Journal of Professional Nursing (J PROF NURS )

Publisher: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Elsevier


The journal addresses the practice, research and policy roles of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees, the educational and management concerns of the universities in which they are educated, and the settings in which they practice. Reports of original work, research, reviews, and policy papers focusing on professional nursing are published.

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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2013;
  • Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2013; 29(3):128-136.
  • Journal of Professional Nursing 09/2010; 26(5):293-300.
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    ABSTRACT: Performance appraisal interviews have, over the past two decades, become a common phenomenon in nursing. Yet evidence--both anecdotal and those reported in the literature--suggest that these interviews provide minimal satisfaction and are thus not always effective. This article presents the findings of an interpretive study that explored and documented the meaning and impact of participating in performance appraisal interviews. Data gleaned from nine New Zealand registered nurses employed by a single district health board provide evidence that nurses are often disappointed by the process of performance appraisal. Although they believe in the potential value of performance appraisal interviews, they seldom experience the feedback, direction, and encouragement necessary for an effective appraisal process. Changes to the current professional development program and its accompanying performance appraisal will require skilled commitment on the part of nurses, managers, and the employing organization to improve and develop the assessment and promotion of nursing practice.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(1):55-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to determine prevalent conflict management styles chosen by students in nursing and to contrast these styles with those chosen by students in allied health professions. The associations among the level of professional health care education and the style chosen were also determined. A convenience sample of 126 students in a comprehensive university completed the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), which requires respondents to choose behaviors most characteristic of their response to conflict and classifies these behaviors as one of five styles. There was no significant difference between the prevalent conflict management styles chosen by graduate and undergraduate nursing students and those in allied health. Some of the students were already licensed in their discipline; others had not yet taken a licensing exam. Licensure and educational level were not associated with choice of styles. Women and men had similar preferences. The prevalent style for nursing students was compromise, followed by avoidance. In contrast, avoidance, followed by compromise and accommodation, was the prevalent style for allied health students. When compared to the TKI norms, slightly more than one half of all participants chose two or more conflict management styles, commonly avoidance and accommodation at the 75th percentile or above. Only 9.8% of the participants chose collaboration at that level. Implications for nurse educators, researchers, and administrators are discussed.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(3):157-66.
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    ABSTRACT: Doctoral (PhD) education in nursing is costly and requires scarce resources: qualified faculty, qualified students, research funding, and infrastructure. This article discusses the development and implementation of a five-school consortium for delivery of an established PhD in Nursing Science program throughout north Florida. Factors that contributed to the success of the Consortium, including communication, history of shared work, collaborative approaches, and a formal agreement, are described. Challenges, such as maintaining curricular integrity across settings and selecting web-based formats, are considered. Results to date have been a viable consortium with a 4-year history, three PhD consortium graduates, 22 PhD students enrolled via the consortium, and success in attracting both federal and private funding. Consortia are proposed as a strategy for the effective use of limited resources, and suggestions are provided for the development of successful consortium models capable of delivering high-quality PhD nursing education.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(5):262-6.
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    ABSTRACT: We report on the findings of a national survey that examined factors that influence faculty's intentions to integrate tobacco education in their advanced practice nursing curricula. The addiction component of tobacco use is taking its toll on the health of 48 million smokers in the United States. Several national health authorities recommend and/or mandate that tobacco prevention and tobacco cessation be addressed at every point of entry in the health care delivery system. However, there is increasing evidence that health care providers may not be adequately prepared to meet national goals and/or standards. One hundred sixty-one advanced practice nursing faculty in the United States completed an 88-item survey regarding external factors (e.g., personal history of tobacco use, clinical practice, and current tobacco topics taught) and components of the Theory of Reasoned Action model (including perceived self-efficacy, behavioral beliefs, subjective norms, and control beliefs related to tobacco education). Descriptive statistics, chi(2) analysis, Pearson correlation, and linear regression were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that sex (chi(2) = 7.949, P = .024), level of education (chi(2) = 26.853, P = .0005), years of academic teaching (chi(2) = 19.418, P = .013), and combined clinical and course responsibility (chi(2) = 10.430, P = .0236) were significant external (demographic) factors and that behavioral beliefs (attitude about tobacco education) demonstrated the strongest relationship with intention scores (r = 0.876, P < .0005). Overall, 62.7% of nurse practitioners reported high scores (>or=5, on a scale of 1-7) for intentions to integrate tobacco education, as compared with 37.5% of nurse midwives, 30.3% of clinical nurse specialists, and 8.7% of nurse anesthetists. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that nursing curricular gaps with tobacco education exist and that national efforts are needed to ensure that widespread changes occur to help reduce the morbidity and mortality related to tobacco use.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(4):189-200.
