Therapeutic Nursing: Improving Patient Care Through Self-Awareness and Reflection

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Dawn Freshwater
SAGE, Nov 4, 2002 - Medical - 198 pages
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'I found the book to be fascinating and so thought provoking that it made me consider more carefully the text and prose to really understand what the author said. It is skilfully written, very readable and has implications for a wide range of people such as the undergraduate, practitioner, lecturer and researcher'

Accident and Emergency Nursing

Gaining self-awareness is a vital aspect of professional development for all who work in the caring professions. In nursing especially, the ability to evaluate oneself affects all areas of practice, including direct patient care, working relationships with colleagues and maintaining one's own well-being in the often pressured environment of health care.

This is an innovative text which explores the ways in which self-awareness can be used as a practical tool for continuing professional development and practice improvement. Divided into three parts, the book examines the role of the nurse as therapeutic practitioner, reflective learner and reflexive researcher.

For all those wishing to develop their skills as autonomous, reflective, accountable practitioners, this book will be an inspiring read. It will be of immense use to those who teach and supervise nurses at all levels.


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The Therapeutic Use of Self in Nursing
Part I
Part III
The Practitioners Perspective
Clinical Supervision
The Role of the Internal Supervisor in Developing
Part II
Aesthetic Ways in Daytoday Nursing
Nursing Students Development of Caring Self Through
The Researchers Perspective
Individual Identity or Deviant Case?
Reflexive Research and the Therapeutic Use of Self

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Professor Dawn Freshwater became Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia (UWA) in January 2017 having previously served for three years as UWA’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar, and as Acting Vice-Chancellor in late 2016. In the role of SDVC, she led the design and implementation of a modernised academic structure, with the aim of optimising world class research, and further cultivating its exceptional educational outcomes and student experience. As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Freshwater continues to lead UWA through this significant new phase of growth and reform.
Born in England, Professor Freshwater was awarded her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 1998. She is a highly experienced and driven supporter of translational research and research-led teaching. Her contribution to the fields of Public Health (specifically Mental Health and Forensic Mental Health) and in researching Leadership practices won her the highest honour in her field - the Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN). In 2016, she was invited to act as Chair of the Institutional Research Review Panel (IRRP) for Research Assessment and Impact Case Measurement in Ireland. Prior to this she was a panel member for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) (UK), the first full research assessment using impact measures to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
Dawn is a Director of Go8, member of Chief Executive Women, Board Director of PerthUSAsia Centre, member of the Partnership Board member of the World University Network (WUN), Board Vice-Chair of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), Board Director of Harry Perkins Institute, Vice-Chair of the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) and a Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation.
Professor Freshwater has been the recipient of numerous awards, as well as nominations for Woman of Achievement and Women of the Year Awards.

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