Briggle J.,East Texas Baptist University
Physics Education | Year: 2013
We describe the use of Apple's iPod touch/iPhone, acting as the pendulum bob, as a means of measuring pendulum period, making use of the device's three-axis digital accelerometer and the freely available SPARKvue app from PASCO scientific. The method can be readily incorporated into an introductory physics laboratory experiment. Moreover, the principles described may be carried out with any number of smartphone devices containing an integrated accelerometer and paired with an appropriate application for collecting and sending accelerometer data as a comma-separated value file. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.
The establishment of evidence-based practice competencies for practicing registered nurses and advanced practice nurses in real-world clinical settings: Proficiencies to improve healthcare quality, reliability, patient outcomes, and costs
Melnyk B.M.,Ohio State University |
Gallagher-Ford L.,Ohio State University |
Long L.E.,Ohio State University |
Fineout-Overholt E.,East Texas Baptist University
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing | Year: 2014
Background: Although it is widely known that evidence-based practice (EBP) improves healthcare quality, reliability, and patient outcomes as well as reduces variations in care and costs, it is still not the standard of care delivered by practicing clinicians across the globe. Adoption of specific EBP competencies for nurses and advanced practice nurses (APNs) who practice in real-world healthcare settings can assist institutions in achieving high-value, low-cost evidence-based health care. Aim: The aim of this study was to develop a set of clear EBP competencies for both practicing registered nurses and APNs in clinical settings that can be used by healthcare institutions in their quest to achieve high performing systems that consistently implement and sustain EBP. Methods: Seven national EBP leaders developed an initial set of competencies for practicing registered nurses and APNs through a consensus building process. Next, a Delphi survey was conducted with 80 EBP mentors across the United States to determine consensus and clarity around the competencies. Findings: Two rounds of the Delphi survey resulted in total consensus by the EBP mentors, resulting in a final set of 13 competencies for practicing registered nurses and 11 additional competencies for APNs. Linking Evidence to Action: Incorporation of these competencies into healthcare system expectations, orientations, job descriptions, performance appraisals, and clinical ladder promotion processes could drive higher quality, reliability, and consistency of healthcare as well as reduce costs. Research is now needed to develop valid and reliable tools for assessing these competencies as well as linking them to clinician and patient outcomes. © 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International.
Ladine T.A.,East Texas Baptist University
Southwestern Naturalist | Year: 2014
I describe an occurrence of interference competition between a group of five male scissor-tailed flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) and 11 blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata). The interaction was initiated by a subset of two blue jays and concluded after nine additional blue jays arrived at a perch on a sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), causing the scissor-tailed flycatchers to leave the perch and area. Both species exhibited intraspecific cooperation during the encounter. © 2014, BioOne. All rights reserved.
Briggle J.,East Texas Baptist University |
Nolidin P.D.,University of North Texas |
Golden T.D.,University of North Texas
Electroanalysis | Year: 2010
A simple method is proposed for the electrodeposition of multilayers using a modified closed flow injection system. The apparatus incorporates flowing streams of electrolyte through a closed atmosphere flow cell for deposition of multilayers. Computer and software control is used to alternate the flow of electrolyte and control the alternating current or potential of the electrochemical cell. Electrodeposition of metallic multilayers of nickel/iron, iron/copper, cobalt/copper, and nickel/copper were used to test the instrument design. X-ray diffraction was used to verify the composition and orientation of the films and scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the morphology of the deposited films. Advantages are discussed for using this type of instrumental setup for multilayer fabrication. © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Zhang Y.,Sam Houston State University |
Day G.,East Texas Baptist University |
Cao L.,University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Crime and Delinquency | Year: 2012
In 2005, Agnew introduced a new integrated theory, which he labels a general theory of crime and delinquency. He proposes that delinquency is more likely to occur when constraints against delinquency are low and motivations for delinquency are high. In addition, he argues that constraints and motivations are influenced by variables in five life domains. Capitalizing on longitudinal data of Paternoster's Youths and Deterrence: Columbia, South Carolina, 1979-1981, a structural equation model is developed to test Agnew's theory. Data limitations preclude a full test of the theory, but the results support the core proposition of the theory: Life domains increase delinquency by reducing constraints against delinquency and by increasing motivations for delinquency. Other propositions of Agnew's theory garner mixed results. © The Author(s) 2012.