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Contemporary Nurse

Fen-Fang Chen, Shu-Yueh Chen, Hsiang-Chu Pai
BACKGROUND: Ensuring the delivery of quality care and patient safety requires that nurses improve their self-reflection and insight as well as their critical thinking. To understand the factors that influence self-reflection, insight, and critical thinking, more evidence-based research is needed. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether professional qualifications (i.e., age, years of job experience, and position on the clinical ladder) would affect self-reflection and critical thinking in the experienced registered nurses (RNs) group...
March 4, 2019: Contemporary Nurse
A Nor Fadhilah, K Lee, A T Cheong, S Siti Noorkhairina, J Muhamad Hanafiah
Background: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is steadily increasing worldwide, with a significant DM population in Asian countries. Adherence to medications is important to achieve good glycaemic control among patients with DM. Thus, patients' adherence to their medication regimen should be determined to optimise DM management. Aims: To determine medication adherence and the relationship between patient profile and medication adherence among patients with type 2 DM (T2DM). Design: Cross-sectional survey...
February 15, 2019: Contemporary Nurse
Yukari Miyamoto, Kaoru Kyota, Keiko Tsukasaki
BACKGROUND: It is not clear which personal factors and experiences affect ward nurses' practice in supporting patients to return home after discharge. AIMS: To explore the practices among ward nurses that help them support patients to continue to live independently in the community; and the influence on these of personal experience of providing home care, approaches to discharge planning, and understanding about patients after discharge. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study Methods: The study included 178 ward nurses in three hospitals...
February 14, 2019: Contemporary Nurse
Michelle Cleary, Toby Raeburn, Sancia West, Charmaine Childs
BACKGROUND: In the midst of changing environmental conditions and increasing populations aged over 65 years, how best to provide nursing care that promotes mental health and wellbeing within residential aged care facilities is an important concern. AIM/OBJECTIVE: To explore the perceptions of temperature control, thermal comfort and nursing care in a small group of older Australians. DESIGN: Descriptive, qualitative study using thematic analysis...
February 13, 2019: Contemporary Nurse
Martha S Awoke, Diana-Lyn Baptiste, Patricia Davidson, Allen Roberts, Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb
BACKGROUND: Heart failure affects more than 6 million Americans and an estimated 23 million people worldwide. Inadequate self-care is associated with readmissions and are identified as a marker for poor health outcomes. Nurse-led heart failure inpatient hospital education has been demonstrated to improve knowledge, self-care behaviors and in some studies to reduce 30-day readmissions. AIMS/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of nurse-led heart failure patient education on knowledge, self-care behaviors, and all cause 30-day hospital readmission...
January 11, 2019: Contemporary Nurse
Hye Young Kim, Myonghwa Park, EunJu Lee
BACKGROUND: Reproductive health includes responsible, satisfying, and safe sex as well as reproductive well-being. This study aimed to examine relationships between sexual knowledge, sexual attitudes, and reproductive health behaviour among female college students. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: Female undergraduate students (N = 407) from 4 universities completed a series of self-report questionnaires consisted of sexual knowledge, sexual attitudes, and reproductive health behaviour...
December 4, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Liu Yang, Yumin Jiang, Shuxiu Xu, Lihua Bao, Deborah Parker, Xiaoyue Xu, Jinzhi Li
BACKGROUND: There are few studies that have explored the factors that are associated with frailty among older people in China. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frailty status of older people living in urban communities and to examine the sociodemographic factors that are associated with their frailty status in China. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We used convenience sampling to recruit the participants (aged 60 and above) from four communities in an urban area of Wuhu City, Anhui Province, China...
November 27, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Oscar Noel Ocho, Calvin Moorley, Kathy Ann Lootawan
Aims or Objectives: This study explored the perspectives of Obstetricians and Registered Nurses/Midwives on the presence of expectant fathers in the birth room to better understand the implications for professional practice. METHODS: A qualitative research design was used to explore challenges that affect perceptions and attitudes of Obstetricians and Registered Nurses/Midwives on the research issue. Data were collected using five focus group and five key informant interviews. Data were analyzed using Van Manen's (2007) interpretative phenomenological approach...
November 23, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Grace Wong, Marewa Glover, Mervyl McPherson, Nick Garrett, Shona McLeod
BACKGROUND: Grave disparities in smoking prevalence exist between indigenous Māori, Pacific Island peoples, and other New Zealanders. Primary care nurses routinely provide brief stop smoking interventions to achieve national targets but they are constrained by time. Innovations using new technologies offer opportunities to enhance brief interventions and improve uptake and outcomes. Objectives/Aims/Hypotheses: This study explored the feasibility of adding a novel scratch card and internet-based, quit and win contest with mobile phone support messages, to practice nurses' brief smoking cessation interventions...
