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Creative Nursing

Julie Attenborough, Lisa Reynolds, Peter Nolan
In this article, we explore how nurses from history challenged norms of nursing and society, and consider how they can influence and inspire nurses today. We discuss the role of nurses in the fight for women's suffrage, campaigning for the vote, and caring for women who suffered in their fight to achieve it, and present examples of outstanding bravery in the past and present day. The article contains examples of the bravery of some relatively unknown nurses in wartime, who also fought for equality and inclusion, and nurses who challenged the care of marginalized groups, campaigning for improved treatment, sometimes at great personal cost...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Christina Purpora
Most nurses were taught in nursing school to avoid talking over a patient as if the patient were not there. This manuscript describes the author's experience of being talked over as a patient-what it meant to her as a nurse relating to the ethics of the situation and as an educator of future nurses. The American Nurses Association's Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015) addresses the responsibility of nurses at all levels within an organization to sustain a work environment that ensures quality, safe patient care...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Whitney Fear
Human trafficking emerged as a serious social issue in North Dakota during the Bakken oil field boom in the western part of the state. The oil industry has seen a dramatic decrease in production in recent years. However, the presence of human trafficking continues to dominate the scene in the state. As the RN Case Manager and Community Outreach Nurse for a Healthcare for the Homeless grantee clinic in Fargo, the author is the only nurse outside of a traditional environment who works with victims of trafficking in the largest metropolitan area of North Dakota...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Laurence A Savett
As health care professionals, we commit ourselves to lifelong learning. In that quest, wise professionals know that our patients and their loved ones become our most important teachers.
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Tracy Fasolino
Patients with chronic progressive pulmonary disease suffer from physiological and psychological consequences. These patients experience functional disability, depression and anxiety, and decreased quality of life. Their ability to perform activities of daily living can be severely impaired. Direct patient care nurses are well suited to assist these patients and their caregivers, identifying challenges through interactions and active listening and assisting in the identification of solutions. Even simple solutions to everyday issues can reduce the disease burden for this population...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Jenny L Monn
Awareness of the risk factors associated with breast cancer can alleviate fear and anxiety, and can lead people to pursue prevention. This article describes a university's annual breast health education event focused on breast health awareness and breast cancer education. Community health organizations and student organizations serve as exhibitors and provide students with opportunities to test their knowledge and dispel myths. Over the past 5 years this event has reached more than 2,000 students. Initiatives such as this event provide health educators with an opportunity to reach this highly vulnerable population...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Jill Jackson Van Der Like, Hillary Fox, Angela Blackburn, Jessica Chisholm
Educators are challenged to meet the needs of all student learning styles. Nursing educators care deeply about student perceptions, but understand the need for critical thinking in student learning outcomes. The need for mental health nursing care touches every nursing specialty. The concepts are abstract and complex, with many unknowns concerning the mind. The flipped classroom (FC) provides an opportunity for students to explore the concepts prior to classroom learning. This article describes an initiative to integrate an FC approach with a population of baccalaureate nursing students over the course of five semesters...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Rebecca E Sutter-Barrett, Caroline J Sutter-Dalrymple, Lea M Skurpski
The inability to meet local, state, and federal health requirements for school entry can delay enrollment for uninsured, registering students. For at-risk, vulnerable students and families, limited access to health care providers, funding, and transportation, as well as inflexible work schedules, can create barriers to their ability to access required health services in a timely manner, thus delaying immediate student enrollment. This article focuses on the implementation of the Bridge Care Model through an innovative and unique partnership between an academic nurse-mananaged clinic network and a local school system...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Liza Barbarello Andrews, Nina Roberts, Carol Ash, Natalie Jones, Meghan Rolston, Melina Hughes, Joanne Pelligrino, Ted Taylor
In response to the merger of our 248-bed community hospital with a new health system, a multidisciplinary team began a journey of holistic transformation via the evolution of a new rounding process called Leadership, Ownership, Transformation, Unity, and Sustainability (LOTUS) in the 20-bed ICU. Morphing from a hierarchical practice structure with limited engagement of multidisciplinary members, the LOTUS initiative (named for the blossom whose petals surround its core, the patient) afforded each discipline (petal) an equal voice and allowed a once-fragmented team to work cohesively, collaboratively, and at the highest level of the scope of practice for each discipline, thus affording expert guidance during care planning while providing a method to collect quality metrics...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Linda Sue Hammonds, Nelda Godfrey, Terry Bryant, Margaret Mata, Corinne Fessenden, Shirley Farrah, Amy Vogelsmeier, Kristine L'Ecuyer, Karen Johnson, Jill Kliethermes, Heidi Lucas, Karen Harris
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health was published by the of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 2011. The Missouri Nurses Foundation and Missouri nurses modeled a sustainable project, the Early Career Nurse Innovator Project, exemplifying the intent of that report. The Missouri Nurses Foundation Executive Board comprises experienced nurses, nurse educators, nurses in other leadership roles, retired nurses, public members of the board, and administrative support staff. This article describes a project that was developed, implemented, and evaluated to recognize and encourage early-career nurses who have designed and led innovations to improve and promote the health of Missourians...
