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  • A Feasibility Study of Therapeutic Conversations with Family Members to Reduce the Symptoms of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

    Susan Sullivan Bolyai; Tehan, Tara (2022-05-25)
    PURPOSE: The purpose of this feasibility study was to explore the use of a nurse-centered intervention, the Critical Caring Program, with family members of critically ill adults. The intervention was a series of therapeutic conversations with a family member, beginning in the ICU and following patient discharge from the ICU. FRAMEWORK: The Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response Model (Patterson, 1988) provided the conceptual framework; the intervention was adapted from the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Model. DESIGN: A randomized, controlled design with two groups (usual care and intervention) was used to assess the feasibility of the intervention. A convenience sample of 19 adult family members were recruited from an 18-bed ICU from October 2021–January 2022. RESULTS: 151 family members were screened for participation; 40 who were eligible and 19 were enrolled. Overall retention was 58% for the intervention group; 62% for the usual care group. Outcomes revealed no statistically significant differences between groups or changes within groups. The nurses viewed the training and conversations as positive but identified incorporating the visits into routine practice as challenging. CONCLUSION: The Calgary Family Intervention Model is a useful model for addressing families’ need for communication and support. Additional research is needed on incorporating therapeutic conversations into critical care nursing practice.
  • “I felt isolated”: Patients’ Hospitalization Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Nancy Morris; Patrick, Julia (2022-04-25)
    Purpose: The purpose of this Qualitative Descriptive study was to describe the experience of hospitalized adults during the pandemic who did not have COVID-19. Specific Aims: The specific aims of the study were to: Describe the hospital experience, including but not limited to, interactions with hospital staff, visitation, isolation, physical and emotional stressors, and the environment. Identify perceived comfort needs during hospitalization and perceptions of the nurse’s role in providing comforting interventions. Examine the ability to achieve physical, psychospiritual, sociocultural, and environmental comfort during hospitalization despite the required infection control measures. Framework: This study was guided by Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort (1994). Design: This was a qualitative descriptive study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. Interview questions focused on the overall hospital experience, the nurse’s role in their experience, comfort needs, and the experience of having comfort needs met during the hospitalization. Results: Twenty participants took part in this study. Conventional content analysis revealed five main themes. The themes are: I don’t expect the hospital to be comfortable, I was always tense, Wanting human connection, Communication is important, and Nurses are busy. Conclusion: The findings identified a need for targeting education, research, and policy development to improve patient comfort (physical, psycho-spiritual, sociocultural, and environmental). This is important as we look toward improving the overall patient experience during hospitalization.
  • Individuals With Sickle Cell Disease Using SBAR as a Communication Tool: Secondary Data Analysis

    Maureen Wassef, Ph.D., RN; Jean-Baptiste, Deborah M. (2022-04-20)
    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of SBAR-cued web-based communication skills training and address study participants' perceptions of the training. Specific Aims: Evaluate the usefulness and accuracy of participants to answer prompts of SBAR-cued communication responses. Describe individuals' perspectives of the acceptability of using SBAR patient-HCP communication simulation to better prepare for ED visits during a SCC. Framework: This study was guided by The Theory of Self-Care Management for Sickle Cell Disease (SCMSCD). Design: A secondary analysis was conducted using a qualitative descriptive approach. Inter-rater reliability (IRR) of qualitative data was used to evaluate the usefulness and accuracy of participants to answer prompts of SBAR-cued communication responses. Content analysis was also utilized to describe individuals' perspectives of the acceptability of using SBAR patient-HCP communication simulation to better prepare for ED visits during a SCC. Results: IRR between raters ranged from 64%-94% with predominant themes of (1) Patient-Provider Communication and Interaction, (2) Patients want to be Heard and Believed, (3) Accuracy of the ED Experience and Incorporating the Uniqueness of each Patient and (4) Overall Usefulness of the Video Trainer emerging. Conclusions: This secondary analysis supported how SBAR can be effectively used to assist patients in a SCC to communicate with their HCP. Participants' responses indicated the training module facilitated communication between patients and HCPs.
  • E-Cigarettes - a review of the evidence - harm versus harm reduction

