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Nursing Practice and Health Care 5E

A Foundation Text, 5th Edition

By Susan Hinchliff, Sue Norman, Jane Schober


576 pages

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Nursing Practice and Health Care is an essential companion to pre-registration nursing education programmes, for those studying at degree and diploma level, and for students on post-registration courses.

This fifth edition has been completely revised to reflect the current professional and educational requirements for those preparing for registration as a nurse, while maintaining a strong focus on practice and reflecting the needs of those requiring nursing and health care. Additionally, it uses the 2008 NMC Code as the cornerstone for many of its chapters.

Building on the changes in the fourth edition, the requirements of pre-registration nursing programmes, the fitness for practice initiative and other developments in health policy within the four countries of the UK, the book provides an invaluable support for students as they learn the skills in critical thinking that will enable the development of an accountable, professional practitioner.

Both student- and patient-centred, the book is divided into five parts: Perspectives on nursing, Learning nursing, Practisting nursing, Key aspects of care and Professional support and development.

Key features:
Completely revised and updated to reflect the new NMC Code
Both student- and patient-centred
Tackles key issues for today's student nurse, including health promotion, quality and the patient experience, informatics, diversity of care settings, accountable practice and ethics and the law
Incorporates a wide range of helpful text features including learning objectives, section and chapter summaries, patient scenarios and reflective points, useful websites and further reading
Reflects the governmental reports, policies, frameworks and targets of all four UK countries


"Although written for pre-registration nurses and those undertaking further study, this foundation text would be invaluable to nurses of all grades and experience. The content is topical and its credibility is enhanced by a wide range of authors from academic and clinical backgrounds.

While other texts are full of jargon and assumed knowledge, this book is written in plain English and does not assume a lofty academic position."

Irene Mabbott, Nursing Standard

Table of Contents

PART 1: Perspectives on nursing
1. Using the service: experiencing nursing
2. Being a nurse
3. The essence of nursing
PART 2: Learning nursing
4. Learning nursing – the student experience
5. Support networks for students
PART 3: Practising nursing
6. Principles of professional practice
7. Maintaining professional standards
8. Clinical governance and accountable practice
9. Ethical dimensions of practice
10. Care settings
11. Nursing informatics
PART 4: Key aspects of care
12. Frameworks for practice
13. Promoting patient/client well-being
14. Assessment: foundation of good practice
15. The needs of children
16. The needs of young people
17. The needs of acutely ill adults
18. Long term health needs and rehab
19. The needs of older people
20. Care needs at home/in the community
21. Coping with expected and unexpected death
PART 5: Professional support and development
22. Supporting practitioners
23. Your career and professional development

About the Authors

Sue Hinchliff RN RNT BA MSc, Consultant to the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Consultant to the Royal College of Nursing Accreditaion Unit; Nurse Advisor to THET; Visiting Professor in Nursing and Nursing Education to London South Bank University

Sue Norman RN BEd (Hons) RNT NDNCert Hon DSc, previously Chief Executive/Registrar, United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visitors; Visiting Professor in Nursing Policy and Development to London South Bank University

Jane Schober MN RN DipN (Lond) DipN Ed RNT RCNT, Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Nursing / General