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Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Second Edition
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January 2021 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The essential guide to anatomy and physiology for nursing students.

The new edition of Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice brings together text, video, full-colour illustrations, interactive activities, and more, to provide nursing students with a comprehensive introduction to understanding the healthy functioning of the human body. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new videos, improved online support, revised learning activities, and clear explanations that will help nursing students feel confident when learning anatomy and physiology for the first time.

Key Features:

  • Students can use their phone or tablet to scan QR codes throughout the book and instantly watch informative animations, mini-tutorials, and other useful videos.
  • Introduces all the essential anatomy and physiology information in a carefully structured way, helping students to steadily build their knowledge and successfully apply it to nursing practice.
  • All content is based around the person-centred nursing framework and a fictional family is used throughout to demonstrate how the biology applies to real people, helping students to apply the A&P knowledge directly to real-life nursing situations.
  • Supported by new and improved online teaching and learning resources, including a teaching guide to the resources, a fully revised testbank, over 250 downloadable figures from the book, and a host of student resources such as multiple-choice questions and over 800 glossary flashcards to help aid revision.

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice is essential reading for all nursing students and nursing associate students learning anatomy and physiology for the first time.

Part 1: Introductory Concepts
Chapter 1: Homeostasis in Person-Centred Nursing
Chapter 2: The Human Cell
Chapter 3: Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Biological Systems
Chapter 4: The Human Microbiome and Health
Part 2: Control and Coordination
Chapter 5: The Nervous System: Control of Body Function
Chapter 6: Special and General Senses: Responding to the Environment
Chapter 7: The Endocrine System: Control of Internal Functions
Part 3: Preservation of the Internal Environment
Chapter 8: The Digestive System: Nutrient Supply and Waste Elimination
Chapter 9: Metabolism and Liver Function
Chapter 10: The Respiratory System: Gaseous Exchange
Chapter 11: The Renal System: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid–Base Balance
Chapter 12: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems: Internal Transport
Part 4: Support and Protection of the Internal Environment
Chapter 13: The Immune System: Internal Protection
Chapter 14: Skin and Temperature Regulation
Chapter 15: The Musculoskeletal System: Support and Movement
Part 5: The Next Generation
Chapter 16: The Reproductive Systems
Chapter 17: Development through the Life Span


Find the online resources

Watch this video guide to using the online resources:

Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)

  • A Teaching Guide to the resources
  • Video Teaching Support - Video URLs and accompanying questions
  • Test bank - a set of questions, for directed learning or assessment purposes.
  • Downloadable image bank (over 250 diagrams and figures from the book for use in slides or as printouts.)
  • VLE/LMS Download: Upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s virtual learning environment (i.e. Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs

Student Resources (Free to access)

  • Video links - URLs of the videos featured in the book
  • 170+ Multiple-Choice Questions - designed for revision and exam preparation
  • Over 800 glossary flashcards with an audio function to check pronunciation of unfamiliar terms
  • Recommended readings and weblinks
  • Answers to end of chapter questions 
Augmented Reality enrichment
The Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice now has an exciting new feature - built-in Augmented Reality.
This feature enhances the learning experience for students and taking the teaching of A&P to the next level.
This functionality bridges the gap between theory and practice, providing a more immersive and unique learning experience.
With Augmented Reality, students can learn in a more engaging way and gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
Augmented Reality Mobile App
Augmented Reality Mobile App

Scan QR Code
 with your mobile device to
 download Mobile App 

Once you've downloaded the app, you can hover your device over the AR-enriched diagrams in the book and watch as they come to life.

Using a print Copy of the textbook: Use the AR frame within the app to scan the images in the book on indicated pages.

Explore: Dive straight into the 3D and AR content within the app. Interact with images, zoom in, and rotate to investigate every angle and detail.

Join the AR RevolutionLecturers can also use desktop version of this book’s AR enrichment for teaching in class.
Launch the app and take your teaching to a whole new level. 

The QR codes in this book are great, very easy to use and give immediate online access to the material that you are studying. I just scan and have the videos playing on my phone and can link it to the page of the book that I am working through with no confusion.

Louise Ormond, Nursing Student, University of West Scotland

The book is very informative and gives you detailed insight into the topic. The QR codes were easy to scan and the videos came up very quickly after scanning. The QR codes allow you to look further into the topic and because you are using a device and the paper copy of the book, you are able to look at the book and watch the video at the same time.

Katy McWilliams, Nursing Student, University of West Scotland

I like this book is because it sets out each of the chapters into four components, it gives you the key concepts that you're gonna be covering and the learning outcomes. The main reason I love it is because it comes with a matching revision colouring book that allows you to learn in a slightly more relaxing way.

Registered Mental Health Nurse

It's a well laid out book on A&P, which complements not just my module but all other modules where A&P forms common foundation of the knowledge that is being taught.

Mr Ingvar Arni Ingvarsson
Health, St Martin's College
October 5, 2023

Excellent for nurses at the right level for students from diverse educational backgrounds

Mr Ricardo Rego
School of Health Science, Brighton University
October 26, 2023

What sets this anatomy and physiology book apart is the patient-centred care framework that is consistently applied throughout. The chapters are organised in a manner that allows readers to progressively enhance their understanding of the subject matter. Additionally, there are supplementary learning resources for students and teaching materials for instructors. As an educator, I highly recommend this book to my student

Ms Charlotte Bone
Nursing, BPP University (Waterloo Campus)
March 15, 2023

Excellent resource for student and newly qualified nurses. A&P made accessible with a focus on person centred care. Linking A&P to the 'Bodie family' brings A&P to life and the online resources really support learning. Thankyou.

Mrs T Terri-Ann Walsh
College of Health & Social Care, University of Derby (Chesterfield)
March 15, 2023

Again, excellent and links very well to the pathophysiology book. Excellent recommendations for learners to read.

Mrs Samantha Hodgkinson
Health & Social Care, Sheffield College
October 24, 2022

Excellent and invaluable resource for our students. Easy to follow and understand. Well laid out, great support and guidance for revision of content.

Mrs diane lyttle
School of Nursing (Magee), Ulster University
November 9, 2022

A colourful and engaging book, relevant and interesting resource for our learners to develop subject knowledge.

Mrs Gemma Rose Slade
Health and Social Care, Cambourne Pool Redruth College
April 27, 2022

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