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Emotional Intelligence

The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal represents a means of exploring my core skills and strengths related to personal and social competence. My score in self-awareness is higher than in self-management; therefore, I must work on improving the context of my emotions when I relate to others. In addition, my score in social awareness is higher than in relationship management. With the former, I am able to recognize what others are feeling in the moment so that I might adjust my perspective accordingly. Since my self-management score is low, I must recognize that my level of negative self-talk is too high and reflects poorly on my ability to achieve adequate self-esteem.

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Nursing-Capstone: Prevalence of Obesity Among Children and Adolescents

Rate the measurement: – Someone asked, “Can you do Addition?” The response was another question…..“What is one + one + one + one + one + one + one + one + one + one?”  Again the response was obvious…. “I don’t know…  I lost count.” (Measuring Health Outcomes, 2013, chapter, 3). This is an indication as to how complicated measuring health outcomes in a program seeking to address  whether present obesity intervention strategies are ineffective or the target group has not been properly screened for appropriate interventions  can become. It is important to conceptualize what has to be measured. As such, present obesity intervention strategies are a major concept that must be operationalized in this capstone project. From the literature review effective obesity intervention strategies are techniques utilized in health promotion programs, which result in significant reduction in obesity rates among children and adolescents. For the purposes of this project an estimated 20% rate reduction after the first year individually and collectively is an indication of a successful health promotion program.

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Health Disparaties

Introduction

Advances in medical technologies have provided many people with the chance to live longer, healthier lives. Nonetheless, there are many documented disparities between racial and ethnic population causing health equity to remain elusive. Health disparities are differences in health outcomes that are linked to one’s social, economic and or environmental disadvantages. These disadvantages are often caused by social conditions in which one lives, learns, and works, and responds differently from other counterparts. Health care disparities are a societal burden that manifests itself in multiple ways. Lack of insurance negatively affects the quality of health care provided to minority individuals. Minorities are often members of cultural societies that place negative stigmas on certain illness, and for this reason many minorities do not seek help for certain medical issues. For example, mental illness has a very negative connotation among minorities. Mental illness is often labeled as a disease that attacks the weak minded. As a result, many minorities suffer from depression for years and years without proper treatment.  Obesity is another illness that is often overlooked. Many minorities suffer from obesity as a result of cultural cooking. Most minorities have grown up eating certain types of foods that are prepared in unhealthy ways. They continue to eat these types of food their entire lives and as a result they suffer for obesity which can lead to high-blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. Finally, many minorities lack the understanding and access to scientific knowledge and medical innovations because of cultural barriers. Minorities often have superstitions and home remedies for certain ailments. Often they feel that medical professionals do not know what is best for them. They are often times just very untrusting of medical professionals. As a result, if they do see a medical professional on a regular basis, they may still not take prescribed medicine out of fear that it will do more harm than good. Health care providers must promote a closer collaboration between staff and minorities, coordinate more effective investments in the research of the treatment of minorities, and facilitate public input and feedback from more minorities.

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Risk Assessment and Vulnerable Populations

The United States is experiencing the beginning of era where the aged population will expand at a torrential rate. The generation known as “baby boomers” are responsible for the expanding numbers as they enter old age en masse. People who fall in the older age categories face greater health risks than those who are younger. This discrepancy is somewhat self-explanatory as advanced age is commonly known to be associated with frailty. However, advances in medical preventions and treatments have resulted in a consistent increase in life expectancies. The impact of these improvements is most evident in the preservation of both very young and very old members of the population. Accordingly, the aged are functioning at record levels and face significantly lowered morbidity risks compared to the past (King et al., 2013). This improvement extends to the surgical environment as old patients have shown great resilience to distress from surgical procedures when they are elective and excellent care is provided through pre, intra, and post periods of the surgical process. However, the risks increase when the procedure is an emergency, requiring the highest possible level of care during assessment, operation, and recovery.

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Riverbend City: Health Assessment Mission

Kimberly, the student nurse, is generally professional in her assessment of the patient named Dhia Her. However, there is a degree of awkwardness to the conversation that is difficult to ignore. However, the evaluation must take into consideration the language barriers and cultural beliefs of the patient because it appears that these are somewhat prohibitive in the assessment process. At the same time, a nurse performing this type of assessment must also consider the development of new ideas and approaches that will encourage greater cultural competence towards patients that have distinguishable language and cultural barriers that make it difficult for nurse assessments to be clear and concise at all times.

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Effect of Change on Nursing Practice

Introduction

Changes in the nursing practice and leadership should address the significance of the changes in the roles, the responsibilities as well as education in a manner that they will facilitate for addressing the escalating demands in the field of health. The changes should also aim at achieving reforms in health care coupled with advancement of improvements in the health system that is complex.

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“The culture of safety: results of an organization-wide survey in 15 California Hospitals” Article Critique and Discussion

In the research report “The culture of safety: results of an organization-wide survey in 15 California Hospitals,” Singer et al discuss and review the results of a survey conducted at 15 different hospitals that was designed to measure the extent to which a “culture of safety” existed in each facility. According to the report, the nature of the survey covered a more extensive range of personnel than previous studies; respondents included senior management and hospital officials, physicians, nurses, and other employees.  The report indicated that a significant number of facilities demonstrated the need for making improvements in developing a culture of safety in their respective hospitals.

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Motivation Interview

Introduction

Motivation in the workplace requires the ability to identify the factors that drive employees to perform at a specific level. It is expected that recognition, compensation, authority, independence, and the physical environment are key factors in this process because they influence how employees react to consistency as well as change. This is often reflected in their capacity to improve performance if they are motivated by their workplace and the opportunities that are available to them. It is important to identify key motivating factors in an effort to achieve successful results. In conducting an interview regarding motivation, it is necessary to determine how motivation plays a role in supporting the growth and development of employees in many different ways.

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Subdural Hematoma (PPT)

Subdural Hematoma

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Legionnaires Disease

Outline

Introduction

  • Relevance of Legionnaires Disease

Body

  • Description of pathophysiology
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Etiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Prognosis

Conclusion

Patient teaching

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Morgag Family Sociogram

Introduction

The following sociogram depicts Morag’s family and surrounding support system:

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Smoking Cessation

PICOT question: Is the combination of behavioral therapy with nicotine replacement more successful in achieving smoking cessation than behavioral therapy alone in adults?

Evidence Based Practice domain: Therapy question domain

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How BSN nursing degree and work experiences in the hospital, have influenced your ability to become a leader in nursing field

Nursing is a very challenging and demanding career, however I feel the rewards have been great and that my education has thoroughly prepared me to embark on this career. I really enjoy being able to help and care for people, and the field of nursing allows me to connect with patients on a personal and in-depth level that appeals to me greatly and drew me to this field over a decade ago.

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Assessment of Environmental Processes: Toddler

Some of the most frequent causes of injuries and death in toddlers are falls; burns from stoves, hot water, matches; hit by vehicles; falling into pools, suffocation/drowning; heavy objects falling on them; second hand smoke inhalation; drinking poisons left carelessly in the environment; overdose of medicines left carelessly in their environment; choking; physical/sexual abuse by care givers, parents significant others and neglect (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 2010).