Nursing Practice - Knowledge and Care
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Nursing Practice is the essential, textbook to support you throughout your entire nursing degree, from your first year onwards. It explores all the clinical and professional issues that you need to know in one complete volume.

Written in the context of the latest Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education and the Essential Skills Clusters, this book covers all fields of nursing: Adult, Child, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and also Maternity care, in both acute and community settings. With full colour illustrations, and plenty of activities and user-friendly features throughout, this evidence-based text encompasses essential nursing theory and practice, providing students with information to support their success.

Learning features in the book include:

Hear it from the experts- tips and advice from real life nurses, patients and their carers, and student nursesRed Flags- alerting the student to potential dangersPrimary Care Considerations- informs students about care issues in the community settingFields boxes- giving further insight into other fields of nursing, making the book relevant to all fields of nursing practiceMedicines Management boxes provide key information about medicinesSelf-assessment and activities throughout

A companion website to this title is available at

Here you’ll find a range of resources for both the student and the lecturer, including:

Over 350 interactive multiple choice questionsFlashcardsGlossaryLinks to references and further readingIllustrations from the bookWorksheets


Preface xiv

Acknowledgements xvi

About the Editors xvii

Contributors xviii

How to Use Your Textbook xxii

About the Companion Website xxvi

Unit 1 Contextualising the Art and Science of Nursing 1

1 Nursing: Past, Present and Future 2

2 The Professional Nurse and Contemporary Health Care 25

3 Health Promotion 50

4 Public Health 72

Unit 2 The Elements of Care 91

5 Ethics, the Law and the Nurse 92

6 The Nursing Process 111

7 Models of Nursing 130

Unit 3 The Principles of Care 147

8 The Principles of Safeguarding and Dignity 148

9 The Principles of Older People’s Care 172

10 The Principles of Caring for People with Learning Disabilities and Autism 194

11 The Principles of Caring for Children and Families 212

12 The Principles of Caring for People with Mental Health Problems 238

13 The Principles of Maternity Care 257

14 The Principles of Surgical Care 274

15 The Principles of Cancer Care 293

16 The Principles of Infection Control 313

17 The Principles of Nutrition 336

18 The Principles of Skin Integrity 355

19 The Principles of Medicine Administration and Pharmacology 383

20 The Principles of Death, Dying and Bereavement 409

Unit 4 The Scientific Nature of Disease 437

21 The Cell 438

22 Immunity, Inflammation and Infection 464

23 Pain Management 490

24 Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance, and Shock 516

Unit 5 The Art and Science of Nursing Care 541

25 The Person with a Cardiovascular Disorder 542

26 The Person with a Haematological Disorder 569

27 The Person with a Respiratory Disorder 595

28 The Person with a Gastrointestinal Disorder 626

29 The Person with a Urinary Disorder 653

30 The Woman with a Reproductive Disorder 677

31 The Man with a Reproductive Disorder 709

32 The Person with a Sexually Transmitted Infection 740

33 The Person with an Endocrine Disorder 763

34 The Person with a Neurological Disorder 793

35 The Person with an Ear or Eye Disorder 845

36 The Person with a Musculoskeletal Disorder 876

37 The Person with a Skin Disorder 908

Appendix A Reference Values in Venous Serum (Adults) 932

Appendix B List of Units 935

Index 936