Frances Vlasses

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this national study were to (1) examine the extent of job burnout among VA Polytrauma team members engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI); and (2) identify their coping strategies for dealing with job-related stress. DESIGN A cross-sectional sample of 233 VA Polytrauma team members completed the(More)
The discussion of patient safety in delivering healthcare services is an important topic given the current state of the healthcare system. The current organizational cultures of many healthcare organizations do not support a culture of patient safety and do not employ a specific framework in delivering safe, reliable patient care. This article discusses the(More)
Defining the core dimensions of the current staff nurse role is a critical first step in demonstrating the worth of professional nurses in ambulatory settings. Data generated by a 1992 national survey of 606 ambulatory staff nurses provides insight into current practice. Managers may use this information to attract and retain staff nurses, remove barriers(More)
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The healthcare trends described in this article will eventually lead to transformation of healthcare delivery and nursing practice. The nursing profession needs to be proactive in creating new models of care delivery and in redefining the work of nursing. The authors describe 2 examples of emerging models and principles for the creation of future models,(More)
As the nursing profession seeks to develop evidence-based practice, nurses are being encouraged to embark on research in their institutions. Staff nurses and nurse clinicians often struggle with the process of obtaining institutional review board approval for their projects. When classes are available, the focus is frequently on informing nurses about the(More)