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the results of a pilot study

Building nursing’s minimum data set: the results of a pilot study Cecelia Gatson Grindel Nursing’s viability in health care databases is nonexistent. If nursing is to receive acknowledgment and reimbursement for the services provided to patients, nursing data elements must be visible in national health care databases. To identify nursing data elements, this pilot project […]

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A Model Clinical Practice Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

A Model Clinical Practice Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Sandra E. Gaynor Nursing staff and the care they give are key strategic resources for health care organizations. Assuring that all nurses deliver a consistent, high level of quality care or “impeccable clinical practice,” is an organizational priority. A challenge for organizations is to determine how […]

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leadership in an open organization

The transparent organization: leadership in an open organization Karlene Kerfoot Executive Summary * Health care organizations are poorly prepared for the patient-driven movement that is demanding information on outcomes and respect for the patients’ right to be partners in managing their own care. * Concealment is at the heart of an organization’s dysfunctional relationship with […]

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Caring is essential

Caring is essential Doris Greggs-McQuilkin Let us dare to care. I have always said that caring is what we do, and care is what we give. Caring is what started it all in the first place. Caring is nursing at its core. It is essential; it is what separates us from other professionals. It is […]

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Gender and acute myocardial infarction symptoms

Gender and acute myocardial infarction symptoms Patti Rager Zuzelo Traditionally, research investigating acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has focused on men (Gurwitz, Coi, & Avorn, 1992; Kannel, & Wilson, 1995; Paul, 1997), leading to an understanding of AMI that is primarily based upon the male experience. While research focusing on women’s experiences with cardiac disease has […]

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a taste of the future

Genetically modified foods: a taste of the future Mira Lessick Genetically modified (GM) foods have attracted intense media coverage in recent years. Depending on one’s point of view, they have been hailed as “superfoods” or reviled as “frankenfoods.” Yet, despite the controversy, GM foods have found their way onto American tables. In the United States, […]

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Health care organizations collaborate to launch nurse radio

Health care organizations collaborate to launch nurse radio The New England School of Whole Health Education in collaboration with several local and national health care and media organizations, announced recently the launch of Nurseradio.org, the first and only nurse-focused radio show and a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the global contributions of nurses in patient […]

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The physics of management

The physics of management Donna J. Middaugh The laws of physics reflect the connections between cause and effect in nature. Years of management experience in nursing have allowed the authors to recognize the relationships between what is observed in everyday management and the laws of physics–specifically, Newton’s three laws of motion and change. A lighthearted […]

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Assessment and treatment of terminal restlessness in the hospitalized adult patient with cancer

Assessment and treatment of terminal restlessness in the hospitalized adult patient with cancer Heather Blanchette Charles and Claire were married for 54 years when Claire was diagnosed with colon cancer that metastasized to her brain. After undergoing both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Claire’s body succumbed to the terminal disease. She was admitted to the hospital […]

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can it ever be mobilized?

The power of nursing: can it ever be mobilized? Cecelia Grindel Over the many years of my career, I have given thought to the power of nursing–its potential and its reality. At a recent meeting of the Nursing Organization Alliance (the Alliance), leaders of about 60 nursing organizations were challenged to mobilize the power of […]