Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing

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Sue Woodward, Catheryne Waterhouse
OUP Oxford, Aug 27, 2009 - Medical - 498 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing is an invaluable resource when you need relevant and practical clinical guidance in dealing with complex clinical situations, or when caring for people with neurological problems for the first time. It will enable you to meet the needs of people with neurological problems wherever you encounter them, be it in a neurology, neurosurgery, critical care or rehabilitation setting, and will therefore enable you to meet the requirements of the National Service Framework. The book is organised in a way that separates the major neuroscience disciplines of neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience critical care and neurorehabilitation, with extensive cross-referencing between sections. It will provide enough information to manage the initial care of the patient with most commonly encountered conditions. Practical guidance is also provided about neurological assessment and investigations, commonly used drugs in neuroscience practice, dealing with neurological emergencies, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding the profession. Complementary therapies applied to neuroscience practice are also discussed. Next time practical guidance is needed on the management of a particular patient, or information is required to manage a particular situation, then the Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing will provide you with the answers you need in a succinct and functional way.
 

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Contents

1 Policy influences on neuroscience practice
1
2 Underpinning neuroanatomy and physiology
33
3 Neurological assessment
61
4 Neurological investigations
91
5 Common drugs and treatments
113
6 Neurological emergencies
131
7 Common problems and symptoms
155
8 Longterm neurological conditions
179
9 Neurosurgery nursing
277
10 Neuroscience critical care
349
11 Neurorehabilitation
389
12 Legal and ethical issues
433
13 Complementary therapies
455
14 Paediatric neuroscience care
467
Index
491
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Sue Woodward has worked in neurosciences nursing since she qualified in 1988. In 1996 she successfully completed an MSc in clinical neuroscience from the Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, and following this she was appointed to a lecturer/practitioner post in neurosciences jointly between King's College Hospital and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London. Sue became a full-time lecturer in 1999, is currently programme leader for critical care post-qualification education and has developed and leads a new MSc in Neuroscience Care. She has completed a four-year term as head of department for specialist and palliative care, and is now part-way through PhD studies. She has been co-opted onto the Royal College of Nursing Neurosciences Forum committee and has been Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing since its inception in April 2005.
Cath Waterhouse works as a clinical educator in the neuroscience unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. She has a clinical base in the neuro ITU unit, and runs the post-basic neuroscience course. Cath has more than 30 years of experience in neuroscience nursing, and has special interests in both intensive care nursing and head injury. Cath currently chairs the RCN Neurosciences Forum Committee.

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