Gleddie D.,Grant MacEwan University
Health Promotion International | Year: 2012
The health-promoting schools approach has gained momentum in the last decade with many jurisdictions providing guidelines and frameworks for general implementation. Although general agreement exists as to the broad strokes needed for effectiveness, less apparent are local implementation designs and models. The Battle River Project was designed to explore one such local implementation strategy for a provincial (Alberta, Canada) health promoting schools program. Located in the Battle River School Division, the project featured a partnership between Ever Active Schools, the school division and the local health authority. Case study was used to come to a greater understanding of how the health promoting schools approach worked in this particular school authority and model. Three themes emerged: participation, coordination and, integration. © 2012 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Olson T.,Grant MacEwan University
Dynamics (Pembroke, Ont.) | Year: 2012
Critically ill patients are at increased risk of developing delirium, which has been considered one of the most common complications of intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalization. Despite the high occurrence of delirium in the ICU, researchers have shown it is consistently overlooked and often undiagnosed. An understanding of delirium and the three clinical subtypes of hyperactive, hypoactive and mixed-type delirium that exist are key to early detection and treatment. Critical care nurses are in the frontline position to detect and monitor for risk factors that contribute to the development of delirium in the ICU. Recognition of predisposing risk factors and the elimination of precipitating risk factors for delirium can prevent the devastating short-term and long-term consequences for the critically ill patient. The importance of the use of validated assessment tools, such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU) and the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC) to detect key features of delirium development is emphasized. Recommendations to improve the practice of critical care nurses include continuing education regarding the causes, risk factors and treatments of delirium, and education sessions on the use of validated assessment tools. Early prevention strategies, such as modification of the ICU environment to promote normal sleep/wake cycles, including reduction of unit noise and nighttime interruptions, are examined as interventions to avoid the development of delirium.
Rosales R.G.,Grant MacEwan University
Telematics and Informatics | Year: 2013
This paper discussed the different ways radio stations in North America engage listeners and provide immersive experiences via the use of mobile technology. The paper described several uses of mobile technology in radio and talked about ways broadcasters can improve engagement and, as a consequence, increase the number of listeners by deploying participatory or citizen journalism type of experiences on the part of the audience. A discussion on the best practices and utilization of convergent technology on radio is also included. Furthermore, the paper analyzed some of the pitfalls and challenges of using social media and mobile technology in today's radio broadcasting. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Beltaos E.,Grant MacEwan University
Journal of High Energy Physics | Year: 2012
In the first of this two-part series, we find 'fixed point factorisation' formulas, towards an understanding of the fusion ring of WZW models. Fixed-point factorization refers to the simplifications in the data of a CFT involving primary fields fixed by simple- currents. Until now, it has been worked out only for SU(n), where it has developed into a powerful tool for understanding the fusion rings of WZW models of CFT - e.g. it has lead to closed formulas for NIM-reps and D-brane charges and charge-groups. In this paper, we generalise these formulas to the other classical algebras, laying the groundwork for future applications to fusion rings (Part 2). We also discuss connections with the twining characters of Fuchs-Schellekens-Schweigert. © SISSA 2012.
Gleddie D.L.,Grant MacEwan University
Health Education Journal | Year: 2012
Objective: Guidelines from a variety of jurisdictions for the health-promoting schools (HPS) approach include healthy school policy as a critical element. Research also supports the importance of policy; however, there seems to be a lack of information on how to develop and implement policy. The article examines the processes involved in one school division's development and implementation of healthy school policy.Design: The study emerged from the Battle River Project, a multilevel partnership designed to explore the efficacy of implementing HPS at a school division level. The project intervention involved support for schools, a division-level steering committee, and a framework for implementation.Setting: The Battle River School Division is located in Alberta, Canada, and serves both rural and urban school communities. The study involved 21 of the 36 schools in the division and was initiated by the Ever Active Schools programme.Method: Development and implementation of policy and procedure were examined using case study methodology. Data gathered included interviews, focus groups, documents and observation.Results: Four primary themes were revealed through data analysis. Perceptions and misconceptions; bottom-up/top-down; flexible rigidity; and the way we do business.Conclusion: The process of developing and implementing healthy school policy can be streamlined by planning for clear communication, involving all stakeholders, and by embedding health into the structures of a school jurisdiction. © Health Education Journal 2010.