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History and Issues




  • Includes a brief history of aged care
  • Outlines ways to improve aged care including improving education and fundamental precepts of good nursing
  • Outlines the professional role of nurses

This chapter focuses on the history of aged care. It explores its problems and benefits and suggests ways of improving the aged care system. With diagrams and sub-headings this chapter is accessible and easy to understand.


Contents include

  • A brief history of aged care
    • Earlier paradigms of care
    • The reforms of the 1980s and 1990s
  • Implications for current nursing practice
  • Problems and benefits in the new paradigm
    • Nursing values in the new paradigm
  • Improving dementia care
    • Current knowledge and skills
    • Fundamental precepts of good nursing practice
    • Recognition of professional role
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Author / Editor Biographies

Bernadette Keane is a highly experienced nurse educator who lectured for nine years in the psychiatric nursing programs conducted at Royal Park Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to psychiatry, her clinical background and qualifications include medical, surgical, midwifery and infant welfare areas of care. In 1982, as a Kellogg Nursing Fellow, she studied at the University of California, San Francisco. Since then she has published journal articles and textbook chapters on health care and professional issues. In 1986 Bernadette launched her private practice, called Continuing Educati...
Carolyn Dixon was, from 1995 to early 1999, the psychiatric clinical nurse consultant in the Emergency Department of St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Her work there began as a project to study the effectiveness of this innovative role. Carolyn is a trained psychiatric and general nurse who has worked in hospital, education and community settings both in Australia and overseas. It was while she was working as a nurse teacher at Royal Park Hospital in Melbourne that she first worked with Bernadette Keane. Carolyn has presented a number of conference papers on aspects of psychiatric...

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