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As an essential component of nursing practice, clinical reasoning is used to assimilate information, analyze data, and make decisions regarding patient care. Little is known about the reasoning strategies of experienced nurses who are not yet experts. This qualitative descriptive study explored the cognitive strategies used by experienced nurses as they(More)
OBJECTIVES Perimenopause, the transition into menopause, marks the beginning of accelerated bone loss, contributing to the development of osteoporosis, a major public health problem. This perimenopausal transition has also been associated with a decrease in body lean mass, an increase in fat mass, and an increase in body weight. How these changes in fat(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery on the quality of life of women. Wilson and Cleary's conceptual model of health-related quality of life, which examines five major outcomes (biological variables, symptom status, functional status, general health perceptions, perceived quality of life), was(More)
Nursing has a shortage of doctorally-prepared underrepresented minority (URM) scientists/faculty. We describe a five-year University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Bridges program for URM master's students' transition to doctoral study and factors in retention/graduation from the PhD program. Four master' students from two partner schools were(More)
The Rasch model, a simple latent trait model was applied to responses to a 21-item self-report instrument. Items were assigned values reflective of interval scale measurement. To modify the instrument, items below the calibrated mean were eliminated. The proposed revision contains fewer items with known scale values and only those items that are the(More)
Our purpose in conducting this study was to examine the relationship between physical activity and symptoms associated with perimenopause. A group of 214 perimenopausal women aged 40-55 years (mean = 47 years) completed the Women's Health Assessment Scale (assesses symptoms associated with perimenopause: vasomotor, psychosomatic, menstrual, and sexual(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of nurses' personal pain experiences on the assessment of their patients' pain. The sample consisted of 134 registered nurses employed in three Midwestern hospitals. In response to a personal pain history questionnaire, pain with headache, menstrual distress and dental events were cited most frequently.(More)
The purposes of the study were to describe family relationships within the context of living arrangements (living with adult children or without adult children) and support network, and to further determine associations of these factors to depression in elderly Korean immigrants. Over 70% (N = 160) of Korean elders were found to live apart from their adult(More)