Volume 1 Issue 1

Research Article: Pre-Hospital Symptoms, Actions and Delay Times-Does it Differ between Hypertensive and Non-Hypertensive ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients?

Ericsson M, Sederholm Lawesson S, Swahn E and Ingela Thylen*

It is well established that early revascularization is crucial for the prognosis when an individual is stricken by an acute myocardial infarction [MI] [1,2]. For the most deadly form of MI - ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction [STEMI] - the mortality rates are non-linear and increase for every 30 minutes that elapse before these patients are treated [2].

Cite this Article: Ericsson M, Sederholm Lawesson S, Swahn E, Thylen I. Pre-Hospital Symptoms, Actions and Delay Times-Does it Differ between Hypertensive and Non-Hypertensive ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients? Sci J Nurs Pract. 2017; 1(1): 019-024.

Published: 09 November 2017

Research Article: The Usefulness of an Agile Methodology to Underpin a Public Engagement Activity

Fern Todhunter*

This conceptual paper reports on a synthesis of agile methodologies to plan, organise and deliver a health focussed public facing event held at a United Kingdom University. The scope of this work shows the opportunities for nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy educationalists, students, practitioners and expert service users to effectively collaborate beyond their usual settings. Agile is a way of working which offers flexibility in planning, decisions and actions. A review of the literature highlights its popularity with large organizations where uncertainty is predominant. In contrast, the absence of proven integrity has attracted criticisms of its adoption. The opening section sets out the characteristics of an agile method. This precedes application of two specific frameworks and the reported outcomes. The evidence shows the value of agile to underpin project design and management.

Cite this Article: Todhunter F. The Usefulness of an Agile Methodology to Underpin a Public Engagement Activity. Sci J Nurs Pract. 2017; 1(1): 013-018.

Published: 26 October 2017

Research Article: Use of Patient Portals among Diabetes Educators and Registered Nurses in Practice

Eun-Shim Nahm*, Eva Gonzales, Catherine Diblasi, Knar Sagherian and Kristi D. Silver

Patient Portals (PPs) have significant potential to empower patients with diabetes, as they offer helpful tools to manage health conditions. Even though prior studies explored the use of PPs by healthcare providers, such as physicians, little is known about its use by nurses or diabetes educators in practice. This preliminary study examined the current status of PP use by nurses and diabetes educators using a survey. Participants (N = 58; mean age, 48 years) were attendees of a regional diabetes conference. Most had sufficient knowledge about PPs (M = 4.59 ± .68; 0-5); however, their confidence in using PPs for their own care (M = 31.5 ± 6.9; 0-40) and perceived usefulness of PPs for their practices (M = 15.74 ± 3.73; 3-21) were low. Further research is needed to identify the current trends in using PPs among different health professionals and to explore opportunities to optimize PP use for patients.

Cite this Article: Nahm ES, Gonzales E, Diblasi C, Sagherian K, Silver KD. Use of Patient Portals among Diabetes Educators and Registered Nurses in Practice. Sci J Nurs Pract. 2017; 1(1): 006-012.

Published: 24 August 2017

Review Article: Leadership Strategies to Promote Nurse Retention

Vickie Hughes*

Nursing turnover rates, as reviewed in 25 articles published between 1990 and 2010, range from 9.49% to 250% [1]. Duffield and others [2] examined the nurse turnover rate and cost in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. New Zealand had the highest turnover rate (44.3%), followed by the United States (26.8%), Canada (19.9%), and then Australia (15.1%)The turnover costs per nurse were reported as highest in Australia ($48,790), followed by Canada ($26,652), New Zealand ($23,711), and the United States ($20,561).

Cite this Article: Hughes V. Leadership Strategies to Promote Nurse Retention. Sci J Nurs Pract. 2017; 1(1): 001-005.

Published: 13 July 2017

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