The Student Nurse Toolkit - An Essential Guide for Surviving Your Course
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Your very own companion to any pre-registration nursing course!

Packed with advice, hints and tips, this essential, practical guide will orientate and guide you through your nursing course even before you start.  Written in a straightforward, no-nonsense style, this Toolkit is full of strategies and help for surviving and succeeding on your pre-registration nursing course, and addresses all the key issues and concerns you may face, including:

  • How to get the most out of your clinical placement
  • The nursing terminology you need to know – including NMC standards
  • How to create a professional Portfolio
  • How to achieve a healthy work-life balance
  • How to develop an effective relationship with your mentor

With case studies from real students, hands-on activities and suggestions for further reading, this is THE essential survival guide for your nursing course!


Ian Peate is Visiting Professor at the University of West London and Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Nursing.


Dedication vi

Acknowledgements vi

Preface vii

CHAPTER 1 Entry to Nursing 1

CHAPTER 2 The Nursing and Midwifery Council and Other Regulatory Bodies 15

CHAPTER 3 Nursing Education: the Standards for Pre-registration Nurse Education 27

CHAPTER 4 Nursing Health and Social Care 43

CHAPTER 5 Assessment Tools 60

CHAPTER 6 The Essential Skills Clusters 79

CHAPTER 7 The University Setting 98

CHAPTER 8 Practice Learning Opportunities 115

CHAPTER 9 The Nursing Elective 131

CHAPTER 10 Managing Self 143

CHAPTER 11 Terminology: Terms Used in Healthcare 162

CHAPTER 12 Evidence-Based Practice 178

CHAPTER 13 Reflective Practice 195

CHAPTER 14 Your Professional Portfolio 212

CHAPTER 15 Records and Record Keeping 230

CHAPTER 16 Protocols Policies and Legal Matters 249

CHAPTER 17 Clinical Academic Careers 268

CHAPTER 18 Preceptorship and Continuing Professional Development 281

CHAPTER 19 What Do I Do If...? Questions You Did Not Want To Ask Out Loud 298

Index 313 


“The comprehensive index allows the text to be used as a quick reference when preparing for exams, clinical skills or placement. There is information for further readirg, and links to use when writing essays.  The book's best feature is that it answers many of the questions every nursing student wants to ask.”  (Nursing Standard, 27 November 2013)