Teaching Nursing Care of Chronic Illness

Teaching Nursing Care of Chronic Illness

Teaching Nursing Care of Chronic Illness

Teaching Nursing Care of Chronic Illness


"This book provides nurse educators with a curriculum for both academic and clinical coursework in chronic illness. The authors use stories and case examples to put illness in the context of the real lives of individuals with chronic illness. Both physical and psychological conditions are addressed. Valuable features include: case examples; an extensive listing of films and videos depicting the lives of those living with chronic illness for use in the classroom; and sample forms for student and teacher use, including a guide to conducting wellness interviews, guidelines for client teaching, and clinical evaluation tools." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


No doubt there are a variety of reasons for choosing to read this book. Perhaps you are new to nursing education and are looking for specific how-to information. Maybe the title piqued your interest because you wonder, “What is different about teaching chronic illness?” Whatever your motivation, we hope our storied approach to teaching whole-person care for individuals and families faced with chronic illness will encourage and inform both those in nursing practice and in nursing education.

We are nurse educators, and each of us has over 25 years of clinical experience, Colleen’s experience is in the medical-surgical arena and Pamela’s is in mental health. In addition to being doctoral-prepared teachers, Colleen is a geriatric nurse practitioner, and Pamela is certified as a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist. Our intent is to provide a comprehensive portrait of a theory course and a clinical course in chronic illness. Paired these courses serve as a conduit for teaching about the provision of nursing care with people experiencing enduring health concerns that impinge on the lives they want to lead. Both courses emphasize long-term management of complex physical and mental problems occurring at a variety of age levels, and the importance of multidisciplinary collaborative planning and continuity of care. Each takes into consideration not only the effects of disease and disability on the individual, but also on the individual’s support system and on the larger community.

The courses are part of a 4-year baccalaureate nursing program at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. They are positioned in the middle of five semesters of nursing coursework that are each designed to reflect six curricular strands: caring, health, client/person, professional nursing, environment, and critical thinking. These strands, which are integral to each nursing course and the overall program, become increasingly complex at each level of the curriculum.

In their first nursing semester, students learn about community-based primary prevention across the lifespan, and in their next semester, they learn about secondary prevention with adults in acute-care settings. The . . .

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