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Concept: Florence Nightingale


To identify nursing care most frequently missed in acute adult inpatient wards and determine evidence for the association of missed care with nurse staffing.

Concepts: The Association, Nursing, Nurse, Florence Nightingale, Sunshine pop, Nursing care plan


Twenty-four hour nursing care involves shift work including 12-h shifts. England is unusual in deploying a mix of shift patterns. International evidence on the effects of such shifts is growing. A secondary analysis of data collected in England exploring outcomes with 12-h shifts examined the association between shift length, job satisfaction, scheduling flexibility, care quality, patient safety, and care left undone.

Concepts: The Association, Employment, Nursing, Nurse, Shift work, Nurses, Florence Nightingale, Nurse uniform


: Nurses affect patient safety. Although studies have associated patient safety with nurse staffing levels, Taiwan’s Department of Health does not yet support changing nurse workforce standards for medical institutions.

Concepts: Medicine, Illness, The Association, Nursing, Nurse, Safety, Florence Nightingale, Nursing shortage


The purpose of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Oncology Nurse Navigator Role Delineation Study was to examine the job-function activities of the oncology nurse navigator, thus providing an understanding of this unique role. The Role Delineation Advisory Committee consisting mainly of oncology nurse navigators was formed to provide content expertise to Applied Measurement Professionals, which conducted the role delineation study. Three hundred and thirty nurses completed the survey. The study clearly defined tasks, knowledge areas, and skills that are very specific to the nurse navigator role; however, the overlap in knowledge with the general oncology nurse role needs to be explored. The ONS Board of Directors and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Board of Directors currently are exploring the need for additional initiatives to help define the role and competencies of the oncology nurse navigator.

Concepts: Oncology, Nursing, Nurse, Florence Nightingale, Nursing specialties, Oncology nursing, Nursing board certification, Corporation


To explore how nurses and care-assistants (nursing staff) working in six Flemish nursing homes experience and describe their involvement in grief care.

Concepts: Nursing, Geriatrics, Care of residents, Nurse, Nurses, Florence Nightingale, Nurse uniform, Nursing in the United Kingdom


This author extracts the environmental theory from Florence Nightingale’s writings and recorded experiences. As Nightingale’s experiences broadened to other cultures and circumstances, she generated an ever-widening commitment to redress unjust social policies imperiling human health. She mobilized collaborators, shaped public awareness, and championed the cause of those suffering as a result of unjust policies. Nightingale challenged nurses to create environments where population health is a realistic expectation.

Concepts: Health care, Medicine, Health, Nursing, Population health, Personal life, Florence Nightingale, Nightingale's environmental theory


AIM: To explore the mechanisms through which nurse practice environment dimensions are associated with job outcomes and nurse-assessed quality of care. Mediating variables tested included nurse work characteristics of workload, social capital, decision latitude, as well as burnout dimensions of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment. BACKGROUND: Acute care hospitals face daily challenges to their efforts to achieve nurse workforce stability, safety, and quality of care. A body of knowledge shows a favourably rated nurse practice environment as an important condition for better nurse and patient outcome variables; however, further research initiatives are imperative for a clear understanding to support and guide the practice community. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHOD: Grounded on previous empirical findings, a structural equation model designed with valid measurement instruments was tested. The study population was registered acute care nurses (N=1201) in two independent hospitals and one hospital group with six hospitals in Belgium. RESULTS: Nurse practice environment dimensions predicted job outcome variables and nurse ratings of quality of care. Analyses were consistent with features of nurses' work characteristics including perceived workload, decision latitude, and social capital, as well as three dimension of burnout playing mediating roles between nurse practice environment and outcomes. A revised model adjusted using various fit measures explained 52% and 47% of job outcomes and nurse-assessed quality of care, respectively. CONCLUSION: The study refines understanding of the relationship between aspects of nursing practice in order to achieve favourable nursing outcomes and offers important concepts for managers to track in their daily work. The findings of this study indicate that it is important for clinicians and leaders to consider how nurses are involved in decision-making about care processes and tracking outcomes of care and whether they are able to work with physicians, superiors, peers, and subordinates in a trusting environment based on shared values. The involvement of nurse managers at the unit level is especially critical because of associations with nurse work characteristics such as decision latitude and social capital and outcome variables. Further practice and research initiatives to support nurses' involvement in decision-making process and interdisciplinary teamwork are recommended.

Concepts: Game theory, Decision making, Decision theory, Decision making software, Nursing, Nurse, Nurses, Florence Nightingale


Abstract Aims. To examine the relationship between nursing students' exposure to various forms of incivility in acute care practice settings and their experience of burnout. Background. Given that staff nurses and new nurse graduates are experiencing incivility and burnout in the workplace, it is plausible that nursing students share similar experiences in professional practice settings. Design and sample. A cross-sectional survey design was used to assess Year 4 nursing students' (n=126) perceptions of their experiences of incivility and burnout in the clinical learning environment. Methods. Students completed instruments to assess frequency of uncivil behaviors experienced during the past six months from nursing staff, clinical instructors, and other health professionals in the acute care practice setting and to measure student burnout. Results. Reported incidences of incivility in the practice setting were related to burnout. Higher rates of incivility, particularly from staff nurses, were associated with higher levels of both components of burnout (emotional exhaustion and cynicism).

Concepts: Psychology, Experience, Nursing, Nurse, Nurses, Florence Nightingale, Healthcare occupations, Nurse uniform


This case report shares a nursing experience that applied Swanson’s Caring Theory as part of the care regimen for a terminal lung cancer patient suffering from spiritual distress. The nursing care was provided from March 20th to April 25th, 2012. Data were collected through observation and conversation and recorded using sketches and written notes. The nurse assessed the patient’s relationships with the self, with others, with the environment, and with God in accordance with Stoll’s spiritual interrelatedness hypothesis. Several spiritual distresses were reported. Interventions such as “knowing”, “being with”, “doing for”, “enabling” and “maintaining belief” were applied to manage the patient’s spiritual distress and address spiritual needs. This case report is intended to help increase the awareness and sensitivity of nurses to patients' spiritual needs and to help nurses provide effective spiritual care.

Concepts: Scientific method, Cancer, Lung cancer, Patient, Hypothesis, Nursing, Nurse, Florence Nightingale


To develop a tool, the Nurses' Empowerment Scale for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients' Families (NESIPF), to help ICU nursing staff assess the empowerment status of patients' families.

Concepts: Psychometrics, Nursing, Nurse, Nurses, Florence Nightingale, Nurse uniform, Nursing in the United Kingdom