Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida
—Lucille A. Joel, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
From the Foreword
This concise reference provides quick access to information busy school nurses need every day to practice competently and efficiently. It is written for nurses who are transitioning to a school setting, yet has much to offer more experienced school nurses. The second edition has been substantially revised to address the Healthy People 2020 initiative to school-age children and their families, and to incorporate information about the push toward formal evaluation of school nurses. It discusses new technology and the effects of head trauma and other sports-related injuries on academic performance. New content, “Top 10 Timely Troublesome Topics for the School Nurse,” deals with issues such as getting substitutes and the prioritization of tasks for novice and substitute school nurses.
Authored by a nurse with over 25 years of school nursing experience, this consistently organized reference offers straightforward guidelines to a range of daily tasks and nursing responsibilities and provides clinical protocols for safe management of common childhood illnesses, accidents, and emergencies, along with legal and ethical considerations, documentation, high-risk areas in school nursing practice, and the requirements of both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Included are the delivery of culturally appropriate care, screening tools, wellness strategies, care plans for children with chronic disorders and special needs, adolescent sexuality, childhood obesity, drug use, and a food allergies “tool kit.” “Clinical Snapshots” throughout highlight critical information. The guide is useful as a supplemental textbook for nursing students studying for state or national certification exams.
New to the Second Edition:“Top 10 Timely Troublesome Topics for the School Nurse”Correlations of the Healthy People 2020 initiative with school nurse practiceMeaningful examples (“Clinical Snapshots”) relevant to the topicThe effects of head trauma and other sports-related injuries on academic performanceAcademic requirements for school nursing in each statePrioritization of tasks for novice and substitute school nurses
The Caregiver's Handbook offers emotional support and practical advice on a wide range of topics, enabling individuals to provide the best care possible-whatever the requirements. Everyday concerns, including healthy eating, personal care, and rest and sleep, are addressed alongside topics such as safe movement and handling, choosing the right stability aids, or even how to maneuver a wheelchair for the first time. Features also include a look at how either at the needs of the caregiver, or how the requirement of specific conditions-such as dementia or physical impairment-can affect the way a task can be approached.
The Caregiver's Handbook is a comprehensive, compassionate, and indispensable resource that all caregivers will want to have on hand at all times - it is essential reading for anyone caring for someone at home.