Research and theory for nursing practice (Res Theor Nurs Pract )

Publisher: Springer Verlag


This journal publishes articles that address or integrate theory, research, and practice, with a direct bearing on practice. We invite articles that discuss knowledge development in its broadest sense, those that reflect research using a variety of methodologic approaches, and those that combine several methods and strategies in a single study. The guiding vision is to evolve this into a fully international journal, where knowledge development issues and strategies are presented and debated in such a manner that nurses in all continents will both find the content relevant to their practice and feel encouraged to find a voice in the pages of the journal. The journal aims to reflect the scholarly works and thinking of the international nursing community.

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    ABSTRACT: Over the last two decades, the number of patients receiving implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) for the prevention of sudden cardiac death has grown significantly. This growth is largely the result of broadened indication for ICD use because of the success of trials demonstrating efficacy. Early ICD indication centered on secondary prevention, which then advanced to primary prevention in high-risk patients. Nurses delivering care to these patients not only manage this complex technology but also patients' uncertainty about their survival and related psychosocial adjustment to receiving an ICD. To inform practice, theoretical models such as Mishel's (1988) uncertainty in illness model provide insight into such acute phases of illness. This article proposes expansion of the uncertainty in illness model to advance knowledge in this field for nurses caring for patients with ICD.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2014; 28(1):71-86.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate older adults' perceptions of successful aging within the context of the theory of successful aging to validate and further inform this theory. This research was a secondary, qualitative analysis of data from two earlier studies in which participants were asked to provide a response to the open-ended question, "What does successful aging mean to you?" Content analysis using multiple coding was independently conducted by the investigators. Eight broad themes emerged: active independence, relationships with people, relationship with God, comfort resources, health, beneficial contribution, positive perspective/coping, and freedom. Differences and similarities of themes by study subgroups were also explored. The coping processes, functional performance mechanisms, and intrapsychic factors from the theory of successful aging were well represented in the findings of this study. The coping process of spirituality was less frequently represented, whereas that of gerotranscendence was slightly more often described. Interventions that enhance these factors associated with successful aging have the potential to improve quality of life and provide appealing, meaningful activities for older adults.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2014; 28(1):87-104.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2014; 28(1):5-8.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2014; 28(1):3-4.
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    ABSTRACT: Worry, characterized by repetitive and involuntary aversive thoughts about perceived concerns, is a central mental health complaint known to negatively impact quality of life of individuals facing perceived threats to health or well-being. Although empirical focus on worry has escalated over the past three decades, there has been less attention to current research trends and knowledge development related to this important phenomenon in nursing. This article presents a biobehavioral conceptual framework of worry for nursing application that is derived from a concept synthesis of biological, behavioral, clinical, and cognitive psychology sources. Databases including CINAHL, EBM Review, Health & Wellness Resource Center, PsycINFO, and PubMed were systematically reviewed for the years 2000-2012. The adapted conceptual framework describes relationships among perceived threat; process, structure, and content worry attributes; and outcomes of worry. The framework may be applied in clinical environments as a resource to better understand and care for patients facing perceived threats to health and well-being. The framework contributes a foundation to build empirical knowledge for nursing practice, theory, and research that has potential to improve patient well-being and health-related quality of life outcomes.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2014; 28(1):38-70.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(2):85-7.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(1):3-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Young women with cancer now face the complex decision about whether to undergo fertility preservation. Yet little is known about how these women process information involved in making this decision. The purpose of this article is to expand theoretical understanding of the decision-making process by examining aspects of information processing among young women diagnosed with cancer. Using a grounded theory approach, 27 women with cancer participated in individual, semistructured interviews. Data were coded and analyzed using constant-comparison techniques that were guided by 5 dimensions within the Contemplate phase of the decision-making process framework. In the first dimension, young women acquired information primarily from clinicians and Internet sources. Experiential information, often obtained from peers, occurred in the second dimension. Preferences and values were constructed in the third dimension as women acquired factual, moral, and ethical information. Women desired tailored, personalized information that was specific to their situation in the fourth dimension; however, women struggled with communicating these needs to clinicians. In the fifth dimension, women offered detailed descriptions of clinician behaviors that enhance or impede decisional debriefing. Better understanding of theoretical underpinnings surrounding women's information processes can facilitate decision support and improve clinical care.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(4):257-75.
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    ABSTRACT: People with advanced dementia disease (ADD) are known to have communication difficulties and thus it presents a challenge in understanding the expressions of these people. Because successful communication presupposes cooperation at least between 2 individuals, both individual's actions must be acknowledged. The aim of this study is to describe nursing staff's ways of understanding the expressions of people with ADD when communicating with them. Interviews from 8 nursing staff were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Two themes were constructed: "Being in communication" and "Doing communication." Being in communication means that nursing staff perceive people with ADD as being capable of communication. Doing communication means that nursing staff attempt different individualized strategies to understand what people with ADD communicate. Good care of people with ADD presupposes nursing staff that are willing and able to relate to other people and to maintain good care for people with ADD continuous education and supervision are needed.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(1):19-34.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(4):237-9.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(1):6-8.
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    ABSTRACT: The liberal usage of the concept of empowerment has led to the development of a broad and ambiguous term. In health care, empowerment is a core principle of patient-centered care that promotes patient engagement in health management. This is an analysis of the concept of empowerment within the context of cancer survivorship using both Rodgers' evolutionary concept analysis and Caron and Bower's dimensional analysis. The dimensional analysis followed the evolutionary concept analysis as the perspectives of patients and nurse providers emerged in the analysis. Data sources included a sample of 249 papers from multiple disciplines covering the period 2000-2013. Empowerment is defined as power-with that is actualized through a beneficial relationship of mutual trust and respect for autonomy that develops within a dynamic and patient-centered process. The attributes, along with the antecedents and consequences, provide a foundation for future theory development of empowerment in the context of cancer survivorship. This analysis demonstrated that although nurses and survivors may have a similar definition of the concept of empowerment, the uses and assumptions of that definition may differ. Future studies should be conducted measuring the effectiveness of an intervention that uses the components of the process of empowerment from survivors' perspectives.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(3):157-72.
