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Publication date: 01/08/2010
This book covers:
-The development of the roles of paramedics as well as nurses within urgent care
-The issues around policies and processes
-An examination of the impact of national programmes on career pathways
-Discussion of the key aspects of clinical leadership, mentorship and supervision
-The important legal and ethical considerations in relation to the practitioner in urgent care.
Lynda Sibson lectures at Coventry University and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Warwick. She is an Independent Nurse Consultant with a background in primary care and paramedic education and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Paramedic Practice.
'The concept of Clinical Leadership is given comprehensive treatment and is one of the most coherent, and well researched, commentaries on the subject I have read'. Ewan Armitage, Community Paramedic Officer, West Midlands Ambulance Service, in the Journal of Paramedic Practice, Volume 2, Number 10.
Table of Contents: Urgent Care Handbook
Section One: Professional practice
Chapter 1 Paramedic practice
Chapter 2 Nursing practice
Section Two: Clinical leadership
Chapter 3 Clinical leadership in urgent care
Chapter 4 Clinical supervision
Chapter 5 Mentorship
Chapter 6 Reflective practice
Section Three: Legal and ethical issues
Chapter 7 Legal issues
Chapter 8 Ethical issues
'Potentially a core text for professional practice modules, this book covers all the material likely to appear in the curriculum for nurses and paramedics. As such, it could be a useful multiple-copy addition to a university library. The first chapter, on paramedic practice, provides a fascinating insight into the history and professional background of the development of paramedic services, while those on mentorship, legal issues and ethical issues are excellent. The chapters covering reflective practice and clinical supervision are well structured and flow logically, but are written for clinicians whose experience of these subjects is limited. As such, they would be of little interest to those already involved in clinical supervision. The book also includes many useful resources and there is a full list of references at the end of each chapter, which can be of enormous help to readers who are beginning assignments. Unfortunately, however, the chapters on nursing practice and clinical leadership lack signposting and context, and can be difficult to follow. There are also some inaccuracies and contradictions, for example about the role of nurse prescribers, the scope of patient-specific protocols and patient group directions, and the findings of the Department of Health?s 1998 and 1999 reviews of prescribing, supplying and administrating medicines, all of which obscure the excellent points the book makes about the need to apply research findings appropriately.' - Jeanette Welsh, practice development nurse in unscheduled care at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Emergency Nurse, December 2010, Volume 18, Number 8
Objectively clear and well written with well-accorded sections. The topics/issues selected fit well with contemporary professional education. Senior Lecturer