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Professional Values in Nursing

1st Edition

By Lesley Baillie, Sharon Black


303 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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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.


"…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

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


About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / General