Academic journal article Journal of Nursing Measurement

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Nursing Measurement

Editorial

Article excerpt

The profession of nursing is rich in diversity in many ways. one important way is the many specialty areas represented within the profession. Specialization in nursing arose as a way to enhance quality of care and improve access to care in the face of increasing knowledge and technological advances. a nursing specialty is characterized by a unique body of knowledge and skill set, with nurses providing care focused on phenomena unique to the practice. i am pleased to bring you this issue of the Journal of Nursing Measurement that addresses measurement issues of interest to various nursing specialty areas.

There are over one million patients with Parkinson's disease within the United States alone. Neuroscience nursing concerns for patients with this degenerative disease and their caregivers are addressed in the article by abendroth that describes the development and validation of a Parkinson's disease Caregiver Strain risk Screen. Both clinicians and researchers will appreciate the article by deshaies, akhtar-danesh, and Kaasalainen that presents a very helpful analysis of the state of measurement in chronic pain.

Diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the United States alone, so i am pleased to be able to include several articles that address different aspects of this complex disease. Grinslade, Paper, Jing, and Quinn describe the development and evaluation of the diabetes Self-Efficacy Scale for women with type 2 diabetes. Hortensius and colleagues describe the development and validation of the Perception of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose scale in patients with diabetes treated with insulin. …

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