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    ABSTRACT: There is a tremendous need to educate professional nurses and other health care providers in the care of the dying person. Both nurses and physicians have begun to recognize the need to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries to provide the complex care required during the last human transition. This article describes the evolution of a unique interdisciplinary graduate course on end-of-life issues at Wayne State University. Using a new model centered on narrative and culture, the course focuses on the synthesis of concepts from many of the stories told by and about dying people, their families and communities, and their various caregivers. The effects of 5 years of experience with the course on students, faculty, and the university community are described, and future directions are suggested.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(4):201-7.
  • Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(5):251-2.
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    ABSTRACT: Although many have suggested strategies to resolve the nursing shortage, few have considered inactive RNs. This pilot study investigated reasons why nurses leave the practice, the type of work environment and resources necessary to entice RNs to return to practice, and the specific skills required to assist RNs in feeling confident and competent to return to practice. Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory was used to study motivation and hygiene factors enticing RNs to practice. A screening questionnaire was sent to 1,004 randomly selected RNs in Missouri to determine who were licensed but not practicing. Fifty-two full questionnaires were mailed and 33 (63%) were returned. Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS, whereas qualitative data were coded and analyzed using manifest content analysis. The lack of motivators such as recognition of one's work and achievements was one reason why RNs left the practice. The hygiene factors of money, improved working conditions, refresher courses, and health insurance would motivate RNs to return to practice. Those wishing to entice inactive nurses to practice will need to offer sign-on bonuses or make the hourly wages and benefits package very competitive. This study indicates that nurses value flexible working hours, part-time opportunities, consideration of family lives, and positive relationships with administrators.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(1):13-20.
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    ABSTRACT: Elderly persons in the United States constitute an increasing proportion of our population impacting nursing education. The purpose of this study was to survey geriatric and gerontology issues and trends in U.S. baccalaureate schools of nursing since the advent of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN's) Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care. A national mail survey of all accredited AACN baccalaureate programs was conducted, resulting in 202 responses and a 36% response rate. The results show that half of the respondents reported integrating geriatrics/gerontology, and half reported having stand-alone geriatric/gerontology courses. Results indicate key issues that warrant further investigation. These include: (1) faculty preparation related to geriatrics and gerontology; (2) gaps in implementing the AACN's Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care in both stand-alone courses and integrated curricula; and (3) the extent to which the AACN's Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care is addressed in undergraduate curricula. Trends noted include planning to offer and retaining required stand-alone geriatric/gerontology courses. These results may be useful to nurse educators and researchers who are grappling with nursing education issues concerning geriatric and gerontology preparation. Of importance is that nursing curricula reflect nursing faculty's commitment to addressing the health care needs of the burgeoning number of elderly persons in society.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(1):21-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Problem-based learning (PBL) was adopted in 1999 as the major teaching strategy in the four core courses of the master of science in nursing (MSN) program in Nursing Administration. Three standardized tests were used to assess the impact of PBL on student learning and performance. This article reports a study designed to assess the impact of a PBL curriculum on master's students' Learning Style Inventory (LSI-IIa). Experiential learning theory is used in this descriptive comparative design to compare LSI scores of 29 MSN students before and after two consecutive semesters of using PBL in Nursing Administration core courses. The post-PBL findings suggest that, in the learning cycle, students' preference increased for the conceptualizing-experiencing pole. Prior to PBL, 38% of the students selected the accommodator learning style and 34% selected the converger learning style. In post-PBL, 11 students changed their learning style, fewer students were in the accommodator group, and the converger group was unchanged. Differences in LSI scores are compared with those of post-RN students and medical students experiencing PBL curriculum changes. Assessing student outcomes in Nursing Administration MSN curriculum is possible with standardized tests designed by management and psychology educators. Experiential learning theory is a useful perspective from which to study PBL.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(4):214-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The increase in advanced practice graduate programs and the inclusion of content and skills related to advanced health assessment as a core competency for practice served as the impetus for a 5-year follow-up study to track the changes, methodologies, and integration of technology into practitioner programs. The questionnaire was mailed to the faculty/schools listed as current members in the National Health Service Corps Nurse Practitioner Faculty Advocate Network. The number of responding schools was 135 (44%). The family nurse practitioner program continues to be the most offered advanced practice nursing program. Nearly all institutions offer a post-master's program and an advanced health assessment course to their clinical graduate students. Health assessment is usually taught concurrently or as a prerequisite for clinical experiences; there continues to be a strong emphasis on the physical examination component. Ethnic and cultural assessment and gerontological assessment content increased since the original study. Both class and laboratory class sizes decreased. Qualitative data that centered on differences in graduate versus undergraduate health assessment revealed a shift in focus in several areas: differential diagnoses, abnormals, and the inclusion of advanced skills. There was an emergence of more creative strategies: the use of standardized patients, online coursework, videotaping, "live" patients, and simulations.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(3):137-43.
