Nursing older people is often considered the 'Cinderella' service. This ground-breaking new book seeks to rectify that, bringing discussion of elderly care to the forefront of research and critical practice. Based on the author's own ethnographic research, it explores the gap between theory (what nurses know) and practice (what nurses actually do), including:
- key theories of older people's nursing
- day-to-day practices on an elderly care ward
- the essential skills of caring, nurturing and supporting
- the importance of critical reflective practice.
Researching Older People's Nursing links the realities of practice with the key principles from 'on the ward' research. It is a fascinating read for nursing students, practitioners and researchers alike.
PART I: RESEARCH AND THEORY
An Ethnography of Older People's Nursing
Theory Development in Nursing
Building Professional Nursing Knowledge in Older People's Care
PART TWO: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
The Context and Culture of the Care Setting
A Framework for the Delivery of Care
Focussing on the Practice of Caring for Older People
Future Trends: Standards and Quality in Care
DR CHRISTINE SMITH is Director of Primary Care and Community Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University, UK. She worked as a Staff Nurse and Ward Sister before moving across to academia in 1982. Since then she has been actively involved in the RAE, and has published and presented widely on her findings.