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Aurora College, formerly Arctic College, is a college in the Northwest Territories, Canada with campuses in Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife. They have learning centres in 23 communities in the NWT. The head office for Aurora College is located in Fort Smith. Wikipedia.

Mealer M.,Aurora University | Jones J.,Aurora College
Nursing Forum | Year: 2013

Purpose: This article is a report of an analysis of the concept of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its application to the nursing population. Background: Nurses are at an increased risk for work-related stress resulting in retention issues and impaired functioning in work and home environment. The nursing discipline has been inconsistent with the concepts used to describe the distress and resultant discussions related to the comprehensive nature of the distress experienced, heavily focusing on existing medical language that emphasizes disorders and psychopathology. Review methods: Walker and Avant's strategy for concept analysis was used in this analysis. A literature review for 1994-2011 was conducted for the following keywords: secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, posttraumatic stress disorder, and nurse. Results: The concept of posttraumatic stress disorder in the nursing population is best described within the context of the Nurse as Wounded Healer theory. Essential attributes include intrusions, avoidance, and hyperarousal. The consequences include worldview changes, retention issues, sleep disruption, and social network disturbances. Conclusion: This concept analysis viewed through The Nurse as Wounded Healer lens, offers clarity to the concept of PTSD within the nursing population and identifies limitations to prior conceptualizations. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Kass-Wolff J.H.,Aurora College
The Nurse practitioner | Year: 2011

ABSTRACT: providers. To assist in providing women quality healthcare, recently published new guidelines help provide direction for NPs. Source

Carrington J.M.,Aurora College | Effken J.A.,University of Arizona
CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing | Year: 2011

The purpose of this research was to compare nurses' perceptions of the strengths and limitations of the electronic health record with and without nursing languages for documenting and retrieving patient information regarding a clinical event. The effectiveness of the electronic health record to facilitate nurse-to-nurse communication is not well understood. Furthermore, little is known how nurse-to-nurse communication influences patient safety and failure-to-rescue events. This qualitative study used a descriptive design in which open-ended, semistructured interviews were conducted with 37 registered nurses. Qualitative content analysis produced 260 thematic units from which five categories emerged: usability, legibility, communication, workarounds, and collaboration. Nurses perceived aspects of usability as strengths (retrievability) and limitations (lack of efficiency and barriers) of the electronic health record. Furthermore, within the category communication, lack of relevance of the documentation was also viewed as a limitation by the nurses. Nurses suggested that they be involved in electronic health record decisions and that hospitals try to reduce the identified barriers to electronic health record use. © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Puhan M.A.,University of Zurich | Lareau S.C.,Aurora College
Clinics in Chest Medicine | Year: 2014

The aim of this article is to appraise the quality of evidence reported for important outcomes in pulmonary rehabilitation using the approach of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group. This appraisal was carried out by identifying Cochrane systematic reviews and systematic reviews that have been subsequently reported since the last Cochrane report. The focus of this appraisal was to determine the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation programs versus control therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. This analysis did not evaluate other aspects of the pulmonary rehabilitation intervention. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Source

Nicol N.H.,Aurora College | Boguniewicz M.,National Jewish Health | Strand M.,National Jewish Health | Klinnert M.D.,National Jewish Health
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice | Year: 2014

Background: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic, relapsing inflammatory skin disease of children and is a global public health problem. National and international AD guidelines address AD care in a stepwise fashion. Wet wrap therapy (WWT) is a therapeutic intervention for moderate-to-severe AD. Objective: This cohort study evaluated the effectiveness of WWT as part of a multidisciplinary AD treatment program toimprove disease severity. Patients treated in this unique outpatient program had moderate-to-severe AD and had multiple therapies that failed. Methods: An observational cohort study was completed. The primary outcome was improvement in AD severity as measured by SCORAD (Scoring Atopic Dermatitis). Demographics; clinical management of AD, including use of antibiotics and systemic treatments; and WWT methodology were comprehensively described. Results: Seventy-two children with a mean ± SD age of 4.6 ± 3.12 years were included. By using a paired t test, the SCORAD at admission and at discharge showed significant differences in mean ± SD values, of 49.68 ± 17.72 versus 14.83 ± 7.45, respectively (t, 18.93; df, 71; P < .001). None of these patients required systemic immunosuppressive therapy during the treatment program. By using a previously published parent-administered outcomes tool, patients were shown to maintain clinical improvement of their AD 1 month after discharge. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this study is the largest to date of WWT for pediatric patients with moderate-to-severe AD by using a validated outcomes tool. None of the patients required systemic immunosuppressive therapy, and only 31% were treated with an oral antibiotic. This study demonstrated the benefit of incorporating WWT as an acute intervention in a supervised multidisciplinary AD treatment program with lasting benefit 1 month after discontinuing this intervention. © 2014 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Source

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