The notion of vulnerability is critical to person–centred high–quality nursing and healthcare practice,
and underpins all nursing education. Understanding Vulnerability: A Nursing and Healthcare Approach focuses on the vulnerability experienced every day by patients and clients in healthcare, and provides clear and supportive guidance to nurses and other healthcare practitioners on protecting and caring for vulnerable patients.
Taking a fresh, critical and reflective perspective that highlights current trends towards the promotion of equality and acknowledges everyone s vulnerability, this book is essential reading for all nursing and healthcare students, as well as healthcare practitioners who are committed to providing personcentred care.
One of the first books to address the issue of vulnerability from a nursing and
Written by a group of experienced professionals, academics and educationalists with both
educational and research expertise in the exploration of vulnerability
Includes narratives, perspectives and case studies, illustrating and bringing to life the issues
within the book
Notes on contributors viii
1 Introduction 1Vanessa Heaslip and Julie Ryden
2 Understanding vulnerability 6Vanessa Heaslip
3 Power, discrimination, and oppression 28Julie Ryden and Chris Willetts
4 Processes of oppression 65Julie Ryden
5 Professional culture and vulnerability 91Karen Cooper and Janet Scammell
6 The social construction of vulnerability 111Janet Scammell and Gill Calvin Thomas
7 Psychological perspectives of vulnerability 132Nikki Glendening and Sid Carter
8 Psychosocial experiences and implications of vulnerability 154Chris Willetts, Gill Calvin Thomas and Vanessa Heaslip
9 Working to reduce vulnerability 177Chris Willetts, Julie Ryden and Gill Calvin Thomas
10 Conclusion 209Julie Ryden and Vanessa Heaslip
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Vanessa Heaslip is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth,
UK. Clinically she worked as a District Nurse and specialist practitioner for older people.
Julie Ryden is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK. Clinically she
worked as a District Nurse.