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The Nursing Companion

The Nursing Companion

Peter Birchenall | Nicola Adams


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Are you thinking about studying nursing? Do you have an upcoming
interview? Or have you just been accepted on a course? Do you need a
guide? Then this book is for you.
The number of students applying for nursing is increasing every year,
making each place more competitive and more precious. This book will
give you the edge in your application, knowledge for your interview, and
support throughout your course.
This trusty companion will answer your queries and settle your concerns,
giving you an insight into the world of nursing. The experienced team of
? introduce the different branches of nursing
? define the key concepts you will study on your course
? give you an insight into specialist study skills
? help you to understand research
? offer advice on professional development and life after university.
Using case studies, activities and incorporating four end-of-part glossaries,
this one-stop resource will prepare you for the experience of being a
student nurse and equip you for the challenges of the profession.
The Nursing Companion is an essential text for those beginning their journey towards professional qualification. It introduces the branches of nursing, core concepts and research. This preparatory reader also includes specialist study skills, helping students to balance learning in lectures and on placement.
PETER BIRCHENALL Professor and Independent Consultant in Nurse Education. He has a background in Learning Disability Nursing, Adult Nursing and Nurse Education. He has authored and co-authored several successful nursing textbooks. He has a background in nurse teacher education as well as leading courses in undergraduate and post graduate nursing. Peter has also worked as an Education Officer with the former English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. Until his retirement Peter held the Chair in Health Studies at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, UK. For nine years he was Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Education Today, a position he relinquished in 2002.
NICOLA ADAMS is Professor of Rehabilitation, School of Health, Community& Education Studies, Northumbria University, UK.

We are thrilled with this text and intend to make it a required reading for all Pre Registration Nursing students BEFORE they start the course.' - Jeanne Landon-Campbell, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Cumbria University, UK

'This proved such a useful book to help with interview/application for Nurse Training that most of the students bought it the instant I referred to it as soon as it was first published. As the course progressed the students continued to find this a useful source of reference for a number of subject areas - it truly became their "companion". I could not recommend this highly enough.' - Moira Jessup, School of Arts and General Education, Llandrillo College, UK

'I like this book. It does particularly well to focus on things from a students' perspective. Not many books manage to do this.' -Russell Harrison-Paul, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, UK

'I would recommend this book to students who want a flavour of the kind of demands that nursing brings' - Anthea Wilson, Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health & Social Care, The Open University, UK

'A commendable piece of work; this is a very useful reference text that takes a different approach to nursing. It is a very exciting book and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to read it.' - Dr. Graham Thurgood- Senior Lecturer, Division of Acute Care, Department of Health Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK.

'...brings together material by top academic nurse educators and is aimed at beginner nurses or those who are contemplating a nursing career' - Writers' News

