Rheumatology nursing : a creative approach by Jackie Hill

By Jackie Hill

The foundations, perform and evolution of rheumatology nursing / Sarah Ryan and Jackie Hill -- The musculoskeletal approach and the rheumatic illnesses / Valerie Arthur and Jackie Hill -- The immune approach and rheumatic affliction / Susan Oliver -- Biochemical, haematological and scientific checks within the rheumatic illnesses / Jackie Hill -- The mental facets of rheumatic disorder / Sarah Ryan -- the results of rheumatic ailment on physique picture and sexuality / Jackie Hill -- The social implications of rheumatic disorder / Sarah Ryan -- discomfort and stiffness / Jackie Hill -- Fatigue and sleep / Christine White -- the outside and nutrients / Naomi Reay, Sally Smith and Jill Byrne -- Multidisciplinary crew care of the rheumatic sufferer / Pauline Fitzgerald -- medicinal drugs within the rheumatic illnesses / Jo White and Domini Bryer -- Complementary interventions / Anne Cawthorn and Peter Mackereth -- Surgical interventions / Maureen Cox -- sufferer schooling / Jackie Hill -- Seamless fundamental and secondary care / Mandy Edwards -- Paediatric care / Gill Jackson

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Nursing Times 77:1926–1927. Bird HA (1983) Divided rheumatology care: the advent of the nurse practitioner? Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 42:354–355. Carr A (2001) Defi ning the extended clinical role for allied health professionals in rheumatology. Chesterfield, ARC Conference Proceedings No12. 22 RHEUMATOLOGY NURSING: A CREATIVE APPROACH Dargie L, Proctor J (1994) Setting up an arthritis clinic. Community Outlook 4(7):14–17. Department of Health (1999a) Nurse, midwives and health visitor consultants: establishing posts and making appointments.

For instance the efficacy of the consultant nurse in rheumatology has yet to be evaluated, as has the role of the biologics nurse specialist. NURSE-LED CLINICS Nurse-led clinics are usually the domain of clinical nurse specialists and these nurses normally practise from rheumatology outpatient clinics alongside their medical colleagues. The setting up of such clinics and the care they provide is explained in detail by Hill and Pollard (2004). The nursing role is essentially expressive in nature (Hill, 1992), consisting of a combination of skills including: • • • • caring helping supporting teaching 16 RHEUMATOLOGY NURSING: A CREATIVE APPROACH • comforting • guiding.

Hill J (1992) A nurse practitioner rheumatology clinic. Nursing Standard 7(11): 35–37. Hill J, Bird H, Lawton C et al. (1994) An evaluation of the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of a nurse practitioner in a rheumatology outpatient clinic. British Journal of Rheumatology 33:283–288. Hill J, Thorpe R, Bird H (2003a) Outcomes for patients with RA – a rheumatology nurse practitioner clinic compared to standard outpatient care. Musculoskeletal Care 1(1):5–20. Hill J, Hale C, Lightfoot K (2003b) The Academic and Clinical Unit for Musculoskeletal Nursing – a future direction?

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