Patient Care Planning

Publication Title: 
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association

Integrative alternative therapies, also known as holistic therapies, have many applications in hospitals and health centers. These may include relaxation therapies, meditation, massage, reflexology, and Reiki or healing touch. Patients today are looking for these services, and institutions continue to explore ways to provide them without affecting their bottom line. The Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program is such a service, and its growth and longevity comes out of the personal investment of the staff to the program and to their patients.

Author(s): 
Ernst, Lorraine S.
Ferrer, Lynn
Publication Title: 
Criminal behaviour and mental health: CBMH

BACKGROUND: Alcohol-related violence is of major concern to society. Around half of all violent crimes are alcohol related, and yet interventions for alcohol-related violence are under-developed. Often, offenders receive treatment for substance use or violence, but not the two in nexus. AIM: My aim was to conduct a Rapid Evidence Assessment of interventions with a focus on treating established nonsexual violence in the context of alcohol use, to describe the content of these interventions, where they take place and their effectiveness in reducing alcohol problems and/or violence.

Author(s): 
McMurran, Mary
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Nursing

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the impact of a standardized protocol to maintain nasoenteral tube (NET) patency in patients requiring fluid restriction and identify factors associated with tube patency. BACKGROUND: Nasoenteral tube obstruction may interrupt nutritional support and prohibit drug administration. Balancing NET patency in the context of fluid restriction can be a challenge. DESIGN AND METHODS: The impact of the standardized protocol was assessed by using a quasi-experimental design and an historical control.

Author(s): 
Matsuba, Claudia St
De Gutiérrez, Maria Gr
Whitaker, Iveth Y.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association

Integrative alternative therapies, also known as holistic therapies, have many applications in hospitals and health centers. These may include relaxation therapies, meditation, massage, reflexology, and Reiki or healing touch. Patients today are looking for these services, and institutions continue to explore ways to provide them without affecting their bottom line. The Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program is such a service, and its growth and longevity comes out of the personal investment of the staff to the program and to their patients.

Author(s): 
Ernst, Lorraine S.
Ferrer, Lynn
Publication Title: 
Home Healthcare Nurse

This article examines the cultural influences of the Hispanic patient, such as health beliefs, communication styles, family and religious values, and time perception. In order to design and deliver individualized comprehensive care with the client and family, these assessment factors must be explored to create a plan of care that is tailored to meet the individualized needs of the patient and family.

Author(s): 
Knoerl, Ann Marie
Publication Title: 
Home Healthcare Nurse

Older people are subjected to increased amounts of stress and isolation as the losses that accompany old age occur. Love is a human need that is especially important for the elderly.

Author(s): 
Davidhizar, R.
Bowen, M.
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)

Increasingly nurses are called upon to meet patients' spiritual needs. However, there is evidence to suggest that nurses are unable to do this adequately because of confusion about the notion of spirituality. This is compounded by the uncertainty surrounding the role of nurses in spiritual care interventions. Emerging research suggests that nurses, as primary carers, may have to initiate spiritual care interventions. This article offers practical guidance to nurses seeking to improve spiritual care for their patients.

Author(s): 
Narayanasamy, Aru
Publication Title: 
The Diabetes Educator

The dietitian, working with other members of the health care team, plays a very important role in developing a care plan for the older person with diabetes. Often individuals in this age group have so many health care needs that nutrition intervention may be low on the priority list. Optimum nutrition is essential to maintain health and well-being as well as to keep blood glucose levels in the target range. The dietitian who works with this population must be very skilled at multifaceted assessment.

Author(s): 
Templeton, C. L.
Publication Title: 
The Diabetes Educator

The dietitian, working with other members of the health care team, plays a very important role in developing a care plan for the older person with diabetes. Often individuals in this age group have so many health care needs that nutrition intervention may be low on the priority list. Optimum nutrition is essential to maintain health and well-being as well as to keep blood glucose levels in the target range. The dietitian who works with this population must be very skilled at multifaceted assessment.

Author(s): 
Templeton, C. L.
Publication Title: 
Schweizerische Rundschau Fur Medizin Praxis = Revue Suisse De Medecine Praxis

A historical follow-up using three examples--euthanasia, choice of therapy for tuberculosis of bones and articulations and economic management of a medical office reveals that comprehensive timeless medical ethics independent from cultural and social influences ('hippocratic oath') do not exist. There are, however persistent as well as increasingly new fields of conflict in daily practise. The latter are partly related to increased medical efficiency.

Author(s): 
Trˆhler, U.

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