Medicine and Health Sciences

The Impact of an Electronic Medication Administration Record On Medication Administration Efficiency and Medication Errors

A prospective, observational study utilizing time-and-motion technique and a retrospective review of hospital Midas+ database were conducted to compare the medication administration efficiency and monthly rate of medication errors before and after the implementation of electronic medication administration records (eMAR).


The Effect of an Early Mobility Protocol among Critically Ill Patients

Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to provide the best care for their patients. They are not only starting to be held accountable for preventable problems, but are being scrutinized based on patient outcomes. Many patients in the hospital will require a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). While many patients do survive their ICU stay, a large number of them are left with physical disabilities related to that stay. Some of those disabilities are long term or even permanent.


The Effect of a Shared Governance Model on Healthy Work Environment Among Perioperative Nurses

To achieve safe patient care, effective communication among health care team members is needed. Lack of communication is the leading cause of sentinel events in the perioperative setting. Communication between members of the perioperative team — the surgeon, anesthesiologist, circulating nurse, and scrub nurse or technologist affects team collaboration and patient safety. Communication has been identified as one of the key elements needed to accomplish team collaboration and a healthy work environment.


Skin Care Guidelines for the Neonate Aged 23-30 Weeks

Skin, the largest organ of the human body, has many important functions; among them are thermoregulation, acting as a barrier against toxins, and secreting water and electrolytes. Traditionally, skin care in the neonatal intensive care unit has been handed down from more experienced nurses to new nurses. Today’s neonatal nurses realize the importance of utilizing evidence based guidelines to guide their care, which includes the area of skin care.


Nurses' Attitudes towards Death and Care of the Dying Patient

 As the population continues to age, more patients are dying in healthcare facilities than ever before (Bercovitz et al., 2008); nurses need to be prepared to provide end-of-life care to this population. This study examines the factors that affect nurse attitudes towards death and care of the dying patients. A descriptive correlation study was concluded in an acute care hospital during February 2012.


Healthcare Experiences of Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Phenomenological Study

Today, more children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. Research is currently being conducted regarding the causes, prevalence and treatment for Autism, however little is known regarding care for this population in healthcare settings. The purpose of this Interpretative Phenomenological study is to explore the lived healthcare experiences of mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Called to Caring: A Tool to Assess Awareness and Attitudes in Baccalaureate Nursing Students at Point Loma Nazarene University

Given the projected increasing shortage of well-prepared nurses, particularly at the baccalaureate level, the climate of limited resources for adequate RN training, and high attrition rates among NNs, it is imperative every effort is made to effectively prepare actively enrolled BSN students to care.


An Educational Program on Intravascular Catheter Maintenance to Reduce and Prevent Intravascular Catheter-related Infections

Central line-associated bloodstream infections are one of the leading causes of health care associated infections. To decrease and prevent morbidity, mortality, and costs of care, it is the objective of every health care facility to achieve and maintain a zero central line-associated bloodstream infection rate.


The Effects of Preoperative Education on Parental Anxiety and Knowledge with Children Undergoing a Posterior Spinal Fusion

Anxiety is high in parents with children undergoing a posterior spinal fusion. The research found demonstrates that it is important to have the proper educational materials, and to address the emotional and psychological aspect of a parent whose child is having surgery. It is important for the parents to increase their knowledge of their child’s upcoming surgery, which will result in decreased anxiety.



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