    Feeney, Susan; Rossetti, Victoria; Terrien, Jill M. (2022-03-29)
    The World Health Organization estimates there are 1.1 billion cigarette smokers across the globe and that tobacco related deaths number 7 million per year. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are available to contribute options for smoking cessation and include e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vape pens, mods, and vaping. The growing use of ENDS, or e-cigarettes, in the US and globally across populations is dramatic. Although users may think that e-cigarettes are less harmful than combustible tobacco products, the evidence shows that there are known risks and harms for users. E-cigarettes have varying amounts of toxicants, nicotine, and carcinogens and put the user at risk for lung diseases and COVID-19 similar to smokers. Currently, most governing bodies have not approved e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool but do state if a person has failed conventional smoking cessation treatments that e-cigarettes used alone for the short term may help those to quit combustible tobacco and nicotine. A shared decision-making approach should be used when discussing e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool. More studies and long-term data are needed to assess potential benefits and harms. What is known is that prevention efforts and policy are needed to avoid adolescents and other vulnerable populations from initiating tobacco or e-cigarette use.
  • Diving in: Using a “Shark Tank” approach to teach business skills to future DNP leaders

    Gravlin, Gayle; Fortunato-Habib, Mary; Gemme, Donna; Carney, Brittany; Dick, Karen (2022-03-21)
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education prepares graduates to lead clinical improvement and innovation across practice settings. Advanced clinical knowledge, leadership skills, and the development of quality/safety competencies uniquely prepare the DNP program graduates to drive organizational change. Adding business and financial competencies to the skill set of DNP graduates strengthens the impact and value of their role on financial, quality, and operational outcomes. The Organizational Systems and Healthcare Financing course in a DNP program was redesigned to engage learners using an innovative approach to teach business and financial principles. This paper aims to (a) describe a novel “Shark Tank” approach whereby students develop and “pitch” their business proposals to a panel of healthcare executives; (b) share examples of impactful change projects by student teams; (c) report DNP course and program evaluations including students’ satisfaction and perceptions of value and knowledge gained in business principles; and (d) report opportunities for bidirectional mentorship, faculty recruitment, and succession planning. The success of this innovative team-based approach for teaching business/financial skills better prepares future DNP leaders and has implications for other DNP programs. Using this teaching strategy created opportunities for faculty recruitment, succession planning, and bidirectional mentorship of DNP-prepared nurse leaders.
  • Variability of Prognostic Communication in Critically Ill Neurologic Patients: A Pilot Multicenter Mixed-Methods Study

    Ge, Connie; Goss, Adeline L.; Crawford, Sybil L.; Goostrey, Kelsey; Buddadhumaruk, Praewpannarai; Shields, Anne-Marie; Hough, Catherine L.; Lo, Bernard; Carson, Shannon S.; Steingrub, Jay; et al. (2022-02-21)
    IMPORTANCE: Withdrawal-of-life-sustaining treatments (WOLST) rates vary widely among critically ill neurologic patients (CINPs) and cannot be solely attributed to patient and family characteristics. Research in general critical care has shown that clinicians prognosticate to families with high variability. Little is known about how clinicians disclose prognosis to families of CINPs, and whether any associations exist with WOLST. OBJECTIVES: Primary: to demonstrate feasibility of audio-recording clinician-family meetings for CINPs at multiple centers and characterize how clinicians communicate prognosis during these meetings. Secondary: to explore associations of 1) clinician, family, or patient characteristics with clinicians' prognostication approaches and 2) prognostication approach and WOLST. DESIGN SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Forty-three audio-recorded clinician-family meetings during which prognosis was discussed from seven U.S. centers for 39 CINPs with 88 family members and 27 clinicians. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Two investigators qualitatively coded transcripts using inductive methods (inter-rater reliability > 80%) to characterize how clinicians prognosticate. We then applied univariate and multivariable multinomial and binomial logistic regression. RESULTS: Clinicians used four distinct prognostication approaches: Authoritative (21%; recommending treatments without discussing values and preferences); Informational (23%; disclosing just the prognosis without further discussions); advisory (42%; disclosing prognosis followed by discussion of values and preferences); and responsive (14%; eliciting values and preferences, then disclosing prognosis). Before adjustment, prognostication approach was associated with center (p < 0.001), clinician specialty (neurointensivists vs non-neurointensivists; p = 0.001), patient age (p = 0.08), diagnosis (p = 0.059), and meeting length (p = 0.03). After adjustment, only clinician specialty independently predicted prognostication approach (p = 0.027). WOLST decisions occurred in 41% of patients and were most common under the advisory approach (56%). WOLST was more likely in older patients (p = 0.059) and with more experienced clinicians (p = 0.07). Prognostication approach was not independently associated with WOLST (p = 0.198). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: It is feasible to audio-record sensitive clinician-family meetings about CINPs in multiple ICUs. We found that clinicians prognosticate with high variability. Our data suggest that larger studies are warranted in CINPs to examine the role of clinicians' variable prognostication in WOLST decisions.
  • Variations in Sleep Characteristics and Glucose Regulation in Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes

