Lynda W Slimmer

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CONTEXT Quality healthcare for diverse populations requires providers that understand the impact of culture on health and health-seeking behaviors. Recruiting individuals from diverse cultures into healthcare professions facilitates this understanding. Although nursing education programs have been successful in recruiting such individuals, they often(More)
The effect of a 0.3 mg/kg dose of methylphenidate on attentional, behavioral, and cardiovascular measures in boys with attention deficit disorder (ADD) was examined. The results of double-blind clinical trials demonstrated a significant improvement in sustained attention and impulse control, as well as in ratings of social behavior by both teachers and(More)
PROBLEM Nurse-physician communication affects patient safety. Such communication has been well studied using a variety of survey and observational methods; however, missing from the literature is an investigation of what constitutes effective and ineffective interprofessional communication from the perspective of the professionals involved. The purpose of(More)
A descriptive design evaluated the effect of writing across the curriculum techniques on students' attitudes toward, and critical understanding of, nursing research. Using a semantic differential, students' (n = 17) attitudes were measured prior to a research theory course, immediately after the course, and at the end of the following term in which they(More)
The impact of decreasing faculty numbers on the nursing shortage has been well documented. Mentoring is recognized as the most significant way to grow and nurture nurse educators. The purpose of this article was to describe the Teaching Mentorship Program within the College of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Science at a Midwestern state(More)
Clinical decision making is a term frequently used to describe the fundamental role of the nurse practitioner; however, other terms have been used interchangeably. The purpose of this article is to begin the process of developing a definition and framework of clinical decision making. The developed definition was "Clinical decision making is a contextual,(More)
As a component of an undergraduate nursing program evaluation, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the psychiatric clinical learning site on students' attitudes toward mental illness and psychiatric nursing. A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was utilized. The dependent measures included an Environmental Rating Scale, an(More)
This research tested the hypothesis that a relatively modest dose of stimulant medication would produce optimal effects on cognitive and impulse control performance when compared to three other dosage levels in hyperactive school children. The efficacy of the medication was measured using a school-like visual search and matching task tapping concentration(More)
Patients 1801 patients ≥ 60 years of age (mean age 71 y, 65% women) who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4 edition criteria for major depression or dysthymia or both and who were planning to use general medical care from a participating clinic. Exclusion criteria were drinking problems, bipolar disorder or psychosis, severe(More)
MAIN FINDINGS 6 themes were identified. (1) Problems. Most children reported everyday problems that got them ‘‘into trouble.’’ They identified learning and cognition problems such as their ‘‘slower’’ rate of learning, feeling constantly distracted and confused about what was said to them, and being bored. Participants also identified behaviour problems in(More)