and adolescent obesity in the U.S. The writer examines the parameters of the problem, defines it, discusses epidemiological factors and argues that more research should be conducted in order to discern what interventions work and which do not work in preventing and alleviating this serious public health problem. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Chinese Culture and Health Beliefs

    A 5 page research paper that describes typical beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine and health beliefs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Smoking & Increased Prevalence of Lung Cancer in Women

    A 17 page research proposal for conducting an extensive review of literature on the increased incidence of lung cancer in women and its presumed association with cigarette smoking. The writer offers a matrix that summarizes 12 studies and discusses the various sections of the proposed study. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Personal Philosophy of Nursing

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the nursing concepts of person, environment, health/illness and nursing. This examination of these concepts examines each idea in relation to how it is defined by the Barry University School of Nursing faculty, but also offering a personal perspective on the meaning of each term. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Public Health/Then & Now

    A 4 page research paper that encompasses 2 topics. The first topic is on Lillian Wald and Mary Brewster and how they introduced public health nursing in the U.S. during the early twentieth century (roughly 2 pages). The second topic addresses the Public Health Association of New York City, offering an overview (roughly 2 pages). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Drug Therapy-Statins

    A 3 page brief look at statins, which are a category of drug therapy that is frequently used to lower levels of blood cholesterol (Statins, 2004). Because statin drugs are so effective as a drug therapy, they are extremely beneficial in promoting positive patient outcomes since the action of the statin drug helps to clear the bloodstream so that fatty deposits (plaque) will not build up on arterial walls, causing myocardial infarction or stroke. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Sharek, et al (2004)/Low-Income Kids with Asthma

    A 4 page article critique that examines a study by Sharek, et al (2004), which looked at data concerning asthma disease management in children. While asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, there is currently “no validated ‘gold standard’ for measuring’ asthma outcomes (Sharek, et al, 2004, p. 797). Frequently asthma intervention are evaluated by utilizing a variety of disease status outcomes, but this can lead to ambiguous information and, subsequently, an increase in errors. Sharek, et al (2004) address this problem. No additional sources cited.

  • Nursing Case Mgmt./Asthma

    A 5 page research paper that discusses nursing case management in regards to asthma patients, with particular focus on schools and pediatric case management of asthma. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Pathology, Battered Baby

    A 3 page research paper that examines the pathology of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Battered Baby Syndrome. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Gardasil Vaccine/The Debate

    A 10 page research paper/argumentative essay that discusses the issues surrounding the use of Gardasil, a vaccine developed by Merck that provides protection against human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes genital warts and cervical cancer. The writer provides an overview of the vaccine, addressing its efficacy and safety issues, but focuses primarily on moral/ethical issues, and then concludes with an argument that the use of the vaccine is morally correct. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Wound Care/Wet-to-Dry v. Advanced Dressings

    A 6 page research paper that discusses wound care. Identifying what dressing is most appropriate in wound care is a difficult and challenging proposition as there are currently over a 1,000 wound care products and interventions, with more appearing every day (Callianno, 2003). However, there are specific guidelines for wound management for each type of wound (Watret and McFarland, 2004; Callianno, 2003. For example, management of burn wounds necessitates a special protocol as the burn patient is particularly susceptible to microbial infections (Parikh, et al, 2005). This examination of wound dressings options specifically focuses on the management of chronic wounds and whether the standard of protocol of wet-to-dry dressings constitute the best practice standard. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Artificial Nutrition/hydration & Terminal Pediatric Patient

    A 10 page research paper that discusses the ethical issues involved in withholding or withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration from a terminally ill child. The writer describes the various types of artificial nutrition and hydration and their benefits and risks, as well as the ethical principles of beneficence, non-malfeasance, etc. within the context of this pediatric nursing dilemma. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Taking a Toddler’s Blood Pressure

