Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Health Care Practitioners

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 22, 2010 - Medical - 296 pages

Principles of Skin Care is a practical, evidence based guide to the principles of skin management and skin health. Broader than a dermatology book, this text focuses on the generic components of helping patients with skin conditions, exploring the underlying evidence base, and provides practitioners with the skills and information needed to become competent in caring for the skin, preventing skin break-down, managing patients with common skin conditions and helping patients cope with the psychological impact of skin problems.

Divided into two sections, the first takes a look at the fundamental principles of skin management, addressing some of the core nursing issues that are relevant across the board of dermatological care. The second section covers the dermatological conditions most commonly see in practice, such as Psoriasis, Eczema, and Acne. It also explores the principles of illness management, describing disease processes and enabling health care practitioners to work effectively with patients to choose the best treatment available for their condition.

Key features:

  • Explores the essential principles of skin care and their application to clinical management
  • Written by renowned experts in the field
  • Full colour illustrations throughout


Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 1 Fundamental principles of managing the skin
Part 2 Principles of illness management

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About the author (2010)

REBECCA PENZER is a Community Dermatology Nurse Specialist for Norfolk Community Health and Care. She is co-editor of Dermatological Nursing (the journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group, BDNG) and is a trustee of the Psoriasis Association. She is a founder of the International Skin Care Nursing Group and current secretary. Rebecca has been a recipient of the Stone Award by the BDNG for services to dermatological nursing.

PROFESSOR STEVEN J. ERSSER is Chair in Nursing Development and Skin Care Research at Bournemouth University and Director of the Centre for Wellbeing & Quality of Life. He is a Founder & Inaugural Chair of the International Skin-care Nursing Group. He is widely published and is Research Consultant to the Dermatology Nursing Journal (USA) and was co-founder of the Journal of Clinical Nursing and a Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Southampton. He has worked in the Oxford and Southampton Departments of Dermatology. Steven has also been a recipient of the Stone Award by the BDNG.

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