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Health Sector Sudoku, or How to Create Problems for Everyone in New York

April 19th, 2010  |  The Blog, The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

If you read a lot of health sector news, it looks a lot like a new game of Sudoku. There are bits missing, numbers that need to be filled in, and a pattern of similar situations. The difference is that the numbers never add up, and some of the gaps are never filled. If you read business news regularly, or follow analyst reports, there are rarely the same kind of missing pieces, except in real crash and burn situations. Reports read ... More »

Nurses Should Have More Say in Health Care, Gallup Poll Suggests

January 25th, 2010  |  The Blog, The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

Stating the obvious regarding U.S. health care has never been a guarantee of success, or even a sentient response, but it'll be interesting to see how the industry reacts to this new Gallup poll conducted for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The poll, conducted among 1,500  industry leaders, academics, insurers, corporate and health heavyweights, was a novel, ambitious stab at defining the role nurses should have in health care quality. The net result was that while the vast majority of ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

A Landmark Study on Nursing Stress

June 27th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

I have been conducting a research project over the last year. There is a particular source of stress affecting Registered Nurses that has yet to be quantified, qualified or even discussed in higher academia. It affects one registered nurse at a time, unless there is more than one RN in the family. The more RNs in the family, the more nurses it affects. It is called the "Nuptial Effect". ***** The onset can be up to one year before the ... More »

The National Institute of Nursing Research: Online Class Develops Nurse Scientists

June 20th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

You just never know what you will find on the internet! I headed over to the National Institute of Nursing Research to see what I might find for today's column. As expected, I found a plethora of information. What I did not expect was to find an online class entitled Developing Nurse Scientists. Described as "general research training for nurse scientists who are in the early stages of their ... More »

The Ladder of Leadership: The ANA Position Statement on Nursing Research

June 13th, 2007  |  The Wind Beneath Our Wings: A Look at Nursing Research

"Nurse Researcher". What pops into your mind when you hear that phrase? If you were like me, the phrase conjured up images of old gray-haired stern nurses who hadn't touched a patient in fifty years, sitting with their noses between the pages of musty old library stacks. I seriously thought that without a doctorate in nursing, there was no place for me in nursing research. I was wrong. There is a place for all of us in the research ... More »

 
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