International Journal of Nursing Practice (Int J Nurs Pract )

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The International Journal of Nursing Practice is a fully refereed journal that publishes original scholarly work that advances the international understanding and development of nursing both as a profession and as an academic discipline. The journal focuses on research papers and professional discussion papers that have a sound scientific, theoretical or philosophical base.Preference is given to high quality papers written in a way that renders them accessible to a wide audience without compromising quality. The primary criteria for acceptance are excellence, relevance and clarity. Papers are published under the following categories: Research Papers, Scholarly Articles, Clinical Reports, International Reviews and Book Reviews.

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    ABSTRACT: Our objective in this study was to evaluate the nutritional status and to identify clinical, psychosocial, and nutritional factors contributing to malnutrition in Korean patients with Parkinson's disease. We used a descriptive, cross-sectional study design. Of 102 enrolled patients, 26 (25.5%) were malnourished and 27 (26.5%) were at risk of malnutrition based on Mini-Nutritional Assessment scores. Malnutrition was related to activity of daily living score, Hoehn and Yahr stage, duration of levodopa therapy, Beck Depression Inventory and Spielberger's Anxiety Inventory scores, body weight, body weight at onset of Parkinson's disease, and body mass index. On multiple logistic regression analysis, anxiety score, duration of levodopa therapy, body weight at onset of Parkinson's disease, and loss of body weight were significant factors predicting malnutrition in Parkinson's disease patients. Therefore, nutritional assessment, including psychological evaluation, is required for Parkinson's disease patients to facilitate interdisciplinary nutritional intervention for malnourished patients. © 2014 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 12/2014;
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    International Journal of Nursing Practice 12/2014; 20(6):680.
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored barriers to nurses' roles in pain management following surgery in Jordan. A qualitative approach using four focus group discussions (n = 4) was used. The total convenience sample of surgical wards nurses included 25 nurses. The analysis revealed two categories explaining the context and perceived barriers affecting nurses' roles in pain management. First were barriers within bedside nursing, comprising attention-seeking patients, 'buzzer obsession' and family interferences. Second were barriers within nursing, comprising lack of staff and 'nurses need pain relief before patients', and the perception of 'we are nurses, they are doctors.' Nurses' roles in managing patients' pain following surgery is hindered by contextually complex barriers identified by this research. Multidisciplinary actions are therefore urgently needed to address barriers to pain management at the nursing professional, ward culture and policy levels. Failure to do so might lead to more pain sufferers following surgery, and thus poor recovery.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 10/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to test nine variables which derived from the model of self-care in chronic illness and previous studies on elderly patients with hypertension. A descriptive research design was employed in this study. Totally, 306 elderly patients diagnosed with hypertension were selected from three public health centres for the study. The stepwise regression analysis was conducted by analysing predictors of self-care in elderly patients with hypertension. Statistical analyses, including correlation analysis, t-test and analysis of variance tests were conducted for seven variables. The results indicated that only four variables were significant, and the model explained 57% of the variance in self-care. Among these predictors, empowerment was the strongest predictor, followed by social support, depression and perceived severity. These findings demonstrate the significance of assessing predictors of self-care behaviour when examining patients' health behaviours and planning intervention strategies.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this descriptive qualitative study was to explore perspectives of nurses and midwives towards the introduction of shift-to-shift bedside handover. Semistructured interviews with nurses (n = 20) and midwives (n = 10) occurred 12 months after the introduction of bedside handover. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Two main themes were identified: enhanced individual patient care and documentation, along with improved patient-clinician partnerships; and protection of confidentiality and privacy. The newly introduced bedside handover model improved efficiency and accuracy of the handover process and led to the provision of safe, high-quality care. Development of ward-specific tools and relevant educational resources, along with clinical support, are identified as the facilitators to ensure the new model can be successfully integrated into normal clinical practice.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):250-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Patient's health locus of control (HLOC) belief associates with superior health outcomes and patient satisfaction. Higher levels of HLOC beliefs among patients and nurses contribute positively in developing the partnership model of care. The purpose of this study was to examine the differences between nurses and patients' perception of patient's health locus of control at the Jordanian general health-care settings. This study used cross-sectional, descriptive-correlation design to collect data using self-report questionnaires from 180 general nurses and 178 patients in general wards. Data collected were in regard to patient's perception of health locus of control. Patients and nurses expressed high level of externality and internality HLOC beliefs inferring the significance of partnership model of care. Chance was rated low among nurses and patients. The study emphasizes the role of nurses in enhancing their patient control and power over their health and participation in planning and implementation of health-care plans.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):242-9.
