Neuroscience Nursing: A Spectrum of Care, 3rd Edition addresses the complicated needs of neuroscience patients and equips providers with in-depth knowledge of neurophysiology, neuroassessment, and neuromanagement to help provide the best patient care. This 3rd edition's carefully refined features enhance the book's readability, and the new 8-page color insert with 40 plates features important information on neurophysiology, diagnostics scans, and disorders such as aneurysms. Readers will find comprehensive information on foundations in neuroanatomy and data collection; thorough discussions of neurologic disorders; management considerations for frequently encountered neurologic conditions; and legal and ethical issues relevant to life care planning for the neuroscience patient.
• Provides a foundation of neuroanatomy, normal physiology, assessment, and neurodiagnostic studies essential to understanding neurologic disorders.
• Correlates neuroanatomy with the patient's clinical presentation.
• Covers basic and advanced neuroassessment and documentation for effective and improved communication with the clinical team.
• Builds a knowledge base of required skills for the necessary close observation and monitoring of the neuroscience patient to prevent complications and achieve the best outcomes.
• Presents a comprehensive review of common neuroscience disorders and conditions for quick reference enhanced with current interventions by nursing experts.
• Emphasizes care alerts and tips designed to produce the best clinical results.
• Highlights key words in bold type and defines them within the text for greater clarity and understanding.
• Includes separate chapters focusing on individual neurologic disorders with detailed descriptions from pathophysiology to in-depth analysis.
• Stresses the nurse's role including: assessment, critical thinking and problem solving, collaborative team building, and patient and family education.
• Describes appropriate care for each disorder from critical and acute care through post-acute care, neurorehabilitation, case management, and home health care.
• Includes new content addressing the multidisciplinary neuroscience team approach for evidence-based delivery of care for neuroscience patents.
• UNIQUE! Includes a Mayo Clinic Illustrated FOUR Score Assessment Card inserted into Chapter 6, Altered States of Consciousness and Sleep.
• Features new chapters on Aneurysms, Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases, and Management of Dementia and Motor Neuron Disease that cover the most current information with input from expert contributors on these complex problems.
• UNIQUE! Includes the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neuroscience Nursing Multiple Day Flowsheet as an expert source of information.
• Explores the latest techniques and procedures for neurological surgery, as well as recent rehabilitation research for stroke and spine.
• UNIQUE! Features the most up-to-date guidelines covering the spectrum of traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, and stroke, including the Stroke Risk Screening Tool (Courtesy of Neuroscience Nursing Consultants).
• Covers the new weapon to combat stroke: the Merci Retriever.
• Includes cutting-edge content on PRIALT for intrathecal drug delivery (ITDD) for severe pain and additional updates on additional pain management using the ITDD system.
Reviewer:Robin Lee Wantz, RN, MSA, MSN, C(Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description:This is an excellent resource for the neurology and/or neurosurgical nurse. This edition contains updated and new information since publicaiton of the 1994 first edition.
Purpose:This book is designed as a reference for up-to-date information and assessment tools for the novice as well as the expert neuroscience nurse. The book reflects scientific and technologic advances in the management of neuroscience patients. The author's objective of expanding the focus of this edition to include the entire spectrum of care versus the acute hospital episode of care is well met.
Audience:This book provides a foundation for the student or novice neuroscience nurse, while also providing updated information and scientific breakthroughs for the advanced practice nurse. The author and her contributors are recognized experts in their areas of practice.
Features:This comprehensive resource provides a foundation for practice as well as information for the critical care and advanced practice nurse. The complete spectrum of care is explored with detail given to non-acute/home care. Each disease process highlights high-risk nursing diagnoses to alert the clinician. There is a logical sequence of presenting medical diagnoses with attention to specialized laboratory/neurodiagnostic studies as well as potential complications and/or surgical intervention. The many examples of history and assessment tools provide the reader with choices to adapt for their clinical practice. Although most subjects are thoroughly explored, the explanation of normal pressure hydrocephalus is limited to its relationship to TBI patients.
Assessment:This book is a useful companion to Joanne Hickey's The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 4th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997). The subtitle, "A Spectum of Care," speaks to the comphrehensive exploration of the neuroscience patient -- from diagnosis through hospitalization and home care. This is a must for every nurse clinician who is learning about or delivering care to neuroscience patients.