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Nursing and the Role of Animals
eChapter  14
Added: 31/05/2009
Humans and animals have evolved together over thousands of years to the extent, one could argue, that a relationship of co-dependency exists. A number of research studies provide clear evidence that h...uman–animal interaction yields numerous benefits. This chapter explores the impact of animals on human health and discusses how nurses can facilitate pet therapy into health care.
Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines
eChapter  3
Added: 31/05/2009
This chapter deals with the development of policies for the workplace. Descriptions of the process of developing complementary therapy guidelines for a large teaching hospital, commencing with the rat...ionale for the use of guidelines are included...
Promotion and Professional Relationships
eChapter  2
Added: 31/05/2009
Becoming a nurse manager can be both personally and professionally challenging. This chapter advises on how to cope with the transition to becoming a nurse manager and provides suggestions for maintai...ning good relations with colleagues.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Complementa...ry Therapies and Complementary Care
eChapter  5
Added: 31/05/2009
This chapter provides comprehensive information about aspects of Australia's legal system that may influence the provision of complementary therapies by nurses, information that has been difficult for... nurses to access in the past. It also covers how complementary therapies are regulated or self-regulated, liability, the nature of negligence, mechanisms for complaint by the public and issues around consent.
eChapter  10
Added: 31/05/2009
This chapter will focus on Swedish massage, which is the simplest form of massage, and is easily learned by nurses and families. There are extensive courses in massage and a wide variety of massage th...erapies. Those readers interested in developing skills in other areas of massage are encouraged to investigate the many courses available.
End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 31/05/2009
This chapter contains the index to the Ausmed chapter series Wound Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. In addition to this useful reference, a glossary of key terms included in the series is included a...nd a post-series test that readers may find useful to check their knowledge.
Pain Management
eChapter  14
Added: 28/05/2009
The uniqueness of pain and the difficulties that older people with dementia can have in expressing their pain can make pain a solitary experience. Non-verbal signs and symptoms of pain can be easily o...verlooked. In this chapter, learn more about the experience of pain in older people and how to assess an elderly resident's pain and manage it effectively.
Creative Care
eChapter  22
Added: 28/05/2009
This chapter explores a range of options that can be employed in the care of those with dementia in residential aged care. It focuses on the idea that care should never be generic and should focus on ...the needs of the individual person with dementia...
Palliative Care
eChapter  18
Added: 28/05/2009
This chapter details the benefits of offering palliative care to people dying with dementia - benefits that are shared by residents, staff, families and the whole nursing home community. It addresses ...common concerns...
eChapter  16
Added: 28/05/2009
Aggressive behaviour often occurs in association with dementia. This chapter addresses aggression and allows readers to understand people who are supposed to be 'aggressive', assess their behaviour an...d attempt to avoid and manage it...
eChapter  7
Added: 28/05/2009
For health-care professionals working in long-term care, the question of how to deal with frail people who wander is a constant challenge. In this chapter, learn more wandering including its types, ca...uses and how it can be effectively managed...
eChapter  15
Added: 28/05/2009
This chapter aids nurses to assess and diagnose depression in their patients in association with other team and family members, as well as assist in the implementation of relevant management strategie...s...
eChapter  19
Added: 28/05/2009
This chapter encourages nurses to focus upon the person with dementia rather than upon the person with dementia, opening up a whole new range of possibilities for care and understanding. A 'person-cen...tred' approach to care is discussed and nurses are encouraged to recognise moments of intimacy which can enliven the days of people with dementia, and also their own.
eChapter  21
Added: 28/05/2009
In this chapter, learn about the importance of leisure and how to undertake simple activities that can improve the quality of life of dementia patients......
eChapter  6
Added: 28/05/2009
Food is essential to life and is one of life's great pleasures, but eating and nutrition can be problematic and a source of stress to people with dementia and those who care for them. This chapter con...siders the factors that play a part in this problem and suggests some practical approaches for alleviating difficulties.
Pressure Sores and Wounds
eChapter  17
Added: 28/05/2009
A multidisciplinary approach to pressure care and wound management is essential in dementia patients. Pressure wounds are the most preventable chronic wounds in clinical practice and their impact can significantly reduced by preventative measures...
Listening to the Person with Dementia
eChapter  20
Added: 28/05/2009
This chapter encourages nurses to recognise the importance of listening to stories and engaging in the significant act of 'storying' with their dementia patients. It includes a relevant case study prompts nurses to pay attention to their patients' stories in the hope that they (their patients) do not feel isolated, frustrated or neglected.
Sensory Loss
eChapter  8
Added: 28/05/2009
A major presenting sign of dementia is a decline in communication skills. Dementia affects the ability of people both to understand language and to express themselves verbally and non-verbally. In add...ition, a person who has dementia might also have hearing loss and/or visual loss. In this chapter learn more about sensory loss in dementia patients; its causes, detection and management.
Quality Use of Medicines
eChapter  11
Added: 28/05/2009
The use of medicines to treat and prevent disease has enhanced the health and well-being of people throughout the world. This chapter focuses on the meaning of the term 'quality use of medicines' (QUM...) in the care of people with dementia. It explores some of the factors that influence clinical decision-making and some of the challenges to QUM. Real-life examples from residential aged care are used to highlight what is actually happening in some aged-care facilities and how nurses can play a crucial role in influencing QUM.
eChapter  12
Added: 28/05/2009
Incontinence has serious implications for people with dementia, and is often the main reason for admission to a residential aged-care facility (Fonda et al.1994). This chapter addresses the complex is...sue of incontinence and dementia and informs nurses about the different types of incontinence and how they can be managed, assessed and treated.

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