Valarie Thomas

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INTRODUCTION Management of pediatric fever is controversial. Although many nursing texts advocate aggressive fever management, research provides evidence that fever is a normal physiologic process with beneficial effects. We sought to describe emergency nurses' pediatric fever management practices, their rationales for practice, and their practice(More)
It is often difficult to engage nursing students and keep their interest when teaching pharmacology. This article reports on an effective change from a lecture-only approach to teaching with the use of games and case studies in a baccalaureate nursing education program. Improvements have been noted in standardized test scores and student evaluations, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Dependency is frequently mentioned in the literature as a response of patients with cardiac disease. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a measure of dependency occurring in response to a cardiac illness. Illness dependency is defined as the need for emotional protection and social support after a significant change in health. (More)
Heart failure (HF) is both highly prevalent and costly to society. Successful self-care is essential to effective HF management. This study sought to develop a method to identify, via medical records (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification) coding, HF admissions attributable to ineffective self-care. Expert panels(More)
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