Person-centred Nursing - Theory and Practice
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The concept of 'person-centredness' has become established in approaches to the delivery of healthcare, particularly with nursing, and is embedded in many international healthcare policy frameworks and strategic plans. This book explores person-centred nursing using a framework that has been derived from research and practice.

Person-centred Nursing is a theoretically rigorous and practically applied text that aims to increase nurses' understanding of the principles and practices of person-centred nursing in a multiprofessional context. It advances new understandings of person-centred nursing concepts and theories through the presentation of an inductively derived and tested framework for person-centred nursing. In addition it explores a variety of strategies for developing person-centred nursing and presents case examples of the concept in action.

This is a practical resource for all nurses who want to develop person-centred ways of working.


Professor Brendan McCormack, Professor of Nursing Research, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster. Director of Nursing Research and Practice Development, Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast. Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Tanya McCance, Reader, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster. Director of Nursing Research and Development, Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust, Belfast.


Author Biographies.


Chapter 1 Introduction.

The Person-Centred Nursing Framework.

Structure of the Book.

Chapter 2 Personhood and Person-Centredness.


The Concept of 'Person'.

A Hierarchy of Attributes.

The Refl ective Person.

The Intrinsic Moral Good of Persons.

The Embodied Person and Personhood.

Connecting Concepts of Persons through Authenticity.

The ‘Life Plan’ as a representation of the Authentic Self.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 3 A Theoretical Framework for Person-Centred Nursing.


Caring and Person-Centredness.

The Concept of Caring.

The Concept of Person-Centredness.

Person-Centred Nursing.

The Person-Centred Nursing Framework.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 4 Pre-requisites: Attributes of the Nurse.


Professionally Competent.

Developed Interpersonal Skills.

Being Committed to the Job.

Clarity of Beliefs and Values.

Knowing Self.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 5 The Care Environment.


Workplace Culture.

Skill Mix.

Shared Decision-Making Systems.

Power Sharing and Effective Staff Relationships.

Potential for Innovation and Risk-Taking.

The Physical Environment.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 6 Person-Centred Processes.


Working with Patients’ Beliefs and Values.

Shared Decision-Making.


Having Sympathetic Presence.

Providing Holistic Care.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 7 Person-Centred Nursing Outcomes and their Evaluation.


Outcome Evaluation in Nursing.

Outcome Evaluation in Person-Centred Nursing.

A Framework for Outcome Evaluation.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 8 Using a Practice Development Framework to Develop Person-Centred Cultures.


Why a Practice Development Approach?

What is Practice Development?

How can Practice Development Methodology be made real in Practice?

Case Studies of PCN Developments using Emancipatory and Transformational Approaches.

A Collaborative Practice Development Programme for Clinical Nurse Leaders: 'Creating the Conditions for Growth'.

An Experience of Using a Framework for the Development of Person-Centred Practice.

Journeying from 'I have a Dream' towards 'Yes, we can': A Dialogue about leading the Development of Person-Centred Nursing.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Person-Centred Care Programme.

Person-Centred Practice at Uniting Care Ageing, New South Wales, Australia.

Summary of Key Points.