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This article explores the philosophy of person-centred care. Person-centred care developed in response to the need for a more patient-sensitive healthcare service and is based on a rich understanding of the patient, his or her circumstances and needs.
The provision of skillful psychosocial care to patients suffering from chronic illnesses starts with an appreciation of what it is like to live with a chronic condition. Definitions of self-esteem may be realigned when patients encounter a prolonged problem, and reliance upon professional help. Getting inside the experience of such illness may be key to… (More)
Sexuality is an important part of life, for older people as well as for others. Sexual attitudes, beliefs and lifestyles may be as diverse among older people as they are among younger age groups. But for nurses to plan care with patients in ways that take issues of sexuality into account, they need to feel more comfortable talking about sexuality with older… (More)
At a time when jobs are in jeopardy and budgets for educational courses and study days have been cut, it is tempting for nurses to neglect their professional development. This article aims to inspire nurses to look for ways of enhancing their professional expertise so that they can continue to improve patient care and take advantage of future career… (More)
The reader is encouraged to investigate what is involved in the practice-based assessment of students and to consider how it might be improved. The author suggests that students should be assessed on their performance during episodes of care rather than by continuous assessment.
BACKGROUND Nurse researchers frequently make use of open interviews in their studies, hoping to understand the private world of respondents, and in particular the ways in which thought and behaviour are connected to each other. Unfortunately, there is scant guidance on how to translate such goals into the specifics of interview technique, particularly the… (More)
Working in health care has never seemed more exciting or stressful. The rapid changes made to the ways in which services are delivered, the search for economies of scale and role change adjustments designed to ensure that provision is timely and consumer friendly, all have the potential to create a stressful working environment. There are no longer jobs for… (More)
Nurses are frequently engaged in the process of sensitive interviewing, whether taking a health history, dealing with a complaint or exploring a problem with a patient. This article explains key principles in the conduct of sensitive interviewing and highlights the use of a laddered question framework that can be used to manage necessary intrusion into the… (More)
This is the first of three articles exploring skill analysis, assisting readers to select and describe a practice skill of their choice. The aim is to help the nurse to proceed in a stepwise fashion, to understand what comprises the skill and what is important as the skill is put into action. It is anticipated that readers will make varying progress in this… (More)
The pressures of study, diversity of source materials, past assumptions relating to good writing practice, ambiguous writing guidance on best practice and students' insecurity about their reasoning ability, can lead to plagiarism. With the use of source checking software, there is an increased chance that plagiarised work will be identified and… (More)