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In August 2008, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN's) Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group met to review current AACN Practice Alerts and to identify new Practice Alerts to be created. The work group was also tasked with reassessment of the grading system used by AACN that evaluates evidence associated with the Practice Alerts(More)
BACKGROUND When the upper arm (area from shoulder to elbow) is inaccessible and/or a standard-sized blood pressure cuff does not fit, some healthcare workers use the forearm to measure blood pressure. OBJECTIVE To compare automatic noninvasive measurements of blood pressure in the upper arm and forearm. METHODS A descriptive, correlational comparison(More)
BACKGROUND Oversedation masks neurologic changes and increases mortality/morbidity, whereas undersedation risks prolonged stress mobilization and patient injury. In situations such as deep sedation/analgesia, the Bispectral Index (BIS) has potential use as an adjunct to clinical assessment of sedation to help determine depth of sedation. Determining the(More)
BACKGROUND Noninvasive measurement of blood pressure in the forearm is used when the upper arm is inaccessible and/or when available blood pressure cuffs do not fit a patient's arm. Evidence supporting this practice is limited. OBJECTIVE To compare noninvasive measurements of blood pressure in the forearm and upper arm of medical-surgical inpatients(More)
The purpose of the study was to examine research utilization practices relative to developing and revising practice protocols in acute care agencies in Delaware. Nurse leaders in 13 acute care agencies identified resource nurses most familiar with the development and revision of agency protocols. Thirty-two resource nurses from 11 agencies, representing(More)
  • L Bucher
  • 1993
Nursing demands competency in numerous psychomotor skills. Using theory from Paivio (1986), Anderson (1976, 1985), and Bandura (1986), this attribute-treatment study explored the interactive effects of imagery skills and various combinations of physical and mental practice on learning a skill. The author assessed 108 nursing students for imagery abilities(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to investigate the effect of organizational characteristics and perceived caring attributes of managers on nurses' job enjoyment. BACKGROUND Job satisfaction was the outcome of several studies about organizational or professional practice environments. Study variables predicted 30-60% of the variance in job(More)
Patients with diabetes often have impaired wound healing and an increased rate of postoperative complications with surgery. Most research has focused on the effect of hyperglycemia in the postoperative period, but there is limited evidence to guide blood glucose (bG) control throughout the perioperative period. This retrospective study explored the effect(More)