Nursing Essays

The Effects of Stress Among Female Registered Nurses

Prior research has suggested that nurses, regardless of workplace or culture, are confronted with a variety of stressors. As the worldwide nursing shortage increases, the aged population becomes larger, there is an increase in the incidence of chronic illnesses and technology continues to advance, nurses continually will be faced with numerous workplace stressors. Thus, nurses need to learn how to identify their workplace stressors and to cope effectively with these stressors to attain and maintain both their physical and mental…

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Images of Nurse and Nursing

The article entitled “Perceived and real barriers for men entering nursing: Implications for gender diversity,” aimed to explain the barriers, whether perceived or real, for men seeking a career in nursing. It is theorized that the public image of nursing is that of a traditional feminine career. However, in lieu with the recent nursing shortage that has been plaguing the country, it is speculated that men remain as an untapped reservoir of potential nurses and need to be targeted through…

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Role of Family Nurse Practitioner

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners have been in practice for more than forty years and are continuing to rise. There are many different specialties that one may choose from, but I am going to focus on is the family Nurse Practitioner. I have three articles in which I am going to summarize in regards to the roles of a family nurse practitioner. The first article is a case study done in British Columbia, the first…

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Mental Health

In this portfolio I was allowed the opportunity to explore an in depth discussion with nursing theorist Hildegarde Peplau. Peplau explains and justifies her approach to mental health nursing, from this discussion I will summarise the key points she gave details on. I will demonstrate an understanding of her ideas that I received through this summary. Peplau’s model applied interpersonal theory to nursing practice and had a great focus on nurse-client relationship development (Townsend, 2009). This portfolio will explain Peplau’s…

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Clinical Reflection

The first three weeks in my clinical placement at Facility, I have already gained a lot of practical experience that is different from what I am familiar with. During our orientation at the facility, we met the nurse manager of the third floor who is courteous enough to share a little bit of information about working in the facility and how the system works in the long- term care facility. The nurse manager even told us, that she is also…

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Higher Education Institutions

Higher Education Institutions need to continually adapt to meet the needs of students, employers, and society in general. In order to meet these needs, the theoretical knowledge and skill-based components required by graduates when entering the workforce must be constantly reviewed. As a consequence, academics face constant challenges in developing innovative teaching practices, activities promoting skill development, and assessment tasks which will equip graduates with the necessary employability skills for their profession, for lifelong learning, and for self-development. The use…

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A Nursing Research Critique

McGrath, M., Lyng, C., & Hourican, S. (2012, September). From the simulation lab to the ward: Preparing 4th year nursing students for the role of staff nurse. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8(7), e265-e272. The length of the title of the study is important. According to Connell Meehan (1999), the title should be between 10 and 15 words long and should clearly identify for the reader the purpose of the study (Coughlan, M., Cronin, P., Ryan, F. 2007). Parahoo (2006) said…

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Identifying and Refining Research Topics in Practice Area

Part I: Research Questions Nursing is a dynamic career. Through nursing research, doors to improved, quality healthcare are paved open from time to time. In practice-based studies, human subjects are inevitable; thus, a researcher must be sensitive, aware and compliant to the regulations set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (Wolf, Walden, and Lo, 2005; NIH, n. d.; American Nurses Association, n. d.). In this regard, the author of this study was inspired to formulate the following…

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Katherine Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory

Katherine Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory fits best with my philosophy of nursing and my current work environment. As a hospice nurse comfort is the top priority. The goal of hospice care is to provide comfort and dignity at the end of life. The technical term for comfort for health care is the immediate state of being strengthened by having the needs for relief, ease, and transcendence addressed in the four context of holistic human experience: physical, psychospiritual, sociocultural, and environment. The…

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Nursing Diagnosis Handbook

“It isn’t fair. I’ve worked so hard all my life, I don’t deserve this,” thought Mrs. Ross as she looked down at her right leg where a large wound gaped open. Two weeks ago, she had a femoral-popliteal bypass, which got infected. The wound was opened up and was healing slowly by secondary intention. It was painful, raw, and frightening. She put a hand on her chest and raised the head of the bed higher so she could catch her…

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Nursing Today

Nurses these days have positive and negative images from the general public. Negative stereotypes portray nurses as being overbearing, sexual, and incompetent. For example: Naughty Nurses, Airheaded, and Doctor’s Handmaiden. These stereotypes are portrayed in the media constantly even though nursing is a challenging respectable profession. Some of the positive images that are portrayed by the public are strong, patient advocates, dedicated, trustworthy, profession highly in demand, and highly intelligent. There are numerous actions that can be taken to actively…

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Evolution of Theoretical Knowledge of Nursing

The ultimate goal of the nurse is to maintain, and restore the health of the patient. Nursing is considered both a “science” and an “art”. The application of nursing knowledge and the technical aspects of the practice is considered the “science”. The establishment of a caring relationship through the application of nursing knowledge and judgment is used in a compassionate manner and is seen as an “art”. (College of Nurses 1999 June Nursing and You Volume1, number 3 p3) This…

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Nursing Image

1 Introduction One of the most challenging issues nurses striving for since 20 years ago is nursing image in nursing profession. We define ourselves and are defined by others through images and similarly in any other profession like nursing. The way nurses how nurses perceive themselves as professional will affect the way others include family, friends, associate and public to look you. In the Concise Oxford English Dictionary image is defined as ‘the general impression that a person, organization or…

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Professional Presence

​All nurses need to strive for maintaining a professional appearance at all times. People will always judge nurses by their appearance. When it comes to nursing, a nurse’s appearance can either instill confidence in the patient or total mistrust. Part 1: Watch and Analysis ​Was this individual professional? I think the individual in the image is a professional nurse. The nurse is dressed appropriately in a clean blue scrub. Her is hair short, neatly styled and out of her face….

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The Self Care Deficit Nursing Theory

According to Orem, Renpenning and Taylor (2003), the self-care deficit theory of nursing developed by Dorothea E. Orem focuses on the factors and requirements that an individual needs to meet in order to enhance his/her health and wellbeing. Fundamentally, nursing is required only when an individual cannot meet his/her health care demands. The self-care deficit theory of nursing, therefore, enables nurses to help patients to meet their self-care needs consequently enhancing the health and wellbeing of the patient. The theory…

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