Neuroscience Nursing. Evidence–Based Theory and Practice

  • ID: 2223967
  • Book
  • 680 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Patients with neurological problems are cared for in many settings and nurses involved in neuroscience practice, education and research are located in a variety of different contexts.Neuroscience Nursing is a comprehensive, practical text that reflects both the richness and the diversity of contemporary neuroscience nursing.

This important text provides a critique of the available evidence underpinning practice, including evidence based guidelines developed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and the NSF for Long Term Conditions. Each chapter contains the relevant anatomy & physiology, epidemiology, learning outcomes, assessment skills and evidence–based nursing management guidance. Divided into 8 comprehensive sections, section 1 looks at the anatomy & physiology of the nervous system. Section 2 explores the asessment, interpretation and managemetn of specific problems in the neurological patient including altered motor & sensory function, altered speech and cranial nerve dysfunction. Section 3 covers management of intracranial disorders and disease, while section 4 addresses the nursing management of long–term conditions, such as Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, management of intracranial disorders, spinal disorders, and disease of peripheral nerves. The management of head and spine trauma, and spinal disorders and disease are discussed in sections 5 & 6 and the management of disorders and the disease of peripheral nerves is covere din section 7. Finally, section 8 explores the fundamental concepts of neuroscience nursing, including legal and ethical issues, and dilemmas and challenges that nurses working in this field might face.

Aimed at student and qualified nurses working with people with neurological problems in a wide variety of settings, Neuroscience Nursing is an invaluable tool for nurses who want to keep up to date and improve their practice.

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Section I: Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System

1 Cells of the CNS and How They Communicate (Colm Treacy).

2 The Structural and Biochemical Defences of the CNS (Ehsan Khan).

3 The Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain (Chris Eberhardie, Sue Woodward and Ann–Marie Mestecky).

4 The Spinal Cord (Maureen Coggrave).

5 The Autonomic Nervous System (Chris Brunker).

6 Intracranial Physiology (Ann–Marie Mestecky).

Section II: Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Specific Problems in the Neurological Patient.

7 Assessment and Management of Raised Intracranial Pressure (Ann–Marie Mestecky).

8 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Consciousness (Neal Cook and Sue Woodward).

9 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Impaired Cognition (Thom Aird).

10 Assessment and Management of Challenging Behaviour (Mary Braine).

11 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Perceptual, Motor and Sensory Function (Iain Bowie and Sue Woodward).

12 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Speech and Swallowing (Jane Dundas and Kathryn Chappell).

13 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Cranial Nerve Dysfunction (Iain Bowie and Sue Woodward).

14 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Cardiovascular Status in the Neurological Patient (Chris Brunker).

15 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Impaired Respiratory Function in the Neurological Patient (Anne Mcleod).

16 Assessment and Management of Fluid, Electrolytes and Nutrition in the Neurological Patient (Neal Cook and Ann–Marie Mestecky).

17 Assessment and Management of Pain (Sue Woodward).

18 Assessment and Management of Bladder and Bowel Problems (Mandy Wells, Deborah Yarde and Sue Woodward).

Section III: Neurological Investigations and Neurosurgical Procedures.

19 Neurological Investigations (Jane Connor and Kirsty Andrews).

20 Common Neurosurgical Procedures (Anne Preece).

Section IV: Management of Patients with Intracranial Disorders and Disease

21 Management of Patients with Intracranial Tumours (Emma Townsley).

22 Management of Patients with Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (Jane Dundas, Beverley Bennett and Julia Slark).

23 Management of Patients with Intracranial Aneurysms and Vascular Malformations (Ann–Marie Mestecky).

24 Management of Patients with Central Nervous System Infections (Ava Easton, Stephen Pewter, Huw Williams, Leann Johnson, Ed Wilkins and Ann–Marie Mestecky).

25 Management of Patients with Hydrocephalus (Stuart Hibbins).

Section V: Management of Patients with Long–Term Conditions.

26 Management of Patients with Common Movement Disorders (Liz Scott, Pauline McDonald and Rachel Taylor).

27 Management of Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (Mary O Brien).

28 Management of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (Vicki Matthews and Nikki Embrey).

29 Management of Patients with Dementias (Katy Judd, Karen Harrison and Ian Weatherhead).

30 Management of Patients with Epilepsy (Anthony Linklater).

31 Management of Patients with Myasthenia Gravis (Saiju Jacob).

Section VI: Management of Patients Following Head and Spinal Trauma.

32 Management of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (Siobhan McLernon).

33 Management of Patients with Spinal Injury (Paul Harrison and David Ash).

Section VII: Management of Patients with Neuropathies and Spinal Disorders and Disease.

34 Management of Patients with Disorders of the Vertebral Column and Spinal Cord (Cath Waterhouse and Glynis Pellatt).

35 Management of Patients with Guillain–Barré Syndrome and Other Peripheral Neuropathies (Sue Woodward).

Section VIII: Fundamental Concepts of Neuroscience Nursing. 

36 Ethical and Legal Issues (Stephen Leyshon and Alison Hobden).

37 The History and Development of Neuroscience Nursing (Thom Aird).


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