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Barbara Stilwell
Nurses are the largest group in the global health workforce, but due to social, political, and gender inequality, traditionally their role has been undervalued. Nursing Now is a 3-year campaign which aims to empower nurses worldwide by building grassroots support to demand better investment in nursing and midwifery to tackle 21st-century health challenges.
February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Marty Lewis-Hunstiger
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February 1, 2019: Creative Nursing
Lindsey Wimmer
The stillbirth of her son prompted this nurse to look inside herself for the tools needed to move forward both personally and professionally. The first tasks were to learn how to trust herself again and find hope for the future. This journey prompted her to create a nonprofit organization, Star Legacy Foundation, that utilizes what she learned, and to expand her definition of what it means to be a health-care professional.
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Jennifer Sposito, Amy Zipf, Fahad Alhowaymel, Mohammed Tala Almutairi, Karen Breda
BACKGROUND: Stroke has a significant impact on mortality and disability in the United States. This led the aforementioned master's students to create a community-based educational intervention using stroke curriculum from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). PURPOSE: The purpose of this evidence-based intervention project was to examine the effectiveness of public stroke education utilizing the AHA/ASA's Face, Arm, Speech, Time (FAST) curriculum for stroke symptom recognition and response (Jauch, et al...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Joanne M Kulka, Jennie Chang De Gagne, Cydney K Mullen, Karen Robeano
BACKGROUND: The transition from student to professional nurse is an important milestone in the development of newly graduated nurses. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress in those engaged in regular practice (Bazarko, Cate, Azocar, & Kreitzer, 2013; Kabat-Zinn, 1990). METHOD: The quality improvement project used a one-group pre-test/posttest design to measure newly graduated registered nurses' awareness of mindfulness and perceived stress...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Rhoda Erhardt, Kary Gillenwaters
Kary Gillenwaters, MA, OTR/L, is currently a consultant and facilitator of the See Me as a Person and Re-Igniting the Spirit of Caring programs at Creative Health Care Management. Her career in health care spans rural and urban settings, and pediatric to geriatric clients and families. Rhoda Erhardt, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapy consultant in private practice. She has provided evaluation and consultation services to families, health agencies, educational systems, and corporations, and published and lectured extensively in the United States and overseas on hand skills, vision, eye-hand coordination, and feeding problems in children with cerebral palsy, and handwriting and perceptual problems in children with learning disabilities...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Marie Manthey
The compendium of extraordinary operational skills required, the lack of recognition about the exact nature of nursing work, and deeply imbedded negative mind-sets result in staff nurses experiencing guilt and anger rather than the satisfaction of knowing they made a difference in someone's life because of the nursing care they gave. A change of mind-set from entitlement thinking to entrepreneurial thinking, with an emphasis on maximizing available resources, will empower nurses to understand that they have the right and the responsibility to decide what to do and what not to do when there is more work to do than time available...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Michele M McKelvey, Kerri M Langevin, Leona Konieczyny, Jill M Espelin, Nancy Peer, Stacy Christensen, Catherine Thomas
This article presents a nursing faculty department's strategy to empower nursing students identified as being at risk for not passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt while significantly increasing the nursing program's overall first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate. These students were identified as being at risk because of their low scores on standardized assessments with national norms predicting the likelihood of passing the NCLEX on the first attempt...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Ahtisham Younas, Subia Parveen Rasheed
Sometimes nurses are too harsh on themselves because they truly want to provide compassionate care for their patients. This attitude can lead to feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, incompetence, frustration, and despair. In such situations, nurses can improve their well-being by developing compassionate self-awareness-becoming aware of one's strengths and limitations without being over-critical and judgmental. This article describes the concept of compassionate self-awareness in light of the available anecdotal literature and personal experiences and argues that compassionate self-awareness can serve as a hidden resource for developing a therapeutic relationship with self and with patients...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
Carol Cox
School nurses provide routine formal vision and hearing health screenings to school children. However, time available during the school day for nurses to visit elementary classrooms and conduct pre-screening education and orientation is limited. A group of school nurses in Missouri needed an age-appropriate and time-saving method to introduce and orient children to the equipment, materials, and procedures that will be used on screening day. The school nurses collaborated with a health education specialist at a state university to develop two e-learning edutainment programs (one for vision screening and one for hearing screening) following best practices for educational design of e-learning programs...
November 2018: Creative Nursing
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