Foundations of Nursing Practice

Themes, concepts and frameworks, fourth edition

by Richard Hogston and Barbara Marjoram

Part three: Professional Issues

Part three aids development of professional knowledge, introducing the complex nature of nursing and the personal awareness and understanding needed for effective practice.

Each of the five chapters is 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 Fifteen: Body Image and Sexuality; Sid Carter and Anita Green

The expression of sexuality and body image appear to be inter-related particularly when associated with physical or mental illness, disease or physical trauma. Chapter 15 explores body image and sexuality, an area which demands sensitive and thoughtful care. This chapter explains the part nurses play in helping clients when body image and sexuality need to be addressed and their vital role in providing physical and psychological care, support and treatment. About the Authors
Sid Carter PhD, MSc, BA, RN(LD), PGCEA, AdvCert (Human Sexuality) is a Lecturer in Learning Disabilities at the School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, UK.

Chapter Sixteen: Genetics knowledge within an Ethical Framework; Delia Pogson

Chapter 16 introduces the structure and function of chromosomes and genes and explores the issues of inheritance of characteristics and genetic disorders, and the role of genetics and genomics in common diseases. It highlights related ethical issues, such as how genetic information is collected from individuals and then used, and how it is stored so as to preserve the principles of consent and confidentiality. This chapter also considers how genetics can help us to further understand human development, health and disease, mental health and mental disorders, and learning disabilities. About the Author
Delia Pogson RN(LD), FETC, Cert.Ed., RNT, M.Sc., M.Phil. is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Southampton, UK, and is a member of the Network of Educators for the NHS Genetics Education and Development Centre.

Chapter Seventeen: Nursing Practice in an Interprofessional Context; Janet McCray

Chapter 17 considers working within an interprofessional context and the importance of effective teamwork. It explores the need for collaboration to meet service users’ needs and therefore how working together with other professionals and healthcare staff will become part of everyday practice. The chapter also discusses key professional skills and concepts, including teamwork, collaboration, socialisation and shared professional values. About the Author
Janet McCray PhD, Msc, Bsc( Hons ), RNT, RN (LD) Cert Ed, is a Principal Lecturer in Health and Social Care Leadership at the University of Chichester, UK.

Chapter Eighteen: Public Health in Nursing; Elizabeth Porter

Chapter 18 analyses the contribution of the nurse to public health within the nine identified areas of public health activity, defined by Skills for Health & Public Health resource Unit 2008. These nine areas offer the framework for the chapter. The chapter also considers the nurse’s role in health promotion, health education, targeting risk in the population, tackling inequalities and improving health. It discusses how nurses are well placed to understand health and disease in society in order to provide better prevention services, do more to tackle inequalities and improve access to services. About the Author
Elizabeth Porter BA MPhil PGCEA RN RM RHV FWT is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton where she is programme leader for the MSc and BSc (Hons) public health practice degrees.

Chapter Nineteen: Health Informatics; Adam Keen and Neil Hosker

Informatics is the collection, evaluation, organisation and dissemination of information. This chapter explores the role of information in healthcare provision, considering what information is needed and how information is shared. Health informatics is highly relevant in modern practice when one considers the role of computers, the internet and technology in nursing today. Chapter 19 also covers relevant legislation and current national policy including data protection, freedom of information and computer misuse. About the Authors
Adam Keen MEd, MSc, Dip HE, RN is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Health & Social Care at the University of Chester, UK.

Neil Hosker MSc (health informatics), BA(hons) nursing, PGDip, DPSN, RN is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of Chester, teaching on the pre-registration nursing programme and Foundation Degree in Health Informatics.

Chapter Twenty: Developing Effective Leadership and Management Skills; Yvette Cox

Chapter 20 explores the management and leadership skills required, even from an early stage, to develop into a registered autonomous practitioner. It explores relevant theories in order to shed light on what leaders and managers do, and the skills which are necessary to enable them to achieve the role successfully. The chapter examines the role of the manager in relation to planning, organising, directing and controlling. About the Author
Yvette Cox Dip N Ed, MBA is a Lecturer, teaching leadership and management subjects to undergraduate, postgraduate and master’s programmes at the University of Southampton, UK.