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This handy, readable text aims to provide immediate advice for a range of health professionals who encounter people with mental health problems in their daily work. Suggestions for what to do in typical situations are provided in each chapter. Themes covered include cultural issues common to Australia and New Zealand, managing medications, co-occurring medical problems, loss and grief, law and ethics, talking therapies, managing challenging behaviours and surviving clinical placements. Emphasis is placed on the core elements of engaging with people with mental health problems, which can then inform practical skills, and approaches suitable to a range of settings for care.
Essentials of Correctional Nursing regards the patients in criminal justice settings as a disenfranchised population and argues that nurses strive to deliver care that reduces suffering and improves the quality of life for not only incarcerated individuals, but also their families and the community at large. Chapters examine specific themes, starting with an overview of concerns for ethical principles, legal considerations and safety. Common inmate-patient health care concerns and diseases, such as chronic and infectious diseases, mental illness and drug withdrawals, are addressed before moving on to the nursing care processes of health screening, nursing sick call and emergency care delivery. Attention is given to management and leadership concerns (including increasing union activity among nurses), the need for research participation and evidence-based practice. The book uses a structured problem-solving approach, with a more clinical, authoritative tone that creates some distance between the care giver and patient. This book would be a valuable resource not just for Justice Health nurses but all who encounter patients that currently are, or have previously been, incarcerated.
Nursing in Criminal Justice Services aims to present through storytelling a holistic and human-centered view of the lived experience of both patients and nurses involved in the criminal justice system. It begins with the story of one person’s experience of receiving care in the criminal justice system. Several chapters take the reader along the British health and justice pathway, from initial patient contact with nurses in police stations, to nursing care in courts, through prison nursing services and finally into the world of multi-disciplinary community health teams, where nurses work alongside the Probation Service. The second half of the book touches on some broader issues facing nurses working in criminal justice settings, including governance, legal issues and professional development. Between the two parts sits a meditative essay by Professor Freshwater of the Universities of Leeds and Western Australia, on the nature of caring in custodial settings. The concluding chapter argues for actively engaging in reflection while nursing in order to maintain high quality care for a vulnerable group of people.
Evidence-Based Rehabilitation outlines the concepts, methods and strategies common to broader evidence-based practice as they apply to the rehabilitation sphere, with the goal of integrating research findings with clinical wisdom and clients’ preferences and values. Several chapters assess the role of reflection in supporting evidence-based practice, methods for finding evidence, then how to critically and systematically evaluate the results of research. The book also discusses strategies to build evidence into practice, use tools like guidelines and clinical pathways and communicate with clients, managers, funders and practitioners. A range of forms, guidelines and worksheets are also provided at the end.
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