Professor/Associate Dean, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts
· Easy-to-read introduction for nursing students, with a chapter on making the most of placements with older people;
· Linked to the latest NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education;
· Theory is linked to practice through case studies and scenarios, emphasising the lived experiences of the older person;
· Plenty of activities help build critical thinking and graduate skills;
· Further resources on the book's website to help you in your teaching including additional questions and case studies, website links, and PDFs of useful resources.
The book takes an interdisciplinary team approach and sets the scene by looking at different practice contexts in the United Kingdom and the increasingly important role played by social care in addressing the mental health needs of older people. A number of more clinically focused chapters then cover:
mental health promotion
anxiety and depression
ageing and psychosis
alcohol and dual diagnosis
later life liaison services
complex and enduring mood disorders.
Each clinical chapter makes use of extended and detailed case studies which illuminate the team’s role in the assessment-intervention-evaluation cycle and ensure the text’s application to practice. Service user and family perspectives are drawn on throughout and current practice exemplars outlined. The final chapter distils key messages from the book and sets a number of key challenges.
Mental Health and Later Life highlights the rewards and complexity of working with older people with mental health needs and their families. It is invaluable reading for all those learning about, or working with, this population.
"Caring for the older adult population is a challenge and the goal of nursing practice is to help preserve or restore an older adult's function and maximize their well-being and quality of life. This book is a wonderful resource for assisted living clinicians and nurses who wish to serve this population. It is well written, easy to read, and well organized so it can be used as a textbook for nursing students in geriatric nursing." Score: 94, 4 stars
"This book, written by and for nurses across the spectrum of nurse providers (advanced practice nurses, delegating nurses, and the direct care workforce), covers all aspects of management as well as the many common clinical problems and syndromes we encounter among older adults. Further, this book proposes wonderful assessment and intervention material that will help the entire health care team keep residents within their AL communities through early recognition and management of acute illnesses. Kudos to our nursing colleagues for editing this publication and may it serve as the useful guide for AL residents across the country."
--John B. Murphy, MD
President, American Geriatrics Society
Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
This book provides a comprehensive overview of both management activities and clinical competencies for assisted living nurses. The authors provide practical guidelines and decision-making models to help nurses address both the large- and small-scale challenges of their daily practice.
With Assisted Living Nursing, readers can gain the essential problem-solving and task management skills critical to their daily work. The contributors cover a wide range of topics, including:
Ethics in nursing practice
Regulatory oversight and reimbursement
Leadership theories and styles
Finance and budget management
Cultural aspects of care
Geriatric clinical syndromes and disorders
Palliative and hospice care principles
Theories of aging
Ultimately, this book serves as the definitive, one-stop resource, addressing virtually every topic of interest to assisted living nurses.
Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
(From the Foreword)
Nurse practitioners have long required a comprehensive certification review book for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) certification examinations.Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification Review is the first book to provide a thorough review of test content to effectively prepare nurses to successfully pass the GNP certification exam. With over 200 practice questions culled from the real ANCC test outline, this is the only book nurse practitioners need to pass the ANCC exam.
Challenging and reflective questions and answers are provided at the end of each chapter for topic review, with a final test offered at the end of the book. By providing students the ability to take the "mock test," this book instills confidence, preparing students for the actual certification exam.
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification Review contains:Guidelines on question dissection and analysis, as well as over 200 questions culled from the real ANCC test outline A comprehensive review of health promotion and disease prevention, assessment of acute and chronic illness, clinical management and pharmacological/nonpharmacological interventions, professional role and policy issues, and more An examination of the nurse practitioner and patient relationship
Additionally, this book helps students in gerontological nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and adult nurse practitioner programs with course program examinations that refer to older adults.