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Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice

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Title: Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice 

Author: Georgina Taylor

Publisher: SAGE publications Ltd

Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book is part of the Transforming Nursing Practice series. This has been written principally for nursing students on the degree programme.

It helps nurses to comprehend how policies fit in with ongoing practice. Nurses sometimes find it difficult to realise that these are used in everyday care for the patient. This book sets out to raise the awareness and teach them the tools to enable them to put this into practice. It sets out to improve patient care.

What were the highlights? 

This is book is written in the UK by an academic at Middlesex hospital. It is so apt for today’s nurses and following the Francis report. It also makes the links between policy and practice clear.

The author writes clearly and does not use jargon that could confuse the reader.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The case studies are excellent and was it was important to include Victoria Climbie’ although this was eleven years ago, it is vital healthcare professionals ensure workable policies are in place to safeguard vulnerable children and adults.

Patient safety is included and highlights the difference between system and human errors these are explained alongside fair blame.  Healthcare professionals need to work in a safety culture. Otherwise bad practice will continue and patient care will not be able to improve. Within each chapter there are a number of activities that can be carried out in class and on placements.

The referencing is up to date and there are good websites for further reading. The text charts across the new NMC (2010) sphere to identify that all nurses have a part to play in taking this forward.

There were no weaknesses found.

Who should read it?

Although this book is aimed for nursing students undertaking a degree course this is relevant to all nurses working today within healthcare environment. 

All levels of nurses need to be aware of health policies and how this affects all area of practice. Staff also need to have the knowledge to take this forward effectively.

Patients and their relatives need to be assured that staff carry out the highest standard of care in line with current healthcare policies. This book will help nurses to achieve this.

Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice


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