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Essentials of Nursing Practice

Essentials of Nursing Practice

Third Edition
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May 2022 | 848 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Delivering knowledge, theory and skills for the NMC Future Nurse curriculum.

This definitive textbook introduces the core topics and essential information that every nursing student will need to master during their degree. Written by a diverse team of nursing educators from around the UK, with input from patients, practitioners and students, the book delivers a complete solution that challenges modern nursing practice and prepares students for the changing health needs of communities and individuals.

Key features:

  • Adopts a values-based and person-centred approach to nursing
  • Modelled on the NMC Standards providing full coverage of the core curriculum
  • Real-life ‘voices’ and experiences from patients, students and practitioners bring the subject to life
  • Includes active learning features that develop graduate nursing skills such as critical thinking, reflection and evidence-based practice

Lecturers and educators can also access a collection of exclusive teaching materials including presentation slides for each chapter, hundreds of multiple choice and short-form questions, guided case studies as well as recommendations for video-based activities with assignable questions.

Part A: Learning to be a Nurse
Catherine Delves-Yates, Karen Elcock, Carol Hall, Ruth Northway and Steve Trenoweth
Chapter 1. What is Nursing and What is a Nurse?
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 2. Being a Nursing Student
Gabrielle Thorpe
Chapter 3. Reflection and Evidence-based Practice
Gabrielle Thorpe
Chapter 4. Academic Writing and Assessment
Part B: Professional Practice
Ruth Northway and Ian Beech
Chapter 5. Ethics
Graham Avery updated by Marc Cornock
Chapter 6. Law
Karen Elcock
Chapter 7. Accountability and Professionalism
E. Jane Blowers
Chapter 8. Resilience
Nickey Rooke and Jacqueline Phillips
Chapter 9. Becoming a Change Agent
Part C: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright
Chapter 10. Delivering Effective Care
Carol Hall
Chapter 11. Introduction to Nursing Theory
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 12. Value-based, Person-or family-centred Care
Katrina Emerson and Ruth Northway
Chapter 13. Patient, Service User, Family and Carer Perspectives
Rebeckah Hill
Chapter 14. Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Apie): The Process of Nursing
Karen Elcock and Kimberley Byrnes
Chapter 15. Core Communication Skills
Steve Trenoweth and Sue Baron
Chapter 16. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Challenging Circumstances
Melanie Fisher and Margaret Scott updated by Karen Elcock
Chapter 17. Ensuring Quality and Effective Management of Risk
Jill Barnes and Robert Jenkins updated by Claire Brockwell
Chapter 18. Record Keeping and Documentation
Gemma Hurley
Chapter 19. Clinical Decision-making
Katie Mclaughlin
Chapter 20. Safeguarding
Charlene Lobo, Daryl Evans and Helen Walker updated by Coralie Roll
Chapter 21. Promoting Health
Part D: Skills for Nursing Care
Rose Gallagher
Chapter 22. Infection Prevention and Control
Rose Gallagher
Chapter 23. Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection
Caroline Dobson and Trevor Simpson
Chapter 24. Clinical Measurement
Ann Kettyle
Chapter 25. Pain Management
Alexandra Carlin
Chapter 26. Skin Integrity
Michelle O'Reilly and David Best
Chapter 27. Safe Movement of People
Sara Morgan
Chapter 28. Emergency Care
Carol Hall updated by Christina Roulston
Chapter 29. Medicines Administration
Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Chapter 30. Assisting People with their Nutritional Needs
Mairead Collie and David J. Hunter
Chapter 31. Assisting People with their Elimination Needs
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 32. Assisting People with their Hygiene Needs
Maria Parry
Chapter 33. Care after Death
Part E: Context of Nursing Care
Siobhan McCullough
Chapter 34. Introduction to the Organisation and Settings of Care
Hanneke Wiltjer
Chapter 35. Introduction to Interprofessional Working
Janet Ramjeet Updated by Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 36. Introduction to the Psychological Context of Nursing
Ruth Northway
Chapter 37. Introduction to the Sociological Context of Nursing
Charlene Lobo Updated by Coralie Roll
Chapter 38. Introduction to Public Health
Siobhan McCullough
Chapter 39. Introduction to Health Policy and the Political Context of Nursing
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 40. Introduction to the Global Context of Nursing

I utilise some chapters within this text to inform lectures.

Mr Thomas Beary
Nursing, Hertfordshire University
December 9, 2022

excellent text book, perfect for our first years starting out on their learning journey

Mr Gareth Bell
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
February 17, 2023

Great to receive the updated version of this book, which is always a great resource.

Ms Liz Kingston
Department of Nursing & Midwifery , University of Limerick
April 27, 2022

THis is an informative text for any student nurse. The chapters are easy to navigate and the reference to the NMC code remind students of the requirements of a nurse. The introductory chapter exploring what is nursing and what is a nurse provides shape to an exercise for experienced nurses to revisit their ideas about nursing and their role.
Each chapter clearly addresses the title and provides a narrative with activities to promote thought and learning.
I recommend this book to nursing students across all fields of practice, it is easy to navigate and the narrative is meaningful an wholly relates to nursing practice.

Mrs Michelle Thomas
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
May 31, 2022

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