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Foundations of Nursing Practice

Fundamentals of Holistic Care

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It is written specifically to meet the needs of nursing students undertaking the common foundation programme. It aims to explain how and why sensitive, holistic and evidence-based nursing care is carried out. Therefore it is relevant to students who will enter all branches of nursing and includes material that is both common to all and specific to each branch. The book aims to provide all students on foundation nursing and health care programmes with material of sufficient depth/breadth to achieve the NMC outcomes required for entry into the branch programmes. There is an emphasis not only on the theory that underpins nursing practice in the common foundation programme but also on nursing skills which form an increasingly emphasized part of the programme. The chapters have been reviewed by experts from each branch and also clinical skills to ensure the content reflects each branch accurately and appropriately.

Pre-registration nursing students

Paperback, 816 Pages

Published: April 2009

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-7234-3483-2


  • 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




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