Karen S. Desjardins

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PURPOSE To describe the development and psychometric testing of the Patient Safety Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge Scale (PS-ASK). METHODS Content validity of a 35-item instrument was established by a panel of experts. The instrument was pilot tested on 285 nursing students. Principal components analysis (PCA) with varimax rotation was conducted, and(More)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America identified the critical role of information technology in designing safe and effective health care. In addition to technical aspects such as regional or national health information infrastructures, to achieve this goal, healthcare professionals must receive the requisite training(More)
Patient safety efforts advocate for transforming healthcare from a culture of blame to a non-punitive "culture of safety." One of the most challenging hurdles is to encourage healthcare practitioners to be mindful about their activities. To promote mindfulness during clinical education for entry-level nurses, we developed a web-based dangerous situation and(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess how various stakeholders involved with nursing home care rate the importance of various quality-of-life (QoL) items for hypothetical residents with varying types of impairment. DESIGN A community-based exploratory description of a convenience sample. SETTING Eleven nursing homes in Florida, New Jersey, and Minnesota. PARTICIPANTS(More)
Effective and appropriate use of information and communication technologies is an essential competency for all health care professionals. The purpose of this paper is to describe the effect of an evolving informatics for evidence-based practice (IEBP) curriculum on nursing informatics competencies in three student cohorts in the combined BS/MS program for(More)
As part of a patient safety curriculum, we developed a Web-based hazard and near-miss reporting system for postbaccalaureate nursing students to use during their clinical experiences in the first year of their combined BS-MS advanced practice nurse program. The 25-week clinical rotations included 2 days per week for 5 weeks each in community,(More)
Nurses, certified nursing assistants, activity personnel, social workers, and physicians in 5 cities rated their ability to affect each of 17 quality of life (QoL) items for 2 hypothetical cases. Those closest to the residents feel the most empowered to make a difference. Overall, certified nursing assistants were consistently the most optimistic about(More)
Quality-of-life (QoL) is now recognized as a principal outcome marker for long-term care. However, QoL is difficult to define and measure, especially in residents with dementia. Providers of long-term care services (n = 182) were asked to rate the importance of 19 psychosocial quality-of-life elements for hypothetical residents with physical impairment and(More)
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