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
cover Cover
contents vii
acknowledgements xiii
1 studying nursing 1
Introduction 2
1 the context of nursing 3
Introduction 3
What do nurses do? 4
How will I learn about nursing? 8
What factors influence my role as a nurse? 11
Conclusion 19
Useful resources 19
References 19
2 your nursing course 21
Introduction 21
The Nursing and Midwifery Council 22
Key access routes into nursing 22
Selection of candidates to pre-registration nursing 24
Academia 28
Practice 32
Conclusion 39
References 40
3 key skills for nursing students 41
Key skills 41
Managing time 42
Academic skills 46
Learning in the practice setting 56
Conclusion 59
Further reading 60
Acknowledgement 60
References 60
part 1 glossary 61
2 core topics 65
Introduction 66
4 health promotion and public health 67
Introduction 67
Health education versus health promotion 67
Strategies for health promotion 70
Individual approaches versus societal approaches 72
The nurse's role in promoting positive public health within a social context 78
Conclusion 79
Further reading 80
References 80
5 interpersonal and professional skills 82
Introduction 82
Code of practice and ethics 82
Therapeutic communication 84
Diversity 90
Confidentiality 92
Positive image of nursing 93
Conclusion 94
Useful resources 95
References 95
6 user involvement and user perspectives 96
Introduction 96
What do we mean by user involvement? 96
User/carer involvement within care planning 97
Why is user involvement important? 100
The political context 101
The difference between tokenism and participation 101
Ways of enhancing user involvement 104
Hearing the voices of users 105
Conclusion 106
Useful resources 106
Acknowledgement 106
References 106
7 understanding the social context of healthcare 108
Introduction 108
Imagination 109
Globalisation 112
Medicalisation 114
Madness 117
Sexuality 118
Conclusion 120
References 120
8 the psychological context of healthcare settings 122
Introduction 122
Approaches to the study of psychology 122
Health-related thoughts and behaviours 128
Memory 130
Stress and coping with stress 133
Child development in healthcare settings 135
Conclusion 139
References 139
9 helping people to manage pain 141
Introduction 141
What is pain? 142
Nurses' role in pain management 145
Pain assessment 146
Pharmacological management of pain 149
Non-drug approaches to pain management 152
Conclusion 153
Further reading and resources 153
References 154
10 contemporary preoperative and postoperative care 155
Introduction 155
Day and short-stay surgical nursing 157
Contemporary physical aspects of care 159
Management of postoperative nausea and vomiting 161
Patient psychoeducational experiences 163
Conclusion 172
Further reading and resources 173
References 174
11 death and dying 179
Introduction 179
What is death? 179
Death and existentialism 182
Caring for dying patients: a student nurse's perspective 185
Beliefs and practices regarding death and dying 186
Grief and bereavement research 189
Care for the dying within hospice settings 193
Assisted dying 194
Conclusion 197
References 198
part 2 glossary 201
3 studying nursing 205
Introduction 206
12 adult nursing 207
Introduction 207
The nature of adult nursing 207
The origins of, and key influences on, adult nursing 208
Cancer nursing 208
Cerebrovascular accident 210
Community nursing 211
Coronary heart disease 212
Dementia 213
Emergency nursing 215
Endocrinology 216
Infection control 218
Older people 220
Operating theatres 221
Orthopaedic nursing 222
Rheumatology 224
Conclusion 225
Further reading and resources 225
Acknowledgement 226
References 226
13 nursing children and young people 229
Introduction 229
Background to children's nursing 230
Models and contexts of children's nursing 231
Promoting health for children and young people 234
Issues at specific stages of childhood 236
Preparation for hospital and procedures 241
Children and young people undergoing surgery 244
Children and young people experiencing pain 246
Safeguarding children 249
The mental health needs of children and young people 251
Healthcare needs of children with profound and multiple disabilities 252
Palliative care 254
The future of children's nursing 255
Conclusion 256
References 257
14 caring for people with learning disability 263
Introduction 263
What is learning disability? 263
Normalisation and social role valorisation 265
Community care 266
Challenging behaviour 276
Dual diagnosis 279
Person-centred planning 279
Genetics 280
Conclusion 284
Further reading and resources 284
References 284
15 Mental health nursing 287
Introduction 287
The recovery approach 288
Social inclusion 289
Services 293
Working systemically 301
Family therapy 301
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence 302
Working within boundaries 303
Conclusion 308
References 308
16 caring for older people 311
Introduction 311
Physiological context of ageing 312
The psychosocial context of ageing 316
Recognising and dealing with abuse 321
Conclusion 325
Further reading 326
References 326
part 3 glossary 327
4 research and nursing 331
Introduction 332
17 the relevance of research to nursing 333
Introduction 333
Research origins 334
Research today 336
A literature review 340
Component parts of a research study 342
Conclusion 348
References 349
18 quantitative research 350
Introduction 350
Quantitative designs 351
Methods of collecting data 353
Organisation and analysis of data 354
Inferential statistics 357
Conclusion 358
References 358
19 qualitative research 360
What is meant by qualitative research? 360
Key parts of any qualitative research study 363
Example of a qualitative research method 368
Conclusion 369
Further reading 369
References 370
20 getting research into practice 371
Introduction 371
Keeping up to date 371
Accessing the relevant literature 373
Reading the literature 375
Critiquing research 376
Conclusion 383
References 383
part 4 glossary 384
5 careers and professional development 387
Introduction 388
21 career pathways 389
Introduction 389
Long-term conditions 390
The nurse's role 390
Lifelong learning 396
Agenda for Change 398
Career opportunities outside the NHS 400
How to get on in your career 405
Conclusion 409
Useful resources 409
References 410
Index 412