    Griggs, Stephanie; Grey, Margaret; Strohl, Kingman P.; Crawford, Sybil L.; Margevicius, Seunghee; Kashyap, Sangeeta R.; Li, Chiang-Shan R.; Rajagopalan, Sanjay; Hickman, Ronald L. (2022-02-17)
    CONTEXT: Short sleep duration and sleep disruptions are associated with impaired glucoregulation in type 1 diabetes (T1D). However, the mechanistic pathways between sleep and glucose variability remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine within- and between-person associations between objective sleep-wake characteristics and glucose variability indices. METHODS: Multilevel models were used to analyze concurrent sleep and glucose patterns over 7 days in 42 young adults with T1D in their natural home environment. Young adults with T1D (mean age 22.2 +/- 3.0 years, HbA1c 7.2%, 32.6% male) for at least 6 months with no other medical or major psychiatric comorbidity were included. Sleep-wake characteristics were measured via wrist actigraphy and glucose variability indices via a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). RESULTS: Lower sleep efficiency predicted higher glucose variability (less time in range beta = 0.011 and more time in hyperglycemia beta = -0.011) within-person. A longer wake after sleep onset and more sleep disruptions were associated with higher glucose variability between persons (beta = 0.28 and 0.31). Higher glucose variability predicted poorer sleep within-person (delayed bedtime, waketime, mid-sleep time, and lower sleep efficiency), while higher glucose variability was associated with poorer sleep and more sleep disruptions between persons (lower sleep efficiency, longer wake after sleep onset, and a higher sleep fragmentation index). CONCLUSION: Clinicians can address the reciprocal nature of the sleep-glucose relationship by optimizing sleep and targeting efforts toward a euglycemic range overnight. Sleep habits are a modifiable personal target in diabetes care.
  • Experiences with Exposure to a Distant Reiki Intervention during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Donna Perry; DiBenedetto, Jennifer (2022-01-04)
    Purpose: The purpose of the study was to explore the use of virtual distant Reiki as a healing modality to influence the human environmental field patterning. Specific Aims: (1) To determine if it is feasible to recruit and retain participants (through expressions of human choice) to participate in a study comprised of two distant Reiki administrations on a virtual platform. (2) To investigate the preliminary influence of a distant Reiki intervention on pattern of the whole as manifested by participant response in stress and anxiety. (3) To explore the participant’s reflections on their virtual distant Reiki experience within the human environmental field pattern of their home environment as a healing space. Theoretical Framework: The theoretical framework is grounded in Martha Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings. Design: This study incorporates a feasibility, mixed method design. Data was collected through pre and post intervention individualized interviews and two tools (State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R)). Results: Described changed in pattern manifestation supported the need for home-based interventions during covid 19 pandemic. Quantitative response indicated a statistically significant reduction in perceived stress and anxiety (p< 0.001). Conclusion: The preliminary study findings support the feasibility of a distant Reiki and suggest that nurses, who are Reiki practitioners, may be influential in interacting with the human environmental field to promote change and foster healing.
  • TeleICU Interdisciplinary Care Teams

    Welsh, Cindy; Rincon, Teresa A.; Berman, Iris; Bobich, Tom; Brindise, Theresa; Davis, Theresa (2021-12-01)
    Telehealth in intensive care units (TeleICU) is the provision of critical care using audio-visual communication and health information systems across varying clinical and geographically dispersed settings. The optimal structure of a TeleICU team is one that leverages expert clinical knowledge to address the needs of critical care patients, regardless of hospital location or availability of an onsite intensivist. Information related to the optimal TeleICU team structure is lacking. This article examines the optimal TeleICU team composition, which is one that incorporates the use of an interdisciplinary approach, leverages technology, and is cognizant of varying geographic locations.
  • Meta-analysis for individual participant data with a continuous exposure: A case study

