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2nd Edition

Becoming a Nurse
Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing

ISBN 9780273786214
Published October 6, 2016 by Routledge
558 Pages - 60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The guidelines and skills required to become a nurse are always changing and it can be difficult to stay up-to-date with the current standards. This book has been specifically designed to address the main skills you need to meet NMC requirements.

Becoming a Nurse will demystify what you need to know while preparing you to meet NMC standards and become a confident, practising professional. The book introduces the many subjects outside the biological which are none the less essential for both pre-registration and practising nurses. This new edition has been thoroughly updated throughout, and includes four new chapters on psychosocial concepts for nursing; sociological concepts for nursing; spiritual care; and preceptorship and transition. Like the previous edition the book also covers:

Law, ethics and policy

Management and leadership

Communication, interpersonal skills and interprofessional working

Evidence based practice

Medicines management

Public health

and professional development

Each chapter is packed full of case studies, discussion question and further readings to encourage critical thinking and reflection. It is an excellent resource to prepare you for your programme or to refresh your knowledge of NMC standards.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The State of UK Nursing (Paul Snelling and Derek Sellman)

2. Professional Issues (Janet Holt)

3. Ethics (Paul Snelling)

4. Law (Richard Thomas and Paul Snelling)

5. Health Policy (Iain Snelling)

6. Management and Leadership (Iain Snelling, Cathryn Havard and David Pontin)

7. Interprofessional Working (Katherine Pollard, Julie Bugler and Sally Hayes)

8. Evidence-based Practice (Mark Broom, Elaine Mahoney and Derek Sellman)

9. Assessment (Derek Sellman, Stephen Evans and Jackie Younker)

10. Sociological Concepts for Nursing (Margaret Miers)

11. Psychological Concepts for Nursing (Daniel Farrelly and Paul Snelling)

12. Spiritual Care (Janice Clarke)

13. Judgement and Decision-making (Pádraig MacNeela, P. Anne Scott, Gerard Clinton, David Pontin and Derek Sellman)

14. Communication and Interpersonal Skills (Victoria Lavender)

15. Public Health (Jane Thomas)

16. Learning and Teaching (Derek Sellman and Jane Tarr)

17. Personal and Professional Development Through Reflective Practice (Clare Hopkinson)

18. Medicines Management (Claire Fullbrook-Scanlon)

19. Preceptorship and Transition (David Cudlip)

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Derek Sellman is Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada. Derek’s interests include education for professional practice, health care ethics, and philosophy of nursing. Derek is editor of the journal Nursing Philosophy.

Paul Snelling is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester, UK, where he teaches on the BSc Nursing programme. Paul's research interests are in philosophy and ethics of nursing practice and professional regulation.