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Compassion, Caring and Communication

Skills for Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition

By Jacqui Baughan, Ann Smith


208 pages

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Compassion and caring are at the very heart of nursing – possibly that’s why you were attracted to the nursing profession in the first place. But what does compassionate caring really mean in nursing practice?

Compassion, Caring and Communication: Skills for Nursing Practice is a practical book that guides you through the complex dimensions of caring. It considers the ways in which you connect with patients, families and co-workers, and the long-lasting impact of emotions and feelings. Using real-life narratives, case studies and reflection activities, the authors demonstrate how you can develop and maintain the empathy and communication skills you need to create effective, compassionate and caring partnerships.

New to the second edition:

  • Comprehensively updated throughout to reflect and highlight current professional pressures and public concerns around nursing practice.
  • Includes a broader range of relevant case studies, discussions and scenarios to engage students and qualified nurses at all levels.
  • Contains new content about the impacts of recent government reports and policies on nursing care, developing an awareness of contemporary issues and debates.
  • The BOND caring framework has been revised and updated alongside new ‘caring indicators’, to support the development of compassionate caring skills.
  • All references have been updated using the latest sources and evidence-based studies.


'Nursing is an art and a science, born out of caring and nurtured in practice. This book offers an important, creative approach to understanding more about the nature and development of compassionate nursing care, at a time of particular pressures and changes in the health care sector.' – Professor Kathleen McCourt, Dean of the School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University, and Chair of the RCN Council

Table of Contents

1. Creating a Caring Discourse 2. Caring as a Two-Way Process of Giving and Receiving 3. Caring with Compassion 4. Bonds, Boundaries and Balance in the Emotional World of Nursing 5. Creating Caring Partnerships with Service Users and their Families 6. Transformative Learning: Being and Becoming 7. Promoting a Culture of Caring 8. The BOND Framework of Compassionate Care 9. Looking Back and Moving Forward Appendix: Themes and Caring Indicators

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / General