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Psychology for Nursing

A collected volume of essays by various authors, this book gives the reader expert guidance by authorities in different areas of psychology

A collected volume of essays by various authors, this book gives the reader expert guidance by authorities in different areas of psychology.

The chapters cover different areas of nursing, including nursing adults and people with learning disabilities. However, the approach means the book will most likely be dipped into rather than becoming an essential reference work for nursing students.

A better approach may have been to organise the book so that each chapter follows an individual’s journey from health to illness, back through recovery and rehabilitation, and, in some cases, to end of life care. Such a journey structure would have been beneficial because, irrespective of the patient’s diagnosis, the journey from health to illness, recovery and, eventually, end of life is common to everyone.

All individuals are involved in maintaining their health, all at some time have to contemplate illness or injury, and many will enter hospital. However, the book does a good job of grounding psychological theories in practice in a useful way. The authors cover health beliefs, problems resulting from pain, and important issues such as stress and illness.

It would have been valuable to see something on help-seeking behaviour and altered body image. However, when compiling a book that covers such a large topic as psychology, it is inevitable that selections must be made and that some areas will be omitted.

Each chapter ends with a section of questions for discussion. These could be used in tutorial sessions and so should increase the book’s usefulness.

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