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Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice

INTENDED FOR undergraduate student nurses who need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards and essential skills clusters, this book takes the reader on a logical journey of explanation concerning policy development at local, national and international levels.

It covers policies on public safety and trust, with one chapter including a useful scenario involving a third-year student nurse and a possible medication error that demonstrates sound undergraduate risk assessment.

Another chapter deals with the policy context of care, compassion and dignity highlighting the concept of caring for carers and the benefits of caring, information concerning the Care Quality Commissions inspections, the Health Service Ombudsmans investigations into complaints through to the six fundamental values outlined in the nursing policy regarding compassion.

The book also covers public health policy and inequalities in health, wellbeing and nursing practice. It also champions the need for knowledge, awareness and the use of health policy in the day-to-day practice of nursing will not disappoint.

The best aspects of this book, however, are its activities. These should encourage readers to engage in processes of reflection, evidence-based research and critical thinking. The inclusion

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It covers policies on public safety and trust, with one chapter including a useful scenario involving a third-year student nurse and a possible medication error that demonstrates sound undergraduate risk assessment.

Another chapter deals with the policy context of care, compassion and dignity highlighting the concept of ‘caring for carers’ and the benefits of caring, information concerning the Care Quality Commission’s inspections, the Health Service Ombudsman’s investigations into complaints through to the six fundamental values outlined in the nursing policy regarding compassion.

The book also covers public health policy and inequalities in health, wellbeing and nursing practice. It also champions the need for knowledge, awareness and the use of health policy in the day-to-day practice of nursing will not disappoint.

The best aspects of this book, however, are its activities. These should encourage readers to engage in processes of reflection, evidence-based research and critical thinking. The inclusion of case studies brings health policy implementation alive and sample answers at the end of each chapter could help student nurses adjust their pace of learning.

Staff and students involved in the growing body of masters in pre-registration nursing pathways will find this book useful in developing their abilities in critical reflection and at master’s level.

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