Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis, Third Edition

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Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis, Third Edition

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A Core Curriculum

Author: , Colleen Harris MN, MSCN, NP


  • June Halper MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN

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This updated edition of the core curriculum for nursing practice with multiple sclerosis (MS) patients presents the most current diagnostic tools and strategies for managing the disease process. It addresses both the physical and psychosocial changes with which MS patients must cope, and focuses on the role of nursing in helping patients to devise, learn, and implement self-care strategies. The book discusses the application of change theory to MS nursing and examines current theories regarding the immunologic bases of MS, its epidemiology, and genetics. Information is presented in an easy-to-read outline format along with case studies that further clarify the material. Each chapter begins with a list of objectives to facilitate learning.

Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis offers a vast reservoir of information for MS nurse specialists and students, providing an excellent day-to-day reference as well as a comprehensive review for nurses who intend to take the MS nursing certification exam. It is a companion volume to Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis and Advanced Concepts in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care.

This updated edition includes:

  • New diagnostic tests and pharmacologic strategies, including the treatment of acute attacks, immuno-modulating and symptomatic therapies, and nonpharmacologic interventions
  • Updated guidelines for managing symptoms, such as impaired mobility and bladder/ bowel dysfunction
  • A stronger focus on the role of nursing in helping patients to achieve independence, empowerment, and improved quality of life
  • New content in ethics, professionalism, and delivering culturally competent care
  • Updated references, thought-provoking certification questions, and new case studies

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 22, 2011
  • Page Count 232
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826119278
  • EISBN 9780826119285

About The Author(s) 

June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN,

is Founder and current CEO of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC), Executive Director of International Organization of MS Nurses (1997-present), and serves as Executive Director, MS International Credentialing Board (2002–present). Ms. Halper was also Founder and, until 5/2008, Executive Director of Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center Holy Names Hospital in Teaneck, NJ, and was Founder and Executive Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Network of NJ (1998 – 2002). She has extensive experience in MS nursing beginning in 1980. Ms Halper has delivered more than500 presentations nationally and internationally, has participated in over 30 research projects (some ongoing in MS), has published more than 75 articles and books including three books on MS Nursing for Demos Publishing Co. Among other honors bestowed upon her, Ms. Halper has received the Distinguished Alumni Award (Seton Hall University) and has been inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

Colleen Harris, MN, NP, MSCN,

is the Nurse Coordinator/Nurse Practitioner of the University of Calgary MS Clinic, where she has been involved in multi-disciplinary care for much of her nursing career. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor, faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Ms. Harris sat on the Alberta MS Special Therapies Review Panel for 13 years and gave input on the approval and funding of new MS Therapies. Her interests specific to MS include intrathecal baclofen therapy, pain management, health outcomes research, and nursing education. Ms. Harris, along with several of her MS nursing colleagues from North America, Europe and Australia, was involved in the creation of the International Organization of MS nurses (IOMSN) and is a past President of this organization. She has been active in committee and project work with the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) for 17 years and is a past President of this organization. Her publications include 17 abstracts (including publication in the

International Journal of MS Care

); 17 manuscripts and monographs, and five books.

Table of Contents 

Part I -Background Information for Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis

    Ch 1 The History of Multiple Sclerosis - June Halper
    Ch 2 Domains of Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Practice- Heidi Maloni, June Halper, and MSNICB
    Ch 3 Change Theory and Its Application in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing - June Halper
    Ch 4 Multiple sclerosis Nurses' Code of Professional Conduct - Heidi Maloni

Part II - The Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

    Ch 5 Epidemiology - June Halper
    Ch 6 The Complete Neurologic Examination- June Halper, Kathleen Costello, Linda Morgante, and Lynn McEwan
    Ch 7 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Kathleen Costello
    Ch 8 Determining the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis - June Halper, Kathleen Costello, and Colleen Harris

Part III - Management of the Disease Process

    Ch 9 The Immune System and Its Role in MS - Kathleen Costello
    Ch 10 Disease-altering Therapies - June Halper and Colleen Harris

Part IV - Functional Alterations: Physical Domains

    Ch 11 The Symptom Chain in MS
    Ch 12 The MS Care Team
    Ch 13 Bladder Dysfunction
    Ch 14 Bowel Elimination and Continence
    Ch 15 The Nurse's Role in Advanced MS

Part V - Functional Alterations: Personal Domain

    Ch 16 Psychosocial Implications
    Ch 17 Financial and Vocational Concerns

VI - Shaping MS Nursing Practice

    Ch 18 Primary Care Needs
    Ch 19 The Nurse's Role in MS Research
    Ch 20 Study Guide in MS
    Ch 21 Case Studies
    Ch 22 Certification Study Questions