Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Clinical Judgement and Communication in Nurse Practitioner Practice

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Clinical Judgement and Communication in Nurse Practitioner Practice

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Clinical Judgement and Communication in Nurse Practitioner Practice Susan K Chase (2004) FA Davis, Philadelphia; ISBN 0-8036-0797-0; PB; 349 pages; AUD 58.00

This book is described as being useful throughout a nurse practitioner student's education in that it supplements and supports a range of areas included in education programs. It also considers the philosophical and ethical grounding required around the relationships between nurse practitioners and patients. While the book is very much based on the North American nurse practitioner model and practice, there are elements which are of value and interest to Australian nurses who are either practicing or aspiring to practice as Nurse Practitioners. The aim is predominantly at primary care nurse practitioners with a specific chapter included for acute care nurse practitioners. The acute care nurse practitioner is described as evolving from the nurse practitioner role (p 231).

The book is divided into two units each containing a number of chapters. The first unit looks at the Primary Care Process and includes chapters on the process of clinical judgement, assessment and diagnosis, planning and interventions and documentation. The second considers the Factors that Influence Clinical Judgement providing discussion of clinical judgement in special populations and for acute care nurse practitioners. The initial chapter on Nurse Practitioners and Relationship Centered Care includes a discussion of the Nursing Model of Practice that applies for Nurse Practitioners providing a useful description of how this differs from medical practice. …

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