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Listing of articles in 2005 -> July/August.
Editorial: Embracing Diversity to Overcome Health Disparities
Elaine Miller, DNS RN CRRN FAHA Editor
 
Rehabilitation Nursing Editor A snapshot of the current U.S. population reveals more than 281 million citizens: approximately 51% are female, 75% Caucasian, 12.5% Hispanic/Latino, 12.3% African American, 3.6 % Asian, and the remaining Native Americans a

Rehabilitation Nurses Working as Collaborative Research Teams
Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA
 
Rehabilitation nurses conducting research would benefit from working within collaborative research teams. The development of intradisciplinary (one discipline) and interdisciplinary (many disciplines) research teams is described in th...

Patient-Provider Communication Regarding Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation
Peter R. Mitoff, BSc • Marta Wesolowski, BSc • Beth L. Abramson, MD FRCP(C) FACC • Sherry L. Grace, PhD
 
This study investigated the dynamics of patient-provider communication in the cardiac rehabilitation (CR) referral process, to identify which aspects lead to CR participation. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with ...

Self-Organization in Chronic Pain: A Concept Analysis
Diane Monsivais, MSN CRRN
 
The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of self-organization in chronic pain using Rodgers’ (2000) evolutionary approach. This article describes the antecedents, attributes, and consequences of se...

Adult Failure to Thrive in the Older Rehabilitation Patient
Patricia A. Higgins, PhD RN • Barbara J. Daly, PhD RN FAAN
 
Increasing numbers of older adults require rehabilitation therapy upon discharge from a hospital. This pilot study tested a tool developed to assess failure to thrive syndrome (FTT) in patients admitted to a long-term rehabilitation u...

Evidence-based Clinical Improvement for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
Debra C. Hampton, PhD MSN RN • Deborah Griffith, MN RN • Alan Howard, MSN MDiv RN
 
Bundling or grouping together evidence-based interventions to improve care for the mechanically ventilated patient was piloted by a 10-bed medical-surgical critical care unit of a hospital. The bundled care interv...

Current Issues: Culturally Competent Rehabilitation Nursing
Geri-Ann Galanti, PhD
 
There was a time when the most important skills a rehabilitation nurse needed were technical. In today’s increasingly diverse world of health care, it is no longer enough to be technically proficient. In order to do their job effectivel...

Perspectives: Mini-rounds: A Team Communication Tool
Tami Dieruf, MSN RN CRRN-A ONC
 
Interdisciplinary communication can be challenging, yet it is so critical on a rehabilitation unit. This paper describes the way our rehabilitation unit came together to ensure that everyone on the team has the information that they need....

Clinical Consultation: How Do We Assess the Learning Style of Our Patients?
 
Situation: Two patients with diabetic foot ulcers are seen in your outpatient clinic on the same day. Mr. Lane is a 50-year-old patient with type II diabetes mellitus. Ms. Day is a 70-year-old patient with type II diabetes. It is your responsibility t...

Resource Reviews
 
Neurological Rehabilitation of Stroke Nick Losseff, Editor This is a small, concise reference book from England. From the introduction onward, the focus of the publication appears to be an evidence-based dire...

Recommended Resources
 
Books Fadiman, A. (1997) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Hmong) Galanti, G. (2004). Caring for Patients From Different Cultures, (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Uni...