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How to undertake a literature search: a step-by-step guide

First, write out your title and check that you understand all the terms. Look up the meaning of any you do not understand. An online dictionary or medical encyclopaedia may help with this. If your...

An exploration of pre-operative fasting practices in adult patients having elective surgery

A systematic literature search was carried out using the following key words:.

Staff unavailability and safe staffing: are headroom allowances ‘realistic’?

The long-standing global shortage of nurses has been widely reported (International Council of Nurses (ICN), 2006; 2019). Clearly, the effective use of existing staff is imperative. The objective of...

Organisational empowerment and assertive communication behaviours: a survey of Jordanian newly qualified nurses

The study was reviewed and approved by the Scientific Research Committee at the School of Nursing at the University of Jordan, and the ethics committees of participating hospitals..

Manual handling: the challenges of different care environments

Health and social care work settings have higher than average reported instances of MSDs, with more than 1400 instances per 100 000 employees (HSE, 2019a). Only construction and the combined...

Understanding roles in health care through interprofessional educational experiences

IPE is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as bringing together students from two or more healthcare professions to learn about, from, and with each other (WHO, 2010). Incorporation of IPE...

Factors influencing sleep quality among Jordanian intensive care patients

The general purpose of this study was to investigate the demographic and environmental factors that might adversely affect the patients' quality of sleep. The hypotheses were: patients' demographic...

Personal and social influences on the use of humour in the interactions of student nurses in UK clinical settings

Early research studies alluded to differences in how women and men use humour (Kotthoff, 2006). Kotthoff explained that traditionally held views involved actively joking men and a passive audience of...

What's wrong with ‘seeing the person first’?

‘Impairment: any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function.’ .

Congruence between nurses' and patients' assessment of postoperative pain: a literature review

A structured search was made of the following databases: Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Medline Complete, PubMed Complementary Index, PsychINFO and British Nursing...

Effect of an educational programme on the attitudes towards patient safety of operation room nurses

‘A discipline in the healthcare sector that applies safety scientific methods towards the goal of achieving a trustworthy system of healthcare delivery. Patient safety is also an attribute of...

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