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Spiritual Care in Dementia - Nurturing t...he Human Spirit
In order to provide quality care there needs to be some understanding of the person's sense of reality. This reality can be detected through their behaviours and understood within the context of their... whole life...
Meaning of Spirituality and the Nurse's ...Role in Providing Spiritual Care to the Dying Patient
This Chapter discusses the meaning of spirituality and how to provide spiritual care to the patient......
Spiritual Care of Palliative Care Patien...ts
This chapter identifies the four spiritual needs, and, secondly, presents examples of how spiritual care is delivered by Registered Nurses (RNs) to their palliative care patients......
eChapter End Matter
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Spirituality: The Heart of Nursing. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the series is included and a ...post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
Prelims: Foreword, The cover,Dedication, Acknowledgments and Contents...
Dispelling Myths, Imparting Knowledge - ...a Guide to Client Education
This chapter guides nurses on how to provide effective client education and relevant information which has the potential to enhance the welfare and progress of people with cancer......
Challenges and Opportunities - Educating... the Nurse for Cancer Care
The preparation of nurses for cancer care is an important aspect of the social response to cancer. Following a brief historical overview, this chapter focuses on the challenges and opportunities that ...exist in the formal preparation of nurses for cancer care. The chapter draws on the author's personal experience in developing and teaching cancer nursing at La Trobe University. The final section of this chapter offers potential students a guide to choosing a postgraduate course.
The Importance of Communication and the ...Provision of Information in Patient Care
This chapter, in reviewing the importance of communication and information in the provision of patient care, also demonstrates the importance of the nurse's role in such provision. It emphasises the o...pinion that the value of the nurse-patient relationship can never be over estimated and, as a source of information and support, the nurse is irreplaceable.
Breaking Bad News
This chapter highlights some of the concerns of nurses dealing with the sensitive area of breaking bad news. Suggestions are provided as to the process that might be followed, yet to use skills as nur...ses to determine what is most appropriate in any given situation is also encouraged.
Hope - the Inner Strength
Rather than presenting definite and clear-cut answers, this chapter sets out to explore the premise that hope is complex, multidimensional concept of considerable importance to people with potentially... terminal conditions, including cancer. The fact that this chapter raises more questions that it answers suggests that continued questioning of the assumptions underlying this debate is a must for nurses and others associated with those suffering from cancer.
Cancer and Sexuality - a Neglected Issue...?
This chapter gives in-depth explanations and reasoning in regard to the great importance of not ignoring sexuality due to the diagnosis of cancer. It gives advice to nurses and other health profession...als as to how to deal with sexual health issues as part of their professional practice and encourages them of the importance of doing so frequently.
Many acute and subacute healthcare organisations have introduced evidence-based clinical pathways in response to the demands for cost reduction in an environment of increased consumer interest in heal...th care. The aim of such clinical pathways is to achieve quality outcomes within a specified time frame, using the resources that best meet the patients' needs.
Assessing and Knowing the Person with Ca...ncer
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 th...e '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.
Caring (for a Person with Cancer)
This chapter provides thorough analysis of caring and further clarifies what that indeed includes. The author gives personal insight to her definition of caring and lists the main themes she deems to ...be most relevant and important to a patient, which can be administered through nurses' caring abilities. Case studies and academic evidence are given to substantiate all of the author's comments.
Ethical Challenges for Cancer Nurses
This chapter examines the continuous ethical challenges for nurses providing care during situations involving patients with cancer. It gives nurses guidance to take more responsibility with dealing wi...th those ethical challenges and points out the considerable opportunity for cancer nurses to facilitate and evaluate ethical decision-making processes, and adds that by doing so nurses will contribute to the development of a dynamic and progressive professional ethic in cancer nursing.
Spirituality - The Essence of Cancer Car...e
This chapter emphasises the appreciation of the role of spirituality and its practical application within the clinical domain. Ample evidence is given and referenced to support the claim that meeting ...a cancer patient's spiritual needs can also diminish the severity of their symptoms, thus reducing the need for prescribed therapies. It also guides nurses on the importance of spirituality for themselves as well as their patients.
Palliative Care - An Integrated Part of ...Cancer Care
In this chapter a model of care has been demonstrated that recognises palliative care as a positive step in the management of patients with advanced cancer. By combining the knowledge and skills of al...l specialities, challenging nurses' attitudes and beliefs about the care they deliver and recognising the need to change many of the traditions, rituals, mores and policies and procedures that have developed within nursing cultures over the decades, nurses can help patients to look forward to a greater quality of life.
This chapter offers practical suggestions that nurses may utilise to support themselves, each other and significant others. Some are orientated toward the self, others are suggested in support of othe...rs. It suggests that if nurses offer and receive the support necessary to function, care of the oncology client, although challenging, will remain a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Exploring the Boundries of Oncological N...ursing Practice
This chapter critically evaluates the heath care system and the nurses role within this system. It lists the movements that are being created for a better future and offers a range of opportunities an...d suggestions for nurses who wish to create a better future, which this author believes is primarily in the hands of nurses today.