A Renee Leasure

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The purpose of this project was to compare student outcomes in an undergraduate research course taught using both World Wide Web-based distance learning technology and traditional pedagogy. Reasons given for enrolling in the traditional classroom section included the perception of increased opportunity for interaction, decreased opportunity to(More)
The continued use of healthcare interventions without an evidence base increases healthcare costs without positively impacting patient care outcomes. Reports disseminated by bodies such as the Institute of Medicine and initiatives such as the Institute for Health Care Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign have increased emphasis on improving outcomes.(More)
This pilot study identified situations related to lifestyle conditions and/or patient rationales that motivated or discouraged military veterans from adhering to prescribed therapies. Adherence to recommendations associated with medication, diet, and exercise enhanced self-management of their chronic disease. Nurses need to understand adherent behavior and(More)
The purpose of this ethnographic research was to describe factors related to and elicit the meaning of "quality of life" in a group of older Vietnamese women immigrants. Thirty-three women who emigrated from Vietnam to the United States after 1978 participated in audiotaped interviews. Ethnographic content analysis was used to identify themes and(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to explore the factors that contribute to health promotion in the oldest old and the barriers that prevent it. METHOD A non-random sample (n = 52) of people aged 80 and older participated in a descriptive correlational study. Respondents completed a series of two Likert-type questionnaires. The Health Promoting Lifestyle(More)
Measurement of the outcomes associated with implementation of evidence-based practice changes is becoming increasingly emphasized by multiple health care disciplines. A final step to the process of implementing and sustaining evidence-supported practice changes is that of outcomes evaluation and monitoring. The comparison of outcomes to internal and(More)
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a subset of hospital-acquired pneumonias and is a serious, sometimes fatal, complication in patients who need mechanical ventilation. In addition, pay-for-performance initiative has placed increased emphasis on preventing nosocomial infections including VAP. Facilities may not be reimbursed for costs associated with(More)
To produce a healthcare provider who is competent in accessing health information, nursing faculty members, in tandem with medical librarians, play a crucial role in establishing the knowledge base for student competency in health information literacy. The time to prepare nursing students to meet the information challenges and opportunities of today's(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical site infections (SSI) are a serious complication of surgery. Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus) is 1 of the most common causative organisms responsible for SSI. Patients who are carriers of methicillin-resistant S aureus and methicillin-sensitive S aureus are at increased risk of developing S aureus-associated SSIs. Decolonization of skin(More)
Frustration with emergency department wait times may contribute to patient delays in seeking care for subsequent episodes of chest pain and lower patient satisfaction ratings. In response to patient feedback and the dissemination of new knowledge, the existing emergency chest pain protocol was updated to include point-of-care laboratory testing and(More)