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  • ISSN: 2379-9501
    Volume 4 Issue 2
    Short Communication
    Michiyo Ando* and Sayoko Ito
    The aim of this study was to investigate potentiality of mindfulness on the moods of ordinary people after disasters. The study design was a before-after trial study. Participants were 60 ordinary Japanese people who were at places where there was a disaster, like the great East Japan earthquake and typhoon disaster. They received a mindfulness program in one session, which consisted of mindfulness practices. They completed the Japanese UWIST Mood Adjective Checklist (JUMACLE), which consisted of Tense Arousal (TA) and Energetic Arousal (EA) before and after the mindfulness program, and described their opinions of impression of mindfulness by free description. The results showed that the TA score significantly decreased from 19.6 ± 5.0 to 14.8 ± 4.2 (p<0.001) and the EA score significantly increased from 28.1 ± 5.4 to 29.9 ± 5.0 (p<0.001). Opinions of impression shows both physical and mental influences, which were almost positive impressions. These results suggest that mindfulness have potentiality to alleviate tension and anxiety and increase energy and vigor psychologically. Mindfulness has potentiality to maintain health for people after disasters.
    Tova Hendel*
    Learning human behaviour and response in a variety of situations is often difficult. A review of the literature reveals that nursing education is strongly based on traditional teaching methods and indicates the need to incorporate new ways of teaching - learning and evaluation methods. The use of aesthetic experiences in nursing education provides the students with vivid portrayals of peoples' thoughts, emotions, feelings and human interactions. This paper highlights a creative approach describing the process, outcomes and students' experiences by utilizing movies for the final project for a managerial/leadership course in the graduate nursing program. The use of popular movies was found to be an effective, affective and cognitive learning assessment tool, helping to facilitate leadership theories through the analysis process and create tangible experiences for the graduate students. Utilizing movies to teach and evaluate both undergraduate and graduate students is a creative way to engage students in the teaching-learning process.
    Research Article
    Titilayo Dorothy Odetola* and Omobolanle Elizabeth Adekanye
    Background: Nosocomial Infections (NIs) are a significant and serious public health problem which occur worldwide and affect both developed and resource-poor countries. NIs contribute to the burden of care of clients causing increased morbidity, higher healthcare costs, increased length of stay, delayed wound healing, delayed rehabilitation or even permanent disability This study was aimed at exploring nurses' level of knowledge of factors that contribute to the incidence and prevalence of NIs and how nursing activities predispose clients to developing NIs.
    Methods: This was a descriptive survey wherein 3 departments were purposively selected in a tertiary hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. One hundred and forty six (146) respondents were selected and a structured questionnaire containing 56 items was used. Analysis was done using descriptive statistics and Pearson chi-square.
    Results: It was deduced from the findings that nurses have a high level of knowledge about NIs and nurses' attitude about NIs was positive, which should influence their practice of preventive measures in the long run.
    Conclusion: Nurses know that standard and transmission based precautions are effective in the reduction of the incidence and prevalence of NIs. Nevertheless, the implementation of these precautions should be made optimal by identifying barriers which could be overcome by institutional and federal government interventions.
    Mary Ann Ekanem, Jeffrey M. Smith*, Steve Robertson, C. Timothy Dickel, and Karen Rovang
    Research suggests a relationship exists between patients with ischemic heart trauma, and mood disorders and that there is therefore a need for psychosocial assessment and, where necessary, treatment for these disorders among heart attack patients [1]. Yet, assessment and treatment for mood disorders is rarely a priority in the cardiologist's office. Thus, counselling therapies for cardiac patients with co-occurring mood disorder are rarely considered or addressed in the cardiologist's office. This study sought to investigate whether cardiac patients would use counselling services if offered in the cardiologist's office. Results suggested mixed sentiments regarding counselling treatment for mood disorders in the cardiologist's office, particularly with regard to sex-differences. Discussion focuses on these sex-differences and the role aspects of ‘gender' and ‘masculinity' may play in accounting for such differences. The paper also discusses the significance of age differences. Implications for interdisciplinary collaboration are presented.
    Kathleen F. Hudson*
    As a priority of their education, student engagement is stimulated and maintained during their formal education. As nursing school graduates, they enter a very challenging and complex work environment. How can we best solidify their learning, support their various transitions into clinical practice, and readily develop these novices into strong clinical leaders?
    Some strategies are presented to assist in maintaining and perpetuating productive levels of engagement of new nursing staff.
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