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New edition of Marsden's acute nursing ‘bible’ published

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An updated version of a nationally recognised guide to clinical nursing skills in the UK has been launched this month.

The ninth edition of The Royal Marsden Manual of Nursing Procedures has been “thoroughly reviewed and updated”, providing detailed information on nursing skills and over 200 procedures.

For the first time, the authors said they had involved “hands-on” testing with nurses in their revisions to the manual.

Pre-registration nursing students at Kingston University were given procedures from the manual to test in their skills lab, and their feedback was then fed into the revision process of the book.

The manual also now integrates risk-management into relevant chapters to ensure it is central to care, rather than it forming a separate chapter.

The manual was first published in 1984. Its current editors, Sara Lister and Dr Lisa Dougherty, are both senior nurses at the Royal Marsden. 

Ms Lister, head of pastoral care and psychological support, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on providing qualified nurses with the most in-depth, evidence-based manual there is for clinical procedures, and the hands-on testing with Kingston University is an exciting addition to this latest edition.” 


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