Thursday August 28th 2014

A review of six factors in delivering nursing care

The six new articles in the upcoming May 31 Online Journal of Nursing (OJIN) topic, Delivering Nursing Care: Current Factors to Consider discuss a variety of factors that may impact nursing care.

In The Impact of Emerging Technology on Nursing Care: Warp Speed Ahead, author Carol Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN, identifies emerging technologies likely to change the practice of nursing; the skill sets nurses will need to develop, acquire, use and integrate these emerging technologies; and the challenges nurse leaders face in their integration.

The article, Nursing Intellectual Capital Theory: Implications for Research and Practice, by Christine L. Covell PhD, RN, and Souraya Sidani, PhD, reviews the nursing intellectual capital theory, a theory that conceptualizes the sources of nursing knowledge available within an organization, and delineates its relationship to patient and organizational outcomes. The authors explain why this theory shows promise for guiding research on quality work environments and how it may assist with administrative decision-making related to nursing human resources management and continuing professional development.

Nursing Control over Practice and Teamwork by Jessica Castner, PhD, RN, CEN; Diane J. Ceravolo, MS, RN; Kelly Foltz-Ramos, MS, RN; and Yow-Wu Bill Wu, PhD, describes a study to measure the relationship of control over practice and five dimensions of teamwork: team structure, leadership, situation monitoring, mutual support and communication. The article describes their study findings, suggesting that nursing control over practice demonstrates a positive relationship with teamwork and should be considered in future education, policy and research efforts.

Kathleen R. Stevens, EdD, RN,  FAAN, ANEF, is the author of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: The Next Big Ideas. Nurses have launched initiatives that maximize efforts to fully deliver on the promise of evidence-based practice (EBP).  This article considers the impact of EBP across nursing practice, education and science.

Hospital-Based Fall Program Measurement and Improvement in High Reliability Organizations, by Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, and
Susan V. White, PhD, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, FNAHQ,  describes the impact of a framework for applying the concepts used by high reliability organizations to falls prevention programs at the patient, unit and organizational level.

In The Impact of Simulation on Patient Care, Michelle Aebersold PhD, RN, and Dana Tschannen PhD, RN, provide an overview of simulation techniques and uses, review current uses of simulation for practicing nurses, and make recommendations about how to get started using simulation in nurses’ institutions.

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