1st Edition

Adult Nursing Preparing for Practice

By Dave Barton, Andreé le May Copyright 2011
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    A complete resource for your career in nursing; this book gives you a sound knowledge basis for effective care and best practice in hospital and community settings and, alongside this, explores the many routes your professional development can take.

    Part one explores the key aspects of the journey from commencing your adult nursing studies to becoming a consultant practitioner, researcher, manager or teacher, with the focus always on developing the best possible care.

    Part two looks at the five major care themes: first contact, access and urgent care; supporting long term and palliative care; acute and critical hospital care; mental health and psychosocial care; and public health and primary care. A holistic and practical approach draws together research, policy guidelines, and nurse and patient experiences.

    A companion website provides annotated weblinks to useful resources, PowerPoint presentations, interactive MCQs, and an 'ask the authors' feature.

    • Presents the best evidence for practice
    • Reflects UK policy directions and global health trends
    • Text features include clinical case studies, patient perspectives, key points, colour illustrations and activities to aid learning
    • Highlights career pathways and key areas for continuing professional development

    The world of nursing in modern day healthcare
    Planning your nursing career: pathways, options, and key roles in modern nursing
    Developing skilled professional practice
    Developing expert practice

    Care themes and careers in Nursing

    First contact, access and urgent care
    The acute care of older people
    Supporting long-term care and palliative care
    Critical care, critical challenges, critical choices
    Mental health and psychosocial care
    Public health and primary care


    Dave Barton, Academic Lead for Nursing and Head of Department, College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University; and Chair, Association for Advanced Nurse Practitioner Education.
    Professor Andrée Le May, Professor of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton