Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

From Research and Theory to Practice

Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

From Research and Theory to Practice

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This issue of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice (RTNP) presents four articles. Each article addresses an unrelated topic and together the articles encompass diverse approaches to nursing knowledge development; the coherence is in their relevance to nursing practice.

Continuing along the line of studies about the doing of nursing, originating in RTNP 22 (1), Harding and colleagues explore a seldom examined topic (touch), in a rarely studied population (male nurses), using the qualitative approach of discourse analysis. Their highly illuminating and provocative results challenge nurse educators and nurses themselves to rethink embedded gender biases in the way we prepare nurses and the manner in which we extend these biases into everyday practice.

One of two articles addressing gerontological nursing in this issue is a quantitative study by Robinson and colleagues evaluating the effectiveness of a protocol to prevent delirium among hospitalized elders on a renal unit. While it is a small-scale study with encouraging locally applicable results, its general approach can serve as a model for evaluating similar protocols to yield results that are tailored to a discrete clinical population.

Ruppar and colleagues address another gerontological issue, medication adherence. …

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