This book provides a transformative approach to the study of nursing through nursing case studies in caring. It provides an innovative and exciting approach to the study of nursing from within the context of nursing situations. The book is divided into two parts. Part I provides an introduction to the concept of nursing situations; an overview of the philosophical and theoretical perspectives grounding the framework development; an explanation of the Barry, Gordon & King Teaching/Learning Nursing Framework; a conceptual translation and application of the framework to selected grand and midrange theoretical perspectives; and an in-depth exemplar of teaching the discipline of nursing through the use of a nursing situation at the graduate level. Part II presents examples of nursing situations across a variety of populations, health concerns, and practice settings. These include caring between a nurse and an older adult, a nurse and a young woman experiencing a sickle cell crisis, a nurse and a young woman who experienced sudden cardiac arrest, a nurse and an adult, a nurse and a young adult experiencing cancer, a nurse and a baby and its parents, a nurse and a child, a nurse and a group of men hospitalized with chronic mental illness. The settings are also varied such as an emergency room, NICU, long-term care setting or a hospice care. The last chapter talks about caring during the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
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Nurses are working with older adults in virtually every care setting and facing the challenges of integrating gerontological nursing knowledge and skills into their practice. This book provides core knowledge that equips nurses to differentiate normal from abnormal findings, understand the unique presentation and management of diseases, and integrate unique age-specific considerations into care planning and implementation with older adults. The book is divided into three parts. Part I lays a basic foundation of the characteristics of the older population and general considerations in applying the nursing process to gerontological care. The normal characteristics and major diseases affecting various body systems and mental function in late life are presented in Part II. The body systems under consideration include cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, musculoskeletal system, neurological system and others. Age-related changes are described, along with guidance on assessing each system and mental status. Part III offers facts and nursing tips on spirituality, improving functional ability, promoting safety, fostering family health, ensuring safe use of medications, protecting older adults’ legal rights, reducing legal risks, and supporting individuals through the dying process by providing end of life care. Unique aspects and challenges of caring for older adults in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and other settings are also reviewed.
This book helps to foster the leadership expertise and partnerships that will facilitate the delivery of the highest-quality nursing care and health care. It focuses on building and maintaining effective partnerships, motivating and developing others in the team, organizational analysis, strategizing, communicating, planning and managing change, measuring team and partnership effectiveness through metrics, and leveraging results within and outside of the organization. The book is divided into four sections. Section I deals with nursing and health care team models and skills. Chapters cover building effective partnerships, strong teams and team strategies. The second section looks at the teams in action by discussing the team work, planning for team and partnership success, and measuring the success. Section III deals with the various nursing and health care team challenges. Team training is necessary for teams to thrive in an organization. SCAMPER method, TeamSTEPPS program, MedTeams programs and other techniques/programs are described in this section. The fourth section discusses the leveraging of nursing and health care team results by using self-advocacy, financial funding, and other mechanisms.