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Prelims: Full Contents, Dedications and Acknowledgments, Foreword, Preface and About the authors...
What is the Psychosocial Impact of Cance...r?
This chapter guides health professionals through how to support a patient who has just been diagnosed with cancer. It also defines the psychosocial impact of cancer, the concerns that are brought with... this and how to deal with these various concerns...
Practicalities and Challenges of Providi...ng Psychosocial Care
This chapter explores the types of psychosocial care and how it is given to patients. It also uses examples and templates to clarify each point made......
Thriving as a Health Professional
This chapter identifies common challenges health professionals are faced with and the varied responses they could have......
How to Build Relationships with Good Com...munication
This chapter explores the necessity of good communication between health professionals and patient and family. It offers case examples, graphs and tables to aid all suggestions and problems described......
This chapter explores how to properly assess patient concerns and provides guidance on how to approach this......
Coping with Common Concerns
This chapter emphasises how health professionals can use many straight forward but effective strategies to help cancer patients and their families manage common concerns......
This chapter contends that emotional concerns should always be addressed as part of a comprehensive psychosocial intervention, which usually involves strategies to deal with physical, practical, socia...l and spiritual needs...
Stress and Anxiety
This chapter examines stress in patients when faced with cancer and describes specific assessment considerations. It gives guidance and suggestions on how to manage common symptoms and lists and expla...ins specific anxiety related concerns...
Addressing Sexual and Body Image Concern...s
This chapter explores how all cancer patients have a sexual identity and are at risk of sexual and body image concerns as a consequence of their cancer diagnosis and treatment......
Supporting Families and Carers
This chapter examines the characteristics for optimal cancer care and the requirements of health professionals to provide full psychosocial support services to partners, caregivers and other family me...mbers, in addition to the patients themselves...
Grief, End of Life and Bereavement
This chapter examines the various ways health professionals can work with patients and families as they face the challenges of the end of life and ultimately death......
Providing Group Programs for Cancer Pati...ents and Carers
This chapter outlines two peer support options available for cancer patients and their carers: peer group programs and support groups......
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.
Introduction: The Nursing Crisis
This echapter provides a fascinating yet intellectually stimulating perspective on the current situation of nursing. Whilst this topic is naturally extensive, Ms Wellings approaches and discusses it w...ith a mature and logical manne; resulting in an evidence-based sociological exploration.
Angels of Mercy: Nurses on the Battlefie...ld
This echapter looks at the topic of 'needing nurses' from a more historical perspective. By profiling and exploring significant nurses from varying points in history, the angelic and humanitarian attr...ibutes of nurses are unequivocally identified. A book on the 'worldwide' perspectives on nurses means that those nurses referenced in this chapter hail from a variety of locations and eras - from the Crimean War to the First & Second World Wars; the American Civil War to the Vietnam War.
Feeling Human Again
This important chapter centres around a personal anecdote and thus provides a patient's perspective as to why nurses are so needed. Every patient's story is different - not least because they each hav...e different injuries; attend different health care facilities; and have different rehabilitation needs. Despite this, Carole S Frankling promotes a resounding, unifying aspect of the nursing experience - the caring experience. Her professionalism in writing complements the touching subject matter of her chapter, restoring in the reader a sense of compassion and humanity.
Nurses as Advocates of the Weak, Vulnera...ble and the Elderly
One important cohort of society, which nurses ordinarily care for, are the Elderly. Their senility, coupled with their often inability to communicate in a manner in which they are heard, means that ca...n be easily disregarded - as can the tireless individuals caring for them. This chapter, written by a registered nurse, provides a perspective on the significance of nurses from a 'grassroots level'. Not only does Christine Whitmarsh acknowledge the standard struggles and dilemmas experienced by nurses (which proves just why the world needs nurses), but she also flags potential concerns nurses have about the future of their profession - concerns necessary because of the worldwide relevance they have to the nursing future more generally.
Student Nurses' Perspectives
This is a perceptive commentary into the reasons why a high school graduate chose nursing, and thereby is an invaluable resource in understanding how the youth of our contemporary society view nursing.... Also, the unique position of a career-change to nursing is explored.
A Doctor's Perspective on Nurses
The tensions and relationship between a doctor and nurse is one of significant interest - particularly given the well-known traditionalist superiority stance historically transient throughout many hea...lth care settings. With this knowledge in mind, Dr Beth Hodges provides a doctor's perspective as to why our world needs nurses. In a logical, realistic manner, she outlines the indispensability a competent nurse has for a doctor's effective administration of health-care.