Common Foundation Studies in Nursing


  • Jenny Spouse, MSc PhD DipN RN SCM RNT RCNT, Formerly Associate Dean for Practice Education, St. Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwefery, City University; London, UK
  • Michael Cook, MSc(EdMgt), MSc(QuMgt), EdD Cert ED, DipN(Lond), RN, RNT, Deputy Head of Education and Development, East of Englan Strategic Health Authority, East of England Multi-Professional Deanery, Cambridge, UK
  • Carol Cox, BSc(Hons), Msc, MAEd, PhD, PGDipEd, CertCHP, RN, Professor of Advanced Clinical Practice, St. Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University; London, UK

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Now revised and fully updated in line with developments in nurse education, this fourth edition will prove indispensable to pre-registration nursing students on the Common Foundation Programme. It provides an essential guide to working in health care settings and prepares them for entry to their chosen branch programme. It will also be of relevance to other health care professionals such as health care assistants.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3344-5

Table of Contents

Section 1 Personal, professional and ethical aspects of becoming a nurse

1 Becoming a nurse
2 Learning how to study and learn effectively
3 The emotional labour of nursing
4 Professional standards and rules: the professional regulatory body and the nursing student
5 Learning and working as a nursing student in a multicultural world
6 Using a ‘toolkit’ of activities in your placement

Section 2 Essentials of care delivery

7 Communication between patients, carers and health care professionals
8 Food and nutrition
9 Hygiene

Section 3 Care management

10 Working in a team
11 Managing self and setting priorities in placement
12 Decision-making in practice
13 Promoting safe practice

Appendix 1 NMC code of professional conduct
Appendix 2 NMC outcomes for entry to branch programme