Book review: Quality and Safety in Nursing

Ensuring that care is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centred.

Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes

Quality and Safety in Nursing

Gwen Sherwood and Jane Barnsteiner | Wiley Blackwell | £45.99 | 424pp | ISBN: 9781119151678


Quality and safety have always been integral to the provision of high-standard, patient-focused care for patients and their families. This publication, now in its second edition, begins by identifying all of the driving forces behind the provision of excellent care by recognising the complexities of using a competency approach to improve outcomes.

Quality and safety cannot be achieved by concentrating on one aspect of practice, but by ensuring that ‘care is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centred’.

To facilitate this outcome, it is crucial to consider evidence-based practice and integrated learning practices, and to learn from experience.

This publication uses plain language, not jargon, and provides an extensive glossary. There is also a comprehensive reference list at the end of each chapter to encourage readers to research its subject further.

The theories and processes covered are logical and evidence based, and the use of case studies demonstrates their potential applications to daily practice.

The topics covered in the three sections can be read in sequence or individually so practitioners can apply them to where they work.

Teams reviewing care provision can refer to this publication or aspects of it in their discussions with patients and families, and to ensure that the changes they make are patient centred and appropriate.

Reviewed by Kim Grocott, Named Nurse Safeguarding Children, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

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