Theses in Nursing


This collection consists of theses for the Master of Science in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Integrative Literature Review for the Development of an Intimacy and Faith Course to be Implemented in Women’s Health Courses at Seventh-Day Adventist Secondary Schools

Honors Project Abstract: There is a lacking in sufficient, comprehensive sexual health education across the United States. The United States is behind the rest of the developed world in educating adolescents about the normalcies and risks of sex. Sex and intimacy is a delicate subject in which educators, parents, and pastors often feel uncomfortable teaching; they often try and place the responsibility of sexual health education elsewhere.


Mentor Development Program for Critical Care Nurses: A Key to Staff Development and Improvement in New Graduate Orientation

Abastract: The mean age of the nursing workforce has increased over the last 25 years and as a result a nursing shortage is developing because these nurses are now retirement age. Precepting in a clinical setting has become a necessary method for orientation of graduate nurses with preceptors not receiving necessary training or compensation. After completion of a successful orientation it is important to give new graduate nurses continued support and encouragement while providing a safe learning environment.


Leddy & Pepper's Professional Nursing, Ninth Edition

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Lucy Hood

Chapter 1: The Professional Nurse

Chapter 2: The History behind the Development of Professional Nursing

Chapter 3: Contexual, Philosophical, and Ethical Elements of Professional Nursing

Chapter 4: Establishing Helping and Healing Relationships

Chapter 5: Patterns of Knowing and Nursing Science

Chapter 6: Nursing Models and Theories

Chapter 7: Professional Nursing Processes

Chapter 8: The Health Process and Self-Care of the Nurse

Chapter 9: Health Care Delivery Systems

The Impact of an Electronic Medication Administration Record On Medication Administration Efficiency and Medication Errors

A prospective, observational study utilizing time-and-motion technique and a retrospective review of hospital Midas+ database were conducted to compare the medication administration efficiency and monthly rate of medication errors before and after the implementation of electronic medication administration records (eMAR).


The Effect of an Early Mobility Protocol among Critically Ill Patients

Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to provide the best care for their patients. They are not only starting to be held accountable for preventable problems, but are being scrutinized based on patient outcomes. Many patients in the hospital will require a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). While many patients do survive their ICU stay, a large number of them are left with physical disabilities related to that stay. Some of those disabilities are long term or even permanent.


The Effect of a Shared Governance Model on Healthy Work Environment Among Perioperative Nurses

To achieve safe patient care, effective communication among health care team members is needed. Lack of communication is the leading cause of sentinel events in the perioperative setting. Communication between members of the perioperative team — the surgeon, anesthesiologist, circulating nurse, and scrub nurse or technologist affects team collaboration and patient safety. Communication has been identified as one of the key elements needed to accomplish team collaboration and a healthy work environment.


Skin Care Guidelines for the Neonate Aged 23-30 Weeks

Skin, the largest organ of the human body, has many important functions; among them are thermoregulation, acting as a barrier against toxins, and secreting water and electrolytes. Traditionally, skin care in the neonatal intensive care unit has been handed down from more experienced nurses to new nurses. Today’s neonatal nurses realize the importance of utilizing evidence based guidelines to guide their care, which includes the area of skin care.


Nurses' Attitudes towards Death and Care of the Dying Patient

 As the population continues to age, more patients are dying in healthcare facilities than ever before (Bercovitz et al., 2008); nurses need to be prepared to provide end-of-life care to this population. This study examines the factors that affect nurse attitudes towards death and care of the dying patients. A descriptive correlation study was concluded in an acute care hospital during February 2012.



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