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The Psychologist's Perspective
Added: 28/02/2013
Managing patients with gynaecological difficulties requires a great deal of sensitivity as well as an understanding of female sexuality, psychosocial and cultural issues. The genitals have many social..., religious, emotional and moral connotations and, along with sexual behaviour, still carry many taboos. As such, working in this area requires discretion, a sound knowledge base, patience and superior interview skills. This eChapter aims address that need and clarify some of the nonmedical factors associated with chronic vulvar symptoms. The author begins this eChapter by stressing the the contribution made by human behavior and emotions to the outcomes of many conditions, and an excellent diagrammatic representation of this claim is provided to illustrate the concept. Subsequently, the concept of damaging self care is explained, as are the psychological and behavioral motivations behind pathological behavior such as repeated unnecessary washing, the insertion of cleaning equipment into the vaginal cavity, and the excess or inappropriate use of cleaning fluids and liquids that ultimately result in conditions such as topical dermatitis. The author then describes the range of sexual behaviors that can result in disease of the vulva and vagina, including the use of lubricants, untreated dyspareunia, and repeatedly submitting to sexual advances from partners when the recipient is not sexually aroused.  The eChapter then describes in detail the psychological contribution to treatment of chronic vulvar disease, and suggests a range of strategies for effective patient management, including educational approaches and techniques based on cognitive and dynamic psychotherapy. The chapter ends with an exemplar of an instructional pamphlet that can be used in practice for patient education. This eChapter forms part of the Ausmed publication The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, edited by Graeme Dennerstein, James Scurry, John Brenan, David Allen and Maria-Grazia Marin. A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to the identification and treatment of over 275 vulvovaginal diseases The Vulva and Vaginal Manual is an invaluable resource especially suitable for: Gynecologists Dermatologists General Practitioners Obstetricians Midwives General nurses Practice nurses Nurse Practitioners There are also 14 additional eChapters from The Vulva and Vaginal Manual available for members to download from the Ausmed website. Subscription also entitles members to access the full range of resources that compliment and build upon the material described within The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, including a richly populated catalogue of Audio Lectures, Fast Facts and Video Learning Activities on the topics of gynecology, obstetrics, oncology, women’s health and a wide range of other healthcare topics. Both members and non-subscribers alike may also purchase a hard copy of this book of from the Ausmed Education Online Bookstore, along with hard copies of the complimentary publication Gynecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice.
Mental Health Nursing: An Awesome Profes...sion
Added: 02/05/2012
"I am privileged that my work enables me to really make a difference to the lives of my patients ... I consider myself an 'Average Jane' nurse, meaning that all the effort and time I put into helping ...people is only comparable to the next nurse, and I am always amazed by the efforts and stories from other nurses in different fields. But one thing I am certain of is that we each bring a unique part of ourselves to the job. Nurses try to go that extra step to help, whether it is by comforting a patient or family, or by just giving them the extra time they need..." Providing an optimistic, youthful and forward-thinking perspective on the nursing profession, Pieta Shakes' perspective as to 'why the world needs nurses' is a refreshing glimpse into the view of the profession from people in the beating heart of it, so to speak! Additionally, the fact that Pieta works in mental health is equally significant - it appears mental health may be one of the major health care issues in the near future. Whilst the difficulties inherent in mental health nursing can tend to discourage and overwhelm some nurses, the genuine passion to help those who are less fortunate, can be unequivocally seen in this chapter and thus it serves to both encourage, and better explain, the occupation of a mental health nurse.
