Monday, August 10, 2015

Nursing Care of The Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

Nursing care of the pediatric neurosurgery patient and family can be extremely
challenging and extraordinarily rewarding. Cathy Cartwright and
Donna Wallace have edited a wonderful clinical resource to assist nurses in
meeting the challenges. More than 32 contributors from 15 medical centers
have shared their expertise in 12 chapters that delineate the etiology, pathophysiology,
clinical presentation, and management of the most common
neurosurgical problems. The text, tables, illustrations, photographs, radiographs,
scans, “pediatric pearls,” and “parent perspectives” combine to
clearly present the essential information about each problem.
The more complex the illness or injury, the greater the potential contribution
of the skilled and empathetic nurse to patient and family recovery.
To paraphrase a parent quoted in this book, each child with a neurosurgical
problem will have a unique life story. Although the child’s life
story will be affected by the neurosurgical problem, it will be shaped by
the child’s family and the valuable contributions of nurses such as those
who have authored this book and those who will read it.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Advanced Clinical Skills for GU Nurses

Poor sexual health is now a major public health issue in the UK, with all four
countries having a sexual health strategy, strategic framework or action plan
in place. The Government in England wishes to improve sexual health services,
with a focus on improving access.
All over the country nurses are working in new and innovative ways in
sexual and reproductive health. Many are working in advanced and specialist
clinical roles as independent practitioners and more creative posts are being
developed in the National Health Service to maximise optimum use of nurses’
skills. Several Nurse Consultant posts have now been developed in the speciality
of Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM).
With this important public health agenda in mind, this book provides a valuable
resource for nurses working towards, and at, advanced level in GUM, but
the content is also transferable and relevant to nurses working in non-acute
settings.
This book also provides a skill base for more junior nurses in GUM to aspire
to. Using a competency-based approach, many GUM nurses could develop
their practice to an advanced level, using nurse prescribing and/or patient
group directions to complement the level of service they provide.
I welcome the publication of this book, as I firmly believe, that historically
there has never been a better time for nurses to develop their roles in GUM
and sexual health, to drive forward improvements and to lead service delivery
in this challenging, changing and dynamic area of health in the twenty-first
century.