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As a healthcare practitioner, you will face a broad range of professional
dilemmas in your everyday practice. From seeking consent to upholding
patient confidentiality, you'll rely on your knowledge of ethics, the law
and professional codes of conduct to guide your actions. Balancing these
three strands can be difficult, but with detailed scenarios and accessible
discussion, this book guides you through the complexities of practice.

Taking a practice-based approach, the text explores the combination of
ethical, legal and professional issues which characterise the field of
healthcare. A range of experienced contributors come together to
provide:
■ detailed analysis of confidentiality, accountability, consent, capacity
and justice, all grounded within the daily practice context;
■ authoritative guidance through discussion of legal cases, excerpts
from statutes and extracts from professional guidelines;
■ realistic scenarios drawn from a range of health settings, unravelling
and illustrating the guidelines, statutes and policies which influence
practice;
■ advice on balancing the conflicting pressures of the modern healthcare
context, from facing time limitations to challenging the unprofessional
practice of others.

Ethics, Law and Professional Issues puts you at the centre of some of a
practitioner's most difficult decisions. It is therefore an essential resource
for any student of healthcare looking to develop an ethically, legally
and professionally sound approach to practice.

Now in its Second Edition with a new title, Best Practices: Evidence-Based Nursing Procedures is an excellent compilation of "best" practices based on current research and expert consensus findings. This timely, authoritative reference applies research findings directly to every aspect of nursing practice to guide nurses in performing procedures for patients with a full range of conditions and illnesses.

This edition provides a thorough update and review and includes new procedures and practices. Every entry is evidence-based, identifies the sources of the evidence, and now includes manufacturer recommendations. Nursing diagnoses, expected outcomes, and unexpected outcomes (complications) are now discussed for each procedure.

Advanced Practice in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions enables nurses and members of allied health professions to effectively diagnose and treat patients, in a wide variety of settings. It is especially relevant in regions where access to other health providers is limited.

This new, completely revised, third edition shows how advanced practice continues to develop in response to the impact of health service reforms, the introduction of health policies aimed at developing a patient-led service based in primary care and changes in working conditions. Advanced Practice in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions presents an examination of the potential for advanced practitioners, at all levels, to have a significant effect on the health of the population and provide holistic care for the sick. Practice is identified as the central and most important feature of the advanced role in nursing and allied health professions.

Advanced Practice in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions also considers:

  • The development of advanced practice in nursing and the allied health professions and the implications for future health and social care services;
  • Challenging professional boundaries that hinder the provision of care and pioneering innovation within a diverse society;
  • The relationship between health policy and service reforms, current and future advanced roles;
  • International developments in advanced practice;
  • Leadership, management in relation to advanced roles;
  • The responsibilities of advanced practitioners in meeting healthcare needs in a diverse society;
  • Educating advanced practitioners and tracking their career development;
  • The future possibilities for advanced practice and an agenda for research.