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Listing of articles in 2008 -> November/December.
Rehabilitation Nursing's Responsiblity in Shaping the Future U.S. Health System
 
Whenever illness or injury occurs, everyone wants to receive the best possible care. Recently, The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance System released the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance 2008. This report reveals th...

Reiki as a Rehabilitative Nursing Intervention for Pain Management: A Case Study
Susan L. Pocotte, PhD Diane Salvador, MSN RN
 
Rehabilitation nurses manage increasingly large numbers of patients with chronic pain. The standard of care requires that a plan of care incorporate pain management for rehabilitation patients. Chronic pain includes physical and psychological...

Risk Factors and Outcomes Associated with Hospital Admission for Dehydration (CE)
Bonnie J. Wakefield, PhD RN Janet Mentes, PhD RN John E. Holman, MA Kennith Culp, PhD RN FAAN
 
The hospital admission rate for dehydration is one of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Prevention's Quality Indicators, which are considered screening tools for potential quality issues. Thus, admission for dehydration...

Nursing Leadership Collaboration for Rehabilitation of Polytrauma Patients
Sandra K. Janzen, MS RN NEA-BC Alice S. Naqvi Mugler, MS RN
 
This article describes a variety of nursing issues that emerged over a 3-year period on polytrauma rehabilitation nursing units and the leadership roles and strategies that were used to meet the rehabilitation needs of newly injured s...

Accuracy of a Bedside Dysphagia Screening: A Comparison of Registered Nurses and Speech Therapists
Janice Weinhardt, MSN BC APRN Susan Hazelett, MS RN Dawn Barrett, MS CCC/SLP • Robert Lada, MD Trish Enos, BSN BS RNC CPHQ Rick Keleman, RN
 
Evidence-based guidelines suggest that stroke patients should be screened for dysphagia before oral intake. The purpose of this study was to validate a dysphagia screening tool comparing registered nurses (RNs) with speech therapists ...

Biomechanical Evaluation of Injury Severity Associated with Patient Falls from Bed (CE)
Bonnie Bowers, MSBME John Lloyd, PhD W. Lee, PhD G. Powell-Cope, PhD ARNP FAAN A. Baptiste, MA
 
This study investigated the severity of injuries associated with falling from bed and the effectiveness of injury-prevention strategies. Injury criteria were calculated for head- and feet-first falls from six bed heights onto a tiled ...

Case Management Quality-of-Life Outcomes for Adults with a Disability
Susan T. Borglund, PhD RN
 
The increasing number of working-age adults with a long-term disability has created a need for case management focused on quality-of-life issues as well as functionality. An adaptation of the Quality Health Outcomes Model was used to ...

Editorial: Safe After 60
 
Helen, a spunky 88-year-old widow, was excited to go out to dinner with her daughter and granddaughter. While she was rushing to put on her favorite coat she tripped on the hall rug and came crashing down to the hard, slate floor. Suddenly, the antici...