Clinical Challenges: Focus on Nursing

Clinical Challenges: Focus on Nursing

Clinical Challenges: Focus on Nursing

Clinical Challenges: Focus on Nursing


Contents Part I: Nursing Practice 1. Managing Pain Isobel Taylor & Shirley Anne Wilson Commentary: Michael Cousins 2. Managing Wounds Keryln Carville Commentary: Tal Ellis 3. Nurse Practitioners Amanda Adrian & Jane O'Connell 4. The NSW Nurse Practitioner Project Amanda Adrian & Jane O'Connell Part II: Influences on Pracice 5. Suicide Pierre Baume 6. Drug Use Kate Dolan Commentary: Richard Matthews 7. Ageing John Stevens & Julienne Onley Commentary: Irene Stein 8. Extending Life Mary Chiarella Commentary: Michael Walsh Part III: Health Care Delivery 9. Clinical Information Systems Dianne Ayres & Lyn Perks Commentary: Jeffrey Soar 10. Health Care as a Market Place Debbie Picone Commentary: Kim Walker 11. Always in the Red Kerry Russell Commentary: Belinda Chaplin


This book is the first of a planned series which positions nursing and nurses within the health care system in Australia, hence the title of the series, ‘Focus on Nursing’. This volume highlights the numerous roles nurses occupy across the system, roles which are vital for quality care. For this reason, nurses have much to say about the system itself yet are often overlooked or under-represented when it comes to making key decisions.

While the chapters in this volume focus on contemporary issues central to the roles of nurses, they also flag potential pressures in the health care system itself which require more global attention and planning. The authors are mainly nurses actively involved in the system, some in clinical work, some as educators and others as managers or executives. Subsequent volumes will involve nurses from other sectors such as universities, research, and specific clinical specialties. The series is written for an audience of undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as for nurses across the health and higher education sectors. It also has value for others working in the health care system who wish to be appraised of the points of concern for nurses.

To add to the dimensions of each chapter we invited specific commentators to provide additional perspectives to those of the author/s. In most cases they were invited because of their known stance on the issue at hand which we expected to be at odds with that taken by the author/s–although this has not always turned out to be the case.

This first volume, Clinical Challenges, is divided into three parts . . .

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