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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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1. How does Psychology Support Nursing Practice?

Psychological perspectives.

-Biological.

-Psychodynamic.

-Behavioural.

-Cognitive.

-Humanistic.

Research methods.

Profession in Psychology.

2. Who is a Nurse?

Personality theories.

Intelligence and emotional intelligence.

Motivation.

Locos of control.

Perception.

-object.

-social.

3. How do Nurses Learn?

Theories of learning.

Learning people skills.

Health promotion.

4. Understanding Health and Illness Through the Lifespan.

Developmental theories.

Attachment theory.

Children nursing scenario.

Adult nursing scenario.

Learning disability nursing scenario.

Mental health nursing scenario.

5. Psychological Theory for Nursing in a Social World.

Attribution theories.

Attitudes.

-Development.

-Change.

Stereotypes and Prejudice.

Groups.

-Formation.

-Effective.

Relationship Theories.

-Self concept.

-Interpersonal relationships.

-Theories of love.

6. Managing the Therapeutic Relationship.

Self awareness.

Psychodynamic therapeutic approach.

Behavioural therapeutic approach.

Cognitive behavioural therapeutic approach.

Humanistic therapeutic approach.

The impact of the therapeutic relationship.

7. How do People Cope with Suffering?

What is suffering?

Health psychology.

Psychoneuroimmunology.

Health models.

Personality and health.

Pain case study.

Stress case study

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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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