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  1. The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Nursing Student Anxiety

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    | Contributor(s):: Della Anderson

    College students have high levels of stress, anxiety, and loneliness (Stewart , Dispenza, Parker, Chang, & Cunnien, 2014). College campus counselors strive to combat this stress and meet student needs through creative solutions (Stewart et al., 2014). Nursing student stress has a major...

  2. Canine-Assisted Therapy (CAT): A nurse-initiated program to reduce patients' perception of pain and anxiety at a critical access hospital

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    | Contributor(s):: Victoria McCue, Molly Vlach, Sherry Stathers, Clair Hefner, Theresa Worden, Julie Erickson

    Background/Purpose: The use of animals to promote or improve human health and wellbeing has a long history. However, it is yet to be recognized and accepted as either a complementary therapy or integrated into mainstream healthcare. Even though studies have reported the benefits of...

  3. Impact of therapy dog visits on outpatient nurse welfare and job satisfaction

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    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie D. Clark, Jessica M. Smidt, Brent A. Bauer

    Interaction with a therapy dog can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and improve heart rate variability; due to these responses, it suggests that human-animal interaction can alleviate the stress response. This study aims to observe if the effects of therapy dog visits could alleviate...

  4. The Best Therapist Has Fur and Four Legs

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    | Contributor(s):: Jordyn Boesch, Sarah Boggs, Mark Campbell, Sarah Elam, Chelsea Hunley

  5. The effects of facility dogs on burnout, job-related well-being, and mental health in pediatric hospital professionals

    | Contributor(s):: Jensen, C. L., Bibbo, J., Rodriguez, K. E., O'Haire, M. E.

  6. Prim-ly adding care: Case report of a student nurse/service dog team

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    | Contributor(s):: Krysia W. Hudson, Marit Medefind, Maren Reinholdt, Ty Guyton

    Traditionally, a therapy dog has been a complimentary tool used by healthcare providers to provide stress relief to patients. However, animals can perform functions at an even greater capacity. Service animals are becoming a part of the healthcare team, by providing unique assistance to the...

  7. Animal-assisted therapy to promote ambulation in the hospital setting: Potentially effective but is it feasible?

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    | Contributor(s):: Nancy L. Novotny, Jackie Deibner, Cheryl Herrmann

    Objective: Preliminary studies demonstrating efficacy of the use of animal assisted therapy (AAT) to promote ambulation in the hospital setting support the need for additional studies using rigorous designs to determine its potential for use in the clinical setting. To determine the...

  8. Animal-Facilitated Therapy Program: Outcomes from Caring Canines, a Program for Patients and Staff on an Inpatient Surgical Oncology Unit

    | Contributor(s):: Ginex, P., Montefusco, M., Zecco, G., Trocchia Mattessich, N., Burns, J., Hedal-Siegel, J., Kopelman, J., Tan, K. S.

  9. Animal-Assisted Therapy Supports Student Connectedness

    | Contributor(s):: Fedor, J.

  10. Critical care nurses' perceptions of obstacles and helpful behaviors in providing end-of-life care to dying patients

    | Contributor(s):: KT Kirchhoff, RL Beckstrand

  11. The impact of animals on patient wellbeing

    | Contributor(s):: Williams, B.

  12. Terapia asistida con animales y cuidados de enfermería : una revisión de la literatura más reciente

    | Contributor(s):: Alma Salazar Calleja

    Introducción. La terapia asistida con animales en el ámbito sanitario se remonta al siglo XI. Con el paso del tiempo y la aparición de nueva evidencia científica que avala el gran número de beneficios derivados de sus efectos terapéuticos, dichas terapias...

  13. Eager Pebbles is all ears on busy pre-admission unit

  14. The Effects of Pet Therapy on Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceived Stress and Exam Performance

    | Contributor(s):: Kathleen Bajorek

    Pet therapy has been found to decrease anxiety and stress levels. Pets are becoming an increasingly more significant part of peoples’ lives and families in the American culture. Nurses need to be aware of the benefits that can come from holistic interventions such as pet therapy in various...

  15. Grief for pets. Part 3: Supporting clients

    | Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Dealing with clients' distress, especially at euthanasia, is one of the main stressors for veterinary nurses. However, few have had formal training in how the death of an animal companion affects clients, and how to communicate with them. This article introduces some practical approaches and...

  16. Spring is the time for renewal

    | Contributor(s):: Smoyak, Shirley A.

  17. Refreshing outlook

    | Contributor(s):: Cox, Matthew

  18. Grief for pets - Part 1: Overview and some false assumptions

    | Contributor(s):: Hewson, C.

    Dealing with clients' distress, especially at euthanasia, is a significant stressor for many veterinary nurses. However, few have had formal training in how pet loss affects clients, and how best to communicate with grieving clients. Moreover, many veterinary practices do not take a comprehensive...

  19. Help from our animal friends

    | Contributor(s):: Connor, K., Miller, J.

  20. Behavioural first aid advice for new puppy owners

    | Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    The veterinary nurse is an essential source of advice for many new puppy owners and advice given at the start of the creation of the human-pet bond will affect not only the quality of that relationship, but also the development and behavioural repertoire of the young dog. Advice on choosing the...