DescriptionThis level of nurse works largely independently and their work is managed rather than supervised. They are able to demonstrate their duties to less experienced employees and supervise students, and can undertake surveys or audits. They may occasionally participate in research and development, clinical trials or equipment testing.
The second edition of The Informed Practice Nurse offers both the new and experienced practice nurse the opportunity to reflect on their current practice. The chapter content is evidence based and accurately referenced, making it an essential text for students on undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Management and ethical issues in general practice are placed in context to government directives and the dynamic ethos of nursing. Women’s, men’s and young peoples health care are addressed in separate chapters, concentrating on health issues often neglected in other nursing texts and the health needs of lesbian women and gay men are discussed in a sensitive manner.
Chapter 1. Ethics (Pat Tweed, Cath Molineux and Marilyn Edwards).
Ethics, philosophies and codes of practice.
Issues of Consent.
Respect for patient autonomy.
Chapter 2. Management (Pat Tweed, Marilyn Edwards and Karen Mayne).
Clinical governance in primary care.
Chapter 3. Infection Control (Mandy Beaumont and Chris Baldwin).
Pathology of infection.
Minor surgery within general practice.
Protection of staff and patients.
Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH).
Healthcare associated infections.
Notifi able diseases.
Chapter 4. Health promotion (Diana Forster, Diane Pannell, Marilyn Edwards).
Promoting preconception care
Women with diabetes mellitus.
Prevention and management of osteoporosis.
Chapter 5. Men’s health (Marilyn Edwards, Glenn Turp).
Social issues surrounding men’s health.
Improving men’s health.
Men who have sex with men.
Chapter 6. Women’s Health (Georgina Paget, Gudrun Limbrick and Marilyn Edwards).
The invisible minority; health needs of lesbian women.
Domestic Violence (Domestic abuse).
Chapter 7. Health needs of young people (Marilyn Edwards, Susan Jones, Wendy Okoye).
Nutritional issues in young people.
Teenage health care.
Chapter 8. Wound management in general practice (Joy Rudge).
Types of wound.
The healing process.
General assessment of the patient – factors affecting healing.
The ideal dressing.
Management of minor traumatic wounds.
Management of post-operative wounds.
Management of leg ulcers.
Chapter 9. Moving Practice Nursing Forward (Marilyn Edwards).
Nursing in practice.
Nurse-led management in clinical care.
Non-medical prescribing (nurse prescribing).
The primary healthcare team.
Refl ective practice.
Practice based commissioning.