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What is Nursing? Exploring Theory and Practice

What is Nursing? Exploring Theory and Practice
Exploring Theory and Practice

Third Edition

June 2013 | 224 pages | Learning Matters

This book helps new nursing students, and those applying to nursing programmes, understand what being a nurse is all about. It explores the essential issues, processes and theories of nursing practice, and is therefore an ideal introductory text as you start your nursing programme, or as pre-course reading.

This revised edition includes a new first chapter on being a nursing student, with insights from students themselves, and explains what will be expected of you in the new all-degree programmes. Interviews with real nurses in each of the fields of practice gives you an important view into the real world of nursing.

  • The revised third edition includes a new chapter on being a nursing student, with student tips and stories
  • Updated with, and linked to, the new NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education
  • Activities, case studies and scenarios helps you apply theory to practice
  • Particularly suitable for first-year students and those applying to pre-registration programmes

This book is part of the Transforming Nursing Practice Series, the first series of books designed to help students meet the requirements of the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for the new degree programmes.


About the Authors



Defining Contemporary UK Nursing
Being a Student Nurse
The Professional Nurse: Image and Values in Nursing
Theory and Practice: Understanding the Nature of Nursing as a Caring Activity
Doing Nursing
Nursing as a Global Activity
Becoming a Registered Nurse
Exploring the World of Nursing by Those Working in It



'A practical book that fully explains the role of the nurse. This book will give students an experience of being a nurse (as much as a book can) and help them decide if nursing is for them.'

Ally Dunhill
Programme Director for the BA Children's Interprofessional Studies, Faculty Admissions Tutor, University of Hull

...This is an easy to read textbook, in which the reader can read this from beginning to end or use as a tool. It is a book for British nurses written by lecturers from Nottingham University, both having both acute and paediatric nurse experience...This text book is written for the student nurse and moving towards registration, but this book will refresh any grade of nurse and put nursing and caring for the patient back into focus.

Jane Brown,Patient Safety Advisor, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
Nursing Times

Fab book. Easy to understand and helps students to understand the unique contribution of nursing to healthcare practice.

Mrs Donna Stephanie Lewis
Nursing, Wolverhampton University
October 30, 2016

A good introduction to theory for both undergraduate as well as postgraduate nursing students.

Mr Michael Klingenberg
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
September 10, 2015

Recommended text with relevant theory and practice materials for our degree nursing students

Dr Vincent Icheku
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
May 20, 2015

An essential read for year 1-3 nursing students on the Bsc programme.

Ms Catherine Croughan
School of Nursing, Salford University
February 5, 2015

Nicely laid out book easy to follow and key theory addressed

Mrs Pamela Holland
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 26, 2015

This is a great text. Be ideal for people thinking of entering a career in nursing... Not for people in nursing

Miss Rachel Hart
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
November 27, 2014

I did not like the fact that the reader had to source information themselves in order to follow the text. This made learning very disjointed

Dr Annemarie Brown
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
August 21, 2014

I have not read any thing quite as good as this for some time. Carol Hall has captured her valuable insight into nursing in practice, her words are invaluable to those who are seeking to understand the social and professional world of nursing.

Mrs Karen Green
School of Health, Wolverhampton University
August 12, 2014