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Dementia Nursing

Dementia Nursing by Rosalie Hudson
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Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice is written primarily for nurses who have twenty-four hour responsibility for the care of people with dementia in the context of residential aged care. The book will also be valuable for doctors, allied health professionals, personal-care workers, volunteers, families, and carers of people with dementia in a variety of settings. It will empower them all with practical strategies for clinical management and will encourage reflective care in which they enter into the experience of the person with dementia. Dementia nursing depends on partnerships with a variety of people. The book therefore provides knowledge and encouragement for all members of a team of care who support and accompany the person with dementia.

Drawing on current research and international expertise, this book challenges nurses throughout the world to respond with the latest knowledge and the best clinical practice in dementia care. Everyday clinical issues are described, and guidance is provided on practical management issues that are so important to the total well-being of the person with dementia—especially when dementia is compounded by physical frailty and other problems. Nurses are encouraged to go beyond the technical aspects of nursing practice to hear the deeply human needs of the people in their care. The purpose of the book is not only to identify physical problems and clinical needs, but also to capture the lived experience of those with dementia, and to encourage all carers to respond with creativity and imagination.

Throughout the book the reader is invited to enter the whole story of dementia, to trace its history, and to identify current trends in research and management. Personal accounts are interwoven with practical guidelines for nursing care. The importance of environmental ambience is highlighted, together with the value of skilled nursing interventions. Matters of wholeness and relationships that emphasise the person with dementia are fundamental to excellence in dementia nursing. When the person is treated as whole, matters of clinical importance are integrated with matters of leisure and lifestyle. Throughout this book nurses are called upon to engage creatively with residents during all aspects of care.

Dementia nursing is a highly skilled and important speciality. In facing the challenges of dementia nursing, nurses will find in this book the necessary practical guidance for excellent care, as well as renewed impetus towards those deeply personal elements that profoundly influence each episode of care. Nurses are encouraged to put these guidelines into practice and to experience the rich rewards that come from dementia nursing.

Ausmed Publications; September 2004
370 pages; ISBN 9781597340076
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Title: Dementia Nursing
Author: Rosalie Hudson