Psychology for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals
Developing Compassionate Care
- Sue Barker - Cardiff University, UK
Health Psychology | Nursing | Sociology of Health and Illness
Focusing in particular on compassionate care, this practical textbook covers all aspects of psychology relevant to nursing and healthcare students.
Key features include:
- Coverage of the most important core psychology concepts for students, directly linked to relevant practice contexts.
- Case studies and scenarios from service users, carers, students and practitioners to help readers relate theory to practice.
- Reflective activities to develop critical thinking with outline answers at the end of each chapter.
- A glossary with definitions of key terms to further understanding.
This book is a real gem as it can enable healthcare practitioners to explore a range of theoretical psychological perspectives in way that is accessible and engaging. The introduction defines psychology and explores physiological as well as psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive and humanistic approaches. This provides a useful foundation to help readers connect with the contents of the chapters that follow. There is a clear focus on compassionate care throughout the book. Scenarios reflecting real situations that healthcare professionals may encounter support the concepts and topics discussed. This book is suitable for all pre-and post-registration students and lecturers especially when topics related to Care and Compassion are taught in the curriculum.
'The authors approach compassionate care and other concepts in nursing from a psychological perspective, thus supporting what nurses have claimed since Nightingale’s era. This contributes to the readers’ understanding of the what, the why and the how of compassionate care. Hence this book has a given place in nursing curricula.'
'Whilst many books have been written on psychology for healthcare professionals, this book offers a unique insight into compassionate, person-centred care, drawing on psychological theories and perspectives. It is an invaluable resource for professionals at all levels as care becomes increasingly complex and challenging. This is highly recommended reading.'
'This book presents to the reader all that is necessary and interesting about the theories and concepts that underpin humans caring for other humans. The authors use contemporary literature, and interesting case studies, to make clear statements about the nature of psychology related to carers and caring. An extremely useful book for unqualified and qualified nurses.'
‘Compassion is rightly at the forefront of the nursing and healthcare agenda. This significant text applies fundamental psychological theory to real world clinical challenges. The clearly written, practical approach will enable the practitioner to understand and ultimately provide compassionate care in today’s challenging healthcare arena.’
'This text will enable nurses to understand and apply psychology to care, in a compassionate framework. It weaves the theoretical aspects of psychology and compassionate care in a very engaging manner, which will leave the reader in no doubt about how to develop and apply compassionate care.’
This is a great book that offers a good insight into the complexities of mental health
a useful resource for all students
holistic and comprehensive
Easy to read text book which applies psychology to nursing practice. This is an essential text book for all students studying this module.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Psychological Theory