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    ABSTRACT: When providing care to HIV-positive refugee women in the context of pregnancy, nurses must be able to move beyond the individual experiences of health and illness and acquire a more meaningful understanding of the historical, social, cultural, political, and structural influences that shape women's health and women's lives. Intersectionality is a framework that focuses on various dimensions of a refugee woman's social identity such as race, class, gender, as well as education, citizenships, and geographic location and how these dimensions intersect to influence the experiences of health and illness. In this article, we present a brief overview of the origins and evolution of intersectionality. From there we describe three distinct levels of analysis: (a) micro-level analysis to examine the influences that impact the social identity and social location of women; (b) meso-level analysis to explore informal and formal support systems; and (c) macro-level analysis to interrogate historical, social, cultural, political, and structural influences that shape health outcomes. Finally, we will examine how this framework may be useful for nursing practice, research, and knowledge development. We hope to illustrate how intersectionality is a useful framework to understand the experiences of HIV-positive refugee women in the context of pregnancy.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(4):240-56.
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    ABSTRACT: Rapid recognition and treatment of myocardial infarction (MI) reduces morbidity and mortality. Although emergency department (ED) nurses are often the first provider to evaluate individuals and are in a prime position to initiate MI guideline recommendations, no valid and reliable instrument was found to quantify their decision-making processes. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of a new theoretically driven, empirically based instrument for measuring nurses' cardiac triage decisions. Using a descriptive research design, data were collected using a mailed survey. There were 158 ED nurses who completed a mailed questionnaire. Factor analysis revealed three factors (patient presentation, unbiased nurse reasoning process, and nurse action) with good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = .903, .809, .718) and sample adequacy (KMO = .758) of the 30-item instrument. The newly developed instrument has the potential to improve patient outcomes surrounding early MI identification and treatment.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(1):9-18.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of volunteer nurses after the Haiti earthquake, January 2010. A descriptive qualitative study design using in-depth interviews focuses on experiences of 12 American nurse volunteers who served in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Semistructured interviews were conducted in person or by phone using an interview guide. The interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and checked for accuracy. Data analysis was assisted using NVivo9. Six themes emerged: initial shock, relentless work, substituting and making do, questioning, systems building, and transitioning back. Nurses who are interested in volunteering after a disaster can expect the experience to be overwhelming and will require them to exercise great flexibility, creativity, and strength in their nursing practice. Nurse volunteers can expect a rewarding experience that will likely change their perspective on nursing work and personal life.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(3):193-213.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND/CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: Little is known about which approaches facilitate adoption and sustainment of evidence-based practice change in the highly complex care environments that constitute clinical practice today. The purpose of this article was to complete a concept analysis of translational research using a modified Walker and Avant approach. DESIGN/DATA COLLECTION: Using a rigorous and thorough review of the recent health care literature generated by a deep electronic search from 2004-2011, 85 appropriate documents were retrieved. Close reading of the articles by three coresearchers yielded an analysis of the emerging concept of translational research. Using the iterative process described by Walker and Avant, a tentative definition of the concept of translational research, along with antecedents and consequences were identified. Implications for health care professionals in education, practice, and research are offered. Further research is needed to determine the adequacy of the definition, to identify empirical referents, and to guide theory development. The study resulted in a theoretical definition of the concept of translational research, along with identification of antecedents and consequences and a description of an ideal or model case to illustrate the definition. Implications for practice and education include the importance of focusing on translational research approaches that may reduce the research-practice gap in health care, thereby improving patient care delivery. Research is needed to determine the usefulness of the definition in health care clinical practice.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(3):214-32.
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    ABSTRACT: The importance of nursing theory and models for the development of the nursing profession is becoming increasingly evident in literature. This article demonstrates the use of the Betty Neuman Systems Model (NSM) to assess, as well as determine the predictors of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in patients diagnosed with breast cancer receiving doxorubicin-based chemotherapy. The selection of the model for practice reflects the congruency between the level of severity of CINV and the patient-related risk factors. In addition, the NSM was used to determine the appropriate nursing interventions necessary to strengthen the flexible lines of defense and the lines of resistance in addition to maintaining system stability.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(4):296-304.
  • Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(3):151-2.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this concept analysis is to create a clear definition and framework to guide weight self-management research and promotion of healthy weight self-management during the postpartum period. A woman's ability to manage her weight through the postpartum transition has lifelong implications for her weight status. This concept analysis was guided by Walker and Avant (2005). A broad search of sources was performed, yielding 56 articles in which postpartum weight self-management was the main focus. From consideration of the attributes of postpartum weight self-management, a descriptive, situation-specific theory emerged: Postpartum weight self-management is a process by which the transition to motherhood is viewed by the woman as an opportunity to intentionally engage in healthy weight self-management behaviors by minimizing the salient inhibitors and maximizing the salient facilitators to action. This analysis provides a clarification of the process concept of postpartum weight self-management and its consequences, giving direction for measurement, clinical application, and further research. Future nursing interventions and research should be aimed at helping women to view the postpartum period as a normative transition in which they have the opportunity to take charge of their own health and the health of their family.
    Research and theory for nursing practice 01/2013; 27(1):35-52.

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