Rebecca Askew

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Ergonomics provides a broad framework for home healthcare nurses to improve their individual physical, psychological, cognitive, and spiritual well-being through application of models for self-care planning. As the individual becomes stronger, more resilient and work hardy, the benefits to the individual, along with the work organization and ultimately the clients, grow exponentially. This article seeks to explore the relevant ergonomic domains and assist home healthcare nurses to develop self-care planning practices that lead to healthy lifestyles and improved quality of life.
    Home healthcare nurse 05/2012; 30(5):295-305. DOI:10.1097/NHH.0b013e318252c49a
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    ABSTRACT: The complexity of caring for adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) strains the confines of a care-segregated medical system. As treatment protocols have dramatically improved since 1990, many patients with SCD are now living well beyond their 6th decade of life. This improved survival rate presents opportunities and challenges for the home healthcare nurse in the management of adult patients with SCD. The home healthcare nurse is essential in the coordination of interdisciplinary health team members to reduce pain episodes and the potentially catastrophic complications of renal failure, pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular events. In addition, the home healthcare nurse serves as patient advocate for the transition from acute care to home, as well as advocate for healthcare maintenance of vision, musculoskeletal involvement, and social and psychological support. This article seeks to provide a viable network for home healthcare nurses to establish self-care management and support of the adult patient with SCD.
    Home healthcare nurse 03/2012; 30(3):172-83; quiz 183-5. DOI:10.1097/NHH.0b013e318246d83d
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    ABSTRACT: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a vital element of home health nursing. As healthcare becomes more costly, and more complex care is rendered in the home, the need for systematic inquiry to address the needs of clients and families is imperative. This essential systematic inquiry into nursing interventions and evaluation of clients' responses to those interventions may well transform the home health industry.The ultimate goal of nursing care is to optimize quality outcomes for patients, families, and populations, as well as healthcare providers and systems. Using a clinical case study, the authors discuss a step-by-step EBP process incorporating the nursing process from assessment of current practice to formulating a well-defined clinical question that addresses an identified problem through evaluation of the selected interventions effectiveness and efficacy.
    Home healthcare nurse 10/2009; 27(9):522-31; quiz 532-3. DOI:10.1097/01.NHH.0000361922.20388.80
  • Tracilia Beacham · Rebecca W Askew · P Renée William
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    ABSTRACT: The nursing profession has fewer racial and ethnic minority groups than the United States population, at large (Campbell, n.d.). Racial/ethnic minority students have lower admission and retention rates than White non-Hispanic students. A review of strategies reveals that to recruit and retain racial/ethnic minority students, schools of nursing will have to use interventions that reach diverse student populations, make connections with middle and high school students, support students during the application process, and mentor current students.
    The ABNF journal: official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc 02/2009; 20(3):69-72.
  • Home healthcare nurse 11/2008; 26(9):552-60; quiz 561-2. DOI:10.1097/
  • Rebecca Askew · Jean T Walker
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    ABSTRACT: Altering the physical environment includes clearing walkways and hallways of obstruction and removing obstacles and hazards from work areas. Removing animals and pets from the immediate area will reduce the potential for falls and decrease the risk of animal aggression toward the home health provider.
    Home healthcare nurse 07/2008; 26(7):412-7; quiz 418-9. DOI:10.1097/01.NHH.0000326319.78971.29
  • Home healthcare nurse 01/2008; 26(10):589-93. DOI:10.1097/01.NHH.0000341221.10146.91
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    ABSTRACT: The number of Americans with diabetes mellitus (diabetes) has skyrocketed in the past 2 decades. An estimated 21 million Americans have the disease, and approximately 6 million additional people are unaware that they even have diabetes (National Diabetes Educational Program [NDEP] Fact Sheet, 2007). Among all the developed nations on the globe, the United States leads the world in cases of diabetes, 90% of which are type 2 diabetes (Kitis & Emirogluk, 2006; National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2005). Unfortunately, these numbers are expected to climb even higher.
    Home healthcare nurse 01/2008; 26(7):421-8; quiz 429-30. DOI:10.1097/