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Professional Communication
eChapter  3
Added: 15/06/2009
Effective written and verbal communication in aged-care nursing demands a level of articulation that goes well beyond 'telling stories' about what has occurred in the care of a particular resident on ...a particular day. This chapter aims to instruct nurses on how to effectively communicate verbally and through documentation including the codes of professional practice.
Nursing Care Plans
eChapter  4
Added: 15/06/2009
This chapter discusses the use of nursing-care plans (NCPs) in residential aged-care facilities. The purpose of NCPs is to provide individualised nursing care, but they have not always achieved their ...intended purpose. Nurses and their professional organisations will need to think strategically about nursing care and how it is planned and implemented.
Progress Notes
eChapter  5
Added: 15/06/2009
Effective communication in aged care is vital to the quality of resident care. Documentation is used to communicate details of the nursing care provided and to inform others of any significant events.... There are many legal requirements involved in progress notes and it must always be remembered that a resident's notes represent a permanent written record of that person's nursing care and management. This chapter aims to guide nurses on how to effectively and securely document progress notes.
Documenting Behaviour and Emotion
eChapter  7
Added: 15/06/2009
All nurses experience and observe the behaviour and emotion of those in their care throughout their work day. Whether these behaviours are expected or unexpected, nurses have a responsibility to obser...ve them carefully and to record accurately what they have observed. It is essential that nurses recognise the nuances of human emotion and the behaviour that comes from the expression of that emotion. This chapter guides nurses on how to accurately assess and document emotion and behaviour.
Documenting Complementary Therapies
eChapter  8
Added: 15/06/2009
This chapter guides nurses in the documentation of an aged-care facility that utilises complementary therapies requires. This includes the planning stage where policies, procedures and protocols must ...be considered as well as social profiling, the use of programs and consent, care plans and an evaluation stage.
Documenting Pain Management
eChapter  9
Added: 15/06/2009
The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as 'an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such dam...age.' This chapter aims to convey correct pain documentation methods and the difficulties in communication that arise in aged-care.
Documenting Restraint
eChapter  10
Added: 10/06/2009
Restraint can be defined as the use of any methodology or apparatus that controls a person's choice to move freely and which cannot be easily removed by that person. It is important to correctly docum...ent any form of restraint, both physical and chemical. This chapter discusses the use of restraint in an aged care facility and its correct documentation.
Incident Reports
eChapter  11
Added: 10/06/2009
The reporting of incidents is a vitally important aspect of nursing documentation. Proper incident reporting makes a significant contribution to high standards of care for residents and improved occup...ational health and safety for staff. This chapter guides nurses on how to accurately report an incidence and to ensure a higher level of safety for both staff and residents in an aged care facility.
Documenting Evaluative Criteria
eChapter  12
Added: 10/06/2009
Evaluative criteria are measurement parameters that are based upon an accepted rule, standard or principle. All phases of care need to be clearly documented and evaluated. If the documentary evidence ...of evaluation is inadequate, all future care actions are in jeopardy of being unsuitable or even potentially hazardous. This chapter guides nurses on how to accurately use the parameters of evaluation and correctly document it.
Documenting Staff Issues
eChapter  13
Added: 10/06/2009
Human resources represent an organisation's most valuable resource. All aged-care facilities should therefore have documented human-resources management policies, and each policy should be accompanied... by explicit procedural documents. This chapter explains the explicit procedural documents that must accompany each human-resources management policy.
Effective Design for Documentation
eChapter  14
Added: 10/06/2009
This chapter offers practical advice on the design of effective forms for nursing documentation. Well designed forms are easier to use, but before designing a completely new form nurses should conside...r whether they are able to adapt to an existing one. The suggestions in this chapter will help nurses to design forms that best suit their purposes.
A Systems Model for Documentation
eChapter  15
Added: 19/05/2009
This final chapter takes a broader view of the subject in presenting a systems model for professional nursing documentation in aged care. In presenting a systematic overview of documentation, the chap...ter draws together many of the topics considered in earlier chapters and presents them in one coherent model. The model presented here puts many of the topics of earlier chapters into an overall context.
Appendix 3: Diabetes & Appendix 4: Nause...a
eChapter  Appendix 3 & 4
Added: 10/06/2009
Nursing Documentation in Aged Care: Appendix 3: Diabetes; Appendix 4: Nausea...
Appendix 1: Faecal Incontinence & Append...ix 2: Behavioural Management
eChapter  Appendix 1 & 2
Added: 10/06/2009
Nursing Documentation in Aged Care: Appendix 1: Faecal Incontinence; Appendix 2: Behavioural Management...
Appendix 5: Stomal Care & Appendix 6: Le...g Ulcer Management
eChapter  Appendix 5 & 6
Added: 10/06/2009
Nursing Documentation in Aged Care: Appendix 5: Stomal Care; Appendix 6: Leg Ulcer Management...
Appendix 7: PEG Nutrition & Appendix 8: ...Wandering
eChapter  Appendix 7 & 8
Added: 10/06/2009
Nursing Documentation in Aged Care: Appendix 7 PEG Nutrition; Appendix 8: Wandering...
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 15/06/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Nursing Documentation in Aged Care: A Guide to Practice. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the seri...es is included and a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
Prelims
eChapter  Prelims
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter includes the preliminary information found in, and relating to, the third edition of Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, rewritten ...and revised. It offers nurses and healthcare professionals an evidence-based approach to providing better care for people in palliative care and for those who love and support them.
Framing Palliative Care
eChapter  1
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter explores the complex language surrounding the practice of palliative care and palliative care nursing. It offers a cogent and contemporary discussion of the terms ‘palliative care’, ...hospice’ and ‘end-of-life care’. The intention is to outline a language framework that enables clarity and consistency in the use of terms. The chapter is intended to clarify the context of palliative care within the wider system of health services.
Communication During Transitions to Pall...iative Care
eChapter  2
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter explores the components of palliative care where communication is central. It offers strategies and tools that can be used to improve communication. It explores the need for good communic...ation when nurses are breaking bad news, working with families or working within health-care teams.

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