Nursing in Partnership with Patients and Carers

May 24, 2012

Author: Audrey Reed

Edition: First

Publisher: Learning Matters

Pages: 184

Price: £16.99 and £20.39

ISBN: 9780857253071 and 9780857253095 (e-book)

Quality nursing and caring are synonymous with the delivery of safe, compassionate and dignified care based on a mutual relationship between individuals founded on the principles of openness, honesty, trust and respect.

Delivering individualised person-centred care founded on such relationships and principles requires the development of a unique partnership between the nurse, patient, carers and significant loved ones. Without exception, the delivery of quality nursing and caring in a safe, compassionate and dignified way is every nurse's aim and responsibility. However, as many recent media reports indicate, this isn't always the reality for some unfortunate individuals.

Delivering quality nursing and caring is challenging and rewarding for the nurse; to receive it as the patient is phenomenal; and to witness it as a carer and significant loved one is amazingly gratifying. The importance of establishing this truly unique and honourable "tri-partnership" is the bedrock of quality nursing and caring.

Nursing in Partnership with Patients and Carers provides a comprehensive, systematic and practical approach to deciphering why this tri-partnership is so significant. The title truly reflects the content, which achieves the aim of supporting student nurses working across all undergraduate pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes to understand why this partnership is essential.

The style and format is accessible, directional and supportive of learning in and reflecting on practice by unifying theory with practical examples, activities, case studies, research summaries and scenarios.

Chapters one and two detail the background and context of why the nurse-patient relationship is essential, along with identifying relevant health policy on patient and carer partnerships. Chapters three to five differentiate the significance of patient participation and partnership, and nursing in partnership with carers, along with highlighting the importance of adopting a family-centred care approach to nursing. Chapters six to eight highlight the importance of providing individualised person-centred care, and how this can be accomplished via the biographical approach to assessment and through supporting and encouraging self-care and health literacy. Chapter nine details a fundamental issue surrounding quality and patient participation associated with evaluating the impact and outcome of care for the individual, patient, nurse, carer and significant loved ones.

The mapping of each chapter against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Standards for Pre-registration Nurse Education and Essential Skills Clusters complements learning and is a welcome inclusion.

The authors should be commended for creatively illuminating and detailing (with the backing of evidence) why and how these partnerships are the bedrock in delivering individualised person-centred care - and may contribute to restoring the image of nursing.

Who is it for? Pre-registration nursing students.

Presentation: Accessible, practical and resourceful.

Would you recommend it? It is an essential purchase for student nurses on pre-registration programmes, highlighting the fundamental partnerships that underpin the delivery of quality nursing.

Highly recommended

Preceptorship for Newly Registered Nurses

Authors: Kath Sharples and Karen Elcock

Edition: First

Publisher: Learning Matters

Pages: 184

Price: £17.99

ISBN: 9780857253736 and 9780857253750 (e-book)

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