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Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

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May 2016 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Drawing together the best of text, video and interactive material for the complete A&P learning resource for nurses. Effective, holistic nursing is impossible without a firm grasp of how the human body functions, but knowledge of the scientific theory on its own is not enough. Using the person-centred practice framework as a guiding principle, this book brings anatomy and physiology to life combining the best of print and online learning into one integrated package.

Key features:

  • Connects theory with nursing practice exploring the science from the perspective of a fictional family
  • Supported by a rich array of video material including interactive figures, animations and mini-tutorials – perfect for visual learners
  • Full of engaging activities designed to complement self-directed learning
  • Written with the needs of nurses firmly in mind, focusing on the essential information
  • Supported by a SAGE Edge website containing complete access to videos, animations, student revision material, action plans, downloadable figures, over 800 flashcards, and a bank of 170 online multiple choice questions for assessment use.

More than just a book!

Get 12 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN 9781473938465*interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook

Each purchase includes 12 months access to an interactive eBook version which seamlessly blends the traditional textbook format with the best of online learning. Students can study when and how they want and make use of additional tools including search, highlighting, annotation note sharing and much more.

Introduction: How to use this book
Introductory science

Units and numerals

Descriptors of the body

Terminology and abbreviations

Spelling variations

Part 1- Introductory Concepts
Homeostasis in Person-Centred Practice
The Human Cell
Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Biological Systems
The Human Microbiome and Health
Part 2- Control and Coordination
The Nervous System: Control of Body Function
Special and General Senses: Responding to the Environment
Endocrine System: Control of Internal Functions
Preservation of the Internal Environment
The Digestive System: Nutrient Supply and Waste Elimination
Metabolism and Liver Function
Respiratory System: Gaseous Exchange
Renal System: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance
Internal Transport: Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Support and Protection of the Internal Environment
Immune System: Internal Protection
Skin and Temperature Regulation
Musculoskeletal System: Support and Movement
The Next Generation
Reproductive System
Development through the Life Span


Click for online resources

The SAGE Edge site offers a whole host of resources that can be accessed anywhere, from the convenience of your phone, tablet device or laptop. 

On this SAGE Edge site you will find the following materials:

For students:

Multiple Choice Questions
Interactive Glossary with Audio
Chapter Glossaries
Interactive Figures
Useful Video Links
Useful Weblinks

For lecturers:

Customisable Testbank
Selected illustrations from the book, available to download
List of useful video links 

The team in consultation with our learners chose this as our preferred textbook to support their anatomy and physiology study. They particularly enjoy its relevance to health care practice and the way its information relates clearly to health, illness and disease. It has been the most popular and accessible textbook we have used in science for some time. Highly recommended. Additionally several learners have purchased the associated colouring book to aid their memory prior to end tests and exams. A really useful pair.

Viv Herbert
Health, Barnsley College
January 10, 2018

This resource is especially useful when used in conjunction with the interactive e-book. The video clips and person-centred approach complement the teaching and learning opportunities for students; enabling all adult learning styles to be accommodated.

Mrs Jayne Louise Hollinshead
Nursing, Wolverhampton University
November 9, 2016

Really good pre-sessional support for our science modules

Mrs Lucy A Kirkham
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
November 30, 2016

Excellent book for undergraduate students, whether , ODP, Nurses or other. This essential reading and an asset.

Mr David lawson
Faculty Of Health, Edge Hill University
June 6, 2016

excellent use of case studies which students can use throughout the course and use for 'apply' and 'evaluate'

Mr Rob Holton
Southend Campus, South Essex College - Basildon
November 22, 2016

This book is an excellent resource as it explains anatomy and physiology simply and has colourful diagrams. It is unique in the use of a fictional family that you can relate your understanding to. It also has sections on terminologies and abbreviations to assist student nurses.

Miss charlotte beline
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
November 8, 2016

Not child specific but a useful text otherwise.

Miss Mel Webb
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bedfordshire University
May 10, 2017

A good overview of Anatomy and physiology, put into a clinical content for nursing students. This is an easy book t use, and uses clinical and physiological language but in such a clear and concise manner it is easy to understand even for those at the beginning of their training.

Miss Jennifer Klunder
Sch Nursing,Midwifery,Soc Wrk & Soc Sc, Salford University
September 21, 2016

The cross-referencing of physiology helps avoid the temptation for students to try to understand systems in silos. However, there are some typos and Q3 in the endocrine system quiz has a wrong answer! Insulin does not raise blood sugar.

Julie Birrell
School of Healthcare Sciences (Wrexham), Bangor University
October 3, 2016

This book provided practical application of a topic that many pre-reg nursing students struggle with. The fact that the authors are from a nursing background is evident throughout and provides scenarios that they can relate to.

Miss Esther Ruth Beck
School of Nursing, Ulster University
September 26, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5: The Nervous System

For instructors