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Evaluating School Health Efforts
Process evaluation is about tracking progress toward implementing a particular program, plan or intervention. It does not replace the critical outcomes (results) evaluation which usually requires at least a year or more. . . . keep reading
Evaluating Program Effectiveness
The gold standard of healthcare research design is the randomized control trial (RCT). The RCT improves the validity (correctness or truth) of a study's findings by comparing specific, relevant information about group of people randomly selected to participate in a defined intervention with a similar group who were not exposed to the intervention (control). . . . keep reading
Identifying Students with Asthma (2005)
This Journal of School Nursing article examines how and why school personnel should know which students have asthma, how to control triggers and how to appropriately help in an acute episode. The most cost-effective way to determine which students have asthma is case identification. This involves review of enrollment and annual health updates, emergency cards or physical examination reports to identify diagnosed cases. . . . keep reading
Family Health History: The New Screening Tool (2005)
Common chronic conditions in adulthood such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes have family history as a risk factor. These diseases may result from an interplay of genetic susceptibility and behavioral or environmental factors. . . . keep reading
Don't Rely on Facial Expression (2008)
Determining pain levels in children is clinically difficult. Observing or coding facial expressions and asking older children to rate their pain on a facial pain scale are commonly used nursing assessment methods. This article examines the background and limitations of using facial expression as a means to rate the level of pain a child is experiencing. The author reviews clinical and research tools in current use. . . . keep reading
Documenting Nursing Care (2009)
Complete and accurate documentation of patients' health status and care contributes to the public's trust in professional nurses. The author reviews guidelines for documenting care. . . . keep reading
Motor Systems Examination: Using Descriptive Terms Correctly
A consensus meeting at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2005 established a uniform terminology to describe motor disorders that occur in childhood. . . . keep reading
New Tool to Assess Self-Care of Type 1 Diabetes
Historically, diabetes self-management has been described in terms of adherence to medical advice. But, self-management is more than implementation of specific activities as ordered, e.g., glucose testing. It includes decision-making, problem-solving and, for teens, a process by which they transition from reliance on parents and healthcare professionals to collaboration with their families and healthcare providers. . . . keep reading
Cleaning your Stethoscope
Contaminated medical equipment is thought to be a contributing factor in nosocomial infections. Stethoscopes come into contact with patients on a regular basis and could be a potential source of infection. . . . keep reading
When to Apply Suction? Comparing Trach Care Methods
It is necessary to suction tracheostomies (trachs) in order to remove secretions with minimal tissue damage and hypoxia. Little research is published to guide optimal suctioning technique. . . . keep reading
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