Nursing in Context

Nursing in Context : Policy, Politics, Profession

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Want a sophisticated, witty and engaging introduction to the nursing profession? Based on over 20 years of research and experience, Nursing in Context offers a critical discussion of the nursing profession, with frank and honest answer to 'What is nursing?' - making it thoroughly absorbing reading. It addresses core topics which underpin nursing education including history, values, evidence-based practice, caring, compassion, policy and politics. This book will truly prepare students of nursing for the complexities of their chosen career, giving them the confidence to practice in modern healthcare settings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 10.16mm | 249g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • 184 p.
  • 0230368735
  • 9780230368736

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Nursing in Context introduces the most important topics and debates for today's nurses and does this with a combination of readability, wit, criticality and sophistication demanded by degree-level students. Providing a critical historical and political insight into the issues that affect nurses - including professional regulation, the 'crisis of care', NHS restructures, whistle-blowing and poor performance - this book explores the development of key concepts in modern professional practice, so that they are more than just buzzwords to be learned and remembered. Drawing on the author's research in nursing and healthcare over the past twenty years, the text offers real-life examples of how politics, policy and practice interact, and ends with a positive picture for the future of nursing from trusted leaders of the profession. Nursing in Context provides students with a graduate-level understanding of what it means to be a nurse today. It is an ideal resource for studying professional issues.
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Table of contents

1. The Changing Face of Nursing: Who are Today's Nurses?.- 2. Nursing Education: In and Out of the University.- 3. Who Regulates Nursing and Why?: The NMC and its Predecessors.- 4. Nursing's Neighbours: Doctors and Healthcare Support Workers.- 5. 'Evidence-based Everything': The Use and Limits of Research.- 6. The Mystery of Poor Care: Why?.- 7. Health Policy and Politics: Targets, Managerialism and Funding.- 8. How to Influence Policy: Interviews with People Who Have.
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"...a much needed book which gives a flavour of modern-day nursing set against the back-drop of the development of the profession over the last century." "...an interesting and thought provoking text which addresses many complex issues concerning the nursing profession, its development and the current policies and drivers behind nursing in the 21st Century. It provides an honest debate about political and policy driven trends in current healthcare and the freedoms and constraints these place on today's nurse." - Karen Thompson, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton, UK
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About Michael Traynor

Michael Traynor is Trevor Clay Professor of Nursing Policy at Middlesex University, London, UK. He has been working as a researcher in healthcare and nursing policy since 1989. He worked in the research unit at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in London from 1991 to 1996 on a national research project. After this Michael co-inaugurated nursing's only policy research centre based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine until 2004 when he was appointed to his current post. He has practised as a nurse and then health visitor in Cambridge and London. He is also Editor of the journal Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, and European Editor of Nursing Inquiry.
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