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    ABSTRACT: American universities and nursing faculties, caught between the imperatives of community demand and university financial constraints, need to analyze their communities of interests' shared priorities for nursing education. This replication study's objective was to compare the priorities and attitudes of two nursing programs' communities of interest using appreciative inquiry (AI). The researchers used AI to conduct a qualitative, comparative analysis of data from two nursing programs. They used one-on-one and focus group interviews to examine stakeholders' views of the best of the nursing program's past, their vision and approaches to realizing the vision, and their roles in contributing to the vision they created. The researchers analyzed the qualitative data using a standardized codebook and content analysis. Respondents' priorities for both academic programs were similar, with the western respondents emphasizing nursing's contribution to quality care and the southern respondents emphasizing its leadership and commitment to diversity. Both identified the role of legislators and the community in partnering with nursing to secure funds for expansion. Both programs' respondents viewed nursing as a major part of the university and considered their role as supporters of the university's academic and financial goals. The two nursing programs appeared to harness external and internal support in their respective communities. While some priorities differed between the two nursing programs, respondents were aware of the ripple effect of decreased funding for nursing education on the delivery of nursing services to the community. Differences among the undergraduate and graduate students, which reflect a nursing program's student mix, underscore the priorities that nursing programs must emphasize.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(5):267-77.
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study were to identify variables of Jordanian nurses' job satisfaction and intent to stay, compare the phenomena of interest in teaching and non-teaching hospitals, and correlate the two concepts of nurses' job satisfaction and intent to stay. A convenience sample of 433 nurses was obtained from three teaching hospitals and two non-teaching hospitals. Nurses were "neither satisfied nor dissatisfied" and were "neutral" in reporting their intent to stay at their current jobs. Nurses who were working in non-teaching hospitals reported higher job satisfaction and intent to stay rates than those working in teaching hospitals. Nurses' job satisfaction and intent to stay were at the borderlines, which require the immediate attention of nursing and hospital administrators. Nurses' job satisfaction and intent to stay, particularly in teaching hospitals, have to be promoted; thus, interventions have to be effectively initiated and maintained at the unit and organizational levels.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(3):125-36.
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    ABSTRACT: In the face of a rapidly aging America and given that older adults are the population that avail health care services the most, there is a clear mandate to stimulate nursing student interest in care of older adults. The purpose of this study was to determine if web sites of baccalaureate nursing (BSN) programs stimulate interest in care of older adults by quantifying and comparing images of older adults and children on baccalaureate nursing program web sites and examining the characteristics of these images. The reality that nurses primarily care for older adults is not reflected in images on BSN program web sites. This creates both a skewed perception of the nursing profession and a lost opportunity to stimulate interest in geriatric nursing.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(4):220-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Competency-based education is essential for bridging the gap between education and practice. The attributes of competency-based education include an outcomes focus, allowance for increasing levels of competency, learner accountability, practice-based learning, self-assessment, and individualized learning experiences. One solution to this challenge is scaffolded instruction, where collaboration and knowledge facilitate learning. Collaboration refers to the role of clinical faculty who model desired clinical skills then gradually shift responsibility for nursing activity to the student. This article describes scaffolded instruction as applied in a Web-based second-degree bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. This second-degree BSN program uses innovative approaches to education, including a clinical component that relies on clinical coaches. Students in the program remain in their home community and complete their clinical hours with an assigned coach. The method will be described first, followed by a description of how the method was applied.
    Journal of Professional Nursing 01/2007; 23(5):285-9.

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