Melissa McIntire Sherrod

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Although awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death among US women has improved over the past decade, factors such as obesity, untreated hypertension, diabetes and the lack of access to healthcare services prevent healthcare providers from making additional gains in the fight against heart disease. Due to demographic changes in(More)
Heart failure in the United States is a growing epidemic, with approximately 550,000 new cases per year. An increasing number of patients are treated at home with drugs that require a working knowledge of both the syndrome and the various therapeutic agents in use. New understanding of the syndrome has led to a paradigm shift from treating signs and(More)
Hospitals are under immense pressure to reduce heart failure readmissions that occur within 30 days of discharge, and to improve the quality of care for these patients. Penalties mandated by the Affordable Care Act decrease hospital reimbursement and ultimately the overall cost of caring for these patients increases if they are not well managed.(More)
In 1934, Colice Sayer was forcefully removed from her home and involuntarily committed to a state mental hospital following a legal proceeding she was not allowed to attend. Colice's husband initiated the complaint against her. Colice remained in the institution for 43 years as a ward of the state of New York. This study examined her life to gain an(More)
Nurses struggle with conflicting priorities regarding the care of women during childbirth and the expectations of physicians and employers. Nurses are expected to perform technologically sophisticated interventions that were once performed by physicians, which can affect the perception of comfort that nurses traditionally offered. In this historical(More)