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Multiple Linear Regression

By VickyRN - regression analysis is a broad term for statistical techniques used to model and analyze numerical data consisting of values of a dependent variable y (also known as the response or predicted variable) and one or more independent variables x (also known as explanatory or predictor variables). regresion analysis is based on correlation. correlation examines the strength and direction of the linear relationship between two variables, but... Read More


Um... I don't know what an EKG is.

By 86toronado - The good thing about writing about my beginnings in the nursing field more than 2 years after the fact is that it's easy to see how far I've come. Case in point: when I started working in the hospital, my experiences in the medical field included several emergency room visits and one overnight stay as a kid, and sleeping in a chair at my grandmother's bedside the night before she died. I guess my personality sold me to the nurse... Read More


Nursing shortages, Baby boomers and the immigrant nurse Part 2

By madwife2002 - Update on Nursing shortages, Baby boomers and the immigrant nurse It has been a couple of weeks since we reviewed the ongoing poll about foreign trained nurses in the USA and the trend towards blaming immigrant nurses for taking the jobs which should or should not belong to American Nurses. The opinion is almost equally divided between the main two options - please review poll thread for further information. Now what we... Read More


The Clinical Reflection

By VickyRN - a clinical reflection is a descriptive “story” that nursing students write about their clinical day. as simple as this journaling exercise seems, it is a powerful tool for development of novice critical thinking skills. it facilitates active learning, as well as professional growth, in a non-threatening manner. writing about their experiences allows students to reflect on their performance. this self-assessment enables them to... Read More


Gerontological Nursing: The Interrelationship between Theory, Practice, and Research

By VickyRN - This paper discusses the interrelationship between nursing theory, research, and practice in the specialty area of gerontological nursing. Knowledge needs within gerontological nursing, as well as suggestions for further middle range theories and research, are explored. Theory, research, science, and practice are the four core elements of the discipline of nursing. They form a continuous “circle of knowledge” (Moccia, 1987). Theory... Read More


The Operating Room

By judybsn - In training I spend four months in the Operating Room, that wonderful, scary, fascinating, educational place. The O.R. always evoked strong emotions for me. I loved the O.R., I hated the O.R., I was enamored by the O.R. and terrified by the O.R. all at the same time. The educational aspects of seeing the human body from the inside thrilled me to the core. The thought of not getting everything right for the surgeon caused me... Read More


Mixed Between-Within Subjects ANOVA

By VickyRN - Mixed between-within subjects ANOVA (also known as a split-plot ANOVA) combines two different types of one-way ANOVA into one study: between-groups ANOVA and within-subjects ANOVA. Thus, in a mixed-design ANOVA model, one categorical independent variable is a between-subjects variable and the other categorical independent variable is a within-subjects variable. The mixed-design ANOVA model is used to test for differences between two or... Read More


Using Goals to Grow in Nursing

By gscarlett - goals are useful in life by allowing people to strive for something better. never allowing oneself to become completely content, encourages the pursuit of bigger opportunities and keeps dreams alive. upholding one’s own beliefs and values during the journey toward goals allows great personal rewards. as said by greg anderson (2008), “when we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love... Read More


Nursing Communication: How to Make Sure Patients Feel Our Caring

By Wendy_Leebov - Ineffective nursing communication occurred at one hospital as illustrated in the following example: A patient complained that no one had been in all night to check on her. The Patient Relations Rep went to find out if that was true. She found out that the patient's nurse had in fact been into the room four times, doing things for or to the patient each time. Four times! The nurse had been there physically and felt caring, yet the... Read More


Logistic Regression

By VickyRN - regression analysis is used to predict a continuous dependent variable from a number of independent variables. if the dependent variable is dichotomous, then logistic regression, rather than linear regression, should be used. logistic regression (sometimes called the logistic model or logit model) analyzes the relationship between multiple independent variables and a dependent variable and estimates the probability of occurrence of an... Read More


Active Learning Strategy: The One-Minute Paper

By VickyRN - As teachers, gauging our students' comprehension of class content can be challenging. Sadly, low scores on the first exam often serve as the wake-up call that class understanding is not where it should be. It would be much less stressful to be aware of class knowledge deficits from day one by an on-going (formative) assessment of student learning. Such a system would also create a more efficient teaching-learning environment. The... Read More


From Teaching to Learning - The Advantages of Passive vs. Active Learning Strategies

By VickyRN - Passive learning Occurs when students use their senses to take in information from a lecture, reading assignment, or audiovisual. This is the mode of learning most commonly present in classrooms. It is used to acquire ideas and information that is available for recall. Advantages: Can present a great deal of information in a short period of time. Lecture notes, handouts, and audiovisual media can be selected and prepared... Read More


Self-Assessment of Your Beliefs About Death and Dying

By tnbutterfly - we all must eventually come face-to-face with our own deaths. what has influenced your views on death? as a nurse or other health-care professional, how do your beliefs about death and dying affect how you render care to the individual who is dying? take this self-assessment from "on our own terms - moyers on dying" to gain insight into your personal attitude about death. Read More


Spiritual Beliefs and End of Life Care

By tnbutterfly - what role do spiritual beliefs play in a “good death”? how can the nurse in her/his role as patient advocate be equipped to assist the patient and family in honoring their spiritual beliefs when considering end of life treatment? according to a study published this week in the journal of the american medical association, “cancer patients who rely on their faith to handle the stresses of serious illness and approaching death are... Read More


Tips for Making Your Clinical Day Better

By VickyRN - The clinical practice environment is the place where classroom theory becomes “real.” This is the place where the “rubber meets the road,” so to speak, and students begin to build their personal foundation for safe, effective nursing practice and develop essential critical thinking skills. What can nursing instructors do to enhance this very valuable time? First Suggestion Before you begin, investigate the floor in which you... Read More


Retirement When?

By Lindsey McGraw - RETIREMENT WHEN? Years have passed with my hair turning a shade of white. I walk with a slight limp, but chronologically not as old as one might think. Flat feet, and varicosities well hidden under pant legs for none to see, working as a nurse “humpin the halls” each year that passes is equivalent to 3-5 of any other profession. Passing visitors in the hall at my place of employment in long term care with a confident,... Read More


Life, Death, and Other Matters of Consequence

By VivaLasViejas - Some days, it's just not worth chewing through the restraints....... I am a seasoned long-term care nurse. I deal with life and death matters all the time. My voice is often the last one a patient hears, and my hand the last human touch he or she feels. It's OK most of the time, that's why I was built strong enough to handle the load, and for the most part I feel blessed to have been given the privilege of providing solace and... Read More


Family-centered Maternity Care and Rooming-in

By Elvish - A thread in the Ob/Gyn nursing forum got me thinking about this. Family centered maternity care (FCMC) is a buzzword that's no doubt quite familiar to many in maternal/child nursing circles. In my almost-eight years as a nurse - not long in comparison to many of my colleagues - I have seen several hospitals in my area make the switch from all separate units to some form of FCMC and rooming-in. There are, according to Dr. Celeste... Read More