Part one: Nursing skills and conceptsPart one introduces the nursing process and explores some of the key skills - such as working effectively in a team – which are required for practice. It explores potential challenges to professional nursing practice and provides support for your own personal development.
Each of the four chapters are listed below, along with chapter summaries, author profiles, and links to useful online resources related to the chapter content. Don’t forget to try out the interactive ‘Test-Yourself!’ questions too!
Chapter One: Managing Nursing Care; Richard HogstonChapter 1 introduces the Nursing Process, a systematic problem-solving framework that enables the nurse to manage and plan care. The five basic stages include assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Using the vehicle of structured activities, readers are given the opportunity to develop a care plan for a chosen client.
Richard Hogston MSc (Nurs)., PGDipEd., BA (Hons) RN, is Professor of Healthcare Education and Regulation and Dean of the Faculty of Health at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
Chapter two: Communication and Professional Interations; Phil RussellCommunication and the skill of working effectively in a team is a key part of nursing at all levels. The first section of Chapter 2 examines therapeutic communication, exploring the meaning of these terms before identifying the qualities required to enhance communication beyond just conveying information. It highlights that clients need more than scientific intervention as part of their care, they need compassion and to be heard. The second part of the chapter examines in more detail some of the tools available to start the process of developing good therapeutic skills that can be used with patients, families and colleagues.
Phil Russell MSc, MA, BA(Hons), DipEd is a Lecturer Practitioner and Bereavement Service Co-ordinator at the Rowans Hospice.
Chapter three: Concepts and Challenges of Professional Practice; Steve TeeThis chapter introduces the reader to the realities of modern professional practice. It will help readers to understand and navigate through the many professional, statutory, local and national policy initiatives that will impact on their decision-making. The chapter also explores the philosophical principles that underpin the NMC Code of conduct (NMC 2008) and particular reference is made to consent, confidentiality, capacity and the implications for nurses’ accountability, as well as professional and legal responsibilities.
Steve Tee DClinP, MA, PGCEA, BA, DipPSN, RMN has worked within health-care practice and education for 25 years with research activity focusing on ethical decision-making and professionalism in clinical practice.
Chapter four: Developing Skills for Reflective Practice; Melanie JasperChapter 4 presents the key elements of reflective practice as a requisite component of professional practice. Developing the skills of reflective practice empowers the practitioner in making judgements and supporting their decision-making, resulting in the development of practice theory and a knowledge base that derives from practice experiences.
Melanie Jasper PhD, MSc, BNurs, BA, PGCEA, RGN, RHV, RM, NDNcert is a Professor and Head of the School of Health Science at Swansea University, UK. She is also the Editor of the Journal of Nursing Management.