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Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice

Dementia nursing has an important role to play in addressing urgent present-day issues and in planning for the future. It is founded on well-practiced assessment skills and the choice of skilled interventions for all of a person’s physical needs—based on the best available evidence and an ability to evaluate the outcome. The aim of dementia nursing and of this book is to acknowledge the significant challenges, fears, and insecurities that surround this mysterious malady, and to move beyond the dilemmas to a true meeting of persons in relation.

In the ordering of chapters in this book, no hierarchy is intended in terms of priorities for care. However, the book does have a logical progression. This first chapter raises significant issues for contemporary nursing practice, and thus informs the discussion in the chapters that follow. In these subsequent chapters, important clinical issues are analyzed and discussed such as memory loss, nutrition, wandering, sensory loss, restraint, the quality use of medicines, incontinence, falls prevention, pain management, depression, aggression, wound care, and many others including palliative care, communication skills and the evaluation of dementia care.

Throughout the book the reader is invited to enter the whole story of dementia, to trace its history, and to identify current trends in research and management.

Contents include

  • Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice is available either as a standalone textbook or an audiobook and textbook package designed for the busy aged-care nurse. It consists of a 2-hour abridged audiobook on CD together with a full-length quality textbook
  • Although written primarily for nurses who have twenty-four hour responsibility for the care of people with dementia in the context of residential aged care, the book is also valuable for doctors, allied health professionals, personal-care workers, volunteers, families, and all carers of people with dementia in a variety of settings
  • The chapters are written primarily by nurses for nurses but with valuable contributions and insights offered by other health professionals, carers, artists, and relatives from a variety of backgrounds and countries
  • A compendium of contemporary dementia care practice, eliminating the negatives and accentuating the positives
  • This book challenges nurses throughout the world to respond with the latest knowledge and the best clinical practice in dementia care.

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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.


Established in 1987, Ausmed Publications is the print publishing arm of Ausmed Education, a company is dedicated to producing high quality healthcare education in the form of: Seminars and Conferences, Online Resources, Video Learning Activities and Textbooks.

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