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Neuroscience Nursing: Evidence-Based Theory and Practice

Neuroscience Nursing: Evidence-Based Theory and Practice

Sue Woodward (Editor), Ann-marie Mestecky (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-09641-2 January 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 680 Pages




“Superior… An important resource for nurses”

Shanne McNamara, Vice President, British Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Neuroscience Nursing is a comprehensive, practical text that reflects both the richness and the diversity of contemporary neuroscience nursing. It aims to inform the practice of neuroscience nursing through the report of current research, best available evidence, policy and education.

This important new book is divided into several sections exploring anatomy and physiology of the nervous system; assessment, interpretation and management of specific problems in the neurological patient; neurological investigations and neurosurgical procedures; management of patients with intracranial disorders; and management of patients with long-term conditions. It also explores the underpinning concepts of neuroscience care, including its history and development, and legal and ethical issues. Uniquely, this text also includes patients’ perspectives of living with a variety of neurological conditions.

Key features:

  • The first evidence-based UK neuroscience textbook for nurses
  • Extensive full colour illustrations throughout
  • Applicable to a wide variety of settings including prevention, primary care, acute and critical care, rehabilitation and palliative care
  • Contributions from nurse specialists, nurse consultants, academics and subject experts from throughout the UK
Contributor List.



Section I: Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System

1 Cells of the CNS and How They Communicate (Colm Treacy).

2 The Structural and Biochemical Defences of the CNS (Ehsan Khan).

3 The Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain (Chris Eberhardie, Sue Woodward and Ann-Marie Mestecky).

4 The Spinal Cord (Maureen Coggrave).

5 The Autonomic Nervous System (Chris Brunker).

6 Intracranial Physiology (Ann-Marie Mestecky).

Section II: Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Specific Problems in the Neurological Patient.

7 Assessment and Management of Raised Intracranial Pressure (Ann-Marie Mestecky).

8 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Consciousness (Neal Cook and Sue Woodward).

9 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Impaired Cognition (Thom Aird).

10 Assessment and Management of Challenging Behaviour (Mary Braine).

11 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Perceptual, Motor and Sensory Function (Iain Bowie and Sue Woodward).

12 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Speech and Swallowing (Jane Dundas and Kathryn Chappell).

13 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Cranial Nerve Dysfunction (Iain Bowie and Sue Woodward).

14 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Altered Cardiovascular Status in the Neurological Patient (Chris Brunker).

15 Assessment, Interpretation and Management of Impaired Respiratory Function in the Neurological Patient (Anne Mcleod).

16 Assessment and Management of Fluid, Electrolytes and Nutrition in the Neurological Patient (Neal Cook and Ann-Marie Mestecky).

17 Assessment and Management of Pain (Sue Woodward).

18 Assessment and Management of Bladder and Bowel Problems (Mandy Wells, Deborah Yarde and Sue Woodward).

Section III: Neurological Investigations and Neurosurgical Procedures.

19 Neurological Investigations (Jane Connor and Kirsty Andrews).

20 Common Neurosurgical Procedures (Anne Preece).

Section IV: Management of Patients with Intracranial Disorders and Disease

21 Management of Patients with Intracranial Tumours (Emma Townsley).

22 Management of Patients with Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (Jane Dundas, Beverley Bennett and Julia Slark).

23 Management of Patients with Intracranial Aneurysms and Vascular Malformations (Ann-Marie Mestecky).

24 Management of Patients with Central Nervous System Infections (Ava Easton, Stephen Pewter, Huw Williams, Leann Johnson, Ed Wilkins and Ann-Marie Mestecky).

25 Management of Patients with Hydrocephalus (Stuart Hibbins).

Section V: Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions.

26 Management of Patients with Common Movement Disorders (Liz Scott, Pauline McDonald and Rachel Taylor).

27 Management of Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (Mary O’Brien).

28 Management of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (Vicki Matthews and Nikki Embrey).

29 Management of Patients with Dementias (Katy Judd, Karen Harrison and Ian Weatherhead).

30 Management of Patients with Epilepsy (Anthony Linklater).

31 Management of Patients with Myasthenia Gravis (Saiju Jacob).

Section VI: Management of Patients Following Head and Spinal Trauma.

32 Management of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (Siobhan McLernon).

33 Management of Patients with Spinal Injury (Paul Harrison and David Ash).

Section VII: Management of Patients with Neuropathies and Spinal Disorders and Disease.

34 Management of Patients with Disorders of the Vertebral Column and Spinal Cord (Cath Waterhouse and Glynis Pellatt).

35 Management of Patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Other Peripheral Neuropathies (Sue Woodward).

Section VIII: Fundamental Concepts of Neuroscience Nursing. 

36 Ethical and Legal Issues (Stephen Leyshon and Alison Hobden).

37 The History and Development of Neuroscience Nursing (Thom Aird).


“This book would be relevant to a wide ranging audience from students, to newly qualified, to those wishing to move into neuroscience and those who work within the field requiring a good resource book for updating their knowledge or as a reference.”  (Nursing Times, 8 November 2012)

"This high quality book would be an invaluable addition to a hospital unit or in a nurse's personal library." (Doody's, 14 October 2011)

"They are well referenced and integrate theory with daily nursing care. . . This book is worth buying for personal use or as a reference in clinical settings." (Nursing Older People, 1 October 2011)

"The clear, systematic organisation of this book will provide neuroscience nurses with detailed guidelines and rationales for care, but also will enable nurses caring for these patients to readily find specific information for the care of their patients. This book is highly recommended for nurses and other members of multidisciplinary teams caring for neuroscience patients, and an essential text for specialist neuroscience areas." (British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 1 September 2011)

"I have really enjoyed this book, it’s given me a greater understanding of neurological conditions and the nursing management of them. It will be most helpful to me in my current and future career." (1st year nursing student, Nottingham University)

  • The first comprehensive UK text to explore neuroscience nursing
  • Includes patients’ perspectives on living with a variety of neurological conditions
  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • Edited by the Editor of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
  • With contributions from nurse specialists, nurse consultants, academics and subject experts in the field