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.
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......
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.
Prelims: Full Contents, Dedications and Acknowledgments, Foreword, Preface and About the authors...
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...
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......
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......
Infection Control Procedures and Practic...es
This chapter explains the actions of the staff, management of equipment and procedures required by the residents and looks at infection control principles in all aspects of resident care so that staff... can ensure that the chain of infection is broken...
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...
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......
Infection Control Overview
This chapter explores how to achieve effective infection control through discussing and explaining infections and the principles of infection control. It also guides the reader on how to achieve a saf...e environment of care...
This chapter explores how to properly assess patient concerns and provides guidance on how to approach this......
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.
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......
Appendix A: Australian & New Zealand Hea...lth Departments; and Appendix B: Notifiable Diseases
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Appendix A: Australian and New Zealand Health Departments; Appendix B: Notifiable Diseases...
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.
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.
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.
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.
This chapter discusses staff responsibilities, advises on staff health and hygiene and provides a guide on what to do if either they or a resident are infected with an infection......