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Nurses in general practice are increasingly taking on advanced roles, involving the assessment, treatment and management of minor illness. They also supervise chronic disease management, particularly the monitoring of diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, primary and secondary CHD prevention, stroke and transient ischaemic attacks.
This invaluable new handbook provides a concise outline of the origins and continuing development of the advanced nurse practitioner role and a highly practical guide to setting up a minor illness clinic. It then offers recommendations on patient history taking and outlines the multitude of conditions likely to present in the minor illness clinic. Each condition is defined in a consistent format for quick, easy reference, with an introduction, clues for aiding in diagnosis, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, prescribing issues, clinical complications and key messages.
It also includes specific chapters detailing classes and selection of antibiotics and understanding blood results.
The Minor Illness and Beyond Handbook is the ultimate guide for all nurses in general practice needing a concise, easy-to-read information source for daily reference. It is also highly recommended for nurses new to their role, as well as nursing students.
Über den Autor: MARGARET PERRY Advanced Nurse Practitioner Linkway Medical Practice West Bromwich, West Midlands Margaret Perry completed her registered general nurse training in 1984 and moved very quickly into general practice as a practice nurse, having already been married and had her fi rst child. Her second daughter was born in 1988 and she continued to work in general practice where she began to enhance her knowledge with further training in various areas of nursing. She completed a Nurse Practitioner Diploma in 1998 and a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In 2001, she took a position as a trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner and completed her Master's degree in 2004. As nurses completing this course were advised to develop more in- depth skills in a particular area, she worked for three years as a community respiratory nurse dealing with patients with chronic lung diseases. In 2007, she returned to general practice where she is now employed full- time in an advanced role which involves minor illness clinics and chronic disease management. During her time in general practice she has had several articles published on a range of topics which fuelled her interest in writing this book, which, it is hoped, will be a source of information and learning for other nurses expanding their roles.