    Darssan, Darsy; Mishra, Gita D.; Greenwood, Darren C.; Sandin, Sven; Brunner, Eric J.; Crawford, Sybil L.; El Khoudary, Samar R.; Brooks, Maria Mori; Gold, Ellen; Simonsen, Mette Kildevaeld; et al. (2021-12-01)
    OBJECTIVE: Methods for meta-analysis of studies with individual participant data and continuous exposure variables are well described in the statistical literature but are not widely used in clinical and epidemiological research. The purpose of this case study is to make the methods more accessible. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A two-stage process is demonstrated. Response curves are estimated separately for each study using fractional polynomials. The study-specific curves are then averaged pointwise over all studies at each value of the exposure. The averaging can be implemented using fixed effects or random effects methods. RESULTS: The methodology is illustrated using samples of real data with continuous outcome and exposure data and several covariates. The sample data set, segments of Stata and R code, and outputs are provided to enable replication of the results. CONCLUSION: These methods and tools can be adapted to other situations, including for time-to-event or categorical outcomes, different ways of modelling exposure-outcome curves, and different strategies for covariate adjustment.
  • Secondary Precipitants of Atrial Fibrillation and Anticoagulation Therapy

    Ko, Darae; Saleeba, Connor; Sadiq, Hammad; Crawford, Sybil L.; Paul, Tenes; Shi, Qiming; Wang, Zi-Yue; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Walkey, Allan J.; Lubitz, Steven A.; et al. (2021-10-20)
    Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) commonly occurs in the setting of acute conditions. We aimed to identify the acute conditions associated with secondary AF (AF precipitants) including pneumonia/sepsis, pneumothorax, respiratory failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, alcohol intoxication, thyrotoxicosis, cardiothoracic surgery, other surgery in patients with newly diagnosed AF and determine their association with subsequent oral anticoagulant use. Methods and Results We assembled a cohort of patients in the UMass Memorial Healthcare system with a new diagnosis of AF with and without AF precipitants. We used combinations of International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes, Current Procedural Terminology codes, laboratory values, imaging reports, and physician notes including discharge summary texts to identify AF precipitants. We then manually reviewed the individual charts to validate presence of AF precipitants. The study sample consisted of 185 patients with and 172 patients without AF precipitants. Pneumonia/sepsis, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, and cardiothoracic surgery were the most common precipitants identified. In multivariable analyses adjusting for age, sex, patient comorbidities, left atrial enlargement, left ventricular ejection fraction, and antiplatelet use, patients with AF precipitants were less likely to receive subsequent anticoagulation therapy at 30 days after the initial AF diagnosis (odds ratio, 0.31; 95% CI, 0.19-0.52). The association was persistent after excluding men with CHA2DS2-VASc score < 2 and women with CHA2DS2-VASc score < 3. Conclusions Our study highlights lower usage of oral anticoagulant in secondary AF in contemporary clinical practice.
  • A policy analysis of nurse practitioner scope of practice in Massachusetts

