Fundamentals of Australian Paediatric Nursing equips students with the essential skills and knowledge to become paediatric, child and youth health nurses across a variety of clinical and community settings. It prepares students for critical thinking and problem solving within this field by emphasising contemporary issues impacting on the health of children, young people and their families. Written by a team of experienced paediatric nurses, the content is based on themes that align with Australian standards of competence and expectations of paediatric nursing: communication, family involvement and evidence-based practice. Comprehensive yet concise, the text examines the integration of theoretical and clinical components of nursing knowledge. To enhance learning, chapters feature case studies, reflection points and learning activities. An essential resource for nursing students, this text is grounded in current care delivery and professional issues for care of the child to prepare future nurses for evidence-based practice in paediatric settings throughout Australia.
Part I. The Australian Context of Paediatric Nursing: 1. Australia's children and young people Donna Waters; 2. Child rights in Australia Jennifer Fraser and Helen Stasa; 3. Children, families and their communities in Australia Jennifer Fraser and Robyn Rosina; 4. Research in the paediatric setting Donna Waters; Part II. Evidence-Based Paediatric Nursing Care: 5. Recognising and responding to the sick child Elizabeth Forster and Loretta Scaini; 6. End of life and palliative care in Australian paediatric care settings Elizabeth Forster; 7. Mental health and illness in childhood and adolescence Jennifer Fraser, Lindsay Smith and Julia Taylor; 8. Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: the acutely ill child Nicola Brown; 9. Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: the acutely ill young person Nicola Brown; 10. Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: the child and young person with a chronic illness Donna Waters and Helen Stasa; 11. Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: the family Ibi Patane and Elizabeth Forster; 12. Evidence-based care of children with complex medical needs Nicola Brown.
Jennifer Fraser is an Associate Professor of Sydney Nursing
School at the University of Sydney. She has considerable research and clinical
experience in child and family health, child health and development, and paediatric
Donna Waters is the Associate Dean of Research and an Associate Professor of Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney. Originally a paediatric nurse, she has more than 25-years of experience in the management of nursing, medical and health service research.
Elizabeth Forster is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology. Her clinical background and expertise spanned general acute paediatrics and paediatric intensive care nursing. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, investigating parent and health professional perceptions of bereavement support surrounding the loss of a child.
Nicola Brown is a Lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has practiced as a registered nurse in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with a focus on the acute care of children and staff development.