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Nausea and Vomiting
eChapter  11
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter discusses the common and distressing conditions of nausea and vomiting, which affects people with a range of advanced and progressive conditions. It explores the aetiology and pathophysio...logy of nausea and vomiting, while also providing assessment tools and suggestions for interventions. It also offers a comprehensive reference list.
Constipation in Palliative Care
eChapter  10
Added: 05/04/2012
As a person’s highly-subjective experience, constipation requires diligent nursing assessment and individualised intervention. This chapter considers the application of best available evidence and e...xpert opinion to the clinical practice of nursing for the management of constipation in palliative care settings.
Fatigue
eChapter  9
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter covers the causes, assessment and management of fatigue in palliative care. It offers a definition of fatigue, and explores the causes and the pathophysiology of the condition. Assessment... and interventions for fatigue are discussed. This chapter also contains case studies and a comprehensive reference list.
Dyspnoea and Breathlessness in Palliativ...e Care Nursing
eChapter  8
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter explores dyspnoea, or breathlessness, a common and distressing symptom experienced by many people with advanced progressive diseases. Dyspnoea can be profoundly disruptive and is often a ...source of considerable anxiety to the individual and family. This chapter offers a number of strategies, assessment tools and interventions for dealing with dyspnoea. It also offers a case study and a comprehensive reference list.
Strategies to Manage Pain in Palliative ...Care
eChapter  7
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter provides an overview of the assessment and management of pain at the end of life. Barriers to adequate pain management are addressed, along with evidence-based guidelines and practice rec...ommendations. It also offers both case studies and a comprehensive reference list.
Symptom Assessment in Palliative Care
eChapter  6
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter discusses the framework for symptom assessment in palliative care nursing that takes into account many complex issues. It sets symptom assessment within the wider context of the nursing a...dmission assessment. It presents key assessment principles, and explores the communication skills and attitudes that characterise the ‘human element’ of assessment. It also offers practical case studies and a comprehensive reference list.
Spirituality in Palliative Care
eChapter  5
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter discusses the issues and practicalities involved in spirituality in relation to palliative care. It introduces an approach to identifying the spiritual needs of people requiring palliativ...e care. In particular, the spiritual needs of older people, children with life-limiting conditions and their parents, people who are recently bereaved, and those with chronic illness or chronic pain will be discussed.
Ethical Decision-Making in Palliative Ca...re
eChapter  4
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter discusses the issues and practicalities involved in ethical decision-making in palliative care. It introduces an approach to ethical decision-making using clinical pragmatism as a framewo...rk for end-of-life care. The article also includes a discussion of the conflicting opinions and advance directives. It also offers both a case study and a comprehensive reference list.
Surviving and Thriving: The Nurse-Patien...t Relationship in Palliative Care
eChapter  3
Added: 05/04/2012
This chapter discusses the notion that the task of palliative care nurses is to recognise that contradictory emotions and thoughts that surrounds a practice in which there is emphasis on building a ti...me/life-limited relationship. The chapter contains suggestions for building and maintaining a ‘good-enough’ nurse–patient relationship in palliative care, one that ensures that the palliative care nurse can provide the care and support needed in the timeframe that is both constrained and enabled by an ill person’s impending death.
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.
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.
Managing Information
eChapter  18
Added: 01/11/2011
Information can be obtained in many forms -- including personal observations, verbal interactions, written reports and statistical information of various sorts. Information is a vital aspect of manage...ment and modern nurse managers must be able to understand and use computer information systems.
Managing Ethically
eChapter  3
Added: 01/11/2011
There are many areas in contemporary nursing that involve far-reaching ethical issues—such as informed consent, substitute decision-making, effective use of health-care resources, moral distress of ...staff, and conflict between staff and patient’s family members. This chapter examines some common ethical issues that nursing managers face, the notion of a moral community and ways to combat moral distress among staff.
Managing Performance
eChapter  9
Added: 01/11/2011
Managing performance is a vital management tool if nurse managers are to inspire, motivate and lead their teams to clinical excellence. Performance management includes the evaluation of an individual...s work practice, the review of goals, the setting of new objectives and career planning.
Rostering
eChapter  16
Added: 01/11/2011
This chapter outlines how changing health-care environments impact on roster design, defines rostering objectives and outlines the key elements required to achieve these objectives. It also introduces... a range of methodologies and outlines their relative advantagesand disadvantages gives a practical example of how to measure the number of labour hoursper patient day a roster pattern will absorbs, estimates associated costs and describes the purpose and process of roster re-engineering.
Selecting, Recruiting, and Retaining Sta...ff
eChapter  15
Added: 01/11/2011
The current global shortage of nurses has created a highly competitive market in the recruitment of nurses. Health services are competing with each other to recruit suitably qualified nurses and the h...ealth industry as a whole is trying to attract school and university students to undertake nursing studies. This competitive environment has ensured that a critical component of the work of nurse managers is the recruitment and retention of nursing staff.
Counseling Your Staff
eChapter  7
Added: 01/11/2011
When a staff member comes to a nurse manager for counselling, that staff member expects to take part in a confidential, professional interview through which he or she hopes to feel better and receive ...help in solving problems. Counselling staff involves skilled intervention, confidentiality and, most importantly, the ability to help staff members find a solution to their problems.
Evidence-based Management
eChapter  22
Added: 01/11/2011
The application of evidence-based practice to health-care management is relevant to people at all levels of health care—and this includes the nurse manager, who is responsible for the overall coordi...nation of nursing team resources.
Leading, Motivating, and Enthusing
eChapter  4
Added: 01/11/2011
A new nurse manager is often plunged into an unfamiliar leadership role, as well as having many other challenging responsibilities. They will find themselves on an acute learning curve: adapting to ne...w policies and procedures, observing occupational health-and-safety rules and becoming aware of abstract legal responsibilities.
Occupational Health and Safety
eChapter  11
Added: 01/11/2011
The nature of nursing means that every day many nurses are injured or become ill as a result of work. Causes include physical violence, ergonomic hazards (such as manual handling), exposure to infecti...ous diseases (airborne, blood borne and direct contact), fatigue (due to physically and mentally demanding work), work organisation and shift work, radiation (ionising and non-ionising), handling toxic drugs and exposure to chemicals.

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