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.

Study Skills

Study skills

Learning Outcomes

This chapter is designed to help you:

  • prepare yourself to study as effectively as possible
  • identify ways of studying
  • recognise different learning styles
  • develop your skills in the areas of (a) note-taking (b) gathering information (c) writing essays and reports (d) giving presentations, and (e) doing exams
  • understand the role of reflection in learning.


Learning takes place in many different ways: it may happen either formally or informally – and students adopt various styles of learning. Learning can be fun and help students to solve problems, though it can also prove challenging, especially if the learner has not studied for a number of years. NMC (2007) specify that before entering the branch programme students should be able to demonstrate the literacy, numeracy ...

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