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Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing

Wednesday, 06 December 2023

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Editors: Terry Robinson, Jane Scullion

The role of the Respiratory Nurse has experienced many advances in recent years to keep pace with the advances and challenges within Modern Medicine and the New NHS.

Management of previously 'incurable' disease has become an increasing focus for both primary and secondary care, which also includes assisting patients and their families to cope with its impact upon their lives.

The approach is that of a collaboration of several disciplines to transfer management, where possible, to a community based setting within the patients familiar surroundings, thus placing greater emphasis on managing conditions within the Primary Care setting.

Equipping Nurses with this specialist knowledge and skills ensures that they are able to provide quality care to respiratory patients, during the entire patient journey; through acute illness, diagnostic, long-term management and palliative care.

This book provides an evidence-based and practical approach to a broad spectrum of issues relating to cancer nursing.  For example, it addresses treatment-related issues, cancer prevention and screening, as well as covering issues related to end-of-life care.  This book also provides the reader with some information on clinical trials and nurses’ responsibilities in this area of practice. 

This handbook, edited by Respiratory Specialist Nurse Terry Robinson and Respiratory Nurse Consultant Jane Scullion, seeks to provide this information in an easy to read format that can be used as a quick reference guide ‘in the field’.

The book is written by Nurses for Nurses since contributors within the book are mostly Respiratory Nurse Specialists or Senior Nurses.

Chapters cover the major respiratory diseases, anatomy and physiology, Public Health – including smoking cessation, investigations, pharmacology and more.

Other topics more in keeping with the modern age are sex, Expert Patients, and flying and diving.

Each chapter is clearly set out and easy to read with useful bullet points, some of the chapters containing appropriate diagrams and illustrations; for example: the BTS/SIGN Asthma Step Guidelines, examples of CT Scans and Asthma inhaler devices.

Of particular note is the chapter that covers Respiratory Assessment - an essential part of the advanced nursing role; everything from History Taking including communication skills, through to Auscultation of the Chest is discussed.

Differential Diagnosis is considered within the text since respiratory symptoms can be present with other diseases and the sections dealing with Breathlessness and Chest Pain are particularly useful reading.

Having used Oxford (GP) handbooks previously in my clinical role, as a reviewer I can say that they are useful and easy to use being of a nice (pocket or handbag) size to carry around and refer too.

This Respiratory Nursing volume is no exception. 642 pages – including the glossary - within a book 10x18x2 cm in size.

An extensive glossary, abbreviations list, support organisation contact details and clear referencing all help to make this an excellent all-round guide and one well worth investing in.


ISBN-10: 0199226238
ISBN-13: 978-0199226238


Oxford University Press; 1st edition (2009)


642 pages


Sue Garratt
Nurse Practitioner Ascot Medical Centre Derby & Cervical Cytology Lead Nurse – City of Derby PCT

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