Rethinking Dementia: An Australian Appro...ach
Added: 19/04/2012
Rethinking Dementia will not change the Bedlam-style institutions in which we as a generation are incarcerating those of our parents who live long enough, but it makes a valuable start in changing our... thinking by pointing out that the ‘resident’s rights’ of which aged-care bureaucrats speak so fondly are totally undermined by the design, philosophy and staffing ratios of generic nursing homes. By offering a new way of seeing and dealing with people with dementia, this book can help to make life easier and more pleasant for people with dementia (who make up between 60 and 80 per cent of nursing-home clientele) and for the staff who care for them, for whom this book is written. The book challenges the medical model, which lumps all forms of dementia into one, defines it as a disease and turns almost all of its resources to the search for a ‘magic bullet’ cure, leaving those who are afflicted to endure the discomfort of eternal hospitalisation in nice new stainless steel nursing-home wards — those who are lucky enough, that is, to have pushy relatives who can keep them out of the urine-soaked older generation of nursing homes. The model of care developed in this book is one of culturally accepted difference. It emphasises the value and abilities of people with dementia, instead of their disabilities. The chapter on communication, which draws on the author’s own experience with her dementing mother, has valuable insights for carers and family members eBook help: eBooks come as .mobi and .epub files and can be viewed on an eReader (Kindle, iPad, iPhone.etc) if you have one. If you don't own an eReader, you can view these files on your Mac or PC with Adobe Digital Editions, free software that lets you manage and read eBooks. To download it free, click here.
Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice
Added: 17/04/2012
Dementia nursing has an important role to play in addressing urgent present-day issues and in planning for the future. It is founded on well-practiced assessment skills and the choice of skilled inter...ventions for all of a person’s physical needs—based on the best available evidence and an ability to evaluate the outcome. The aim of dementia nursing and of this book is to acknowledge the significant challenges, fears, and insecurities that surround this mysterious malady, and to move beyond the dilemmas to a true meeting of persons in relation. In the ordering of chapters in this book, no hierarchy is intended in terms of priorities for care. However, the book does have a logical progression. This first chapter raises significant issues for contemporary nursing practice, and thus informs the discussion in the chapters that follow. In these subsequent chapters, important clinical issues are analyzed and discussed such as memory loss, nutrition, wandering, sensory loss, restraint, the quality use of medicines, incontinence, falls prevention, pain management, depression, aggression, wound care, and many others including palliative care, communication skills and the evaluation of dementia care. Throughout the book the reader is invited to enter the whole story of dementia, to trace its history, and to identify current trends in research and management.
Counselling and Interviewing for Carers:... A Basic Guide
Added: 17/04/2012
As the second volume in Ausmed’s new ‘Basic Guide’ series, Counseling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide provides valuable information on fundamental counseling skills to everyone who ca...res; whatever their situation and professional background. The book assumes that readers have no formal training in medicine, nursing, psychology, or counseling. Technical jargon has been deliberately kept to a minimum. All readers, no matter what their professional background, can pick up this book with confidence, knowing that they will be able to follow what is being said. Counseling and Interviewing for Carers: A Basic Guide is written for all those who want to enhance their caring skills and thus improve the emotional and psychological health of people in distress.
Caring for People with Problem Behaviour...s
Added: 17/04/2012
The message of this book is:"It's not the person that is the problem, it's the person's behaviour." That message was so well received by the readers of the first edition of this book that this second ...edition has been produced. Caring for People with Problem Behaviours aims to assist nurses and other health workers and carers to learn practical approaches to people who present with difficult behaviours. In fact, this book will be of assistance to any workers whose jobs require them to deal with people. In Caring for People with Problem Behaviours , Bernadette Keane and Carolyn Dixon provide a Behavioural Change Model that is solution-focused. It concentrates on finding a solution to a problem and setting that solution in place by way of a partnership between the carer and the person with the behavioural problem -- difficulties are recognised and solutions are achieved; success is acknowledged and rewarded. Within this kind of positive context, many people can be supported in their efforts to develop behaviours that are more fulfilling for themselves and for those around them. It is made clear, however, that this is a co-operative model, which means it cannot be applied where comprehension is absent. Overall, this book is a basic, practical text for nurses, health workers and others who are learning to manage difficult and challenging behaviours.eBook help: eBooks come as .mobi and .epub files and can be viewed on an eReader (Kindle, iPad, iPhone.etc) if you have one. If you don't own an eReader, you can view these files on your Mac or PC with Adobe Digital Editions, free software that lets you manage and read eBooks. To download it free, click here.
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