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Romeo E.M.,Mercy College
Journal of Nursing Education | Year: 2010

The concept of critical thinking has been influential in several disciplines. Both education and nursing in general have been attempting to define, teach, and measure this concept for decades. Nurse educators realize that critical thinking is the cornerstone of the objectives and goals for nursing students. The purpose of this article is to review and analyze quantitative research findings relevant to the measurement of critical thinking abilities and skills in undergraduate nursing students and the usefulness of critical thinking as a predictor of National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) performance. The specific issues that this integrative review examined include assessment and analysis of the theoretical and operational definitions of critical thinking, theoretical frameworks used to guide the studies, instruments used to evaluate critical thinking skills and abilities, and the role of critical thinking as a predictor of NCLEX-RN outcomes. A list of key assumptions related to critical thinking was formulated. The limitations and gaps in the literature were identified, as well as the types of future research needed in this arena. © SLACK Incorporated.

Campo M.,Mercy College | Darragh A.R.,Ohio State University
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine | Year: 2012

Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) on presenteeism in allied health care professionals. Methods: Data were collected via postal questionnaires. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders were assessed using an established instrument and case definition. Data on presenteeism were collected with the Stanford Presenteeism Scale (13-item version). The association between WMSD and presenteeism was assessed with a Mann-Whitney U test. Results: The response rate was 76%. About 48% of therapists reported WMSD in the past 4 weeks (n = 712). Moderate WMSD were associated with higher levels of presenteeism than minor WMSD. Both work impairment and work output were affected by WMSD. Conclusions: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders may impact presenteeism in these populations. Costs associated with presenteeism due to WMDS may be substantial. © 2012 by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Imber-Black E.,Mercy College | Imber-Black E.,Ackerman Institute for the Family
Family Process | Year: 2014

I reflect here on Family Therapy's origins, our present dilemmas, and future possibilities. Using the lens of training new Family Therapists for current public sector domains, I examine our field's strengths, vulnerabilities, and contradictions. I critique the current vogue of model certainty and branding. Our responsibilities to trainees, young practitioners, and the families we serve are highlighted. © 2014 FPI, Inc.

Moore Q.T.,Mercy College
Radiologic Technology | Year: 2014

Purpose To determine whether public health implications exist in regard to medical radiation exposure. Methods A comprehensive literature review was conducted to investigate the value of medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation and the need for public radiation awareness. The significance of radiation exposure on public health was sought from historic and modern perspectives. Discussion Potential issues involving medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation were identified. Ionizing radiation, effective dose, and radiation perception were investigated from a multimodality perspective to demonstrate the importance of radiation awareness. Conclusion Medical imaging's role in health care dictates the need for quality and competence. Organizational efforts have enhanced radiation risk knowledge, but medical imaging facilities should augment employee and public knowledge regarding medical imaging procedures. To change public perception of radiation, technologists should be prepared to discuss imaging benefits and risks, understand dose associated with different modalities, and implement radiation dose protocols. The findings reveal the importance of monitoring ionizing radiation medical imaging safety to maintain the benefits of imaging procedures. © 2014 American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Golisz K.,Mercy College
American Journal of Occupational Therapy | Year: 2014

This special issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy includes summaries from a systematic evidence-based literature review of occupational therapy and driving and community mobility for older adults. Since the previous review on this topic in 2008, the cohort of 78 million baby boomers began turning 65 in January 2011. As a group, this cohort is more likely to have longer life expectancy, stay in the workforce longer, and age in place in the community. Is the occupational therapy profession ready for the potential demand for driving rehabilitation services from this generation of older drivers who grew up with the automobile and are dependent on it for access to and participation in their communities?

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