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Essentials of Nursing Practice

Essentials of Nursing Practice

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May 2015 | 744 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 24 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN 9781473929579)

A Unique Blend of Digital and Print Learning Resources!

Essentials of Nursing Practice
is a ground-breaking new resource which introduces nursing students to the core topics they need to master during their first year and beyond. It brings the study of nursing to life across all four fields of nursing, in all settings, focussing on what it takes to be the best nurse you can be through person-centred compassionate care. Unlike any other book it uniquely blends digital and print learning resources to engage all styles of learners and to provide lecturers with helpful resources to use in their teaching.

More than just a book!

An accompanying interactive eBook links to extra resources including videos, case studies, interactive revision quizzes, flashcards, study plans and more. Students can use the eBook to study where and when they want, and read, annotate and search the book on a tablet, laptop or PC. All these resources are also available through SAGE edge - visit to find out more.

(Please note that the free access to these resources is only available when you purchase the Print copy of this textbook)

Key features of the print and eBook help students to:

Understand: Colourful easy-to-navigate design, chapter topic lists, study plans and knowledge links help students to quickly grasp what they need to know and how topics are interrelated.

Apply: Real voices from students, patients and nurses, case studies with questions, clinical skills videos, and anatomy and physiology revision help students apply knowledge in placements or practical assessments.

Go further: 'What's the Evidence' summaries of research, critical thinking activities, links to SAGE journal articles, useful websites and further reading help students prepare for essays or for the next stage of their course.

Revise: Chapter summaries, test-yourself interactive questions and key term flashcards help students do their best at assessments and exams.

Advisory Editors

Learning Disabilities: Robert Jenkins and Ruth Northway, University of South Wales

Child Nursing: Carol Hall, The University of Nottingham

Mental Health: Steven Trenoweth, University of Bournemouth

Adult Nursing:  Karen Elcock, Kingston University London

Clinical Skills: Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright, University of the West of Scotland

*interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook



Part A: Learning to be a Nurse
Catherine Delves-Yates, Karen Elcock, Carol Hall, Ruth Northway and Steve Trenoweth
What is a Nursing and what is a Nurse?
Catherine Delves-Yates
Being a Nursing Student
Gabrielle Thorpe, Jonathan Mason and Catherine Delves-Yates
Core Academic Skills
Gabrielle Thorpe and Jonathan Mason
Academic Writing and Assessment Skills
Part B: Professional Practice
Ruth Northway and Ian Beech
Graham Avery
Karen Elcock
Accountability and Professionalism
E. Jane Blowers
Jacqueline Phipps
The Role of the Student Nurse in Effecting Change
Karen Elcock
Clinical Governance
Part C: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright
Delivering Effective Care
Carol Hall
Introduction to Nursing Theory
Catherine Delves-Yates
Values-based, Person-centred Care
Katrina Emmerson and Ruth Northway
Patient, Service User, Family and Carer Perspectives
Rebekah Hill
Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation - APIE
Karen Elcock and Jean Shapcott
Core Communication Skills
Steve Trenoweth and Wasiim Allymamod
Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Challenging Circumstances
Melanie Fisher and Margaret Scott
Assessing and Managing Risk
Jill Barnes and Robert Jenkins
Record-keeping and Documentation
Gemma Hurley
Clinical Decision-making
Daryl Evans
Health Promotion
Robert Jenkins and Jill Barnes
Helen Walker
Patient Education
Part D: Skills for Nursing Care
Rose Gallagher
Infection Prevention and Control - IPC
Valerie Foley
Clinical Measurement
Ann Kettyle
Pain Management
Rose Gallagher
Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection
Irene Anderson
Skin Integrity
Dianne Steele
Safer Handling of People
Chris Mulryan
First Aid
Carol Hall
Medicines Administration
Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen
Assisting Patients with their Nutritional Needs
Mairead Collie and David J Hunter
Assisting Patients with their Elimination Needs
Catherine Delves-Yates
Assisting Patients with their Hygiene Needs
Jean Shapcott
Last Offices
PART E: Contexts of Nursing Care
Siobhan McCullough
Introduction to the Organization and Settings of Care
Charlene Lobo
Public Health
Adele Atkinson
Introduction to Interprofessional Working
Janet Ramjeet
Introduction to Psychological Context of Nursing
Ruth Northway
Introduction to the Sociological Context of Nursing
Siobhan McCullough
Introduction to Health Policy and the Political Context of Nursing
Catherine Delves-Yates
Introduction to the Global Context of Nursing

