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1st Edition

Professional Values in Nursing

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ISBN 9781444180619
Published July 22, 2014 by Routledge
303 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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