    Cuccovia, Barbara Ann; Heelan-Fancher, Lisa; Aronowitz, Teri (2021-10-13)
    Nurse practitioner (NP) practice has evolved since inception of the role in 1965. Educational requirements have been standardized requiring a master's degree, yet variation in NPs scope of practice exists across the United States. As the population ages and more Americans have health insurance coverage, the demand for health care continues to increase. Shortages of clinical providers and changes in hospital models of care continue to burden the health care system. Nurse practitioners have been found to provide safe, high-quality patient care and are a potential solution to ease the burden on our health care system. Nurse practitioner scope of practice restrictions limit the ability for NPs to practice independently. The purpose of this article was to analyze the advanced practice registered nurse's (APRNs) scope of practice policy in Massachusetts (MA) where APRNs just recently obtained full practice authority. Legislation to remove NP scope of practice restrictions in MA had been presented several times but was met with resistance from physician advocacy groups stating that NPs lack the education requirements to practice independently. A recent report from the MA Health Policy Commission demonstrates the impact that NPs have on lowering health care costs and servicing individuals in underserved areas of the state. During the pandemic, restrictions on NP scope of practice in MA were temporarily removed. It was realized that if NPs can practice independently during a pandemic, then they certainly are competent to practice independently at other times. A reassessment of NP scope of practice to allow for full authority should be completed nationally.
  • Moral Challenges, Moral Distress, and Moral Resilience in Critical Care Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Carol Bova; Malatesta, Thin Zar (2021-09-24)
    PURPOSE: The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe critical care nurses’ experiences of moral challenges, moral distress, and moral resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The specific aims of this study were to: 1. Describe the moral challenges experienced by ICU nurses. 2. Describe moral resilience in terms of integrity, buoyancy, moral efficacy, self-regulation, and self-stewardship among ICU nurses (from Rushton’s framework). 3. Explore the relationship between moral distress and moral resilience to advance the concept of moral resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. FRAMEWORK: This study was undergirded by an adaptation of Rushton’s conceptual framework of moral concepts. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive design was used. Participants were recruited between January to May 2021, and a semi-structured interview guide was utilized to interview participants. RESULTS: 17 participants were interviewed for the study. Participants described the four themes of moral challenges: death and dying, pain and suffering, being alone, and being helpless and not in control. Moral resilience was described as: integrity, buoyancy, moral efficacy, self-regulation, self-stewardship, and self-perception. The relationship between moral distress and moral resilience was described as iterative and fluid. CONCLUSION: The findings of the study provided a new domain of moral resilience called self-perception and a revised adaptation of the conceptual framework for moral resilience.
  • Gut microbiota regulation of P-glycoprotein in the intestinal epithelium in maintenance of homeostasis

    Foley, Sage; Tuohy, Christine; Dunford, Merran; Grey, Michael J.; De Luca, Heidi; Cawley, Caitlin; Szabady, Rose L.; Maldonado-Contreras, Ana; Houghton, JeanMarie; Ward, Doyle V.; et al. (2021-09-07)
    BACKGROUND: P-glycoprotein (P-gp) plays a critical role in protection of the intestinal epithelia by mediating efflux of drugs/xenobiotics from the intestinal mucosa into the gut lumen. Recent studies bring to light that P-gp also confers a critical link in communication between intestinal mucosal barrier function and the innate immune system. Yet, despite knowledge for over 10 years that P-gp plays a central role in gastrointestinal homeostasis, the precise molecular mechanism that controls its functional expression and regulation remains unclear. Here, we assessed how the intestinal microbiome drives P-gp expression and function. RESULTS: We have identified a "functional core" microbiome of the intestinal gut community, specifically genera within the Clostridia and Bacilli classes, that is necessary and sufficient for P-gp induction in the intestinal epithelium in mouse models. Metagenomic analysis of this core microbial community revealed that short-chain fatty acid and secondary bile acid production positively associate with P-gp expression. We have further shown these two classes of microbiota-derived metabolites synergistically upregulate P-gp expression and function in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, in patients suffering from ulcerative colitis (UC), we find diminished P-gp expression coupled to the reduction of epithelial-derived anti-inflammatory endocannabinoids and luminal content (e.g., microbes or their metabolites) with a reduced capability to induce P-gp expression. CONCLUSION: Overall, by means of both in vitro and in vivo studies as well as human subject sample analysis, we identify a mechanistic link between cooperative functional outputs of the complex microbial community and modulation of P-gp, an epithelial component, that functions to suppress overactive inflammation to maintain intestinal homeostasis. Hence, our data support a new cross-talk paradigm in microbiome regulation of mucosal inflammation. Video abstract.
  • Sleep-wake characteristics, daytime sleepiness, and glycemia in young adults with type 1 diabetes