I welcome and highly recommend this book. Rich and readable, it will be greatly valued by those embarking on a career in nursing. It creatively combines student, patient, practitioner and academic narratives to provide a detailed picture of contemporary care. The book is full of useful exercises and activities that will deepen understanding and promote learning.

Professor Steve Tee, Associate Dean Education, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London

It has been an absolute pleasure to review the Essentials of Nursing Practice publication. Its content and design is comprehensive, evidence based, dynamic and therefore very interesting.

I was particularly delighted to read the contributions made by both students and newly qualified nurses. It brings into sharp focus the exciting, but challenging journey that novice nurses are on in the early years of their career, as they develop the professional values, attributes and practices of highly qualified, competent and confident registered nurses.

I would also like to pay tribute to the experienced nurses who contributed to this publication. I particularly applaud the four fundamental principles in which the publication has been designed: (1) holistic, person centred care, (2) awareness of the needs of all types of patients, (3) understand yourself and (4) learning can be fun. These four principles practised simultaneously are the bedrock of high quality nursing care.

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England

Essentials of Nursing Practice is a beautifully presented, contemporary text and a highly readable resource. It is richly embellished with activities, case studies, student and service user perspectives and fully cross-referenced with evidence, policy and further reading. The integration of the NMC Standards and ESCs provides a blueprint for students and gives the book a holistic feel. This is an excellent course companion for all student nurses.


Paul Newcombe, Associate Professor and BSc Nursing Year 1 Lead, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London

At last, a nursing book with clinical skills included that so thoroughly integrates people with learning disabilities and learning disabilities nursing alongside the other nursing fields. The stories from students and patients bring this text to life and will ensure the reader knows why nurses do what we do not just how. A fantastic book.

Kim Scarborough, Programme Manager for Learning Disabilities Nursing, University of the West of England, Bristol

  I found 'Essentials of Nursing Practice' a well structured and comprehensive guide to modern nursing theory and practice. The 'Skills in Nursing Practice' section is especially useful. The information is clear, coherent and most importantly relevant to a range of care areas.    This book would be a valuable purchase for a first year undergraduate student, and I imagine it would be well used and worn at the end of a nursing degree.    An excellent 'essentials' textbook.  

Louise Clucas
Edinburgh Napier University

A clear and accessible text which will facilitate study through undergraduate study and on into professional practice. The learners like the format and don't find it too threatening even when they commence at level 3. It is on the reading list for learners progressing into all areas of nursing and many of them buy their own copy as they refer to it often.

Viv Herbert
Health, Barnsley College
May 8, 2017

Excellent guide to nursing, this is a must have for all nursing faculties

Miss Maria Nolan Fortune
Career Education , Portobello Institute
November 24, 2016

This book is clear and practical, easy to read and understand. This book reflects on current nursing practice and makes good links to the NMC.

Mrs zoe-louise smethurst
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth
October 27, 2016

having taught nursing skills for many years. This book will be a very useful resource when teaching students and directing them to a book that they will understand and very useable.

Steve Wilding
Academic Unit of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science, Worcester University
August 24, 2016

Content is written clearly and comprehensible. The follow-step instructions are helpful to lecture main topics. The book is also useful for other essential courses in nursing.

Dr Mira Rana Gökdoğan
Nursing, Girne American University
August 18, 2016


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