Peggy A Ellis

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The role of parental trauma exposure and related mental health symptoms as risk factors for child maltreatment for parents involved with the child welfare (CW) system has received limited attention. In particular, little is known about the extent to which mothers receiving CW services to prevent maltreatment have experienced trauma and suffered(More)
Continuous quality improvement is an essential element of the accreditation process. This article describes the content and process for writing the Continuous Improvement Progress Report (CIPR) required by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the midpoint of the accreditation cycle. The rationale for writing the report and the purpose(More)
A qualitative study was conducted to examine the processes nurses used to make decisions in actual practice settings. Nurse participants (n = 17) practicing in acute care settings were observed and interviewed to determine the covert cognitive processes that occurred while they were making decisions. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative method.(More)
PURPOSE Despite the presence of obesity treatment guidelines, healthcare providers often provide suboptimal weight management. The purpose of the quality improvement project was to systematically assess adherence with adult overweight/obesity guidelines in primary care to reduce patient risk. DATA SOURCES Retrospective analysis of 420 encounter notes from(More)
The first article in this two-part series examined the meaning of ethics, why nurses should bother with it, and what effect it has on the individual conscience-controlled practitioner. This article looks more closely at why nurses need to be aware of the implications of ethics in practice.
PURPOSE Middle school entry laws increase coverage with recommended vaccines, but their effect on vaccines that are not required is unknown. We compared vaccination coverage for hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria (Td), and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in areas of states with discordant middle school, hepatitis B school entry laws, and evaluated the(More)
AIM This article describes nurse faculty workload policies from across the nation in order to assess current practice. BACKGROUND There is a well-documented shortage of nursing faculty leading to an increase in workload demands. Increases in faculty workload results in difficulties with work-life balance and dissatisfaction threatening to make nursing(More)
PURPOSE The challenges of health care; its safety, effectiveness, and efficiency; the quality of care; and the outcomes patients experience are issues central to nursing practice. This centrality needs to be affirmed as the profession shapes its practice over the next 50 years. The purpose of this article is to initiate a dialogue on the future of nursing(More)
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