Diane Heliker

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Admission to a long-term care facility is a time of disorganization and adaptation. New residents experience transition breakdown beginning with a sense of homelessness as they learn the rules of institutional living. With the passage of time, residents may be able to create a place of their own. Story sharing is an important way to help new residents(More)
Relocation and transition to an assisted living facility (ALF) is considered a critical period for the prospective new resident both in the anticipatory time prior to admission and the early weeks post admission.(1) Administrators and health care providers at a large life care, aging-in-place facility in the southwest identified a need for improving(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper describes a pilot study that examined lessons learned from the introduction of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) elements into a medical school curriculum. METHODS A qualitative approach was selected as a first step in evaluating the phenomenological experience of introducing the CAM Educational Project in 2000-05. In(More)
The implementation of a nursing practice model, Disciplined Clinical Inquiry (DCI), in the perioperative arena, is described. Using participatory action research, nurses are empowered to become reflective practitioners, competent in problem solving and evidence-based practices, collaborators, change agents, and patient advocates. Characteristics inherent in(More)
Enculturation of evidence-based practice (EBP) is a continuing challenge. This article describes a novel pathway for staff development educators to fast track the teaching-learning of the EBP skills set and the immediate full cycle application of the EBP process at point of care. The pathway, called EBP Literacy, offers an asynchronous stepwise approach to(More)
Nursing education today faces a great challenge as it reviews the outcomes of traditional teaching strategies and seeks to explore new alternatives in preparing the nursing student for the complex and diverse profession of nursing. Problem-based learning is one alternative to meeting the needs of a society with health requirements as diverse as its(More)
Relationships between staff and residents in long-term care (LTC) are foundational to quality of life and high standards of care. Although nurse aides (NAs) provide more than 80% of personal care to nursing home residents, little research has focused on the NA-resident relationship or how NAs come to know and connect with their residents. This interpretive(More)
The negative effects of institutionalization in a long-term care facility include depersonalization, decreased self-concept and self-esteem, and decreased psychological well being. To modify these effects, an innovative narrative approach to long-term care in the format of story telling and listening is proposed. Narrative practice, in the format of story(More)
  • Diane Heliker
  • Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health…
  • 2007
Residents in long-term care facilities often experience an interruption in the reciprocity of caring, inadvertently cut off when they enter the unfamiliar surroundings of a residential health care system. This transition from the give and take of caring to being completely cared for often leads to a breakdown of meaning, a loss of identity, and loneliness.(More)
National surveys often report nursing home deficiencies related to the preservation of residents' dignity and respectful care. Many nurse aides (NAs), who provide the majority of personal care, are unprepared to engage in empathic and meaningful relationships with residents. This article reports the findings of a pilot mixed method study comparing two(More)