    Griggs, Stephanie; Hickman, Ronald L.; Strohl, Kingman P.; Redeker, Nancy S.; Crawford, Sybil L.; Grey, Margaret (2021-09-01)
    STUDY OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe objective sleep-wake characteristics and glycemia over 7-14 days in young adults with type 1 diabetes. In addition, person-level associations among objective sleep-wake characteristics (total sleep time, sleep variability, and sleep fragmentation index), daytime sleepiness, and glycemia (glycemic control and glucose variability) were examined. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, objective sleep-wake characteristics were measured via actigraphy and glucose variability via continuous glucose monitoring over 6-14 days. At baseline, participants completed the Psychomotor Vigilance Test, the Trail Making Test, and questionnaires on daytime sleepiness, sleep quality, and sleep disturbance including sleep diaries. RESULTS: Forty-six participants (mean age, 22.3 +/- 3.2 years) wore a wrist actigraph and underwent continuous glucose monitoring concurrently for 6-14 days. Greater sleep variability was directly associated with greater glucose variability (mean of daily differences; r = .33, P = .036). Higher daytime sleepiness was directly associated with greater glucose variability (mean of daily differences; r = .50, P = .001). The association between sleep variability and glucose variability (mean of daily differences) was no longer significant when accounting for daytime sleepiness and controlling for type 1 diabetes duration (P > .05). A higher sleep fragmentation index was associated with greater glucose variability (B = 1.27, P = .010, pr2 = 0.40) after controlling for type 1 diabetes duration and accounting for higher daytime sleepiness. CONCLUSIONS: Sleep-wake variability, sleep fragmentation, daytime sleepiness, and the associations with glycemia are new dimensions to consider in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Sleep habits in this population may explain higher glucose variability, and optimizing sleep may improve overall diabetes management.
  • Survey of Nurses' Experiences Applying The Joint Commission's Medication Management Titration Standards

    Davidson, Judy E.; Rincon, Teresa A. (2021-09-01)
    BACKGROUND: Critical care nurses titrate continuous infusions of medications to achieve clinical end points. In 2017, The Joint Commission (TJC) placed restrictions on titration practice, decreasing nurses' autonomous decision-making. OBJECTIVES: To describe the practice and perceptions of nurses regarding the 2017 TJC accreditation/regulatory standards for titration of continuous medication infusions. METHODS: A survey of nurses' experiences titrating continuous medication infusions was developed, validated, and distributed electronically to members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. RESULTS: The content validity index for the survey was 1.0 for relevance and 0.95 for clarity. A total of 781 nurses completed the survey; 625 (80%) perceived titration standards to cause delays in patient care, and 726 (93%) experienced moral distress (mean [SD], 4.97 [2.67]; scale, 0-10). Among respondents, 33% could not comply with titration orders, 68% reported suboptimal care resulting from pressure to comply with orders, 70% deviated from orders to meet patient needs, and 84% requested revised orders to ensure compliance. Suboptimal care and delays in care significantly and strongly (regression coefficients > /=0.69) predicted moral distress. CONCLUSIONS: Critical care nurses perceive TJC medication titration standards to adversely impact patient care and contribute to moral distress. The improved 2020 updates to the standards do not address delays and inability to comply with orders, leading to moral distress. Advocacy is indicated in order to mitigate unintended consequences of TJC medication management titration standards.
  • Thematic Analysis of Nurses' Experiences With The Joint Commission's Medication Management Titration Standards

    Davidson, Judy E.; Chechel, Laura; Chavez, Jose; Olff, Carol; Rincon, Teresa A. (2021-09-01)
    BACKGROUND: For decades, medication titration has been within nurses' scope and practice. In 2017 The Joint Commission (TJC) revised elements for orders for the titration of continuous intravenous medications. OBJECTIVES: To explore the practice and perceptions of nurses regarding TJC standards for titration of continuous intravenous medications. METHODS: Nurses with experience titrating medications completed an investigator-designed, validated cross-sectional survey. Inductive thematic analysis was conducted in order to analyze the open-ended comments from that quantitative survey. RESULTS: From among 730 completed surveys, 159 comments were received. Analysis of the comments yielded 3 levels of abstraction. Two overarching themes were harm and professionalism. Additional abstraction for the harm theme revealed categories of erosion of workplace wellness, moral dilemma, and patient safety, which were coded as relating to workplace stress, workload, burnout/turnover, physical risk, inefficiency, demeaning/devalued, falsification of records, problematic orders, burden of documentation, suboptimal care, delay in care, individualized care, and provider availability. Within the professionalism theme, categories of autonomy and nurse proficiency were identified, with 7 associated codes: top of scope, critical thinking, overregulation, teamwork, education, registered nurse knowledge, and novice registered nurse guidance. CONCLUSIONS: The standards from TJC impose harm by eroding workplace wellness and introducing moral dilemmas and patient safety concerns. Professionalism is threatened through limits on scope and autonomy. Further advocacy is necessary in order to resolve unanticipated consequences related to the titration standards.
  • Ubiety in Nursing Practice — Making each patient the star of the minute

