With a brand new team of expert authors, the second edition of the central series title the Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing has been completely rewritten for today's nurse. Brought fully up to date with the latest nursing competencies and professional knowledge, it ensures you have everything you need to deliver appropriate nursing care and interventions. Designed to reflect the NMC nursing competencies, it covers key nursing values and standards, communication, clinical practice and decision making, and professional development.
The Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing is written by nurses, for nurses, to provide concise, practical, and expert advice on all aspects of the nurse's role. Designed as a comprehensive and reliable guide to the care of adults, this new edition reflects how nurses relate to patients, engage critically with professional knowledge, and organise and deliver appropriate nursing care and interventions. With concise and comprehensive summaries of key nursing values and communication skills when dealing with diverse clinical populations, the role of the nurse is fully detailed as a provider of clinical care, as well as a leader, manager, and member of a broad multidisciplinary team. Clinical nursing practice is addressed using a systems-based approach, providing an overview of clinical conditions, investigations, and treatments, including frequently prescribed medicines, while highlighting key nursing practice considerations.
Each chapter of the handbook lists useful sources of further information, primarily easily-accessible on-line resources. To help you achieve the best possible results for your patients, the authors offer a wealth of recommendations, guidance and information from their years of experience.
Together with the complementary Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing, this handbook provides nursing students and general adult nurses with a robust framework for thinking about, and practicing, safe and compassionate, values based nursing. Whether the reader needs a comprehensive introduction to adult nursing or a reliable resource to dip into when the need arises, the Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing will be an invaluable companion for years to come.
About the Author
Maria Flynn, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK,Dave Mercer, Lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
Dr Maria Flynn has substantial knowledge, skills and experience in general adult nursing, applied health research and higher education management. Her academic work focuses on developing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to advance critical engagement with nursing care and professional practice, maintaining core values of academic excellence. Her contribution to health professional education and student experience at Liverpool spans all levels from access programmes to PhD supervision. Commissioned research includes projects to help nurses interpret meaning and generate evidence relevant to practice, resulting in regular contributions to peer reviewed journals and invited international keynote conference presentations. Consultancy and knowledge exchange work encompasses a wide network of academic colleagues, nurses, allied health professional groups, service commissioners/providers, members of the public and European partners.
Dr Dave Mercer has considerable knowledge, skills, and experience in providing quality higher healthcare education programmes. He is focused on professional training and research that promotes progressive clinical practice, and committed to a philosophy that values diversity, inclusion, and anti-discriminatory working. For twenty years he has contributed to the undergraduate adult nursing degree programme at Liverpool University, post-graduate curricula, CPD and PhD supervision. With broad recognition in forensic care, his theoretical interests are informed by a critical sociological background. He was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Canada (2013-2017) and has co-authored/edited five textbooks, published in peer-review journals, and delivered invited international keynote conference papers.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Professional nursing values
1. Professional nursing values
2. Values led nursing research
3. Safety in the clinical environment
4. Medicines management
5. Record keeping and social media
Section 2: Communication and interpersonal skills
6. Communication in a healthcare context
7. Dignity and respect
8. Culturally sensitive communication
9. Communicating concerns about healthcare
10. Conflict resolution
11. Breaking 'bad news'
Section 3: Nursing practice and decision making
12. Risk assessment
13. Physiological values
14. Respiratory conditions
15. Cardiovascular conditions
16. Neurological conditions
17. Gastro-intestinal conditions
18. Renal & urinary tract conditions
20. Musculoskeletal conditions
21. Conditions of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat
24. Palliative care
25. Death and dying
26. Clinical emergencies
Section 4: Leadership and teamwork
29. Professional development
30. Nursing collectivism
31. Patient and public involvement in healthcare
Appendix 1: Waterlow Tool
Appendix 2: MUST Screening Tool
Appendix 3: Risk Assesment for VTE
Appendix 4: Height and Weight Conversion Chart