1st Edition

Nursing Older People
Realities of Practice

ISBN 9781498735179
Published July 23, 2019 by Routledge
126 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

USD $42.95

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Book Description

This practical guide helps student and practising nurses to understand the impact of their care when working with older people. With stories from older people who have had varied experiences of health care and nursing, chapters are underpinned by five key principles: providing patient-centered and dignified care, shared decision-making involving family and friends, multidisciplinary care, improving well-being through companionship and a sense of value, and an appreciation of both the challenges and rewards of working with older people.

This book offers:

  • Stories which reflect the complexity of care and health experienced by older people and their journeys.
  • Topic-oriented chapters which provide a series of evidence-based readings which use the most up-to-date research evidence merged with national and international policy and practitioner experience.
  • Practical tips and key messages for working with older people.

The volume can be used to help nursing students and practising nurses to understand better how their care might impact positively on older people’s health and well-being. This situates the reader within the world as experienced by older people.

Table of Contents

1 About this book

Andrée le May and Heather Fillmore Elbourn

2 Thinking about the ageing population

Heather Fillmore Elbourne and Andrée le May

3 Stories of older age

Andrée le May and Heather Fillmore Elbourne

4 Risk taking and risk aversion

Imogen Blood

5 Staying healthy in older age

Andrée le May and Heather Fillmore Elbourne

6 Common difficulties experienced by older people

Khim Horton

7 Frailty and comprehensive geriatric assessment

Samuel Searle and Ken Rockwood

8 Living and dying in old age

Catherine Evans and Caroline Nicholson

9 Conclusions

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Heather Fillmore Elbourne is a researcher, educator, and specialist in geriatric nursing. Her skills and expertise lie in clinical nursing, interdisciplinary geriatric education, and clinical decision-making. Her doctoral research focused on the interdisciplinary care of older adults and the implementation of Person-Centred Intermediate Care in the UK. Her subsequent research has concentrated on understanding better the impact of frailty in older age and the value of interdisciplinary care when striving to best meet the needs of older adults.

Andrée le May, RN, BSc, PhD, PGCE(A), is a nurse, teacher, and researcher. Her work focuses on how nurses use knowledge in practice, and whenever possible she combines this with her clinical specialism of elderly care. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Southampton and co-editor of the Journal of Research in Nursing.