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What is Nursing? Exploring Theory and Practice

What is Nursing? Exploring Theory and Practice
Exploring Theory and Practice

Third Edition

June 2013 | 224 pages | Learning Matters

This book helps new nursing students, and those applying to nursing programmes, understand what being a nurse is all about. It explores the essential issues, processes and theories of nursing practice, and is therefore an ideal introductory text as you start your nursing programme, or as pre-course reading.

This revised edition includes a new first chapter on being a nursing student, with insights from students themselves, and explains what will be expected of you in the new all-degree programmes. Interviews with real nurses in each of the fields of practice gives you an important view into the real world of nursing.

  • The revised third edition includes a new chapter on being a nursing student, with student tips and stories
  • Updated with, and linked to, the new NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for degree-level education
  • Activities, case studies and scenarios helps you apply theory to practice
  • Particularly suitable for first-year students and those applying to pre-registration programmes

This book is part of the Transforming Nursing Practice Series , the first series of books designed to help students meet the requirements of the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for the new degree programmes.

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About the Authors



Defining Contemporary UK Nursing
Being a Student Nurse
The Professional Nurse: Image and Values in Nursing
Theory and Practice: Understanding the Nature of Nursing as a Caring Activity
Doing Nursing
Nursing as a Global Activity
Becoming a Registered Nurse
Exploring the World of Nursing by Those Working in It



This is a good book for nursing students, it is set out well and is easy to understand. This book also covers how to apply for a job once qualified as a nurse. The sections detailing which NMC standards and Essential Skills clusters are met is very useful. I would recommend this book to both students and Lecturers

Mrs Kate Harrison
Education Centre 1, Lancashire Teaching Hospital
April 28, 2014

this is a foundational book that is easily accessible for students, well worth a look

Dr Dean-David Holyoake
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Birmingham University
April 9, 2014

This is a really good learning tool for the students working towards a degree in Nursing, whether that is pre registration or post registration, undergrad or post grad. The case studies are thought provoking and relate well to clinical practice. The activities make the reader become active in the learning and they have to go beyond what is provided in the text of the book.

Mr David Blesovsky
School of Health Science, Swansea University
April 8, 2014

A really good textbook to introduce the broader context of nursing to students.

Mr Andrew Sargent
Adult Nursing, King's College London
February 17, 2014

A very easy book to read and very relevant

Tracy Ross
Health Department , Social Care, Glyndwr University
January 14, 2014

This is a must for our tutorials and UCAS applications - many students are gaining a better insight from what is expected of them at university.

HIGHER EDUCATION, Canterbury College
November 13, 2013

A good resource for those interested in nursing as it explores what it means to be a nurse so helps potential students in the decision if this is the right pathway for them. I recommend this to potential candidates at open days and initial enquiries. The new chapter on tips for students is excellent

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
October 30, 2013

practical book to help students begin to understand the role of a nurse in any of the fields. Helpful towards applying and understanding nursing .

Sue Elson
Nursing Department, Bradford University
October 9, 2013

A relevant book that students can use to understand nursing theory and practice

Miss Jane Matonhodze
Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University
September 18, 2013

This book has an easy read and logical format for new first year students to gain an insight into the world of nursing. With case studies and scenarios making it more real for the students.
as it is linked for the new domains of nursing it is also a useful additional reading for new mentors undertaking their mentorship qualification or mentors linked to universities that are just undertaking the new degree course and are unfamiliar with the new domains

Mrs Lisa Lawton
Faculty of education, Heart of England NHS Trust
September 12, 2013

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