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    Nursing is a health care profession which focuses on the care of individuals, families and communities so they can achieve, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. During the 19th century English nurse Florence Nightingale laid the foundation for professional nursing today.

    Florence Nightingale, a 19th century English nurse

    In Canada, there are three types of nurses: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). Most nurses are RNs, who are self-regulated health care professionals that work both on their own and as part of a team.

    In order to become a registered nurse, one has to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited university. Afterwards, nursing graduates write a national standardized nursing exam to test their competency before they may register as a nurse. Once they apply for registration by their governing board of nurses (which differs by province, state and country), they are officially a registered nurse.

    Nurses practice in a full range of settings including clinical care, education, administration, research and policy. RNs can work in busy intensive care units or in small neighbourhood health clinics. They can provide preventive care by running health and safety programs. RNs can do research in all areas of nursing care. Additionally, they can work in the administration of hospitals and in the government working on policy.

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    Nursing Practice

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    Nursing practice is the provision of care to help people improve, maintain or recover health, cope with health problems and achieve the best possible quality of life.

    Nursing Research Methods

    Solutions: 141

    Nursing research methods such as interviews, case studies and focus groups provide evidence used to support nursing practices.

    Spirituality in Nursing

    Solutions: 16

    Nurses incorporate spirituality into their care by supporting their patient's way of thinking, being and acting in the world based on their personal values.

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    Medical Case: Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis

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    Online Learning & the Future

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    Andragogy, as opposed to pedagogy

    The term andragogy is often used to describe Malcom Knowles' theory of adult learning, while the term pedagogy was traditionally used to describe curriculum developed for children. Apply this to nursing education.

    Narrative pedagogy

    Narrative pedagogy was a a type of teaching/learning experience originally described by Nancy Diekelmann. Paticia Benner promotes this type of pedagogy as well. Discuss this pedagogy and the pros and cons of using it in the classroom.

    Cardiovascular implications of hypokalemia and hyperkalemia

    Describe the cardiovascular implications of hypokalemia and hyperkalemia with reference to the physiology of myocardial cells and the cardiac cycle. Provide examples that illustrate the impact of hypokalemia and hyperkalemia. short and sweet. .

    Healthcare Informatics and Information Systems

    Can you please assist me with the following questions in a paragraph form with reference? 1-2. Determine the utility of standardized terminology and nomenclature in nursing informatics from an advanced practice perspective. 2-2. Determine selected nursing informatics roles and their utility from an advanced practice perspe

    Reflection of a Doctoral of Nursing Practice

    I need help in writing a reflection of the DNP using The DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006) which outline a number of number of population health competencies. It must - Introduce the purpose of the reflection and addresses DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006) pertinent to population health - Reflect on the learning that represents skills,

    Method of contraception: Positive and negative aspects

    Discuss one method of contraception by listing its positive and negative aspects, contraindications, the appropriate age group for this method, cost, and its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and transmission of STDs. Will this contraceptive method allow for future pregnancies

    Patient Care Delivery Systems

    There are five traditional patient-care-delivery systems. These five methods include total patient care; functional care; team and modular care; primary nursing; and case management. Which delivery method would you utilize if you were the nurse executive at a healthcare organization and explain the rationale? Please have an i

    Reflection of the Doctorate Nurse Practice

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    Global Healthcare Issue: Child Hunger

    Select an international healthcare policy issue and describe strategies nurses can employ to influence change. How can a nurse "think globally" but act locally to impact this specific international healthcare policy? Express thoughts concerning healthcare policy and its application to professional nursing.

    Nursing Organizations

    Describe the purpose and effectiveness of a nursing organization that deals with HIV/AIDS. What leadership role can a nurse play in this organization? What can a nurse do within the organization or its partners to enhance professional development?

    Healthcare Partnerships

    Discuss an example of a healthcare partnership in a community and specifically cite examples that show how nurses, both individually and collectively, influenced the care provided. What obstacles were/are confronted, and what strategies were/are employed in order to effectively overcome them? Relate aspects of HIV/AIDS to this c

    Healthcare costs

    Compare and contrast two advantages versus the disadvantages of the policy to disentangle nursing costs from the patient room charges and/or organization charges. How can this policy affect the issue of HIV/AIDS? Is there evidence?

    Canada vs. US Health System

    Compare and contrast the U.S. healthcare system with that of Canada. What aspects of open and closed systems are exhibited by the United States and by Canada.

    Communcating with Local Legislators

    Discuss the best approach for communicating with your local legislator or policymaker on the Issue of HIV/AIDS in the youth. What is your rationale for this approach? Please have an in-text citation in APA.

    Communicating Healthcare Policy

    It is vital to communicate effectively in policy and politics. Analyze two communication skills that are critical to implementing the issue of HIV/AIDS in the youth.

    Ineffective Policies

    Discuss an ineffective healthcare policy that a nurse might experience in their practice and what issues that you feel made it unsuccessful. Using incrementalism as the policy making model, describe how you would work to make it a more effective policy. Please have an in-text citation in that is less than five year old and in AP


    There are four basic models or approaches to policy making: (a) the rational approach, (b) incrementalism, (c) the policy-stream model, and (d) the stage-sequential model. Like the various nursing-theory models, a model that serves as a framework for approaching policy and policy making provides critical structure to this proces


    A wave of pandemic illness can host a variety of ethical considerations. Please apply the importance of ethics to the process of policy making regarding pandemic outbreak and other future pandemic issues. Please have an in-text reference that is less than five years old in APA.

    Nursing Policy

    Please discuss the four spheres of political action in nursing. Please describe how these spheres could be interconnected and overlap in an HIV/AIDS clinic workplace.

    Nurse Practitioner Online Education

    See the attached file. Case Study: Pinnacle College School of Nursing Pinnacle College School of Nursing is planning to offer an online,2-year primary health care nurse practitioner master's degree, using a WebCT© as the delivery platform. Students must be registered nurses with a BSN and a minimum of two years of full-time

    Ethical Considerations in Nursing

    Identify a situation (from healthcare or business) within the last two years that illustrates an ethical principle. Describe how the leader affected the outcome. What changes would a nurse leader make in a similar situation? Please have an in text reference in APA format that is less than five years old.