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Vital Notes for Nurses: Psychology

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5520-5
216 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Vital Notes for Nurses: Psychology provides a concise, accessible introduction to key psychological theories and outlines their relevance to nursing practice. Divided into seven chapters, the first offers a preliminary insight into the different perspectives in psychology: Biological, Psychodynamic, Behavioural, Cognitive and Humanistic. These perspectives go on to underpin the topics in all the other chapters.

Vital Notes for Nurses: Psychology explores developmental theories, attachment theories, and relationship theories. It discusses issues relevant to nursing practice such as motivation, change, stereotypes, relationships and motivation and looks at issues of suffering, including stress and pain. Illustrated with examples from all branches of nursing practice, this text clearly illustrates the relevance of psychology to nurses.


  • Relates psychological themes specifically to nursing practice
  • Written in a clear, accessible style which assumes no prior knowledge
  • Useful to all nursing students on the common foundation programme as well as newly qualified nurses.
  • Each chapter includes features such as activities, case studies and learning objectives
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Preface vii

1 How does Psychology Support Nursing Practice? 1

Introduction 1

Psychology perspectives 3

Research methods in psychology 22

Professions in psychology 26

Web addresses 29

References 29

2 Who is a Nurse? 31

Introduction 31

Personality theories 33

Intelligence and emotional intelligence 39

Motivation 43

Perception 49

Attribution theories 54

References 59

3 How do Nurses Learn? 61

Introduction 61

Theories of learning 62

Health promotion 79

References 84

4 Understanding Health and Illness through the Lifespan 87

Introduction 87

Developmental theories 89

Attachment theory 93

Cognitive approach to development 96

Application of development theory to nursing branches 101

References 113

5 Psychological Theory for Nursing in a Social World 115

Introduction 115

Attribution theories 116

Attitudes 119

Groups 127

Relationship theories 131

Interpersonal relationships 135

References 140

6 Managing the Therapeutic Relationship 143

Introduction 143

Self-awareness 144

Psychodynamic therapeutic approach 146

Behavioural therapeutic approach 150

Cognitive behavioural therapeutic approach 155

Humanistic therapeutic approach 159

The impact of the therapeutic relationship 168

References 169

7 How do People Cope with Suffering? 171

Introduction 171

What is suffering? 172

Health psychology 172

Psychoneuroimmunology 177

Health models 181

Personality and health 187

Pain case study 189

Stress case study 195

References 202

Index 204

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Sue Barker is Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Bournemouth University. She is also an honorary community mental health nurse with Dorset Health Care NHS Trust
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● Relates psychological themes specifically to nursing practice
● Written in a clear, accessible style which assumes no prior knowledge
● Useful to all nursing students on the common foundation programme as well as newly qualified nurses
● Each chapter includes features such as activities, case studies and learning objectives
● In the Vital Notes for Nurses series
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