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Advancing Practice in Rehabilitation Nursing

Advancing Practice in Rehabilitation Nursing

Rebecca Jester (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-77502-8 February 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 216 Pages


Nurses play a key role in the rehabilitation process - maximising the quality of life and independence of individuals following trauma, disease or enduring chronic illness. Advancing Practice in Rehabilitation Nursing provides an in-depth analysis of specialist practice in rehabilitation nursing. It examines the research basis underlying clinical practice and identifies unique attributes of the nursing role within the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency working.

The first part of Advancing Practice in Rehabilitation Nursing explores general principles of specialist rehabilitation practice, which can be applied to both community and in-patient settings. The second part addresses specific issues in core areas of practice including stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal injury, orthopaedic rehabilitation and management of people with long-term conditions.

Preface ix

Contributors x

1 The Rehabilitation Process 1
Steve Booth and Rebecca Jester

2 The Role of the Specialist Nurse Within Rehabilitation 14
Rebecca Jester

3 Rehabilitation Settings 29
Rebecca Jester

4 Psychological Issues in Rehabilitation 42
Denise Barr

5 Evaluating Rehabilitation Services 66
Rebecca Jester

6 Preparing and Supporting Informal Carers 82
Rebecca Jester

7 Rehabilitation of Orthopaedic Patients 93
Rebecca Jester

8 Stroke Care 106
Tara Chambers

9 Rehabilitation of Patients with an Acquired Brain Injury or a Degenerative Neuromuscular Disorder 123
Debbie Peniket and Rosie Grove

10 Supporting People with Long-term Conditions 158
Rebecca Jester

11 Rehabilitation of Patients with Spinal Cord Injury 171
Nicki Bellinger

12 The Way Forward 185
Rebecca Jester

Index 199

* aimed at specialist nurses working with rehabilitation clients in both the community and in-patient settings.
* examines the evidence-base for clinical practice
* identifies unique aspects of the nursing role
* addresses specific issues in key areas of care
* includes case studies and scenarios