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  • Teaching Matters March 2021

    Kelehear, Zach; Office of the Vice Provost for Instruction (Augusta University, 2021-03-01)
    Table of Contents: A Note from the Vice Provost, Excellence at Augusta University (Chancellors Learning Scholars Inclusivity Sessions, University Develops Device to Encourage Hand Sanitizing, G2C Work Published by Dr. Candice Bond), Innovative Updates (PKP Conference Keynote Speaker Amanda Behr, Simulating Childbirth with the Lucina Simulator, DUE April 1st: Study Abroad/Study Away Proposals for 2021-2022, University Libraries Celebrate Black History Mont, Collaborative Online International Learning Mini-Grants Available, Apply Now for the Education Innovation Fund (EIF) Grant, Open Education Week Learning Opportunities, and Nominations for the Boundless Teaching Award are now open), Faculty and Staff Updates (IPSO Features Dr. Dipankar Ash, Academic Advisement Welcomes new Advisor Laura Austin, Student Updates (Career Services March Events and Academic Success Center Update).
  • A grounded theory study of pain management behaviors in nurses caring for preverbal childre

    Noviello, Sheri Reynolds; Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University, 2006-05)
    A qualitative study using the grounded theory method was used to explore factors that affect nurses' pain management decision-making when caring for children between the ages of 0 and 3 years. This study was approved by the Human Assurance Committee at Medical College of G~orgia prior to the collection of data. The sample consisted of eleven nurses who were ,employed at three different hospitals in the southeastem part of the United States. Theor~tical sampling was the basis for the selection of participants after the first two interviews. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and were subjected to open and axial coding. The constant comparative method was used during data analysis to identify a core category and related concepts. The basic social process that emerged is engaging in tactics of p'ain management. This process contained two other processes: assessing for pain and managing a pain episode. Intrinsic factors that affected assessing for pain included knowing the territory, personal attributes of the registered nurse (RN), being a parent, and being connected. Extrinsic factors that affected engaging in tactics of pain management included workload and culture of the hospital. The process of ' managing a pain episode included five phases: eliminating other sources of discomfort, ! judging pain, comfortif!g. medicating, and letting go.
  • An interdisciplinary team approach to decision-making about the use of psychotropic medication for individuals with mental retardation

    Natvig, Deborah Ann; School of Nursing (Augusta University, 1993-05)
    The purpose of this study was to examine a decision-making model for developing psychotropic medication plans for individuals with mental retardation. The study examined relationships among medication knowledge, acceptance of the interdisciplinary team (IDT)-process, leadership, consensus, and the quality of the psychotropic medication plan. The study was conceptualized using Henderson's Model for Nursing. Henderson (1966) identified the nurse as an active participant on the IDT who helps plan and implement care designed to meet the needs of the individual. Two hundred eight (N = 208) team members from 49 interdisciplinary psychotropic medication review teams participated in the study. Teams from all four large regional Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded UCFs/MR) in one southeastern state participated. Multiple regression and hierarchical multiple regression analyses were performed to test the hypotheses. The first hypothesis, that consensus would be predicted by medication knowledge, acceptance of the IDT process, and leadership was partially supported. Leadership was a significant predictor of consensus. The second hypothesis, that the quality of the psychotropic medication plan would be predicted by medication knowledge, acceptance of the IDT process, and leadership was not supported. The third hypothesis, which added consensus to the model, did not explain any additional variance in the quality of the psychotropic medication plan. As part of this study, The Psychotropic Review for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Evaluation (PRIDE) scale was developed to assess the quality of psychotropic medication plans. Several threats to statistical conclusion validity were identified, which may have affected the results of the study. These included: small sample size, lack of independence of teams, low variability of responses to instruments, and multicollinearity. Psychotropic medication plans from some ICFs/MR were superior to those produced by others. Characteristics of the I CFs/MR, such as, the amount of guidance given to teams through written guidelines and policy, and the degree of administrative support reflected through availability of staff to participate in the review process, may have been the most significant factors influencing the quality of psychotropic medication plan produced.
  • Post traumatic stress disorder: insights from cat hair and catfish

    Nalloor, Rebecca Ipe; Medical of Georgia (Augusta University, 2012-06)

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