Public health and the nursing role: contemporary principles and practice / Edition 1

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Public health and the nursing role: contemporary principles and practice is an essential resource which reflects the growing need for all nurses to maintain and improve health as well as treating illnesses. This book takes as its starting point that the aims of public health and health promotion are key components of the nursing role and daily nursing care. Writing in a clear and lively style, the authors provide both an academic and practical account of public health for all nursing practice. Beginning with the question 'what is the public health agenda and why does it matter?' the book examines and critiques core policies, theories, and models in healthcare. The role of the nurse in improving health is explored in the context of the scope of nursing practice and working with patients and interprofessional colleagues. Key nursing skills of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care are outlined before the authors demonstrate how nurses can make important interventions on health issues such as mental health, obesity, sexual health, smoking, alcohol and long term conditions. Written as a core undergraduate course book this text is key reading for all pre registration nursing students who need to understand what public health means to nursing and need the skills required for all nurses practicing in the 21st century. Students on post registration courses will find this to be a helpful introduction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199561087
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Linsley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Paul is registered as a Clinical Specialist in Acute Psychiatry and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He teaches on research masters programmes as well as pre and post registration nurse training programmes. He has written on and has an interest in acute mental health and health informatics.

Roslyn Kane is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. After working for some years as a nurse in women's health, she worked for ten years in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she did her PhD. She has worked on many research projects, mainly around sexual and reproductive health, teenage pregnancy and service evaluation.

Sara Owen is Professor of Nursing and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. She has research interests in women and mental health, workforce issues, and evaluation of education and training.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: What is the new public health agenda and why does it matter?
1. The context and direction of health care, Sara Owen & Ruth Reilly
2. Influences on health and the causes of ill health across the lifespan, Laura Serrant-Green
3. Health promotion theory, Paul Linsley
Part 2: Delivering public health: The role of nurses in the delivery of the new public health agenda
4. The changing role of the nurse, Rachael Spencer
5. Inter-professional practice and education in health and social care, Nigel Horner and Trevor Simpson
6. The Nurse patient relationship, John McKinnon
7. Accessing and using information in clinical practice, Sonia Budgen
8. The importance of nursing to public health: the political and policy context, Abigail Masterson
Part 3: Key skills for nurses delivering the new public health agenda
9. Health needs assessment: caring for the individual and the population, Maria Joyce, Tracy Pilcher and Dianne Ramm
10. Planning interventions: meeting the needs of individuals and communities, Grace Spencer
11. Implementing interventions: delivering care to individuals and communities, Ian Loveday
12. Evaluating interventions: focusing on measuring impact at both the individual and community level, Niro Siriwardena
Part 4: Key areas of health needs
13. Smoking and smoking cessation, Vicki Linsley
14. Tackling health inequalities, Roslyn Kane and Ruth Reilly
15. Tackling obesity, Alison Mostyn and Dilip Nathan
16. Improving sexual health, Sheena MacRae and Jill Ladlow
17. Mental health, Paul Linsley and John Hurley
18. Alcohol: reducing harm, Damian Mitchell and Iain Armstrong
19. Long-term conditions, Sian Maslin-Prothero and Andrew Finney
20. The future of public health nursing: challenges and debates, Paul Linsey, Ros Kane and Sara Owen

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