1st Edition

Clinical Challenges
Focus on Nursing

ISBN 9781864489996
Published September 1, 2000 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Nurses work across the health care system in a great variety of roles. From patient care to administration, nurses see where the pressures are, and how well we are managing to look after some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Clinical Challenges explores contemporary issues central to nurses' work. Part I explores clinical concerns such as pain and wound management, the role of the nurse practitioner, and the effects of extending life. For many years the health sector has been coping with cutbacks in government funding, and Part II examines how this impacts on the way we handle social illnesses such as suicide and drug dependence, as well as the needs of our growing ageing population. Part III looks at management issues affecting nurses including the growing use of business strategies and rhetoric in the health care system, and the introduction of information systems and of more flexible ways of working.

Written by nurses working in a variety of professional roles in the system and critiqued by experts in the field, Clinical Challenges offers valuable insights for nurses at every level, including students.

Table of Contents


Part I: Nursing Practice

1. Managing Pain

Isobel Taylor + Shirley Anne Wilson - Commentary: Michael Cousins

2. Managing Wounds

Keryln Carville - Commentary: Tal Ellis

3. Nurse Practitioners

Amanda Adrian + Jane O'Connell

4. The NSW Nurse Practitioner Project

Amanda Adrian + Jane O'Connell - Commentary: Chris Murphy

Part II: Influences on Pracice

5. Suicide

Pierre Baume

6. Drug Use

Kate Dolan - Commentary: Richard Matthews

7. Ageing

John Stevens + Julienne Onley - Commentary: Irene Stein

8. Extending Life

Mary Chiarella - Commentary: Michael Walsh

Part III: Health Care Delivery

9. Clinical Information Systems

Dianne Ayres + Lyn Perks - Commentary: Jeffrey Soar

10. Health Care as a Market Place

Debbie Picone - Commentary: Kim Walker

11. Always in the Red

Kerry Russell - Commentary: Belinda Chaplin


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Judy Lumby RN, PhD, MHPEd, BA, FCN (NSW). FCN (RCNA) is Executive Director, NSW College of Nursing; Emeritus Professor, University of Technology, Sydney; Honorary Professor, University of Sydney; and Research Fellow, Victoria University, Wellington NZ.

Debbie Picone RN, BHA (NSW), FCN (NSW) is Chief Executive Officer, Corrections Health NSW and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Sydney.