A wide variety of factors impact on the scope of nursing practice, including government policies, organisational structures, the media, education, future healthcare directions and service users themselves. It is an NMC requirement that nurses understand these factors in order to deliver quality care. This book provides a clear and practical introduction to these contexts for the new nursing student. The new edition (formerly 'Nursing in Contemporary Healthcare Practice') has been revised to cover the organisational structures that students will find themselves working in, the various bodies involved in healthcare policy and the big issues in current and future healthcare delivery.
Dr Graham R Williamson is a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Plymouth. His clinical background is in acute medical nursing. His areas of teaching expertise are in evidence-based practice and research, as well as health policy. His research interests concern supporting students in clinical practice. He is a Core Team Member of the University's Centre of Excellence in professional Placement Learning. Tim Jenkinson is Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Gerontological Nursing at the University of Plymouth. Tim has extensive experience of teaching both pre- and post- registration nurses since 1988 and specializes in teaching communication skills and nursing of older people. He is a reviewer for The International Journal of Older People Nursing and also reviews books and articles for Journals of Advanced and Clinical Nursing. He has worked as a tutor on the RCN distance learning BSc (Hons) in Gerontological Nursing Programme. Tracey Proctor-Childs is the Deputy Head of School and a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Community Studies at the University of Plymouth. She has a particular interest in orthopaedic care and in teaching and learning in the practice domain. She is a core team member of the CEPPL and is currently evaluating practice-based learning assessment methods in midwifery, social work and emergency care degree programmes.
Part 1: The development and structure of modern health care services The establishment and structure of the National Health Service Contemporary issues in healthcare policy Nurses, nursing and healthcare organisation Part 2: Groups involved in healthcare policy Political parties and media perspectives The patient and service user perspective The student's role and contribution to the delivery of healthcare Part 3: Key issues in healthcare policy The caring culture and tradition in nursing Evidence-based practice Quality in healthcare Part 4: Conclusions Conclusions and future directions