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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164154
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Animal-Assisted Activities/Therapy in a Long-term Antepartum Unit
Author(s):
Schafer, Deborah
Author Details:
Deborah Schafer, MSN, RNC, CNS, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Purpose/Objectives: To offer a program that uses animals to enhance the quality of life and improve the emotional well-being of the long-term antepartum patient. Significance: Interactions with animals in healthcare settings have resulted in positive physical and psychological responses in patients. Numerous studies report effective reduction of loneliness and isolation in long-term patients, decreased stress and enhanced coping with stressful events, general improved psychological well-being, increased social interaction and improved self-esteem. Background/Rationale: Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, discovery, physical and emotional adjustments. However, approximately 20-25% of pregnant women are diagnosed with complications that may threaten the safety or life of the mother or fetus. A complication diagnosis induces shock, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed. High-risk pregnancy heralds increased stress and anxiety to the puerperal woman and family. Hospitalization heightens stress and has a significant psychosocial impact. The hospitalized pregnant woman demonstrates degrees of powerlessness, loneliness, loss of control and autonomy, boredom, anxiety, and depression. The stress of separation from home compounds the complex reactions and often results in feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. The clinical nurse specialist faces the challenge of improving the emotional well-being of the patient. Description: An animal-assisted activities/therapy program (AAA/T) was developed by the perinatal clinical nurse specialist for the long-term antepartum patient. The CNS collaborated with nursing, infection control, risk management, security and volunteer services. Guidelines were developed that addressed the responsibilities of the AAA/T coordinator and animal/handler teams, and described the criteria for animal participation. Outcome: Data will be collected and analyzed to determine to the impact of the program on patient and staff satisfaction and psychological well-being. Interpretation/Conclusion: Interest from local certified therapy dog teams is high. Initial visits have begun. Evaluation data will be available for presentation. Implications for Practice: The role of the clinical nurse specialist is integral to the management of the patient with complex needs. The CNS is responsible for integrating knowledge to design innovative, cost-effective programs that improve patient outcome. An animal-assisted activities/therapy program is an example of a therapeutic intervention that utilizes the animal/human bond to maximize positive results.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
CNS Leadership: Navigating the Healthcare Environment Toward Excellence
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Leadership: Navigating the Healthcare Environment Toward Excellence, held on March 9�12, 2005 in Orlando, Florida, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAnimal-Assisted Activities/Therapy in a Long-term Antepartum Uniten_GB
dc.contributor.authorSchafer, Deborahen_US
dc.author.detailsDeborah Schafer, MSN, RNC, CNS, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164154-
dc.description.abstractPurpose/Objectives: To offer a program that uses animals to enhance the quality of life and improve the emotional well-being of the long-term antepartum patient. Significance: Interactions with animals in healthcare settings have resulted in positive physical and psychological responses in patients. Numerous studies report effective reduction of loneliness and isolation in long-term patients, decreased stress and enhanced coping with stressful events, general improved psychological well-being, increased social interaction and improved self-esteem. Background/Rationale: Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, discovery, physical and emotional adjustments. However, approximately 20-25% of pregnant women are diagnosed with complications that may threaten the safety or life of the mother or fetus. A complication diagnosis induces shock, fear and feelings of being overwhelmed. High-risk pregnancy heralds increased stress and anxiety to the puerperal woman and family. Hospitalization heightens stress and has a significant psychosocial impact. The hospitalized pregnant woman demonstrates degrees of powerlessness, loneliness, loss of control and autonomy, boredom, anxiety, and depression. The stress of separation from home compounds the complex reactions and often results in feelings of guilt and low self-esteem. The clinical nurse specialist faces the challenge of improving the emotional well-being of the patient. Description: An animal-assisted activities/therapy program (AAA/T) was developed by the perinatal clinical nurse specialist for the long-term antepartum patient. The CNS collaborated with nursing, infection control, risk management, security and volunteer services. Guidelines were developed that addressed the responsibilities of the AAA/T coordinator and animal/handler teams, and described the criteria for animal participation. Outcome: Data will be collected and analyzed to determine to the impact of the program on patient and staff satisfaction and psychological well-being. Interpretation/Conclusion: Interest from local certified therapy dog teams is high. Initial visits have begun. Evaluation data will be available for presentation. Implications for Practice: The role of the clinical nurse specialist is integral to the management of the patient with complex needs. The CNS is responsible for integrating knowledge to design innovative, cost-effective programs that improve patient outcome. An animal-assisted activities/therapy program is an example of a therapeutic intervention that utilizes the animal/human bond to maximize positive results.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:43:02Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:43:02Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Leadership: Navigating the Healthcare Environment Toward Excellenceen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Leadership: Navigating the Healthcare Environment Toward Excellence, held on March 9�12, 2005 in Orlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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