September 2016 • M&K Publishing • 188pp
Lynn Ring MSc, BSc (Hons), RN1, RNT, IP, ENB 346
Advanced Practitioner, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey, UK Currently works as an advanced practitioner having achieved MSc in Advanced Practice in 2012 with specialist interest in glaucoma and post-op vitreoretinal assessment. She provides a locally delivered Foundation in Ophthalmic Nursing course with her colleague, Miriam Okoro. She has been instrumental in introducing the Associate Ophthalmic Practitioner initiative within her workplace and delivering new ways of working to streamline services for patients.
Miriam Okoro MSc, Dip Management, RN1, SEN, ONC, 998, C&G 7300, PTLLS
Department Manager, Ophthalmic Day Case Unit, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey, UK Miriam has worked in the NHS since 1979 and joined Epsom and St Helier University Trust in 1987. She manages an Ophthalmic Day Case Unit and has an interest in Healthcare Education
This handbook of ophthalmic nursing standards and procedures has been developed to assist healthcare professionals working in a wide range of ophthalmic settings, and also to provide the patient with safe and consistent ophthalmic nursing care. Ophthalmic care is constantly changing and progressing, with new technical roles being introduced all the time.
The authors discovered within their own unit that new healthcare professionals, both registered and non-registered, were often shown slightly different ways of doing things by more experienced members of the team, which led to confusion. They felt it was a bit like driving; bad habits can easily slip into everyday practice. For this reason, they developed standards of care to act as a benchmark for the ophthalmic practitioner.
Written in response to a widely expressed need for greater clarity and consistency, this highly regarded book offers a comprehensive one-stop resource for all ophthalmic practitioners, whether they are registered nurses, healthcare assistants or ophthalmic technicians. This new edition has been revised to make the text even clearer and bring all the guidance up to date, covering communication, visual acuity testing, ocular medications, the ophthalmic outpatient department, biometry, the ophthalmic accident and emergency department, the slit lamp and tonometry, additional standards using specific equipment, and suggested documentation for providing evidence of development and competence.