A Handbook for Student Nurses, third edition

Introducing Key Issues Relevant for Practice

Wendy Benbow, Gill Jordan, Anneyce Knight, Sara White

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: August 8, 2021

Pages: 228 pages

ISBN: 9781908625939 Related titles: ,

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A Handbook for Student Nurses is widely recommended in institutions across the UK and is essential reading for new students.

The book provides an introduction to the essential background knowledge that pre-registration nursing students need as a foundation for their training. This third edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the new NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses and the most recent update of the NMC Code. It also features a completely new chapter on health promotion, and incorporates the very latest developments in nurse education and in the health service.

A Handbook for Student Nurses covers the core of first-year nursing studies:

  • Practice supervision and assessment
  • Communication
  • Legal and professional issues
  • Values, ethics and cultural awareness
  • Reflection and personal development
  • Quality care and evidence-based practice
  • Study skills
  • Public health and promoting health and wellbeing

“An excellent introductory text for student nurses, written in a clear and illuminative style.” Lecturer, Adult Nursing

Preface to the third edition; Preface to the second edition; About the authors

1. Nurse education, practice supervision and assessment
     1.1 Introduction
     1.2 Pre-registration nurse education
     1.3 Nurse education today
     1.4 Standards of proficiency for registered nurses
     1.5 Standards for education
     1.6 Practice placements
     1.7 Registration

2. Communication
     2.1 Introduction
     2.2 Communication defined
     2.3 The communication process
     2.4 Interpersonal skills
     2.5 Intercultural communication
     2.6 Emotional intelligence
     2.7 Non-verbal interaction
     2.8 Barriers to effective communication
     2.9 Listening skills
     2.10 Advocacy and empowerment
     2.11 Digital literacy

3. Legal and professional issues
     3.1 Professional accountability
     3.2 Arenas of professional accountability
     3.3 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
     3.4 Compassion in Practice
     3.5 Delegation
     3.6 The Code in more detail
     3.7 Consent
     3.8 Safeguarding
     3.9 Confidentiality
     3.10 Record-keeping
     3.11 Fitness to Practise

4. Values and healthcare ethics
     4.1 Values and rights
     4.2 Patients' rights
     4.3 Human rights
     4.4 Professional considerations
     4.5 Respect, privacy and dignity
     4.6 Healthcare ethics

5. Cultural awareness
     5.1 Introduction
     5.2 Culture
     5.3 Associated cultural terminology
     5.4 Legislation and policy
     5.5 Culture in practice
     5.6 Religious awareness

6. Quality care
     6.1 Defining quality assurance
     6.2 A brief history of the organisation of quality assurance in UK healthcare
     6.3 National quality assurance
     6.4 Local clinical level
     6.5 Further aspects of quality assurance

7. Evidence-based practice
     7.1 Introduction
     7.2 Evidence-based practice in nursing
     7.3 Carrying out evidence-based practice
     7.4 Clinical effectiveness and evidence-based practice
     7.5 Implementing evidence-based practice

8. Professional roles in healthcare
     8.1 Introduction to interprofessional practice
     8.2 Definitions
     8.3 Interprofessional working
     8.4 Challenges to interprofessional working
     8.5 Changing roles in nursing
     8.6 Nursing in the 21st century in the UK
     8.7 Careers in nursing

9. Reflection and clinical supervision
     9.1 Reflection
     9.2 Models of reflection
     9.3 Using reflective frameworks
     9.4 The benefits of practising reflectively
     9.5 Reflective writing - keeping a journal or reflective diary
     9.6 Preceptorship
     9.7 Maintaining professional knowledge and competence (revalidation)
     9.8 Continuing professional development and lifelong learning
     9.9 Clinical supervision
     9.10 Resilience in nursing

10. Study skills
     10.1 Study skills
     10.2 Reading
     10.3 Taking notes
     10.4 Writing essays
     10.5 Electronic learning (e-learning)
     10.6 Researching online
     10.7 Numeracy

11. Public health and promoting health and wellbeing
     11.1 Why is public health and promoting health and wellbeing relevant to nursing?
     11.2 The context of public health
     11.3 Determinants of health and health inequalities
     11.4 Local public health
     11.5 Health promotion


Excellent book to support nursing degree.
‘This book covers many different areas of the nursing degree. It covers many areas which are included in lectures and assignments, and references as to where I can find further information. This book is excellent in supporting learning and helps with writing assignments.’
Amazon reviewer

‘An invaluable resource and a daily accompaniment for lectures. I take it into my second year with the knowledge that I have a great reference book I can reflect on throughout my years of training.’
Adult nursing student

‘I found this to be an excellent resource and I feel students new to the profession would find it extremely useful…The book is well-organised, highly readable and accessible.’
Lecturer, Adult Nursing

‘An excellent textbook that provides up-to-date and relevant information for pre- and post-registration nursing students.’
Lecturer, Adult Nursing

‘This is an excellent book, full of relevant information for student nurses.’
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