Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care / Edition 1

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This second edition of Foundations of Nursing Practice has been revised and updated specifically to meet the needs of nursing students in all fields of practice The book explains how and why sensitive, safe, evidence-based holistic nursing care is carried out, including topics common to all fields of practice. Core nursing skills are emphasised to reflect the importance of clinical skills as well as the underpinning theory.

Aids to learning in each chapter:

• Learning outcomes
• Interactive boxes for all age groups and fields of nursing practice
• Key words and phrases for literature searching
• Useful websites, references and further reading.

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to nursing that will meet the needs of students, nurses returning to practice, mentors and other registered nurses.

• Relevant to all branches of nursing settings: infants, children, adults, pregnant women, older people and people with a learning disability or mental health problems

• Themes relevant to all stages and fields of nursing practice include safety, infection prevention and control, managing stress, communication, managing wounds and pressure ulcers, and dealing with loss

• Scenarios develop the skills of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, reflection and health promotion, and encourage further learning

• The areas of psychology, sociology, physiology and pathology are clearly related to nursing practice

• Key principles of health promotion, the law and ethics, the human lifespan and development are explained in earlier chapters, then applied in later chapters

• Cultural diversity information helps with understanding the needs of people from different backgrounds

• Person-centred approach encourages problem solving and application to practice

• Evidence-based practice is explicit throughout, and best-practice guidelines underpin exploration/explanation of nursing care.
• Easy-reference Glossary at the back of the book.

• Meets the requirements of the new pre-registration nursing curriculum including the NMC (2010) competencies and Essential Skills Clusters
• Greater emphasis on safeguarding vulnerable people, maternal health and first aid
• Self-test questions with answers available on accompanying website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780723433569
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/23/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 748

Meet the Author

School of Acute and Continuing care Nursing, Napier University, Edinburgh

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1 - Health, nursing and health care in the 21st century

Chapter 1 Health as a value and a concept

Chapter 2 The evolution of contemporary nursing

Chapter 3 -Health and social care delivery systems

SECTION 2 - Professional practice

Chapter 4 Learning and teaching

Chapter 5 Evidence-based practice and research

Chapter 6 Legal issues that impact on nursing practice

Chapter 7 NMC Code of Conduct and applied ethical principles

SECTION 3 - Nursing and lifespan implications

Chapter 8 The human lifespan and its effect on selecting nursing interventions

Chapter 9 Relationship, helping and communication skills

Chapter 10 Sleep, rest, relaxation, complementary therapies and alternative

therapies

Chapter 11 Stress, anxiety and coping

Chapter 12 Loss and bereavement

SECTION 4 - Developing nursing skills

Chapter 13 Safety in nursing practice

Chapter 14 The nursing process, holistic assessment and baseline observations

Chapter 15 Preventing the spread of infection

Chapter 16 Caring for the person with physical needs, sensory impairment and unconsciousness

Chapter 17 Breathing and circulation

Chapter 18 Mobility and immobility

Chapter 19 Promoting hydration and nutrition

Chapter 20 Elimination: urine

Chapter 21 Elimination: faeces

Chapter 22 Promoting the safe administration of medicines

Chapter 23 Pain management: minimizing the pain experience

Chapter 24 Caring for the person having surgery

Chapter 25 Wound management

Glossary

Index

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