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Fundamental Care: A Person-Centred Approach

This pocket book is hailed as a rapid reference guide for nursing students at the start of their nursing programme, or others providing fundamental care to adult patients and families.

Structured around McCormack and McCance’s book Person-Centred Nursing: Theory and Practice published in 2010, it draws from key sources, such as the 6Cs framework and the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct.

The authors define nursing care as fundamentals of care, and advise that the book will provide guidance on how to build up an effective nurse-patient relationship. It considers a range of skills framed on the 6Cs.

However, there seems to be a conflict between format and function. The book only covers some of the fundamentals of care and aspects of nursing care such as pressure ulcer prevention, mobility and pain assessment are missing. Specific needs of patients with mental health problems or those of older people are given limited attention and there is no focus on dementia. Quotations or case studies may have been a worthwhile addition.

This pocket guide may be useful as

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