Foundations of Nursing Practice

Foundations of Nursing Practice : Fundamentals of Holistic Care

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This book has been written specifically to meet the needs of nursing students undertaking the common foundation programme. It aims to explain how and why sensitive, holistic and evidence-based nursing care is carried out. It is therefore relevant to students who will enter all branches of nursing and includes material that is both common to all and specific to each branch. The book aims to provide all students on foundation nursing and health care programmes with material of sufficient depth/breadth to achieve the NMC outcomes required for entry into the branch programmes. There is an emphasis not only on the theory that underpins nursing practice in the common foundation programme but also on nursing skills which form an increasingly emphasized part of the programme. The chapters have been reviewed by experts from each branch and also clinical skills to ensure the content reflects each branch accurately and appropriately.

Emphasis on clinical skills & lifelong learning
Realistic scenarios reinforce the need for patient/client-centred care with a holistic approach
Activity boxes for all branches and age groups in each chapter ensure relevance to nurses in diverse settings
An integrated approach to health promotion with activity boxes emphasises that health maintenance and promotion are central to contemporary nursing practice
Reflection, critical thinking and research/appraisal skills are encouraged with a problem centred approach that will help to develop the skills needed to provide sensitive and effective, high quality care and to integrate theory with practice
The emphasis on nursing/clinical skills underlines the importance of core skills - an integral part of the patient/client experience
Cultural diversity is a core theme throughout
The importance of evidence-based practice is highlighted and the text helps readers are assisted to acquire the skills to provide evidence-based care
A wide range of general and branch-specific interactive boxes help to develop an understanding of some issues in other branches as well as the core issues that affect all nurses.
Self- test questions and answers provide an opportunity for readers to take responsibility for and check their learning.
Valuable learning tools are included: glossary of key terms, useful websites and references
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Product details

  • Paperback | 748 pages
  • 219 x 276 x 38.1mm | 2,290.64g
  • Mosby
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0723433569
  • 9780723433569
  • 537,681

Table of contents

SECTION 1 - Health, nursing and health care in the 21st century

Chapter 1 Health as a value and a concept
Chapter 2 The evolution of contemporary nursing
Chapter 3 -Health and social care delivery systems

SECTION 2 - Professional practice

Chapter 4 Learning and teaching
Chapter 5 Evidence-based practice and research
Chapter 6 Legal issues that impact on nursing practice
Chapter 7 NMC Code of Conduct and applied ethical principles

SECTION 3 - Nursing and lifespan implications

Chapter 8 The human lifespan and its effect on selecting nursing interventions
Chapter 9 Relationship, helping and communication skills
Chapter 10 Sleep, rest, relaxation, complementary therapies and alternative therapies
Chapter 11 Stress, anxiety and coping
Chapter 12 Loss and bereavement

SECTION 4 - Developing nursing skills

Chapter 13 Safety in nursing practice
Chapter 14 The nursing process, holistic assessment and baseline observations
Chapter 15 Preventing the spread of infection
Chapter 16 Caring for the person with physical needs, sensory impairment and unconsciousness
Chapter 17 Breathing and circulation
Chapter 18 Mobility and immobility
Chapter 19 Promoting hydration and nutrition
Chapter 20 Elimination: urine
Chapter 21 Elimination: faeces
Chapter 22 Promoting the safe administration of medicines
Chapter 23 Pain management: minimizing the pain experience
Chapter 24 Caring for the person having surgery
Chapter 25 Wound management


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About Chris Brooker

School of Acute and Continuing care Nursing, Napier University, Edinburgh
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