• Elective orthopaedic surgery

      Lucas, Brian; Drozd, Mary; Flynn, Sandra; Blair, Vanessa (Wiley Blackwell, 2014-08-14)
      This chapter provides an overview of the principles of orthopaedic elective surgery and some of the common surgical procedures. The patient pathway of pre‐, peri‐ and post‐operative care will be described and the implications for nursing care discussed. The evidence base for practice, including enhanced recovery programmes, will be explored so that the practitioner can ensure they are providing the optimum care for patients.
    • Professional Development, competence and education

      Drozd, Mary; Hahessey, Sinead; Clarke, Sonya; Santy‐Tomlinson, Julie (Wiley Blackwell, 2014-09)
      This chapter provides an overview of issues relating to professional development of orthopaedic and trauma practitioners alongside the vital role of mentorship and reflective practice. Ongoing professional development is essential for the delivery of high quality, evidence‐based orthopaedic and trauma nursing practice. Specialist orthopaedic and trauma competences will be discussed and the need for specialist knowledge and skills will be explored. A robust system of mentorship is necessary to support the development of all practitioners in orthopaedic and trauma care.