November 1, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Alireza Abbasi, Tahereh Najafi Ghezeljeh, Mansoureh Ashghali Farahani, Nasim Naderi
BACKGROUND: Self-management behaviors help patients deal issues related to the treatment process and lead to appropriate health outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of the self-management education program using the multi-method approach and multimedia on the quality of life among patients with chronic heart failure. METHODS: This non-randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 111 patients suffering from chronic heart failure...
October 31, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Weihui Gou, Weijia Sun, Dandan Chen, Zhen Zhang, Jingxia Zhao, Yue Zhang, Jingquan Liu, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined whether nursing undergraduates can cope with a problem-based learning curriculum and its associated factors. OBJECTIVES: We studied nursing undergraduates' evaluations and attitudes related to the problem-based learning teaching method and their associated factors in the Chinese context, and evaluated their self-efficacy for coping with the problem-based learning curricula. METHODS: A purposely designed 20-item questionnaire was used to quantify how nursing undergraduates evaluated the problem-based learning mode and their associated factors...
October 27, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Robert Bedbrook, Zachary Byfield
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October 26, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Erika Gray, Judy Currey, Julie Considine
AIM: To describe what is currently known about nurses' assessment decisions when providing care to patients at home or in their usual place of residence. METHODS: In August 2018, an integrative literature review using a systematic approach was conducted using specific search terms to search Informit, MEDLINE and Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). The literature search was not limited by date, and included published papers or unpublished dissertations written between 1980 and 2018...
October 13, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Renee Lovi, Marie Hutchinson, John Hurley
BACKGROUND: Undergraduate preparation is important in ensuring health care professionals are prepared to identify and respond to intimate partner violence (IPV). Previous studies confirm this education is highly variable and IPV-related content remains marginalised in undergraduate nursing, midwifery and paramedicine curricula. AIM: To investigate frontline academics' attitudes and beliefs in relation to the inclusion of IPV-related content in the aforementioned degrees...
October 10, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Ahmad Tubaishat
BACKGROUND: The use of Facebook™ in nursing education is under-researched. OBJECTIVE: To assess students' perceptions of using Facebook™ as an educational mean to support their study. METHODS: One group pretest-posttest study was conducted in one nursing school in Jordan. Facebook™ pages were created for two nursing courses. Students completed a questionnaire about students' perception of using Facebook™ as educational platform in the first lecture of the semester as a pre-test, and then at the end of the semester as a post-test; after interacting with the created Facebook™ page...
October 8, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Michelle Honey, Jane Wright
BACKGROUND: The widespread use of telehealth brings benefits to improve access to healthcare for rural and remote populations. OBJECTIVE: This study explores what nurses considered important to confidently and competently participate in telehealth. DESIGN: A descriptive qualitative approach was selected. METHODS: Nine New Zealand Registered Nurses who worked in different clinical settings who use telehealth were identified through snowball sampling, and participated in single semi-structured interviews, which were thematically analysed using a general inductive approach...
October 6, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Jessica Holmgren, Henrik Eriksson, Charlotta Tegnestedt
BACKGROUND: Positioned to face increasing issues relating to the growing and aging population, ill health, climate change, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises, nurses play a crucial role in responding to the challenges of globalisation. With nurses rising to meet these challenges, the term 'global nursing' has been coined. Given the ongoing proliferation of the term, it seems relevant to explore the key relationship of the concepts of 'global' and 'nursing' within the milieus provided through the internet...
September 20, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Melanie Birks, John Smithson, Daniel Lindsay, Jenny Davis
In respect of professional nursing, the term scope of practice is regularly used, yet is often poorly defined both in Australia and internationally. This study explores the determinants of scope of practice from a national sample of Australian registered nurses using an online survey (Scope-QAu). This paper reports on two parts of a large cross-sectional survey wherein 1231 registered nurses in Australia provided data on how they determined their scope of practice. Scope of practice in the Australian nursing context is influenced by a range of professional publications, guidelines and standards, as well as professional peers and one's own judgement...
September 14, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Irena Papadopoulos, Christina Koulouglioti, Sheila Ali
BACKGROUND: Robots are introduced in many health and social care settings. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the existing evidence related to the views of nurses and other health and social care workers about the use of assistive humanoid and animal-like robots. METHODS: Using the Joanna Briggs Institute guidelines we searched MEDLINE, PUBMED, CINHAL, EMBASE, PsycInfo, Web of Science, and IEEE Xplore digital library. Nineteen (19) articles met the criteria for inclusion...
September 10, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
Funa Yang, Li Wei, Xia Huo, Ya Ding, Xiufang Zhou, Dongying Liu
BACKGROUND: Early enteral nutrition (EEN) after surgery had been reported to decrease morbidity and mortality. However, no meta-analysis performed on nutrition status and recovery after surgery to Colorectal cancer (CRC). AIM: We aimed to estimate effect of EEN for postoperative CRC. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for randomized controlled trials published prior to September 2017. Papers comparing EEN after surgery to traditional nutritional regimen in CRC patients were selected...
September 3, 2018: Contemporary Nurse
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