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Change of Shift: Vol.2, Number Fourteen

January 10th, 2008  |  The Blog

Welcome to the Nursing edition of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival! It's the first edition of the new year, so let's jump right in! ****************************** Sandy Szwarc weighs in this edition (pardon the pun) with two timely posts from Junkfood Science. It's the new year, and many of us have made a resolution to lose weight. What are the chances for success? In a two part submission, Sandy ... More »

The View From the Bedside

August 1st, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Nursing research is very serious business. It's what our practice is based on. It's why we do what we do the way we do it. Being new to the concept of nursing research, I learn a lot by writing this column every week. There are some pretty big projects going on out there and I'm amazed at the amount of research that nurses are involved in. I really had no idea. ****************************** One thing I have learned is that there is research ... More »

Evidence Based Practice: Is the Evidence Getting Through?

July 25th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Does our nurse friend look familiar? Have you been there, done that? Does this cartoon sum up the story of your (professional) life? Did you make the last meeting of your "journal club"? Is your stack of unread AJNs gathering dust in the corner? Oh, and how's the research project going? You don't have time for all of the above? Me, neither. We are so busy practicing nursing that there is very little time for actually ... More »

In My Own Backyard: A Nursing Treasure

July 23rd, 2007  |  Reeling in the Years: A Look at Nursing History

Meet Mrs. Celeste Brady. A couple of times a year, my husband flies to Rochester, New York to visit Celeste, who happens to be his first cousin, twice removed. What I never knew, until now, is that Celeste is a nurse. A retired nurse, but once a nurse, always a nurse. Celeste is 103 years old. All this time I've had a fantastic source of nursing history right in my own family and did not even know it! *****... More »

A Study on End-of-Life Discussions in the ICU

July 18th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Improving communication in the intensive care unit reduces stress, anxiety and depression in family members. My first reaction when I read this study, partially funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, was a rather unprofessional "Duh!". There isn't an ICU nurse out there who would doubt this for a minute. Then I started focusing on the details of the study, which can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine (February 1, 2007). First ... More »

Nurse Practitioner – Advanced Practice is Born

July 16th, 2007  |  Reeling in the Years: A Look at Nursing History

In 1965, while I was meeting the challenges of third grade, amassing a collection of Beatle cards and a year before I would meet "Cherry Ames", a revolution was brewing in the nursing profession. Rural areas needed primary care providers. Basic pediatric care was sparse, at best. Physicians were leaving primary care in increasing numbers for specialized areas. The increasing availability of coverage due to Medicare and Medicaid increased the demand, but who could ... More »

Change of Shift: Volume Two, Number Two

July 12th, 2007  |  The Blog

Welcome to Change of Shift! Old host, new venue this week as Change of Shift makes its debut here at Nursing! Before we get to this week's submissions, let's take a look at the results of the Nurse Blogger survey taken by Beth last week! A very interesting look at,! Check out the Nurse Blog Survey Results posted at PixelRN. ****************************** A good friend of Change of Shift at ... More »

The National Institute of Nursing Research: Show Me the Money!

July 11th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Have you glanced at a copy of the American Journal of Nursing lately? Perhaps you have perused an issue of Nursing Spectrum, or clicked on some articles at Medscape Nursing online. If so, you have been reading the work of National Institute of Nursing Research sponsored researchers! ***** Say you are a nurse researcher looking for funding. What can the NINR provide to you? The extramural funding falls into four categories, two which I will describe here: Research ... More »

Uniformly Speaking, Part II: Roll With the Changes

July 8th, 2007  |  Reeling in the Years: A Look at Nursing History

In a previous post, we looked at some interesting tidbits regarding nursing uniforms. This ad looks as though it comes from the 1960s. It was the last time you would see a nurse in head to toe white. ***** Society was undergoing massive changes in the '60s and '70s and so was the nursing profession. Nursing education was moving into the academic arena. Women were looking at their place and role in society.... More »

National Institute of Nursing Research – Mission Possible!

July 4th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Looks like Cherry Ames is doing some research of her own! Wonder where she got her funding? We know it wasn't from the National Institute of Nursing Research. It became part of the National Institutes of Health long after Cherry retired! ***** The amount of information available on the NINR web site is phenomenal. Before I get into the research and training aspects of the Institute, it is important to understand the basis and purpose of the ... More »


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