    A 6 page research paper that examines the topic of teaching parents (or caregivers) to monitor a toddler’s blood pressure. Childhood obesity is one of the most crucial public health issues facing the country today and recent studies have shown that not only is pediatric obesity on the rise, but its associated comorbities are increasing as well, such as “hypertension, dyslipidemia, and early-onset type 2 diabetes,” which is generally referred to as “metabolic syndrome” (Hypertension, 2005, p. 908). Furthermore, high blood pressure can be a symptom of “kidney, heart, blood vessel or endocrine disease” (SoRelle, 2006). Considering this situation, it may become advisable for a nurse to teach parents how to monitor their toddler’s blood pressure. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS on Nursing

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  • Refugee Camps and the Application of Florence Nightingale's Environmental Theory

    A 5 page paper discussing this theory in conjunction with conditions in modern refugee camps. Application of Nightingale's theory directly applies today to refugee camps around the world. As these camps exist in countries whose economies have been decimated by never-ending war, drought or cataclysmic natural disaster, it is common for them to lack the most basic of requirements for sustaining human life. We have known for a long time now that Nightingale was right, that healing and the avoidance of disease both are optimized in positive environments. Florence Nightingale came to the realization long before the rest of the medical profession. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Two Article Summaries

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  • Complexity Compression in an Outpatient Pain Mgmt. Clinic

    A 7 page research paper that offer guidance to a student in formulating the first several chapters of a research study proposal that deals with the emergent phenomenon of complexity compression. The purpose of this study project is to conduct a literature review and provide a thorough synthesis of available literature on this topic, with a particular focus that offers ways in which the stress and unworkable nature of complexity compression can be ameliorated. Complexity compression is defined as the expectation that nurses will "assume additional, unplanned responsibilities while simultaneously conducting their multiple responsibilities in a condensed time frame" (MNA, 2008). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Nursing Image

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  • Qualitative Research Methodology

    A 7 page research paper that includes a brief abstract which focuses on qualitative research methodology. It focuses on the characteristics and epistemological elements that define the topic of qualitative research, looking at foundational philosophical differences between qualitative research and quantitative research methodologies. Issues addressed include how qualitative researchers establish the validity of their studies, which includes discussion of internal and external validity. The literature also address ethical issues and how they are defined and addressed. This literature review delineates the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and also discusses the advantages of qualitative research in addressing topics related to human behavior and experience. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Interventional and Coping Methodologies Factors Affecting Coping and Interventional Methodologies

    A 12 page discussion of the various factors influencing coping. The literature is reviewed and a model case is presented. A discussion of contrary cases, related cases, borderline cases and invented cases is included as well. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Concept Analysis: Aging

    A 20 page research paper that offers a nursing concept analysis on aging. As the percentage of the American population that is over the age of 65 increases with each passing year, there is more and more attention being paid to geriatric health care needs; and, in keeping with this trend, successful aging is a concept that is also garnering more attention. The importance of geriatric health care issues underlies the need to understand the concept of aging more fully and to describe in detail the differences that are inherent to successful/healthy aging as opposed to maladaptive aging (Flood, 2002). This concept analysis of aging endeavors to accomplish this purpose, as it describes how literature addresses the aging process and its implications. Bibliography lists 26 sources.

  • Article on Adolescents and Anger Critiqued Critique of “Anger in Adolescents: Sex, Ethnicity, Age Differences, and Psychometric Properties”

    A 3 page paper reviewing the report of a study seeking to discover how ethnicity, sex and age affect teens’ anger and hostility scales. The authors sought to determine whether the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) is reliable for younger adolescents as well as older ones in which its reliability has been established. The study included children 11-16 years from black, Hispanic and white populations to find that the instrument does appear to be valid with each. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Los Angeles Air Pollution and Healthy People 2010

    A 6 page paper integrating Healthy People 2010 Objective 8-1 (Reduce the proportion of persons exposed to air that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's health-based standards for harmful air pollutants) and Watson's Theory of Human Caring to address the effects of air pollution in Los Angeles. Nurses operating within Watson's theory and addressing air quality can seek to educate the elderly and parents of young children about the dangers of high-pollution days and how they can mitigate their health risks as others continue to work to improve local air quality. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Health and Alcohol as Perceived by a GP Nurse

    This 22 page paper looks at the problem of alcohol and how this may be seen from the perspective of the GP nurse when designing a programme to help reduce the problems caused by alcohol abuse. The paper starts by looking at models of health and the definition of public health, then considers health needs such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Bradshaw’s Taxonomy of Needs. The paper then considers the issues of alcohol abuse, the role of the GP nurse and some potential models for developing improvement programs. The bibliography cites 23 sources.

