1st Edition

Nursing Skills in Supporting Mobility

By Sheila Cunningham, Tina Moore Copyright 2021
    84 Pages 29 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    84 Pages 29 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The ability to move easily and purposively contributes enormously to a sense of health and wellbeing, enabling increased independence and selfprotection. However, many of the patients you encounter will have some degree of immobility whether it is temporary (for instance, due to local anaesthesia), permanent (for instance, due to amputation or stroke) or variable (for instance, due to arthritis or morbid obesity). This practical pocket guide covers:

    • the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system

    • the principles of ergonomics

    • safe moving and handling practices

    • positioning the patient

    • performing a range of movement exercises

    • legal aspects of moving and handling

    • the promotion of sleep.

    This competency-based text covers relevant key concepts, anatomy and physiology, lifespan matters, assessment and nursing skills. To support your learning, it also includes learning outcomes, concept map summaries, activities, questions and scenarios with sample answers and critical reflection thinking points.

    Quick and easy to reference, this short, clinically-focused guide is ideal for use on placements or for revision. It is suitable for pre-registration nurses, students on the nursing associate programme and newly qualified nurses.

    Chapter 1: Overview of Musculoskeletal components and Movement 

    Sheila Cunningham

    Chapter 2: Movement Assessment and Exercises 

    Sheila Cunningham

    Chapter 3: Safe Moving and handling practices  

    Tina Moore  

    Chapter 4: Therapeutic and procedural Positions 

    Tina Moore  

    Chapter 5: Legal Aspects of Moving and Handling 

    Tina Moore


    Sheila Cunningham is an Associate Professor in Adult Nursing at Middlesex University, UK. She has a breadth of experience teaching nurses both pre- and post-registration and she mentors clinicians supporting students in practice. She is also a Middlesex University Teaching Fellow and holds a Principal Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy. Her current role is Director for Learning, Teaching and Quality (School of Health and Education).

    Tina Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Middlesex University, UK. She teaches nursing assessment, clinical skills and care interventions for both pre-qualifying and post-qualifying nurses. She is also a Middlesex University Teaching Fellow.