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Nursing Older People

1st Edition

Edited by Heather Elbourne, Andrée le May


256 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781498735179
pub: 2019-08-05
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Hardback: 9780367331436
pub: 2019-08-05
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This practical guide helps student and practicing 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, multi-disciplinary care, improving mental wellbeing 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 will use the most up-to-date research evidence merged with national and international policy and practitioner experience
  • Boxed examples of the best/current evidence from experts, researchers and policy makers. This is likely to include practice tips

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

Table of Contents

1. About this book

2. Thinking about the ageing population

3. Stories of older age

4. Risk taking and risk aversion

5. Staying healthy in older age

6. Common difficulties experienced by older people

7. Frailty and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

8. Living and dying in old age

9. Conclusions

About the Editors

Heather Elbourne is a specialist in geriatric nursing, researcher and teacher. Her skills and expertise lie in clinical nursing, nursing education, and clinical decision making. Her doctoral research focussed on the implementation of Person-Centred Intermediate Care with her subsequent research concentrating on understanding better the impact of frailty in older age.

Andrée le May 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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / General
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation