What Nurses Know...Multiple Sclerosis

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An initial response to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is typically an active search for information about the disease itself and its potential long-term effects. Over 450,000 people in the US have received a diagnosis of MS and are living with this chronic debili- tating condition.

What Nurses Know...Multiple Sclerosis sheds new light on this illness and itís symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Written by a nurse who has practiced with MS patients for 25 years and was ...

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Overview

An initial response to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is typically an active search for information about the disease itself and its potential long-term effects. Over 450,000 people in the US have received a diagnosis of MS and are living with this chronic debili- tating condition.

What Nurses Know...Multiple Sclerosis sheds new light on this illness and itís symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Written by a nurse who has practiced with MS patients for 25 years and was named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer of the Year in 2008, the author presents up-to-date information on every- thing a person with MS would want to know.

Special Features Include

  • Numerous call-out boxes with "What Nurses Know..."
  • Resources
  • Definitions of Common Terms
  • And much more!

About the Series

Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family.

Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process. What Nurses Know gives down-to-earth information, addresses consumers as equal partners in their care, and explains clearly what readers need to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Books - James A Cox
"When I agreed to review this book as someone who has lived with multiple sclerosis for nearly 20 years, I thought it would be easy. It wasn't really. A medical professional has a different view on the subject. But as I kept working through What Nurses Know, taking note of the helpful tips highlighted throughout the book and digging in to read each chapter chapter thoroughly, I learned more about MS than I ever thought I could. Now I wish I had read it years ago"-William Clarke, MS Volunteer, Momentum, Summer 2012

"With plenty on subjects of alternative medicine and proven treatments, What Nurses Know... Multiple Sclerosis is an excellent read and resource, enthusiastically recommended." -James A. cox, Editor in chief Midwest Books Review

"This is an excellent resource for the newly diagnosed MS patient. Saunders' writing style is warm and her explanations are thorough. Her style makes this book a quick and useful read for patients and their families."-CAPHIS Consumer Connections

"...this resource is clearly written from the perspective of a direct interaction between nurse and patients and their families. It is easy to read, has a table of contents that allows the reader to pick and choose subjects as well as an index. This book has a clear niche as a tool for our patients to learn about multiple sclerosis in a clear, friendly, non-threatening and hopeful way."-Patricia Kennedy, MSCares.org

"The nurse is an invaluable member of the MS treatment team, providing education, support, and guidance to people with MS and their families. This informative resource, written by one of the most experienced and respected nurses in the field, is a must-read for anyone dealing with a diagnosis of MS. Carol Saunders has filled the book with essential information and useful tips - all in a calm, reassuring style that makes even the most stressful topics easy to read and understand. Those of us who know her well can feel her familiar wisdom and warmth in every page"-Rosalind Kalb, Rosalind, Vice President, Professional Resource Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

"What Nurses Know Multiple Sclerosis is a very unusual book, one that provides all those affected by multiple sclerosis with a unique perspective, information from a vital member of the MS team, the MS nurse Each chapter is written on a personal level, just as if Carol were talking to her patients and their families The information she provides is accurate and up-to-date and written in a very user friendly manner. It is also the type of book that one can read through, bookmark, and revisit again to relearn and remind oneself about managing their multiple sclerosis."-June Halper, MSN, APN-C, FAAN, MSCN

From The Critics
"When I agreed to review this book as someone who has lived with multiple sclerosis for nearly 20 years, I thought it would be easy. It wasn't really. A medical professional has a different view on the subject. But as I kept working through What Nurses Know, taking note of the helpful tips highlighted throughout the book and digging in to read each chapter chapter thoroughly, I learned more about MS than I ever thought I could. Now I wish I had read it years ago"—William Clarke, MS Volunteer, Momentum Summer 2012

"With plenty on subjects of alternative medicine and proven treatments, What Nurses Know... Multiple Sclerosis is an excellent read and resource, enthusiastically recommended."—James A. cox, Editor in chief Midwest Books Review

"This is an excellent resource for the newly diagnosed MS patient. Saunders' writing style is warm and her explanations are thorough. Her style makes this book a quick and useful read for patients and their families."—CAPHIS Consumer Connections

"...this resource is clearly written from the perspective of a direct interaction between nurse and patients and their families. It is easy to read, has a table of contents that allows the reader to pick and choose subjects as well as an index. This book has a clear niche as a tool for our patients to learn about multiple sclerosis in a clear, friendly, non-threatening and hopeful way."—Patricia Kennedy, MSCares.org

"The nurse is an invaluable member of the MS treatment team, providing education, support, and guidance to people with MS and their families. This informative resource, written by one of the most experienced and respected nurses in the field, is a must-read for anyone dealing with a diagnosis of MS. Carol Saunders has filled the book with essential information and useful tips – all in a calm, reassuring style that makes even the most stressful topics easy to read and understand. Those of us who know her well can feel her familiar wisdom and warmth in every page"—Rosalind Kalb, Rosalind, Vice President, Professional Resource Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

What Nurses Know…Multiple Sclerosis is a very unusual book, one that provides all those affected by multiple sclerosis with a unique perspective, information from a vital member of the MS team, the MS nurse…Each chapter is written on a personal level, just as if Carol were talking to her patients and their families…The information she provides is accurate and up-to-date and written in a very user friendly manner. It is also the type of book that one can read through, bookmark, and revisit again to relearn and remind oneself about managing their multiple sclerosis.”—June Halper, MSN, APN-C, FAAN, MSCN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603897
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/19/2011
  • Series: What Nurses Know...
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,209,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Saunders, BA, BSN, MSCN has been an MS nurse for the past 25 years, 23 of them spent working at Neurology Center of Fairfax, VA. She has been a member of the Consortium of MS Centers since 1990, a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1993, and a member of of the International Organization of MS Nurses since it's beginning in 1997. She is a co-founder of the Greater Washington, DC area consortium of MS Nurses, has served on the Professional Advisory Committee and the Chapter Services Committee of the National Capital Area Chapter of the National MS Society and won the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

1 Multiple Sclerosis: What Is It? 1

2 How Is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed? 11

3 Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis 2107

4 Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and How We Treat Them 47

5 Treating an Exacerbation or Relapse 75

6 Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine 85

7 Multiple Sclerosis and Your Family, Your Friends, and Your Workplace 97

8 Taking Charge With a Chronic Disease 113

Glossary 129

Resources 135

Index 139

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