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Adult Nursing Practice

Using evidence in care

Edited by Ian Bullock, Jill Macleod Clark, and Joanne Rycroft-Malone

24 May 2012

ISBN: 9780199697410

560 pages

In Stock

Price: £41.49

Adult Nursing Practice helps readers develop the the knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based care. Nurses learn how to manage patients with common conditions and fundamental health needs, enabling them to provide the best possible nursing care every day.



Adult Nursing Practice: Using evidence in care enables today's students and newly qualified nurses develop the knowledge and skills they need to deliver, and lead care tomorrow. Reflecting the principles of evidence-based care, this textbook helps students learn to manage patients with common conditions and fundamental health needs so they can provide the best possible evidence-based care every day.

  • Written specifically for new nursing courses, it reflects the latest NMC standards for pre-registration education.
  • Focuses on nursing practice and the development of transferable clinical decision-making skills
  • Authors outline how to identify and select the most appropriate evidence based intervention and direct readers to the best sources of uptodate information
  • Each condition, health need and symptom is carefully profiled to enable readers to understand their importance and the nurses' role
  • Pathophysiology is explained clearly to highlight subsequent causes of health problems, signs of deterioration and nursing priorities for assessment
  • Case studies explore how nurses can work with patients to restore or support normal functions
  • An online resource centre provides a wealth of bonus material to support interactive learning

About the Author(s)

Edited by Ian Bullock, National Clinical Guideline Centre, Royal College of Physicians, UK, Jill Macleod Clark, University of Southampton, UK, and Joanne Rycroft-Malone, University of Bangor, UK

Dr Ian Bullock is Chief Operating Officer at the National Clinical Guideline Centre, Royal College of Physicians where he has developed expertise in evidence based healthcare and research and development (including quality improvement). He is responsible for a large funded research programme on behalf of NICE, with particular focus on the development of National Clinical Guidelines and Quality Standards.

Professor Jill Macleod Clarke is Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and has many years experience as a clinical nurse, educator and researcher. She has an international reputation for her research into health promotion, communication and interprofessional learning. She has held a number of academic leadership positions where she championed the move to all graduate nursing profession. Jill has acted as Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and as a member of the 2008 Research Assessment Panel for Nursing and Midwifery.

Professor Joanne Rycroft Malone is Professor of Implementation Research and Director of Research at Bangor University. She has an international reputation for research that aims to improve service delivery and patient care through the appropriate use of evidence in practice. She is currently a principal and co-investigator of research grants that explore various aspects of knowledge use in practice, including evaluating different implementation interventions. Jo is also the inaugural editor of the journal Worldview on Evidence-Based Nursing.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction: Reframing Adult Nursing Practice
    Part 1:Understanding Common Health Conditions
    2:Understanding Asthma
    3:Understanding Bone Conditions
    4:Understanding Cancer
    5:Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
    6:Understanding Coronary Heart Disease
    7:Understanding Dementia
    8:Understanding Depression
    9:Understanding Diabetes Mellitus
    10:Understanding Functional Bowel Disorders
    11:Understanding Renal Disorders
    12:Understanding Skin conditions
    13:Understanding Stroke
    Part 2: Managing Health Needs And Symptoms
    14:Managing Anxiety and Agitation
    15:Managing Breathlessness
    16:Managing Continence
    17:Managing Delirium and Confusion
    18:Managing End-of-Life Care
    19:Managing Hydration
    20:Managing Hygiene
    21:Managing Infection
    22:Managing Medicines
    23:Managing Mobility
    24:Managing Nutrition
    25:Managing Pain
    26:Managing Perioperative Care
    27:Managing the Prevention of Skin Breakdown
    28:Managing Wounds


"This book contains an excellent balance of empirical and statistical evidence, guidance for best practice and good common sense approaches." - Dr Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing, Chief Executive & General Secretary

"This new book gives students the tools to make informed decisions about care and improve adult nursing practice on a day to day basis." - Nicki Walsh, Lecturer, University of Nottingham, UK

"The coverage is extremely relevant to the preparation of effective adult nurses and will be highly useful to readers." - Dr Chris Bulman, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, UK

"An excellent comprehensive guide to adult nursing practice ideally suited to adult field student nurses." - Susan Thompson, Deputy Director, University of Nottingham, UK

"An extremely useful 'reader friendly' book; a valuable resource for student and newly qualified nurses." - Sue Clark, Learning & Development, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust

"This text is ideal for today's nursing courses and for key knowledge to underpin patient care- it bridged the gap between research evidence and professional practice." - Dr P Scullion, Associate Head of Nursing, Coventry University, UK

"A very useful and supportive textbook which follows a logical framework to explore and examine adult nursing practice and how evidence supports its implementation. It is well written and is supported by good diagrams, photographs, boxes identifying action points, evidence highlights and case studies." - Keith Booles, Senior Nurse Lecturer, Staffordshire University, UK

"Good book to 'dip in and out of'." - Jane Douglas, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK

"The way that the use of supporting evidence is related to adult nursing practice is excellent." - Ian Wood, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, UK

"Written in a clear, understandable and reader-friendly way, this will be valuable for undergraduate students and registered practitioners." - Paul Elliot, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK