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Essentials of Nursing Practice

Essentials of Nursing Practice

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June 2018 | 816 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Essentials of Nursing Practice introduces the core topics and essential information that nursing students, in all four fields, will need to master during the first year of a nursing degree. It expertly brings together insight from over fifty experienced lecturers, nurses and healthcare professionals, along with contributions from student nurses, to deliver the most complete guide to successfully becoming a registered nurse.

Key features:

  • A clear, full-colour, effective learning design aimed to help students understand the core theory, skills and knowledge, and how this can be applied in practice through holistic, person-centred nursing.
  • Covers professional issues such as ethics, law, accountability, core academic skills like writing and completing assignments, and fundamental clinical skills such as pain management and medicines administration.
  • Includes interactive activities such as critical thinking, reflection and ‘what’s the evidence’ boxes.
  • Real-life ‘voices’ and experiences from patients, students and practitioners are integrated throughout.
  • Addresses the transition to the new NMC Standards of Proficiency with a new tool developed for educators mapping the content of the book to both the existing and new standards.

Readers get free 24/7 access to videos, case studies, journal articles, quizzes and multiple choice questions at the click of a button, by downloading the interactive eBook version of the text. (Redemption code and instructions inside the book)

Part A: Learning to be a Nurse
Catherine Delves-Yates, Karen Elcock, Ruth Northway, Steve Trenoweth, Carol Hall
Chapter 1. What is Nursing and what is a Nurse
Catherine Delves-Yates, Jackie Phipps
Chapter 2. Being a Nursing Student
Gabby Thorpe, Jonathan Mason
Chapter 3. Core Academic Skills
Gabrielle Thorpe and Jonathan Mason
Chapter 4. Academic Writing and Assessment Skills
Part B: Professional Practice
Ruth Northway and Ian Beech
Chapter 5. Ethics
Graham Avery
Chapter 6. Law
Karen Elcock
Chapter 7. Accountability and professionalism
E. Jane Blowers
Chapter 8. Resilience
Jackie Phipps
Chapter 9. The role of the student nurse in effecting change
Part C: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
Wendy Wright and Fiona Everett
Chapter 10. Delivering effective care
Carol Hall
Chapter 11. Introduction to Nursing Theory
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 12. Value-based, Person-Centred Care
Katrina Emerson, Ruth Northway
Chapter 13. Patient, service user, family and carer perspectives
Rebekah Hill
Chapter 14. Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation (APIE)
Karen Elcock and Jean Shapcot
Chapter 15. Core communication skills
Steve Trenoweth and Wasiim Allymamod
Chapter 16. Communication and interpersonal skills in challenging circumstances
Melanie Fisher, Margaret Scott, and Karen Elcock
Chapter 17. Assessing and managing risk PLUS Clinical governance and quality
Robert Jenkins and Jill Barnes
Chapter 18. Record keeping and documentation
Gemma Hurley
Chapter 19. Clinical decision making
Robert Jenkins and Jill Barnes
Chapter 20. Safeguarding
Charlene Lobo, Helen Walker and Daryl Evans
Chapter 21. Promoting Health
Part D Skills for Nursing Care
Rose Gallagher
Chapter 22. Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
Rose Gallagher
Chapter 23. Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection
Valerie Foley
Chapter 24. Clinical Measurement
Ann Kettyle
Chapter 25. Pain management
Irene Anderson
Chapter 26. Skin integrity
Dianne Steele, Lesley Dowding, Sam Emerson and Mike Cowan-Jones
Chapter 27. Safer Handling of People
Chris Mulryan
Chapter 28. First Aid
Carol Hall
Chapter 29. Medicines Administration
Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Chapter 30. Assisting Patients with their nutritional needs
Mairead Collie and David J. Hunter
Chapter 31. Assisting Patients with their Elimination needs
Catherine Delves Yates
Chapter 32. Assisting Patients with their Hygiene needs
Jean Shapcott
Chapter 33. Last offices
PART E Context of Nursing Care
Siobhan McCullough
Chapter 34. Introduction to the Organisation and settings of care
Adele Atkinson
Chapter 35. Introduction to Interprofessional working
Janet Ramjeet
Chapter 36. Introduction to the psychological contexts of nursing
Ruth Northway
Chapter 37. Introduction to sociological contexts of nursing
Siobhan McCullough
Chapter 38. Introduction to public health
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 39. Introduction to health policy and the political context of nursing
Catherine Delves-Yates
Chapter 40. Introduction to the global context of nursing

Excellent book for my students level (HNC Care)

Mr David Carey
Health, Ayrshire College
November 13, 2019

A thorough textbook. It is very detailed and covers many topics. The explanations are simplified yet cover alot of information. It breaks many topics down. A must buy. Excellent read.

Mrs Nahid Shah
Meridian Centre, Meridian Centre
September 12, 2018

This is a valuable textbook for first and second year students, contains topics which are essential for nursing foundation.

Dr Titilayo Oshodi
Department of Nursing (Chelmsford), Anglia Ruskin University
September 30, 2019