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Workplace violence is a significant and widespread public health concern among health care workers, including nurses. With growing awareness of how practice environments influence patient outcomes and the retention of health professionals, it is timely to consider the impact of workplace violence in hospitals. Registered nurses in Alberta and British(More)
Nurses deliver care to people with various forms of chronic illnesses and conditions. Some chronic conditions, such as paraplegia, are visible while others, such as diabetes, are invisible. Still others, such as multiple sclerosis, are both visible and invisible. Having a chronic illness or condition and being different from the general population subjects(More)
  • S Acorn
  • Hospital & community psychiatry
  • 1993
OBJECTIVES Homelessness is often associated with deinstitutionalization of chronic mentally ill people, but estimates of the number of mentally ill people in the homeless population vary. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent of psychiatric problems among the users of shelters for homeless persons in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition,(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the experience of living with a rare disease and how people with rare diseases cope with not only the disease but also the reactions of others. Scleroderma is a rare chronic connective tissue disease that results in fibrotic changes involving all or some organs of the body. The two types of scleroderma are systemic(More)
Concurrent with the recent enthusiasm for qualitative research in the health fields, an energetic call for methods by which to synthesize the knowledge has been generated on various substantive topics. Although there is an emerging literature on meta-analysis and metasynthesis, many authors overestimate the simplicity of such approaches and erroneously(More)
The purpose of this study was to test a theoretical model of the following variables, decentralization, professional autonomy, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment. Data were collected through a comprehensive survey of first-line nurse managers (N = 200) in acute care hospitals with more than 100 beds in British Columbia, Canada. The final model(More)
Traditionally, researchers have studied and interpreted the chronic illness experience through a lens of either stigma or normalization, but rarely both simultaneously. When chronic illness is examined through a stigma lens, the findings tend to focus on the manner in which the individual suffers from the stigma. When it is examined through a normalization(More)
  • S Acorn
  • Journal of professional nursing : official…
  • 1991
The purpose of this study was to examine perceptions of role conflict and role ambiguity experienced by nurse faculty in joint academic-clinical appointments and non-joint-appointed faculty (traditional faculty), and to examine the relationships of these two constructs with social support, job satisfaction, and propensity to leave the joint appointment.(More)
  • S Acorn
  • Journal of advanced nursing
  • 1995
The purpose of this project was to develop, implement and evaluate a community-based education/support programme for families of head-injured survivors. Three measures were used in evaluating the programme: (a) a written evaluation by the participants, (b) the clinical impressions of the programme facilitators and the principal investigator, and (c) the(More)
  • S Acorn
  • Journal of advanced nursing
  • 1993
The purposes of this study were to assess the needs of caregivers of head-injured survivors and the availability, use and helpfulness of support groups in meeting these needs. Demographic data on characteristics of the caregivers and of the head-injured survivor were also collected. The majority of the caregivers were mothers of head-injured males and(More)