1st Edition

Professional Values in Nursing

By Lesley Baillie, Sharon Black Copyright 2015
    303 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practical guide explores professional values in nursing, helping you to develop safe, compassionate, dignified, person-centred and evidence-based nursing practice.

    The emphasis of the book is on fundamental values of equality, dignity and caring. The authors discuss holistic nursing care, working in partnership with people and families, working collaboratively with the interprofessional team, vulnerability and safeguarding, challenging poor practice and promoting best practice.


    • Chapters linked to the Professional Values domain in the NMC Standards for pre-registration nursing education
    • Strong evidence base to ensure best practice
    • Accessible style with learning outcomes, practice scenarios, questions and activities
    • Relevant to all fields of nursing, with practice scenarios representing people across the lifespan and with different healthcare needs

    Professional Values in Nursing is a valuable resource for all nursing students, helping to embed professional values in their everyday practice.

    Values for professional nursing practice: an introduction
    The nature of values
    Personal values
    NHS values
    Organisational values
    Professional body values
    Professional values
    Holistic, non-judgmental, caring and sensitive nursing practice
    Being a professional nurse: practising to the Code
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council and professional regulation
    Registering and maintaining registration with the NMC
    The Code
    Keeping clear and accurate records
    Delegation of duties
    Expectations of professional nurses
    The NHS Constitution
    Standards in public life
    Media influence on the public image of nursing
    Public inquiries and their impact on images of nursing
    Public expectations and feedback
    Fitness to practise
    Social media and technology
    Nursing practice within ethical frameworks
    What is ethics?
    Ethical principles and theories
    Principles of biomedical ethics
    Using theories frameworks and models
    Personal versus professional beliefs
    Nursing practice within legal frameworks
    Branches and types of law
    Statute law relevant to your practice: the Human Rights Act 1998, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Children Act 2004, the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended 2007), the Equality Act 2010,
    Dignity and nursing practice
    Professional, legal, and health policy perspectives on dignity in care
    The meaning of dignity
    Influences on dignity in care: complexity of dignity, vulnerability of people accessing healthcare, attitudes, behavior and interactions with others, care environment
    Person-centred and holistic nursing care
    Background to person-centred care
    An exploration of person and personhood
    Person-centred care
    Factors influencing delivery of person-centred care
    Person-centred care for older people and people with dementia
    Person-centred approaches to care of people with learning disabilities
    Person-centred care in mental health
    Family-centred care
    Holistic and person-centred care
    Working in partnership with service users, carers and families
    The nature and benefits of partnership working
    Relationships in partnership working
    Shared decision-making
    Partnerships with families
    Partnership working and service development
    Working in partnership within interprofessional teams
    The development of collaborative working in the National Health Service
    What is interprofessional working?
    Why is interprofessional working needed?
    Your interprofessional learning experience in practice
    Applying your learning in practice
    Vulnerability and safeguarding adults and children
    The nature of vulnerability
    Learning disabilities and vulnerability
    Older people and vulnerability
    Children and vulnerability
    Definitions of abuse and recognition
    Safeguarding adults
    Safeguarding children
    Challenging poor practice and raising concerns
    Why do nurses raise concerns?
    Courage to communicate concerns
    Raising a concern
    Protection for employees under law
    Promoting best practice and continuing professional development
    Maintaining and developing professional knowledge
    Reflective practice
    Best evidence for practice
    Developing as a professional nurse
    Clinical supervision


    Lesley Baillie is an experienced nurse, researcher and educator with a particular interest in caring practices, professional values and dignity in care. She is Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice in a joint post with London South Bank University, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

    Dr Sharon Black is an experienced nurse, educator and researcher with an interest in professional nursing practice including mentorship, nursing older people and stroke rehabilitation. She is Programme Lead for Nursing and Care Specialities at Oxford Brookes University.

    "…meets the needs of novice nurses who need to be guided through the often puzzling topic of professional values. …It has great potential to engage student nurses and new nurses on a topic that may not otherwise hold their interest as much as other areas of nursing. It may well become a book that they keep on their shelves for many years."
    —Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA