Diana J. Mason

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As clinical nursing research gains prominence in the profession, the need for, and advantages of, pilot studies are increasing. This article describes the purposes of pilot studies, the potential positive and negative outcomes of these studies, and three examples of pilot studies with different outcomes. The emphasis is on issues related to clinical nursing(More)
Immunization represents one of the most effective tools in preventive medicine. But despite what should be a universal practice, preschool children, particularly in the inner cities, are not being adequately vaccinated. The responsibility for low immunization levels does not rest solely with the parents. Major obstacles within the health care system provide(More)
The United States has achieved over 97% immunization of children by school age and has reduced the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90% since the prevaccination era. However, children often do not receive immunizations at the recommended age, and in densely populated urban areas this delay in immunization has led to epidemics of(More)
Teaching rounds can be a highly interactive, fluid process for developing staff nurses' critical thinking, assessment, and interpersonal skills. In this article, the authors describe how to conduct and evaluate teaching rounds using the example of Pain Management Teaching Rounds conducted by an advanced practice nurse on medical-surgical units of a large(More)
Drawing upon preliminary research findings, this paper considers whether pharmacists in Britain face a crisis in their occupational status and identity as a result of changes in their work and market situations. It further examines some of the ways in which they are responding to the challenges and opportunities presented. The paper also comments on the(More)
Sleep patterns were examined over a 6-month time period after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) using a wrist-worn actigraph and the Sleep-Rest subscale of the Sickness Impact Profile. The sample included 22 women during the first postoperative week (T1), and 13 of these women during the first posthospitalization week (T2) and the sixth (T3) and(More)