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Assessing and Knowing the Person with Cancer




  • The importance of nurse-patient relationships are discussed
  • A graph is added to aid explanation
  • An explanation of how vital 'knowing the patient as a person' is
  • Explanation of how to conduct initial assessment

This chapter has two central concepts. One is of knowing each individual patient - what they value, how they cope, their physical reactions, and who is important to them. The other concept looks at the 'normal'; how novice nurses deal with common responses to a situation, and how, with more experience and expertise, nurses are able to comprehend and care for a wider range of patient responses. These two concepts are also applied to nursing assessment of cancer patients.


Contents include

  • The nurse-patient relationship
  • Application to practice
  • Knowing the patient as a person
  • In-depth knowledge of the patient's pattern of responses
    • Initial Assessment
  • References
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Transfusion Nurse Educator - Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Dr Beverleigh Quested is the Transfusion Education Manager with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and program manger for the SA BloodSafe program. For her Ph.D. she explored recipient recovery after Blood Stem Cell transplantation. She is a member of haematology nursing and transfusion professional organisations. She is actively involved in the Australian Specialist Practitioners of Transfusion group. She has helped develop Australian guidelines related to the ANZSBT, RCNA, Guidelines for the Administration of Blood Components, EQuIP Standards for Safe Blood Transfusion Practice, Cancer N...

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