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Essentials of Nursing Practice

Essentials of Nursing Practice

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May 2015 | 744 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 24 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN 9781473929579)

A Unique Blend of Digital and Print Learning Resources!

Essentials of Nursing Practice
is a ground-breaking new resource which introduces nursing students to the core topics they need to master during their first year and beyond. It brings the study of nursing to life across all four fields of nursing, in all settings, focussing on what it takes to be the best nurse you can be through person-centred compassionate care. Unlike any other book it uniquely blends digital and print learning resources to engage all styles of learners and to provide lecturers with helpful resources to use in their teaching.

More than just a book!

An accompanying interactive eBook links to extra resources including videos, case studies, interactive revision quizzes, flashcards, study plans and more. Students can use the eBook to study where and when they want, and read, annotate and search the book on a tablet, laptop or PC. All these resources are also available through SAGE edge - visit to find out more.

(Please note that the free access to these resources is only available when you purchase the Print copy of this textbook)

Key features of the print and eBook help students to:

Understand: Colourful easy-to-navigate design, chapter topic lists, study plans and knowledge links help students to quickly grasp what they need to know and how topics are interrelated.

Apply: Real voices from students, patients and nurses, case studies with questions, clinical skills videos, and anatomy and physiology revision help students apply knowledge in placements or practical assessments.

Go further: 'What's the Evidence' summaries of research, critical thinking activities, links to SAGE journal articles, useful websites and further reading help students prepare for essays or for the next stage of their course.

Revise: Chapter summaries, test-yourself interactive questions and key term flashcards help students do their best at assessments and exams.

Advisory Editors

Learning Disabilities: Robert Jenkins and Ruth Northway, University of South Wales

Child Nursing: Carol Hall, The University of Nottingham

Mental Health: Steven Trenoweth, University of Bournemouth

Adult Nursing:  Karen Elcock, Kingston University London

Clinical Skills: Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright, University of the West of Scotland

*interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook



Part A: Learning to be a Nurse
Catherine Delves-Yates, Karen Elcock, Carol Hall, Ruth Northway and Steve Trenoweth
What is a Nursing and what is a Nurse?
Catherine Delves-Yates
Being a Nursing Student
Gabrielle Thorpe, Jonathan Mason and Catherine Delves-Yates
Core Academic Skills
Gabrielle Thorpe and Jonathan Mason
Academic Writing and Assessment Skills
Part B: Professional Practice
Ruth Northway and Ian Beech
Graham Avery
Karen Elcock
Accountability and Professionalism
E. Jane Blowers
Jacqueline Phipps
The Role of the Student Nurse in Effecting Change
Karen Elcock
Clinical Governance
Part C: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright
Delivering Effective Care
Carol Hall
Introduction to Nursing Theory
Catherine Delves-Yates
Values-based, Person-centred Care
Katrina Emmerson and Ruth Northway
Patient, Service User, Family and Carer Perspectives
Rebekah Hill
Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation - APIE
Karen Elcock and Jean Shapcott
Core Communication Skills
Steve Trenoweth and Wasiim Allymamod
Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Challenging Circumstances
Melanie Fisher and Margaret Scott
Assessing and Managing Risk
Jill Barnes and Robert Jenkins
Record-keeping and Documentation
Gemma Hurley
Clinical Decision-making
Daryl Evans
Health Promotion
Robert Jenkins and Jill Barnes
Helen Walker
Patient Education
Part D: Skills for Nursing Care
Rose Gallagher
Infection Prevention and Control - IPC
Valerie Foley
Clinical Measurement
Ann Kettyle
Pain Management
Rose Gallagher
Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection
Irene Anderson
Skin Integrity
Dianne Steele
Safer Handling of People
Chris Mulryan
First Aid
Carol Hall
Medicines Administration
Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Assisting Patients with their Nutritional Needs
Mairead Collie and David J Hunter
Assisting Patients with their Elimination Needs
Catherine Delves-Yates
Assisting Patients with their Hygiene Needs
Jean Shapcott
Last Offices
PART E: Contexts of Nursing Care
Siobhan McCullough
Introduction to the Organization and Settings of Care
Charlene Lobo
Public Health
Adele Atkinson
Introduction to Interprofessional Working
Janet Ramjeet
Introduction to Psychological Context of Nursing
Ruth Northway
Introduction to the Sociological Context of Nursing
Siobhan McCullough
Introduction to Health Policy and the Political Context of Nursing
Catherine Delves-Yates
Introduction to the Global Context of Nursing

support skills / theory training SHN 131

Mr Hywel Thomas
College Of Human And Health Science, Swansea University
July 26, 2016

An excellent addition to my learners reading list. This text is easy to navigate with beautiful illustrations to assist with learning.

Miss Victoria Kingswood
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
July 15, 2016

This an excellent core text book which all students should own.

Mrs Felicity Page
School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Ed, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 24, 2016

Wide remit and includes all branches. What generic can look like when it's done well.

Ms Victoria Jones
School of Care Sciences, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
June 22, 2016

It is a wonderfully written book. Will strongly recommend to module leader to adopt for essential reading.

Miss Aneta Polec
School of Health and Education, Middlesex University
May 16, 2016

This is a well presented and very accessible book that provides excellent explanations of the 'essentials of nursing practice' covered by the pre-qualifying nursing programe.

I particularly like how the book takes a mutli-field approach, allowing the students to have a valuable insight into the other fields of nursing.

The comments and perspectives from student nurses, qualified nurses, service users, etc. provide engaging support to the text throughout.

I will recommend that our students get themselves a copy of this right at the beginning of their training as it will suit them for their 3 years of nursing training and beyond.

Mr Chris Tapping
Pre-Registration Nursing, Bucks New University
April 7, 2016

well written information that can provide additional information for students seek additional resources. Perhaps not a mmain text

Mr Chris Palmer
School of Health Sciences, Nottingham University
March 3, 2016

I found the book very broad based and accessible in its approach. I think that it is an excellent foundation textbook for pre-registration nursing students

Mrs Coral Drane
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
February 16, 2016

This is an essential text for student nurses. It encapsulates a wide range of topics that inclusive and reflective of all four fields of nursing within the United Kingdom. It is very informative and will be of significant benefit to students as they progress to becoming a qualified nurse.

Mr Neil James
School of Care Sciences, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
February 11, 2016

This is an excellent introductory text for student nurses covering the basic theory and clinical skills required for all student nurses.

Mrs Gill Langmack
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, Nottingham University
January 22, 2016


Sample Materials & Chapters

Delves-Yates Chapter 1

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