The Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN) was chosen to submit an abstract. It is an official peer-reviewed periodical published by Wiley (Author Guidelines, 2016). This international journal provides insights into various aspects of nursing practice including clinical research, nursing leadership, patient and family experiences, and plenty of others. The paramount aim of the journal is to ensure an international exchange of knowledge and skills to develop high-quality standards of nurses’ performance (Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2016). The manuscript that is to be submitted is entitled “The Role of Nurses in Prevention of Overweight among Adolescents Living in Miami-Dade County”.
Before submitting the research, it seems appropriate to review basic information for authors. The guidelines state that the papers should be relevant to nursing practice and reveal its application at a large scale (Author Guidelines, 2016). In particular, the structured abstract should involve aims and objectives, significance, hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusion.
- Project Title: The Role of Nurses in Prevention of Overweight among Adolescents Living in Miami-Dade County.
- Problem Statement: Overweight becomes one of the most widespread health problems in Miami-Dade County, especially among adolescents. In this connection, it is necessary to identify the role of nurses as well as certain strategies they can employ to reduce overweight rates in the given area.
- Purpose of the Project: The focus was given to the investigation of adolescent-nurse relationships, identifying specific instruments to affect young people. The research aims to provide evidence-based information for nursing practices. A set of objectives guiding the research is the following: evaluate the level of overweight, interview overweight adolescents, and correspond the above data with nursing performance within the given problem.
- Research Question: What are the ways nurses can use to prevent overweight among young people living in Miami-Dade County?
- Hypothesis: It is expected that such measures as the promotion of health care lifestyle, changed eating habits, and work with both parents and adolescents can be beneficial in decreasing overweight rates. Furthermore, some causes of overweight including fast food, overeating, and sedentary lifestyle seem to be identified as the principal ones.
- Methodology: The qualitative design of the research was chosen to interview the population and analyze results.
- Implementation Steps: The sample includes adolescents less than 18 years of age interested in participating in this project. No personal information was collected either in written notes or on the audio recordings. The participants’ were asked to take part in individual 45-minute semi-structured interviews discussing their attitudes concerning this topic. The interviews were provided paying attention to gender and family type.
- Results: It was found out that the majority of overweight cases are caused by improper eating habits. At this point, it was revealed that the most effective strategies to prevent this problem are a timely collaboration with parents as well as the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, some interviewees pointed out that overweight was caused by low self-conception and stress.
- Conclusion: The research confirmed the initial hypothesis.
Relevance to Clinical Practice
The relevance of this project cannot be overestimated as overweight education is crucial for nurses to provide appropriate health care delivery for these adolescents. In particular, they can use preventative measures focusing on a healthy lifestyle and eating habits along with stress reduction. Thus, the research is relevant in terms of the prevention of overweight adolescents so that to enhance their physical and psychological well-being. The results of the project can be beneficial both for nurses and directly for their patients.
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