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    Volume 3 Issue 6
    Research Article
    Dandara Novakowski Spigolon*, Jessica Poliana de Souza, Carlos Augusto da Silva, DheboraLuizaZollner Sary, and Ana Paula Modesto
    Hemodialysis is a treatment that requires from the patient a level of commitment certain to impose daily difficulties and limitations that may interfere with his biological, mental, social and spiritual balance. The study herein intended to assess the perception of health and illness of the individual on hemodialysis. It is a qualitative research with interview questions, which used the Collective Subject Discourse Methodology (CSD), carried out in a hemodialysis clinic in Curitiba, Brazil. Sixty-three patients were interviewed and sixmaindiscourses were obtained: "Health is the absence of pain"; "Health is physical and mental well-being"; "I'm always healthy"; "The disease is something that weakens and prevents you from living a normal life"; "Disease is having to do hemodialysis"; and "I always feel like a sick person." Physical and mental well-being may or may not be present in the routine ofthose on hemodialysis, but it can determine the way this individual copes with the obstacles presented to him.
    Prisca Olabisi Adejumo and Rose Ekama Ilesanmi*
    Introduction: Issues around wound management is constantly evolving with introduction of newer approaches based on evidence. Nurses' knowledge about the contemporary issues have been reported differently. The aim of this descriptive study was to examine the wound management knowledge of nurses prior to a skills building workshop.
    Materials and methods: A descriptive study of 317 nurses who attended a preconference skill acquisition workshop on contemporary issues in management of chronic wounds was undertaken in May, 2012. Participants were nurses working in different hospitals in Ife and Osogbo municipalities in Osun State, Nigeria. Data collected included types of wounds and common management strategies. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 15.0, and presented using frequencies and percentages.
    Results and discussion: The mean age of nurses was 41.8 ± 9.0 years. Of the 317 nurses, 97 (30.3%) had university degree while 159 (50%) had diploma certificates in nursing. Majority110 (35%) practiced in community and home based care, with 184 (58%) in primary healthcare facilities. Respondents treated both chronic and acute wounds in their practice; ranging from puncture wounds (38.8%), lacerations (65.4%), leg ulcers (44%) and pressure ulcer (10%). The mean knowledge score on wound care practices was 23.0 ± 14.0. Only 6% of the respondents had a good knowledge of wound care practices (i.e. score >50). The mean wound assessment practice score was 21.1±14.2. Only 5% of the respondents had a good wound assessment practice.
    Conclusion: Despite the plethora of information on wound care practices, respondents in this study demonstrated low levels of knowledge regarding contemporary wound care practices. There is therefore an urgent need for continuing education programs in healthcare facilities to enhance knowledge translation and effective wound care practice.
    Short Communication
    Lisa Martin*
    Faculty attrition and retirement within nursing education has become an important focus for the nursing profession. As a result academic institutions have begun to actively recruit and hire new nursing faculty to address attrition. Several authors have studied this trend in order to create awareness and to help develop an appropriate response to faculty leaving academia and thus contributing to the nursing shortage in the U.S. As new nursing faculty enters the educational system, they must begin to make significant contributions in nursing research and scholarship. The author of this article is an assistant professor from a private University and describes her involvement in supporting nursing faculty in attaining scholarship and research through the use of talking circles. The use of talking circles has evolved from indigenous culture and is a small group of participants who find meaning and understanding with a common experience. The article describes the process of using talking circles to promote nursing research and scholarship and the discoveries made. Overall, the use of talking circles was successful in connecting and supporting nursing faculty to move their scholarship towards dissemination.
    Jerry PK Ninnoni*
    Effective communication plays a crucial role in the management of people with learning disabilities with epilepsy. The literature suggests that poor adherence to treatment is higher among people with learning disabilities. This is attributed to a range of factors including communication difficulties, poor information provision and cognitive impairments. Effective communication has both therapeutic and health promotion functions. This study aimed to solicit services users and carers experiences and perspectives regarding communication with health and social care professionals.
    Methodology: The study adopted qualitative exploratory approach using in-depth interviews and communication diaries. It was a community-based study involving people with learning disabilities with epilepsy in the North-Eastern part of Scotland. Sample size consisted of 28 community-based adults aged 16-50. Informed consent was obtained from the participants and ethical clearance was given by the Grampian Research Ethics Committee.
    Analysis: Data-driven analysis was applied based on Systematic Text Condensation to produced descriptive findings
    Findings: Analysis revealed that services users and carers views and experiences of communication with healthcare professionals were largely negative. They reported that they were not being listened to by healthcare professionals although this report varied with individual healthcare professionals and also with the professional discipline. Service users reported that the quantity and quality of information obtained from healthcare professional were limited.
    Conclusion: The findings suggest that effective communication with people with learning disabilities with epilepsy requires that healthcare providers adopt a listening approach and involve service users as consumers of healthcare services with the rights to information which may improve quality of life.
    Véronique Haberey-Knuessi* and Jacinthe Dancot
    Competencies have become key elements of many educational and training. At the very core of nursing practice, they are seen as being able to address the complexity of the practice by dividing it into distinct fragments that can rapidly be indexed with respect to professional and societal realities.
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