Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

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Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patientis a detailed reference for nurses and other health care providers who care for children with neurosurgical problems. The explanations of pathophysiology, anatomy, radiodiagnostic testing, and treatment options for each neurosurgical diagnosis will help to clarify the rationale behind the nursing care. Descriptions of presenting symptoms, history and findings on neurological examination will help nurses understand the neurological disorder and identify problems. ...
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Overview

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patientis a detailed reference for nurses and other health care providers who care for children with neurosurgical problems. The explanations of pathophysiology, anatomy, radiodiagnostic testing, and treatment options for each neurosurgical diagnosis will help to clarify the rationale behind the nursing care. Descriptions of presenting symptoms, history and findings on neurological examination will help nurses understand the neurological disorder and identify problems. Each chapter includes case studies, impact on families, patient and family education, and practice pearls. Staff and student nurses working in clinics, critical care units, pediatric units, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, emergency departments, and radiology departments will benefit from the information presented. Although this book is written for nurses, medical students and neurosurgery residents will also find it helpful.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642325533
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 557,500
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.98 (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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Table of Contents

Neurological Assessment of the Neonate, Infant, Child and Adolescent.- Hydrocephalus.- Craniosynostosis and Plagiocephaly.- Neural Tube Defects.- Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia.- Tumors of the Central Nervous System.- Traumatic Brain Injury.- Spine.- Cerebrovascular Disease.- Surgical Management of Epilepsy.- Surgical Management of Spasticity.- Infections of the Central Nervous System.- Perioperative Care.- Transition Care Into Adulthood.
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