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Regis College is a small private Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in Weston, Massachusetts. Founded as a women’s college in 1927. In 2007, Regis became co-educational, being the last Catholic women's college in the Boston area to allow men. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Regis College among the top tier of universities which also offer master's programs in the North. Regis College is also ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best Northeastern colleges. Wikipedia.

Santos M.C.,Regis College
Journal for Nurses in Staff Development

This integrative review of the literature describes nurses' barriers to learning. Five major themes emerged: time constraints, financial constraints, workplace culture, access/relevance, and competency in accessing electronic evidence-based practice literature. The nurse educator must address these barriers for the staff to achieve learning and competency. Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Gravlin G.,Research and Professional Development | Bittner N.P.,Regis College
Journal of Nursing Administration

Objective: Measure RNs' and nursing assistants' reports of frequency and reasons for missed nursing care and identify factors related to successful delegation. Background: Routine nursing tasks were identified as the most commonly occurring omissions. Reasons for omissions included poor utilization of staff resources, time required for the nursing interventions, poor teamwork, ineffective delegation, habit, and denial. Methods: Quantitative, descriptive design. Results: Widespread reports of missed care included turning, ambulating, feeding, mouth care, and toileting. Frequently reported reasons were unexpected increase in volume or acuity, heavy admission or discharge activity, and inadequate support staff. Factors affecting successful delegation were communication and relationship, nursing assistant competence and knowledge, and attitude and workload. Conclusion: Nurse leaders must focus on implementing strategies to mitigate factors and the consequences of care omissions, including poor patient outcomes. An analysis of point-of-care delivery system failures and ineffective processes is essential. Copyright © 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Lesauter J.,Barnard College | Silver R.,Barnard College | Silver R.,Columbia University | Cloues R.,Regis College | Witkovsky P.,New York University
Journal of Neurophysiology

The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is the locus of a hypothalamic circadian clock that synchronizes physiological and behavioral responses to the daily light-dark cycle. The nucleus is composed of functionally and peptidergically diverse populations of cells for which distinct electrochemical properties are largely unstudied. SCN neurons containing gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receive direct retinal input via the retinohypothalamic tract. We targeted GRP neurons with a green fluorescent protein (GFP) marker for whole cell patch-clamping. In these neurons, we studied short (0.5-1.5 h)- and long-term (2-6 h) effects of a 1-h light pulse (LP) given 2 h after lights off [Zeitgeber time (ZT) 14:00-15:00] on membrane potential and spike firing. In brain slices taken from light-exposed animals, cells were depolarized, and spike firing rate increased between ZT 15:30 and 16:30. During a subsequent 4-h period beginning around ZT 17:00, GRP neurons from light-exposed animals were hyperpolarized by ~15 mV. None of these effects was observed in GRP neurons from animals not exposed to light or in immediately adjacent non-GRP neurons whether or not exposed to light. Depolarization of GRP neurons was associated with a reduction in GABA A-dependent synaptic noise, whereas hyperpolarization was accompanied both by a loss of GABA A drive and suppression of a TTX-resistant leakage current carried primarily by Na. This suggests that, in the SCN, exposure to light may induce a short-term increase in GRP neuron excitability mediated by retinal neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, followed by long-term membrane hyperpolarization resulting from suppression of a leakage current, possibly resulting from genomic signals. © 2011 the American Physiological Society. Source

Finn C.,Regis College
Online Journal of Nursing Informatics

Documentation of patient conditions and progress toward care plan goals is a long-standing and important aspect of the nursing role. With an increase in electronic health record (EHR) use, there is a growing emphasis on data-driven documentation, and less on traditional narrative nursing notes. Although narrative notes are still used to convey information that may not fit in a structured field within an EHR, there is evidence that indicates clinicians may not be reading them despite their established value. This paper explores the literature regarding clinicians' experiences reviewing clinical information in an EHR, as well as the importance of the information documented in narrative nursing notes. The implications for nursing leaders, nursing educators and nursing informaticians are discussed, as well as recommendations for future research. Documentation of patient care is a fundamental skill used by nurses to communicate the current health status of a patient's individual needs and responses to care (Bjorvell, Wredling, & Thorell-Ekstrand, 2003). Electronic health records (EHR) provide several methods for documenting, including both structured data fields and free-text narrative formats; however, narrative data is not easily analyzed or linked to the structured portion of the patient record. It is also more time-consuming to enter narrative data, and it is not as easily accessed for viewing (Moss, Andison, & Sobko, 2007). Certain nursing specialties, such as psychiatric nursing, rely heavily on narrative notes as they allow the nurses to pull together events and information in a meaningful way within an environment that is subjectively experienced, as well as to document time-oriented events (Hall & Powell, 2011). Studies such as those done by Rosenbloom et al. (2011) and Collins et al. (2013) have shown that nurses also use narrative notes to convey important information and communicate concern for the patient. However, several other studies, such as those done by Kossman and Scheidenhelm (2008); Brown, Borowitz and Novicoff (2004); and Hripcsak, Vawdrey, Fred, and Bostwick (2011) have found that clinicians are not reading narrative nursing notes entered into the EHR. Therefore, it is important to understand the implication of this, as these notes are important communication tools utilized by nurses and are information-rich parts of any patient's EHR. © 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Source

Heinrichs S.C.,Regis College
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Direct actions of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on neuronal composition, neurochemical signaling and cognitive function constitute a multidisciplinary rationale for classification of dietary lipids as "brain foods." The validity of this conclusion rests upon accumulated mechanistic evidence that ω-3 fatty acids actually regulate neurotransmission in the normal nervous system, principally by modulating membrane biophysical properties and presynaptic vesicular release of classical amino acid and amine neurotransmitters. The functional correlate of this hypothesis, that certain information processing and affective coping responses of the central nervous system are facilitated by bioavailability of ω-3 fatty acids, is tentatively supported by developmental and epidemiological evidence that dietary deficiency of ω-3 fatty acids results in diminished synaptic plasticity and impaired learning, memory and emotional coping performance later in life. The present review critically examines available evidence for the promotion in modern society of ω-3 fatty acids as adaptive neuromodulators capable of efficacy as dietary supplements and as potential prophylactic nutraceuticals for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source

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