    Carol Bova; Amoah, Rita K. (2021-07-30)
    PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of registered nurses when practicing ubiety. SPECIFIC AIMS: The specific aims of the study were to: Describe the attributes of the nurse, the care environment, and the person-centered processes nurses needed to possess in order to immerse themselves physically, cognitively, and spiritually into caring for one patient at a time in midst of distractions Explore possible patient-related and nurse-related outcomes when caring for one patient at a time in amidst distractions DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive study guided with the Person-Centered Nursing (PCN) Theory by McCormack and McCance, (2006). A purposive sampling technique was used. RESULTS: 13 nurses, who were nominated to receive the Daisy Award were recruited. One overarching theme: Practicing Ubiety—Making the patient the star of that minute, and 5 subthemes emerged: anticipating and managing distractions, putting my whole self in, self-preservation, my nursing identity, favorable practice environment. In addition, patient-related and nurse-related outcomes were identified. CONCLUSION: Ubiety is a concept that is practiced by expert nurses. Results add to existing knowledge about the characteristics of exemplar nurses who practice person-centered nursing care. The importance of anticipating patient needs as a way to deal with distractions and working with nurses to individualize self-preservation strategies are emphasized.
  • Facilitators and Inhibitors of LPN-to-RN Student Transition: A National Survey Study

    Susan Sullivan-Bolyai; Cornine, Amanda (2021-07-15)
    PURPOSE: The purpose of this national survey study was to describe the transition conditions (facilitators and/or inhibitors) encountered by LPN-to-RN students. SPECIFIC AIMS: (1) describe the frequency of specific transition conditions experienced by LPN-to-RN students; (2) explore relationships between transition conditions experienced by LPN-to-RN students and student (personal) and program (community) characteristics; and (3) characterize (through open-ended questions) transition conditions experienced by LPN-to-RN students that were not included in the empirically-based investigator-designed survey. FRAMEWORK: This study was framed by Meleis et al.’s (2000) transition theory; each transition condition included in the survey was linked to one or more category of transition conditions described by Meleis et al. DESIGN: In March 2020, a cross-sectional national survey was distributed to all LPN-to-RN programs in the United States. RESULTS: 873 students, in programs across 37 states, responded to the survey. The least frequently reported facilitators were emotional support from faculty and finding online courses helpful. The most frequently reported inhibitors were personal stress and balancing school with non-school responsibilities. The most frequent characteristic related to transition conditions was taking classes with non-LPNs. Respondants reported several transition conditions not included in the survey, including prior experiences (facilitator) and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic (inhibitor). CONCLUSION: These results suggest areas where faculty can further support LPN-to-RN students through their own actions and highlight the importance of carefully planning how to integrate LPN and non-LPN nursing students if they share classes.
  • New Graduate Nurses' Perception of the Impact of Dedicated Education Units on Transition to Practice: A Descriptive Study

    Nancy Morris PhD, ANP-BC; Berube, Jennifer A. (2021-05-16)
    PURPOSE: The purpose of this research was to identify the value of undergraduate nursing student clinical preparation within a dedicated education unit on transition to practice. SPECIFIC AIMS: Describe perceived competence, practice readiness, self-efficacy, job satisfaction, intent-to-stay and orientation length of students who participated in a clinical experience in a dedicated education unit upon graduation, 3- and 6-months employment. Explore new graduate nurses’ perception of the impact of a dedicated education unit clinical experience on transition to practice. Examine relationships between outcome variables. Explore associations between outcome variables and demographic and employment characteristics. FRAMEWORK: This research was guided by Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory. DESIGN: This study used a descriptive, longitudinal design with quantitative measures and qualitative interviews. RESULTS: 18 participants provided quantitative data, and five participated in an interview. Competence, practice readiness and job satisfaction were relatively high. Self-efficacy remained essentially unchanged at all three time points. Average orientation length was 13 weeks, with 41.7% reporting their orientation was shorter than planned. At 6-months employment, 91.7% planned to stay in their current position for one year. Competence and Self-efficacy were associated at 3- and 6-months. Prior healthcare work experience was associated with higher competence at 3- and 6-months. Participants valued the experience of working with a preceptor and the supportive learning environment that allowed them to develop technical and professional nursing skills. CONCLUSION: These findings support dedicated education units as having a positive impact on new graduate nurse’s transition to practice.

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