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RATIONALE Qualitative and quantitative research rely on different epistemological assumptions about the nature of knowledge. However, the majority of nurse researchers who use multiple method designs do not address the problem of differing theoretical perspectives. Traditionally, symbolic interactionism has been viewed as one perspective underpinning(More)
Sonicated albumin has been proposed as a near ideal echocardiographic contrast agent with little myocardial toxicity or hemodynamic effect. Its use has not yet been reported in humans, partly because of difficulties in preparation. With use of the newly modified sonication method, 10 ml of 5% albumin was sonicated for 75 s with a 5.0 ml slow infusion of(More)
AIMS In this study, we report normal pad weight gain in a group self-reported continent men and compare the self-report data with the 24-hr pad test and the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). MATERIALS AND METHODS Subjects awaiting radical prostatectomy were consecutively recruited. Exclusion criteria were a previous history of urologic surgery,(More)
A frequent observation made about nursing advocacy at the policy level is its absence-or at least its invisibility. Yet there is a persistent belief that nurses will participate in advocacy at the societal level in matters of health. Although gaps exist in our knowledge about how to advocate at the policy level, the authors suggest that a number of other(More)
A low pressure gradient across the residual lesion and a minimal percent residual stenosis are markers of a successful coronary angioplasty. A more physiologic method of assessing the results of coronary angioplasty would involve assessment of myocardial perfusion in the affected coronary bed. Contrast two-dimensional echocardiography provides information(More)
BACKGROUND Internationalization, an integral part of strategic planning initiatives in universities around the world, is occurring within the context of globalization. As we move toward greater internationalization in nursing education, we must understand the ideologies that currently underpin globalization and their fit with the vision and mission of(More)
Ethical issues arise for nurses involved in all phases of clinical trials regardless of whether they are caregivers, research nurses, trial co-ordinators or principal investigators. Potential problem areas centre on nurses' moral obligation related to methodological issues as well as the notions of beneficence/non-maleficence and autonomy. These ethical(More)
Context has often been cited as a significant factor in shaping research utilization behavior, yet scholars have been unable to provide specific detail as to how and why it is important. From an ethnographic study of research utilization in a pediatric intensive care unit, we determined that the primary characteristic of this nursing unit was uncertainty.(More)
How health-disease is perceived or conceptualized is important for nursing research. There is increasing evidence that individual representations are important in constructing the experience of health-disease. What is the personal saliency of health-disease for the individual? To explore the patterns of meaning inherent in health-disease, a card sort was(More)