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Lodi, NJ, United States

Felician College is a private Roman Catholic college with two campuses, located in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey.It was founded as the Immaculate Conception Normal School by the Felician Sisters in 1923, and became Immaculate Conception Junior College in 1942. With the authorization of its first four-year program in teacher education in 1967, it incorporated as Felician College. Enrollment is approximately 2,500, with undergraduates comprising around 2,000 students. 21% are men, and 79% are women.The Lodi campus library holds over 120,000 volumes, offers access to 40,000 electronic books, and subscribes to over 400 periodicals. It also provides access to over 20,000 serial titles online. The Curriculum Materials Library and Technology Center in Sammartino Hall on the Rutherford campus collects children's literature, curriculum guides, and other teaching materials for grade levels kindergarten through twelve. An active information literacy instruction program through library liaisons begins with the Freshmen Year Experience program.According to its website, the college is "designed to bring students to their highest potential and to foster a love for God, self-knowledge, service to the community and a love for learning within the great liberal arts tradition of a Catholic/Franciscan/Felician heritage."The Rutherford campus is home to Iviswold Castle, a historic building currently under restoration. Wikipedia.

The objective of this study was to explore the experiences of women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in mixed-stage and stage-specific groups. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to examine 15 interviews from eight women with MBC. The interviewees felt that their experiences were very much different from those of women with primary breast cancer (BC), because of their different prognoses. In mixed-stage groups, the interviewees described feeling silenced, marginalised and helpless. They did not receive support in these groups because survivors of primary BC are often afraid to face the idea of metastasis. In stagespecific MBC groups, on the other hand, women were able to talk openly and were understood by others with whom they identified. They became more informed about issues related to their illness. Seeing others living well despite MBC made them feel more hopeful. Although there are some disadvantages of participating in stage-specific groups, the findings suggest that, overall, stage-specific groups are more helpful to women with MBC than mixed-stage groups. These findings have implications for the provision of group support for this population. © 2011 Taylor & Francis. Source

Ellis C.S.,Felician College
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing | Year: 2015

Background: Although proper diet has been found to play an important role in patient outcomes, studies have shown that intensive care unit patients often receive inadequate nutrition. Moreover, it has been found that critically ill patients who are mechanically ventilated regularly receive even less nutrition. Inadequate nutrition has been associated with impaired immune response, increased susceptibility to infection, poor wound healing, and neuromuscular impairment. These factors lead to prolonged dependence on ventilators, protracted length of stay, and increased morbidity and mortality. This study investigates the use of an enteral nutrition (EN) protocol and its ability to prompt earlier initiation of feedings and more complete nutrition in mechanically ventilated patients to minimize such complications. Methods: In a sample of 51 mechanically ventilated patients admitted to an intensive care unit, percentage of prescribed calories received and percentage of feedings initiated with 24-48 hours of intubation were calculated before and after the initiation of an EN protocol. Results: In the postintervention group (n = 18), 83.3% received EN with the first 24-48 hours after intubation, compared with 54.5% in the preintervention group (n = 33). In the postintervention group, 77.8% received at least 60% of their prescribed feeding goal compared with 63.6% of the preintervention group. Conclusion: Findings show that the use of an EN protocol when caring for mechanically ventilated patients leads to earlier initiation of feedings as well as more complete nutrition. Source

Vilhauer R.P.,Felician College
Palliative and Supportive Care | Year: 2014

Objective: To compare the experiences of women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in computer-mediated and face-to-face support groups. Method: Interviews from 18 women with MBC, who were currently in computer-mediated support groups (CMSGs), were examined using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The CMSGs were in an asynchronous mailing list format; women communicated exclusively via email. All the women were also, or had previously been, in a face-to-face support group (FTFG). Results: CMSGs had both advantages and drawbacks, relative to face-to-face groups (FTFGs), for this population. Themes examined included convenience, level of support, intimacy, ease of expression, range of information, and dealing with debilitation and dying. CMSGs may provide a sense of control and a greater level of support. Intimacy may take longer to develop in a CMSG, but women may have more opportunities to get to know each other. CMSGs may be helpful while adjusting to a diagnosis of MBC, because women can receive support without being overwhelmed by physical evidence of disability in others or exposure to discussions about dying before they are ready. However, the absence of nonverbal cues in CMSGs also led to avoidance of topics related to death and dying when women were ready to face them. Agendas for discussion, the presence of a facilitator or more time in CMSGs may attenuate this problem. Significance of results: The findings were discussed in light of prevailing research and theories about computer-mediated communication. They have implications for designing CMSGs for this population. © 2013 Cambridge University Press. Source

Vilhauer R.P.,Felician College
International Journal of Social Psychiatry | Year: 2015

Background: The characterization of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), diverges from recent research literature, which demonstrates the occurrence of AVH in individuals who are psychologically healthy. This discrepancy raises the question of how the public perceives AVH. Public perceptions are important because they could potentially affect how individuals with AVH interpret these experiences and how people view voice hearers. Aims: Because media portrayals can provide a window into how phenomena are viewed by the public, an archival study of newspaper articles was carried out to examine depictions of AVH. Methods: A sample of 181 newspaper articles originating in the United States was analyzed using a content analysis approach. Results: The majority of articles examined contained no suggestion that AVH are possible in psychologically healthy individuals. Most articles suggested that AVH were a symptom of mental illness, and many suggested that AVH were associated with criminal behavior, violence and suicidality. Conclusion: The news media examined tended to present a misleading and largely pathologizing view of AVH. More research is needed to shed light on how, and to what extent, public perceptions may influence those who experience AVH. © 2014 The Author(s). Source

Vilhauer R.P.,Felician College | McClintock M.K.,University of Chicago | Matthews A.K.,University of Illinois at Chicago
Journal of Psychosocial Oncology | Year: 2010

This study evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of an online peer support group intervention for women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Feasibility, participation rates, participant satisfaction, and preliminary outcomes are examined from a 1999 to 2000 study of online peer support groups for women with MBC. Thirty women with MBC were randomly assigned to either an immediate online support condition or a waitlisted control condition. For practical and ethical reasons, the waitlist period was limited to 2 months. Six monthly assessments were collected using standardized measurement instruments. Intervention retention rates (73%), assessment completion rates (range = 100%-86% in retained participants) and support group participation (M = 5.9 days per week) were high compared to other published studies on this population. Reported satisfaction with the intervention was also high. An online support intervention study is feasible using a waitlist control. Despite the feasibility and acceptability of the study procedures, the study design and small sample size precluded definitive conclusions about intervention effectiveness. As such, study procedures should be replicated with a larger more representative sample to examine the effectiveness of the intervention. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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