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Listing of articles in 2006 -> November/December.
Editorial: Is Your Healthcare Environment Therapeutic?
Elaine Tilka Miller, DNS RN CRRN FAHA FAAN: Rehabilitation Nursing Editor
There is mounting evidence that physical environments correlate with patient outcomes. For instance, we now know that natural light, paintings or pictures, music, colorful fabrics, family space, a non-institutional feel, and other such en...

Best Practice in the Assessment and Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Lillian Delmas, BScN RN CRRN
Diabetes is an increasingly serious health issue in the rehabilitation population. Foot ulcers develop in approximately 15% of people with diabetes and are a preceding factor in approximately 85% of lower limb amputations. Nurses have...

Physical Restraint Reduction in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting: A Quality Improvement Study
Shelly Amato, MSN RN CNS CRRN; Judy P. Salter, MSN RN CNS CRRN; Lorraine C. Mion, PhD RN FAAN
A prospective, continuous quality improvement study was implemented at a hospital on two rehabilitation units: stroke and brain injury. The purpose of the study was to decrease restraint use by 25% and to mai...

Evaluation of the Research Agenda for Rehabilitation Nursing
Cynthia S. Jacelon, PhD RN CRRN-A • Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA • Richard Buhrer, MN RN CRRN-A ARNP
From 1993 to 1995, under the direction of the board of directors of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF) created a research agenda for the field, which was published in 1996. The ...

Spiritual Care: Practical Guidelines for Rehabilitation Nurses
Linda S. Rieg, PhD RN • Carolyn H. Mason, MS APRN BC • Kelly Preston, MSN RN
Spiritual care has long been recognized as an essential component in providing holistic care to patients. However, many nurses have acknowledged that their education lacked practical guidelines on how to prov...

Nursing Interventions Within the Mauk Model of Poststroke Recovery
Kristen L. Mauk, PhD RN CRRN-A APRN BC
Stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Stroke Association (NSA, 2004) and the American Heart Association (AHA, 2004), there are over 750,000 new or recurrent strokes per...

Commentary: Nursing Interventions Within the Mauk Model of Poststroke
Barbara J. Boss, PhD RN CFNP CANP
Dr. Mauk clearly states the purpose of the article in the abstract: to use [the Mauk Model for Post Stroke Recovery] to present nursing interventions appropriate to the identified six phases of stroke recovery. Dr. Mauk is not prese...