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Specialist nurses can contribute to 'all elements' of care

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Specialist nurses can contribute to “all elements” of continuity of care for patients with long-term neurological conditions, according to York University researchers in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

They assessed six neurology services and said nurses could fill a gap in support “evident for over 20 years”.

“Their specialist knowledge about the condition and local services, flexibility, co-ordinating role, and their holistic and collaborative approach to practice, are key factors,” they said.

 

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  • Having once worked as such a nurse in the community, I can say for certain that this is true. As well as educating patients about their condition and supporting them to manage their symptoms, my role was very much about helping people to self manage where possible or to act as case manager if they needed a higher level of support. Some people were very independent and able to self manage whilst others needed more psychological support. Out of all my nursing jobs, this was the most challenging and held the most variety. For example, one patient might be employed and asking about taking medication abroad whereas another might be unemployed and asking about benefits. It also gave me the chance to further develop my communication skills, my assessment skills, my assertiveness and my time management. In addition, it was part of the job to educate other health and social care professionals.

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  • for practitioners this was an obvious truth...didnt really need the research to tell us that ....

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