Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

by Cathy C. Cartwright

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient serves as a detailed reference for all nurses caring for children with neurosurgical problems. Staff nurses (and student nurses) working in clinics, PICU, pediatrics, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, emergency departments and radiology will benefit from the information presented in this book. The…  See more details below


Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient serves as a detailed reference for all nurses caring for children with neurosurgical problems. Staff nurses (and student nurses) working in clinics, PICU, pediatrics, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, emergency departments and radiology will benefit from the information presented in this book. The explanations of pathophysiology, anatomy, radiodiagnostic testing and treatment options for each neurosurgical diagnosis will help them to understand the rationale behind the nursing care. Presenting symptoms and findings on neurological examination and history will enable nurses to identify normal signs. Each chapter includes information on patient and family education and will give helpful guidelines. Although there has been a need within the pediatric neurosurgery community for this type of information for years, there is no other reference available that provides this type of specific information.

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Reviewer: Elizabeth Haley Vance, MSN, CPNP-AC(Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt)
Description: This second edition of a nursing guide to caring for pediatric neurosurgical patients provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on the treatment and management of common neurosurgical conditions.
Purpose: This book provides in-depth information related to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurosurgical conditions. The evidence-based information is presented well, making it easy to understand and valuable in the care of this patient population.
Audience: This was developed as a resource for all nurses who care for pediatric neurosurgical patients. Other healthcare professionals also may find it beneficial in providing a summary of key points of each disease process and an overview of treatment strategies.
Features: This is a comprehensive overview of neurosurgical patients from birth to adulthood. The first chapter is an outline of a normal neurological assessment, which is crucial to understand when attempting to identify the abnormal. There is lengthy, detailed information regarding hydrocephalus, which is appropriate since it is the most common diagnosis treated by pediatric neurosurgeons. The illustrations for each diagnosis are excellent visual resources for understanding anatomy and abnormalities.
Assessment: Overall, this book provides excellent information for nurses at all levels to help them gain a greater understanding of pediatric neurosurgical conditions. It is a must-have resource for any pediatric neurosurgical practice.
From the Publisher
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"...The attributes of this text result in a much wider appeal than to just pediatric neurosurgical nurses. This book will prove useful to anyone remotely interested in pediatric neurosurgery. I have no hesitation in recommending a copy be in every neurosurgical residency library. Hospitals will find this a useful textbook reference to place on the pediatrics floors for nurses and pediatric house staff to be able to quickly and concisely review any of the various neurosurgical subjects along with appropriate surgical interventions. Libraries will find this book is a must addition if they have patrons interested in neurosurgery. My only caveat is that I suspect this book will have a high disappearance (ie, "borrowing") rate due to its value as a great educational tool." (J.T. Goodrich, JAMA, November 2007)

"This book provides a one-of-a-kind clinical resource for nursing staff who work with this challenging population of patients. In addition to the easy-to-read text, this book includes 119 figures and 61 tables of valuable information to enhance nursing practice. … is written for nurses who are for pediatric neurosurgery patients but is also a tremendous reference for students and others in the healthcare profession. … This book will be a tremendous resource for me, and for the patients and staff with whom I work." (Julie A Warren, Doody's Review Service, August, 2007)

"The architecture of the book, subdivided in 12 multi-authored chapters, is quite solid, each contribution offering the basic knowledge necessary to understand the pathophysiology of a given disease, the essential of the surgical management, and the nurses’ considerations. Each chapter is nicely illustrated and enriched by numerous tables aimed at illustrating specific points, as well as providing further sources of information when needed … . Although this book is written by nurses, also medical students and neurosurgeons in training will find its reading quite useful." (Concezio Di Rocco, Child’s Nervous System, Vol. 23, 2007)

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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2nd ed. 2013
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7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.04(d)

Meet the Author

Cathy C. Cartwright, MSN, RN, PCNS, is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Prior to this position, she had worked for over 20 years at the Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals and Clinics, Columbia, Mo. in a variety of positions, including Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery, Manager of Pediatric Services, Pediatric Outreach Coordinator, and Manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has received many awards, including an Excellence in Nursing Award (Advanced Practice), an Advanced Practice Research Award, an Excellence in Advanced Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing Award (Alpha Iota Chapter), the Donna Pruzansky Award (Craniofacial), March of Dimes Future of Nursing Award (Pediatric) and a Circle of Excellence Award (Management). From 1990 to 2003 she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing. She was President of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses in 2009-10, having previously served as Secretary-Treasurer and Pediatric Focus Group Chair. She has an extensive publication record and has given numerous national and international presentations.

Donna C. Wallace is currently a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to that, she was a Nurse Practitioner for 16 years at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms Wallace has been a manager, and has also held several teaching positions. She has received several awards including the Mary Decker Mentorship Award, and the Excellence in Advanced Practice Award, from the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing (AANN). She is a current Director at Large on the Board of Directors for AANN, and past Special Focus Group Chair for Pediatrics. Her passion for writing has resulted in numerous articles and lectures.

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