This text aims to be useful and relevant for student nurses from all backgrounds with a range of professional aspirations. It demonstrates the importance of psychology in both the nursing role and in health care in general.
"We wanted to write a psychology text book that would be useful and relevant for student nurses from all backgrounds with a range of professional aspirations. In this way we wanted to be inclusive and demonstrate the importance of psychology in both the nursing role and in health care in general. We are both passionate about psychology and communicating its relevance and effectiveness in nursing practice. We hope that this comes through." Dr Devinder Rana, University of Central England Dr Dominic Upton, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Preface Part 1 Basic principles 1. The meaning and measurement of health 2. The Principles of Behaviourist Psychology in a Health Care Practice: Understanding and Shaping Behaviour 3. Humanistic Psychology Principles, Person centeredness and Empathy within the nurse and patient relationship Psychodynamic 4. The Principles of Psychodynamic Theory in Practice and Working With Anxious Patients. Social 5. The Application of Cognitive Psychology in Health Care Practice and the Provision of Effective Information-giving 6. Social Psychology and Inter-professional Team Work Culture Part 2 Psychology across the lifespan and cultures 7. Child Development and Health Care 8. The Impact of Social Group on Health 9. Cultural Awareness, Communication and Trans-cultural Issues within Health Care and Nursing Practice 10. Working with Older Adult Patients in Health Practice 11. Working Within a Health Care Context of Patient Loss, Bereavement and Final Stages of a Terminal Illness Part 3 Health psychology 12. Risky Behaviours: Smoking, Alcohol, Diet and Exercise 13. Stress, Stress Management and the Practicing Nurse 14. The Psychology of Pain 15. Psychological Models in Health and Health Care 16. Exploring Patient Adherence to Medical Information, Instructions, Prescribed Drugs and Lifestyle Change 17. The Use of Communication and Counselling Skills within the Nurse-Patient Therapeutic Relationship 18. Being Admitted to Hospital Part 4 Practical applications 19. Applying Psychology to Specific Conditions 20. Applying Psychology to Specific Conditions Part II Glossary References