New book published by Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery staff

Monday, 05 February 2018

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Congratulations to Paul Ong and Rachel Skittrall on the publication of their new book, 'Gastrointestinal Nursing: A Lifespan Approach'.

Gastrointestinal Nursing: A Lifespan Approach is published by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, a world-leading academic publisher.


Rachel and Paul developed the idea for the book after years spent honing their expertise while teaching at Brookes. Supporting the delivery of the course’s science modules, the two worked on their ideas and how they fit into the future of nursing. And they began to realise that there was a need for a text that connected diagnosis to the science behind it.


Increasingly, nurses are expected to treat patients at all points of their life. This means that the way students are educated is becoming more joined-up. More and more, students of all interests and specialities will need to have a breadth of knowledge that addresses all the issues a patient might experience across their lifespan. This is why the focus of the book is on a Lifespan Approach. Such a text will really help to prepare students in their careers ahead.


As well as being a useful text for students, they hope that the book will also be a vital reference points for nurses in all areas. With people living longer, often with multiple long-term conditions, most nurses will come across a patient with gastrointestinal issues at one point or another. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and having a solid grounding in the biology behind them, is of massive use in such situations. And that’s exactly what this book provides.


Drawing on a wealth of experience, you can expect to see this book in a range of contexts. As nursing continues to focus on providing care across a patient’s lifetime, this should be a useful tool for the nurses of the future.


Paul Ong is a Senior Lecturer on the adult nursing undergraduate programme at Oxford Brookes University. Paul started his nursing career in Neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He then spent six years in Gastrointestinal Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital.


Rachel Skittrall is Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead for the adult nursing undergraduate programme at Oxford Brookes University. Since practicing as a podiatrist and lecturer at the London Foot Hospital, Rachel has been teaching anatomy and physiology to pre-registration nursing students at Oxford Brookes University.


The book can be found on Amazon here.