Key Concepts in Nursing

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Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead, Annette McIntosh-Scott, Ann Bryan, Tom Mason
SAGE, Mar 17, 2008 - Medical - 344 pages
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Nursing can be complex and challenging to new students and trainee practitioners. Key Concepts in Nursing provides a much needed guide to the central topics and debates which shape nursing theory, policy and contemporary practice. From assessment to ethics, and leadership to risk management, the book offers a comprehensive yet concise guide to the professional field.

Each entry features:

" a snapshot definition of the concept;

" a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice;

" key points relevant to the entry;

" case studies to illustrate the application to practice;

" examples of further reading.

Highly readable, with clear indexing and cross referencing, this is an ideal book for trainees to turn to for learning more about key issues in nursing practice and education. It meets the validation requirements of all training programmes and will also be invaluable for nurses continuing their professional education, those returning to practice and for mentoring.


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25 Feedback
26 Guilt
27 Holistic care
28 Inequalities in health
29 Leadership
30 Manager
31 Managing change
32 Managing technology

4 Autonomy
5 Biological determinants of need
6 Caring
7 Clinical governance
8 Common sense
9 Communication
10 Compassion
11 Competence
12 Confidence
13 Coping
14 Crisis management
15 Data information knowledge
16 Dignity
17 Diversity
18 Educator
19 Empathy
20 Empowerment
21 Environment
22 Equality
23 Ethics
24 Evidencebased practice
33 Mentoring
34 Nurturing
35 Pain
36 Problem solving
37 Professional development
38 Realism
39 Record keeping
40 Reflection
41 Rehabilitation
42 Relationship between the individual and society
43 Researcher
44 Respect
45 Risk management
46 Role model
47 Sense of humour
48 Teamwork
49 User involvement
50 Value

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About the author (2008)

Tom Mason has been working in nursing for almost 30 years - 17 of those in clinical practice, the remainder in teaching and research.

He has published nine books and over 70 journal articles, and was awarded the International Association of Forensic Nurse's Achievement Award in 1999.

His main professional interests are the management of violence in healthcare settings, and the sociology of nursing.

Tom is currently Professor of Forensic Nursing at the Caswell Clinic, South Wales, and external professor at the University of Glamorgan. He is also visiting professor at Chester College of Higher Education.

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