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The importance of the nursing process has been demonstrated in the
past decade and therefore a need exists to investigate whether or not
nurses feel they are able to utilize that process to its maximum and
whether or not barriers exist which prevent such maximum utilization.
The utilization of the nursing process in evaluation of nursing care has
been demonstrated. The criterion for evaluation of record keeping has
been nursing care. Therefore, the nursing process is related to the quality
of nursing care and to the quality of record keeping.
Factors Affecting Communication Between Emergency Department Nurses
by Malynnda Wright '93
Communication of essential patient data is vital to provide effective immediate intervention in an emergency department or trauma center. The information must be complete and conveyed in a clear concise manner as quickly as possible. Without effective communication, valuable time can be wasted performing repetitious assessments, instead of conducting procedures that can save lives and reduce the length of the patient's stay.
The importance of the nursing process has been demonstrated in the past decade and therefore a need exists to investigate whether or not nurses feel they are able to utilize that process to its maximum and whether or not barriers exist which prevent such maximum utilization.
Aerospace Nursing: Implications for Baccalaureate Nursing Education
by Diane Wentworth '69
Through the efforts of pers ons representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines, achievements have been made and are planned in space exploration. Medical personnel represent one scientific discipline which has contributed to the space program since its inception. As early as 1918, the United States army, recognizing a need for more information about flight conditions, established the Medical Research Laboratory of Air Service.
The Emotional Care of the Dying Patient and His Family
by Denise Williams '78
For the most part, men and women take health for granted. Not until something endangers this health, do they realize how precious life really is to each of them. Thus, when a person is diagnosed as having any major illness, such as cancer, it is not difficult to understand why this person would feel fear and depression, as well as a multitude of other emotions.
A Study of the Relationships Between Attitudes of Student Nurses and Graduate Nurses Toward Death and the Type of Care Student Nurses and Graduate Nurses Give or Would Give Dying Patients
by Paula Raibley '75
There are two events that every human being experiences, birth and death. In our society we talk freely about birth and the birth process. However, many sociologists and psychologists have labeled death and the act of dying as "taboo topics" in American society.
One Measure of Success: A Study of the Lamaze Technique of Preparation for Childbirth
by Cynthia L. Ketchum '70
The process of the Psychoprophylactic Method of Childbirth, Lamaze Technique, has been receiving increasing emphasis during tbe past twenty years. Receiving its original trial and utilization in Russia in 1949, it was modified and introduced to western society in 1951 by a French physician, Dr. Fernand Lamaze.
The Scope and Practice of Rural Nurse Practitioners in Central Illinois
by Lisa L. Lovegren '95
In today's atmosphere of escalating health care costs, limited access to health care, and changes in the health care delivery systems, it is necessary to evaluate the roles and responsibilities of non physician health care providers. The advanced Nurse Practitioner is one such health care professional who currently provides vital services to the public. However, utilization of Nurse Practitioners has been limited within Illinois. The purpose of this study was to: 1) examine current perceived roles of rural Central Illinois Nurse Practitioners, and 2) determine perceived practice-related changes and trends for the future.
The Father's Role During Childbirth and the Neonatal Period in Three Cultures
by Sarah J. Bucknell
One area in which culture is particularly pervasive is during childbirth and the surrounding period . ( Brownlee 1978, p. 1 98 ) In particular, the role of the father is thought to be especially susceptible to cultural influences because he is less biologically-linked to the infant than the mother. ( Clark 1 978, p. 15 ; May 1978, p. 8 ) However, no studies were found that examine the role of the father from a cultural group during childbirth and the neonatal period. The activities of the father during childbirth, if mentioned at all, are limited to a sentence or two, in accounts of the childbirth experience of different cultures. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine the cultural meanings men use to organize their fathering behavior and interpret this experience.
An application of crisis theory: The suicide prevention center
by Karen Drummet
Preventive measures which can be utilized and some of the alternatives to hospitalization to alleviate crises include diagnosis and evaluation services, emergency psychiatric units, outpatient services, inpatient services, day and night care, foster home care, rehabilitation, consultative services to other community agencies, and mental health information and education. This paper will concern itself primarily with one of these services, that of crisis-oriented immediate-access outpatient treatment.