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Contexts of Contemporary Nursing

Contexts of Contemporary Nursing

Second Edition

June 2010 | 216 pages | Learning Matters
A wide variety of factors impact on the scope of nursing practice, including government policies, organisational structures, the media, education, future healthcare directions and service users themselves. It is an NMC requirement that nurses understand these factors in order to deliver quality care. This book provides a clear and practical introduction to these contexts for the new nursing student. The new edition (formerly 'Nursing in Contemporary Healthcare Practice') has been revised to cover the organisational structures that students will find themselves working in, the various bodies involved in healthcare policy and the big issues in current and future healthcare delivery.
Part 1: The development and structure of modern health care services
The establishment and structure of the National Health Service
Contemporary issues in healthcare policy
Nurses, nursing and healthcare organisation
Part 2: Groups involved in healthcare policy
Political parties and media perspectives
The patient and service user perspective
The student's role and contribution to the delivery of healthcare
Part 3: Key issues in healthcare policy
The caring culture and tradition in nursing
Evidence-based practice
Quality in healthcare
Part 4: Conclusions
Conclusions and future directions

"Essential for pre registration nursing students who wish to explore and understand the context in which health care is delivered" - Lecturer, Swansea University.

This book may form a good resource for third year nursing students during their dissertation module.
The book is also valuable for any lecturer involved in the teaching of the ethics and politics of nursing.

Mr Michael Klingenberg
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
March 2, 2016

Useful resource for teaching staff, perhaps less likely to be accessed by students unless well motivated.

Dr Kay Currie
School of Health (Nursing), Glasgow Caledonian University
January 30, 2013

Used in the second and third years as background information for their assignments.

Miss Moira Walker
Nursing, Bedfordshire University
May 25, 2012

for reference only. too superfical in detail on each topic.

Mr Bernard Mccarthy
School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway
March 16, 2012

This is an excellent introduction to the complexity of contemporary nursing practice. It is a particularly useful resource for first year students of nursing but students at all levels will find individual chapters helpful. The quality of the presentation is such that students can easily and independently follow the learning activities, which are further supported by direction to other learning resources.

J Cappleman
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Salford University
February 1, 2012