Nursing Practice Related to Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders
A Core Curriculum
Linda Love, MS, R.N., CRRN, Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, Cynthia Zejdlik, RN
532 pp Paperback
This comprehensive guide to the practice of SCI nursing and authoritative resource for all nurses in the field was developed under the auspices of the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) in collaboration with the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCIN), the only nursing organization devoted exclusively to promoting excellence in meeting the nursing care needs of individuals with SCI. It was designed to meet the needs of nurses with varying years of experience in the specialty, working in a variety of roles and practice settings.
The organizing framework for this Core Curriculum comprises six sections:
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- Background Information for Nursing Practice Related to Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI) provides background information for SCI nursing practice, including the philosophy, goals, and process of SCI nursing practice, diversity in nursing practice roles and settings, cultural issues, and collaboration in teams.
- Foundation for Nursing Practice Related to SCIprovides the practicing nurse with a foundation, including brief presentations of anatomy and physiology of the spine and spinal cord and overview of the consequences of SCI, including special issues related to pediatric SCI care. Guidelines are provided for comprehensive neurologic assessment.
- Functional Alterations: Physical Domain addresses the myriad physical functional alterations that occur with SCI because improving function and promoting independence are primary goals of rehabilitation. These functional alterations are organized around body systems.
- Functional Alterations: Personal Domain continues the focus on functional alterations but emphasizes the psychological/psychosocial domain rather than the physical domain. Topics include sexuality and reproduction, body image, family, stress and coping, and activity and exercise.
- Trajectory of SCI Nursing Care provides a trajectory of nursing care throughout the care continuum realizing that rehabilitation is an ongoing process which begins at the onset of impairment and extends throughout the entire episode of SCI and across the life span. Beginning with prevention of the initial injury, this section also includes trauma care, critical care, acute rehabilitation, caregiver training and support, community reintegration and independent living, the prevention and management of secondary disabilities, and issues related to aging with a disability.
- Shaping SCI Nursing Practice addresses topics that shape professional practice of nurses in this specialty field, including improvement and outcome evaluation and research priorities.
Reviews"This is a comprehensive tool for educating a broad audience of nurses in areas ranging from emergency nursing to rehabilitation."-- Divine, Inc.
"Nursing, as an art and science, has a primary role in assisting persons with SCI to achieve and maintain an optimum level of function...(this) is a landmark publication likely to have a profound impact on nursing practice and on the lives of persons living with SCI...The text fills a void that has been empty for too many years." -- Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America- return to top -
ContentsSection 1: Background Information for Nursing Practice Related to Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI); Historical Overview; American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses; Philosophy, Goals, and Process of SCI Nursing Practice; Diversity in Nursing Practice Roles and Settings; Cultural Issues Affecting Care Delivery; Teams and Collaboration; Section 2: Foundation for Nursing Practice Related to SCI; Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine and Spinal Cord; Consequences of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury; Consequences of Spinal Cord Disorders; Neurological Assessment Related to SCI; Special Issues Related to Pediatric Care;Section 3: Functional Alterations: Physical Domain; Respiratory/Pulmonary; Cardiovascular and Thermoregulatory Control; Bladder Elimination and Continence; Nutrition; Bowel Elimination and Continence; Musculoskeletal System; Sensation/Pain; Spasticity; Section 4: Functional Alterations: Personal Domain; Sexuality and Reproduction; Body Image and Self-Concept; Family; Stress and Coping; Activity and Exercise;Section 5: Trajectory of SCI Nursing Care;; Spinal Cord Injury Prevention; Trauma Emergency; Critical Care; Rehabilitation; Caregivers: Training and Support; Community Reintegration and Independent Living; Prevention and Management of Secondary Disability; Aging with a Disability;Section 6: Shaping SCI Nursing Practice; Quality Improvement and Outcome Evaluation; Priorities for Research Related to SCI Nursing;Glossary.- return to top -
About the Authors
Linda Love, MS, R.N., CRRNAudrey Nelson, PhD, RNCynthia Zejdlik, RN