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Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis, Fourth Edition: A Core Curriculum

Halper, June

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Title: Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis, ...

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: PAP

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This completely revised fourth edition of a comprehensive core text for advanced health care practitioners is distinguished by its focus on the increasing role of the APRN in primary care of the multiple sclerosis (MS) patient, the importance of involving the interdisciplinary team in different aspects of care, and the imperative of early and aggressive symptom interventions. Written by expert clinicians in easy-to-read outline format, the text includes the most current diagnostic tools and strategies for managing the disease process in both physical and psychosocial areas, with an emphasis on helping MS patients cope with the disease through the teaching and implementing of self-care strategies.

New content throughout includes a chapter on pain management, updated findings on primary care issues, neurologic complications, and the interrelated importance of interdisciplinary coordination, the role of ethics, professionalism, and the ability to deliver culturally competent care. New diagnostic tests and pharmacologic strategies provide an extensive arsenal of improved treatment options, and updated guidelines for managing symptoms address impaired mobility and bladder/bowel dysfunction. Updated pedagogical features include new chapter objectives, enhanced case examples, end-of-chapter review questions, and revised certification review questions. The text also serves as a practical review for nurses planning to take the MS nursing certification exam to become a multiple sclerosis certified nurse (MSCN).


  • Provides thoroughly updated content throughout
  • Focuses on the role of the APRN in primary care
  • Stresses the importance of early and aggressive symptom interventions
  • Includes a new chapter on pain management
  • Offers chapter objectives and review questions
  • Provides enhanced case examples
  • Serves as a reliable study review for the MSCN exam, with revised certification review questions
  • Covers primary care issues and neurologic complications
  • Stresses interdisciplinary involvement
  • Illuminates new diagnostic tests and pharmacologic strategies, such as treatment of acute attacks, immune-modulating and symptomatic therapies, and nonpharmacologic interventions
  • Presents updated guidelines for managing symptoms
  • Emphasizes the role of nursing in helping patients achieve independence and improved life quality
  • Includes new content on ethics, professionalism, and culturally competent care

About the Author:

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.

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