Medicine and Health Sciences

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.


Aggregating Non-Critical Trauma Patients on a Single Acute Care Unit

Care of the trauma patient historically has had a strong focus on clinical management during the resuscitative and critical phases of care. This is a review of a Level I center creating a Trauma Care Unit (TCU), an inpatient unit dedicated to the care of the step-down and medical-surgical acuity trauma patient. This article will review some of the historical events leading to the creation of trauma systems.


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.


Using the Recovery Model in the Development of a Sleep Hygiene Program for Individuals in a Psychiatric Inpatient Setting

The objective of this study was to evaluate sleep disturbances, review treatment methods, and develop a plan of treatment options utilizing sleep hygiene methods. A review of literature included sleep disturbances and interventions to alleviate such problems.


The Effect of Pre-Transplant Creatinine on the Percent Improvement in Kidney Function after Kidney Transplantation

With 108,335 people on kidney replacement therapy in the United States, the need for kidney transplantation has increased. In 1998 there were 40,825 on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant in comparison to 71,862 in 2007 with a median wait time of over three years. At the same time the number of kidneys transplanted went from 9,761 to 13,156.


Attitudes and Experience in Adoption of Electronic Health Record Among Nursing Personnel

A cross-sectional study was conducted among 134 nursing personnel to explore attitudes and experience in adopting electronic health record, evaluate preliminary psychometric properties of Electronic Health Record Benefits (EHR-Benefits) scale and investigate the predictors of electronic health record benefits and avoidance of computer use. Most participants used a computer in accessing patient records and clinical documentation and were confident in using them.



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