Frances Vlasses

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Ambulatory care nursing is one of the fastest growing and least studied areas of nursing practice. Information from a national survey of ambulatory nurses has been used to delineate the core dimensions of the current staff nurse role. Comparison of practice patterns of ambulatory staff nurses employed in university hospitals, community hospitals, physician(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)
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)
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)
There are multiple demands and challenges inherent in establishing staffing models in ambulatory heath care settings today. If health care administrators establish a supportive physical and interpersonal health care environment, and develop high-performing interprofessional teams and staffing models and electronic documentation systems that track(More)
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)
One of the most exciting promises of technology lies in the potential to support research on complex questions through the capture, maintenance and analysis of large data sets. This is especially true in cases where research involves multiple contextual variables such as organizational research. The possibilities for increasing our scope and reaching to(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)