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Title: A Quest for Change : Challenging Boundaries, Facing Dilemma and Finding Resolution
Author: Greenwood, Gillian R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2696 5783
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2010
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People prescribed Anti-epileptic drugs are possibly at risk of developing Secondary Osteoporosis and this problem was addressed using an Action Learning methodology to raise awareness of it. The research stems from an acknowledged patient need and the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse. It is concerned with the provision of information and advice to patients, families and carers and involved the consideration of such issues as the balance of risks in medical treatments~ the patients and others need for the information and understanding to cope with it and the moral duty (or right) of the nurse to provide it. Specialist Nurses have a unique role where they can influence the care and management of the patients within their speciality. Team work, networking with other professional and lay persons, research awareness and professional development are all necessary aspects of this role and the challenges that are apparent from working in this speciality are all explored. Challenges are also explored from a personal perspective and provide an understanding of the impact that disclosure of a personal nature can cause. Ways of coping with disclosure and developing a new career path are also addressed. The unique contribution of this work is in the learning, which includes how a Specialist Nurse can raise awareness in a mostly dominant medical environment through research studies, information, personal intervention, in order to gain new knowledge and understanding. Learning from and with others is a human method, but new learning and understanding can be gained from an open mind to spiritual methods and how this other world has an effect on human dilemmas and in addition how to face dilemma from an ethical and moral stance, both in professional and personal terms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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