What do I need to learn in order to progress through my course? How do I achieve the best possible patient-care?

Professional Skills for Nurses answers both of these questions and supports the development of key nursing skills underpinned by theory. Designed specifically to meet the needs of nursing students in the initial stages of training, the book focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed for effective patient-care while at the same time helping students to achieve the NMC outcomes required for entry into branch programs.

Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of nursing care backed up with practical tips, examples drawn from all branches of nursing, and a range of study activities to help you reflect on your learning and get the most from practice placements.

Key themes in healthcare such as ethics, evidence-based practice and health promotion are discussed throughout the book, highlighting how these relate to everyday nursing practice.

Focusing on the core skills covered in the initial stages of training, Professional Skills in Nursing is the ideal introduction for students during the Common Foundation Program.



The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008) states that ‘nurses and midwives must provide a high standard of practice and care at all times’ while also keeping ‘knowledge and skills up to date throughout your working life’. Having a sound understanding of how the body functions and of medical conditions is essential but not sufficient as a basis for nursing. The pre-nursing curriculum includes such matters as ethics, research, technology, health education and health promotion. This is designed to help student nurses to be able to critically analyse their actions, thoughts, practice, clinical skills and apply these newly acquired processes, knowledge and clinical skills in practice. Student nurses will be equipped to improve their practice and demonstrate their understanding of the clinical skill being ...

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