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The Informed Practice Nurse. 2nd Edition. Wiley Series in Nursing

  • ID: 2242363
  • Book
  • February 2008
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Nurses have to be informed in order to deliver sensitive and holistic care.  The new edition of
The Informed Practice Nurse is fully updated to offer both the new and experienced practice nurse the opportunity to reflect on their current practice, develop their knowledge and question their role.  This text explores the nurse s role in health promotion, issues of infection control and wound management.  Management and ethical issues in general practice are discussed and placed in context to government directives and the dynamic ethos of nursing.  The health of women, men and young people are explored in individual chapters, concentrating on health issues often neglected in other nursing texts.

The Informed Practice Nurse is invaluable for all practice nurses, and students, enabling them to improve their knowledge and understanding to improve patient care and safety.

Special features:

  • Evidence–based throughout
  • Looks at the new GMS contract and the nurses role
  • Explores the changing role of the practice nurse
  • An essential text for students on both undergraduate and post–graduate courses.
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Chapter 1. Ethics (Pat Tweed, Cath Molineux and Marilyn Edwards).

Ethics, philosophies and codes of practice.

Issues of Consent.

Respect for patient autonomy.

Chapter 2. Management (Pat Tweed, Marilyn Edwards and Karen Mayne).


Change management.

Clinical governance in primary care.

Time management.

Chapter 3.  Infection Control (Mandy Beaumont and Chris Baldwin).


Pathology of infection.

Standard precautions.

Minor surgery within general practice.


Protection of staff and patients.

Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH).

Vaccine storage.

Healthcare associated infections.


Notifi able diseases.



Chapter 4. Health promotion (Diana Forster, Diane Pannell, Marilyn Edwards).

Needs assessment

Promoting preconception care


Genetic disorders.

Women with diabetes mellitus.

Prevention and management of osteoporosis.


Chapter 5. Men s health (Marilyn Edwards, Glenn Turp).

Social issues surrounding men s health. 

Healthcare services.

Well men.

Improving men s health.

Testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer.

Men who have sex with men.


Chapter 6. Women s Health (Georgina Paget, Gudrun Limbrick and Marilyn Edwards).

The invisible minority; health needs of lesbian women.

Pre–menstrual syndrome.

Domestic Violence (Domestic abuse).

Chapter 7. Health needs of young people (Marilyn Edwards, Susan Jones, Wendy Okoye).

Nutritional issues in young people.

Eating disorders.

Teenage health care.

Chapter 8.  Wound management in general practice (Joy Rudge).

Types of wound.

The healing process.

Wound assessment.

General assessment of the patient factors affecting healing.

Wound cleansing.

The ideal dressing.

Dressing types.

Management of minor traumatic wounds.

Management of post–operative wounds.

Management of leg ulcers.

Nursing management.


Chapter 9. Moving Practice Nursing Forward (Marilyn Edwards).

Nursing in practice.

Nurse–led management in clinical care.

Skill mix.

Non–medical prescribing (nurse prescribing).


The primary healthcare team.


Refl ective practice.

Clinical supervision.

Practice based commissioning.

Nurse partnerships.

The future.



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Marilyn Edwards
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