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    ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the relationship between psychosocial status, disease knowledge and adherence to deferoxamine treatment in adolescents with thalassaemia major. A purposive sample of 36 adolescents with transfusion dependence, ages 12-19 years, was recruited. A semi-structured interview and two structured questionnaires were used. In this sample, 56% were low adherence and 36% were psychologically impaired. Statistically significant factors associated with psychological impairment were: adolescents more than 16 years; low deferoxamine adherence; mean ferritin more than 2500 μg/L; family size more than six; family income equal or less than 350 Jordanian dinar and having sibling with thalassaemia. Additionally, adolescents with high level of knowledge had significantly lower scores on Pediatric Symptom Checklist.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):265-74.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the quality of care that is provided in intensive care units, needs and satisfaction of the patient relatives must also be considered. The aim of the study is to test the Turkish version of the Family Satisfaction in the Intensive Care Unit (FS-ICU-24) Survey, which was developed by Heyland et al. This study was planned and applied as a methodological study. Survey was conducted in the intensive care units of a military education and research hospital and a medical faculty hospital, department of anaesthesia and reanimation in the capital city Ankara of Turkey. Sample of the survey was composed of 120 participants. Cronbach's alpha value for the FS-ICU-24 general internal consistency in this study was calculated as 0.95 for total scale. In this study, the Turkish version of the FS-ICU-24 was found to be reliable and valid with Turkish population.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):320-6.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to identify the cultural problems encountered during caregiving by the nurses working in two university hospitals located in western and eastern Turkey. This descriptive, comparative study was conducted between July 2008 and October 2009 with 338 nurses who volunteered to take part in the study. The study data were collected using an individual description questionnaire consisting of 10 questions and another questionnaire consisting of 14 questions to identify the cultural problems encountered by nurses when giving care. The study showed with respect to training received on transcultural nursing that only 59 nurses had this training, but the percentage was higher in the nurses working at the hospital in the west (54.2%) (P > 0.05). It was found that a large number of nurses in the sample group (n = 286) gave care to at least one individual from another culture, but the percentage was significantly higher in the nurses working in the west (56.7%) than in the nurses working in the east (43.3%) (P < 0.05). When the problems experienced by the nurses during caregiving because of cultural characteristics of patients were explored, it was found that they experienced problems mostly in 'communication', and the percentage of those having problems was higher in the nurses working in the west (60.8%) (P > 0.05). The problem experienced in this area was mostly because of the fact that patients 'did not speak Turkish' (63.8%). In conclusion, the nurses gave care to patients from different cultures, and most of them had trouble when giving care to patients from different cultures.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):310-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to describe the influence of non-family-based support on breastfeeding practices among career women in Taiwan during the first four postnatal months. A qualitative, case study approach was used to investigate the phenomenon. A purposive sample of 14 women was recruited and took part in two to three in-depth interviews. The data were transcribed and analysed using descriptive content analysis. It was found that non-family supports had significant influence on their efforts to maintain breastfeeding. Women faced a number of challenges to breastfeeding. The services provided by in-centre care organizations, the resources and organizations accessed through the Internet, and the support provided by colleagues in their workplaces supported women's efforts to maintain breastfeeding. Given the low breastfeeding maintenance rates in Taiwan and the changing societal structure where fewer families rely on family support, the findings highlight the resources, programmes and nursing practice which might support women's needs and promote breastfeeding among career women.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 06/2014; 20(3):293-301.
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    ABSTRACT: Monitoring lifestyle to maintain health is an important issue for breast cancer survivors. No multidimensional instrument has previously been available specifically for assessing overall healthiness of lifestyle among breast cancer survivors. This study aims (i) to establish the Healthy Lifestyle Instrument for Breast Cancer Survivors (HLI-BCS) and (ii) to examine the reliability and validity of the established scale. A quantitative cross-sectional design was used. This project was conducted in four phases. In phase I, using the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile as the core concept, we created 50 preliminary measurement items. In phase II, we invited 10 breast cancer survivors and five professional experts to conduct a content validity assessment. In phases III and IV, a total of 220 breast cancer survivors were enrolled to assess the construct validity and the internal consistency and reliability. The final HLI-BCS contains 20 items across five domains: dietary habits, environment and physiology, health responsibility and stress management, social and interpersonal relations and spiritual growth. Through the information presented in the HLI-BCS, breast cancer survivors can assess their lifestyles on multiple dimensions and subsequently adjust their lifestyles to enhance their recovery and quality of life.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Stress at clinical environment is one of the cases that could affect the education quality among nursing students. The study aims to investigate Iranian nursing students' perceptions on the stressors in clinical environment in the South Western part of Iran. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in 2010 to include 300 nursing students after their completion of second clinical nursing course in a hospital environment. Data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire, with focus on the clinical environment stressors from personal, educational and training viewpoints. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software (IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY, USA) and descriptive statistics tests. Among the various stressors, the highest scores were given to the faculty (71 ± 19.77), followed by the students' personal characteristics (43.15 ± 21.79). Given that faculty-related factors provoked more stress in nursing students, nursing administration should diligently evaluate and improve communication skills among faculty to reduce student stress and enhance learning.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Falls are the most frequently reported adverse hospital events. How to prevent inpatients from falling has become an important issue of patient safety in hospitals. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between age and inpatient falls. A retrospective study design was used. This study, which extracted information from fall-related incident reports, enrolled patients who had fallen during hospitalization in Taiwan. Of the 221 falls evaluated, 63.8% had occurred under companion care, 98.2% of patients had fallen once and most fall-related injuries were minor (46.6%). Falls occurred most frequently when patients were going to the toilet, walking and being moved. There were significant correlations with age groups and fall-related factors (P = 0.000; P < 0.05), the presence/absence of a companion (P = 0.022, P < 0.05), the situation of falls (P = 0.000; P < 0.05), and fall-related injuries (P = 0.000, P < 0.05). Preventive interventions related to falls should vary for different age groups.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The Integrated Circuit tag monitoring system became available to measure wandering in terms of the distance moved by dementia patients. The purposes of the study were to describe degree of ambulation in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to examine factors associated with the distance moved. Methods: AD patients were recruited at a dementia care unit in Asakayama hospital, Osaka, Japan. The monitoring system generated the distance moved per day. Demographic and clinical data were abstracted from medical records. Mini-Mental State Exam was used to measure cognitive function. A multiple linear regression was used to predict the distance moved per day. The research was approved by the ethic committee of the university and the hospital, and written informed consent were obtained from the patients’ proxies. Results: In total, 40 AD patients were monitored. The mean age of the patients were 71.6±10, and the majority of the subjects had moderate to advance stage of dementia. Patients’ age (β=-0.589) and cognitive function (β=-0.360) were predictors of the median distance moved/day, and these two variables explained 47% of the variance. Conclusion: Older age and lower cognitive function were associated with reduced median distance moved per day in AD patients.
    International Journal of Nursing Practice 09/2013; 3:56-53.