  • APN Role in Protecting Elderly Abuse Victims

    A 5 page research paper that reports on elder abuse and the possible role that APNs can take in regards to this public health issue. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Abuse of Senior Citizens

    Most people are aware that there are laws that exist to protect children and animals from abuse. Many are not aware that there are laws that protect adults such as the elderly and disabled. Few people are aware of the magnitude of the problem or the consequences. Elder abuse affects all the systems that the individual is a part of, from the individual level to family, friends, social institutions, care providers, government agencies and American societal norms. The America belief system includes a responsibility to protect those who are not able to care for themselves. This 8 page paper examines the issues of elder abuse and the means that are in place to protect vulnerable adults. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Elder Neglect in Nursing Homes

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  • Assessment of a Bundle of Healthcare Services for Patients with Dementia

    This 23 page paper examines a new service developed to provide improved healthcare services to patients with dementia. The service examined is the new dementia patient bundle of care developed at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, UK. The paper starts by looking at how and why this population is vulnerable and needs special services. The service itself is discussed and the way that this is impacted and satisfies different, policy, social and legal requirements is examined The paper ends by considering the role of the mental health nurse. The paper is written with references to polices and legislation of the UK. The bibliography cites 17 sources.

  • Dementia

    An 8 page research paper on dementia. Dementia is often regarded by the general public to be a common, and therefore, a “normal,” part of aging. However, dementia is not normal, but is, rather, a pathological condition that prevents individuals who develop this neurological disorder from living autonomously and fully. Individuals suffering from dementia often become a burden on their families, as their loss of cognitive function makes independent living in older years impossible. It is important to accurately diagnose and treat dementia in order to provide a level of care that will facilitate, to the greatest extent possible, older individuals retaining autonomy and a high quality of life. In other words, knowledge of the various types of dementia and the nature of dementia is essential to providing a high level of care and in making decisions associated with the care of dementia patients. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Depression and Anxiety in Women With Breast Cancer and Their Partners

    A 3 page review of the article published in the published in the January/February edition of “The Nursing Research Journal” by authors Terry Badger, Chris Segan, Sylvia M. Darros, Paula Meek and Ana Marie Lopez. This paper outlines the study methodology and findings to conclude that it offers valuable direction for the nursing field. No additional sources are listed.

  • Breast Cancer and Mammogram Screening

    A 3 page paper providing a flow diagram of screening for breast cancer with mammography and discussing the problems of accuracy. Mammograms have been less able to detect masses in dense or fatty breasts. Digital mammography has been shown to increase detection in women under 50; CAD mammography is much more accurate now than in the past. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nurse's Knowledge of Breast Cancer Screening

    This 12 page paper provides an overview of a research article on breast cancer and the role of nurse practitioners. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Brushing Teeth without the Use of a Dominant Hand

    This 3 page paper examines the process of brushing teeth in a step by step process looking at the difficulties and challenges that may be present when an individual may not have use of their dominant hand.

  • Literacy Standards Within Nursing Education Programs

    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 literacy in nursing informatics. This examination of these topics focuses on the available literature. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Canadian Hospital Nursing Setting and Conflict Resolution

    14 pages in length. Managing conflict within the workplace environment of a Canadian hospital is a fundamental aspect of progressive management. The extent to which conflict exists between nurses and managers is grand and far-reaching; that resolution is often stymied or ignored entirely speaks to the need for greater flow of positive communication, the understanding and acceptance that conflict will always exist to some degree, that when handled appropriately it often leads to beneficial changes and the desire to lessen its frequency by anticipating conflict before it occurs. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Diet and Cancer

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the role of nutrition in the treatment of cancer. Both liver and colon cancer are the focus of this paper which provides information of recent studies on prevention as well. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Inferential Statistics and Nursing Research

    A 3 page research paper that discusses how inferential statistics are used in nursing research. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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