1st Edition

Paediatric Neurosurgery for Nurses Evidence-based care for children and their families

By Joanna Smith, Catherine Martin Copyright 2009
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Paediatric Neurosurgery for Nurses: Evidence-based care for children and their families provides accessible and up-to-date information for nurses working in paediatric neurosurgery. Referring throughout to the evidence-base for care and interventions, this complex area is described and explained in a meaningful and easily understandable way.

    The text includes chapters on the underpinning knowledge and principles for the care of children who need neurosurgery as well as the following common neurological problems:

    • Hydrocephalus
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Craniosynostosis
    • Brain Tumours
    • Surgical management of epilepsy in children
    • Cerebrovascular disorders
    • Neural tube defects

    The complexity of the nervous system and principles of care are presented logically with points to consider and essential care clearly highlighted and, where available, evidence-based practice is presented. It includes a range of pedagogical features, such as chapter overviews and summaries, diagrams, sample care plans, text boxes and a glossary.

    This book is essential reading for pre-registration nursing students and newly qualified nurses but will also be of use to allied healthcare professionals working with children and young people requiring neurosurgery.

    1. Overview of Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System  2. General Principles of Caring for the Child Requiring Surgery  3. General Principles of Caring for the Child with a Neurological Impairment  4. Hydrocephalus  5. Traumatic Brain Injury  6. Craniosynostosis  7. Brain Tumours  8. Surgical Management of Epilepsy in Children  9. Cerebrovascular Disorders  10. Neural Tube Defects  11. Appendix  12. Terminology Relating to Surgical Procedures to Neurosurgery  13. Glossary


    Joanna Smith is Lecturer in Child Health Nursing at the University of Leeds, UK.

    Catherine Martin is a staff nurse on the Regional Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology Unit at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, UK.