1st Edition

Essential Psychology for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

By Graham Russell Copyright 1999
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    This text examines the concepts which are fundamental to everyday nursing practice. Understanding how individuals function psychologically in health and illness is vital to providing appropriate care for all patients and clients.

    Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the author explores the basis of individual psychology focusing on personality traits, beliefs systems, body-image and self-esteem. Periods of illness are seen as psychologically demanding events which individuals cope with in different ways. The book considers how we recognize and interpret the signs and symptoms of illness in ourselves, what influences the decision to seek help and whether or not we comply with advice from health professionals. The contribution of psychological factors to physical wellbeing is also examined and the link between psychological theory and patient care is examined throughout the book.

    With scenarios and questions to help the reader apply the concepts to nursing practice Essential Psychology for Nurses provides an excellent introduction to the subject for pre-registration students and those studying psychological concepts in relation to health care.

    Preface How to use this book Part one UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES AND OTHERS 1 Self-awareness and reflective practice 2 The self-system 3 The development of the self in childhood Focus on clinical practice: children’s reactions to separation 4 Evaluating and protecting the self Part two REACTIONS TO CHANGE, CHALLENGING EVENTS AND LOSS 5 Stress, appraisal and coping 6 Anxiety in clinical practice 7 Anger and aggression in clinical practice 8 Depression in clinical practice Focus on clinical practice: the myth of ageing and inevitable decline 9 Dying, bereavement and loss Part three PROMOTING AND MAINTAINING HEALTH 10 Health protective behaviour Focus on clinical practice: quality of life 11 Compliance and non-compliance with medical advice Part four PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGY: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MIND AND BODY 12 Psycho-physiological reactions to acute and chronic stress 1Focus on clinical practice: stress and self-awareness 13 Personality type and disease 114 Psychological perspectives on pain Part five APPLYING PSYCHOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE 15 Building and applying a psychological framework in clinical practice


    Graham Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at Plymouth University and a qualified nurse.