Thinking Nursing

Thinking Nursing

Thinking Nursing

Thinking Nursing


Thinking Nursing

This major new textbook provides a unique one-stop resource that introduces nursing students to the disciplines that underpin nursing practice. The broad range of subjects covered includes Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Public Health, Philosophy, Economics, Politics and Science.

Written by nursing lecturers with nursing students in mind, this book enables nurses to grasp the principles behind these disciplines and apply the concepts to everyday health care practices. Each chapter offers:

The theoretical background of the major tenets of each discipline
A comprehensive discussion of how they relate to practice
Cross-references to other relevant chapter sections
Suggestions for further reading
A glossary of key terms.

Practical advice is also available in a chapter dedicated to methods of research, planning and construction of written work. Moreover, the textbook encourages creative and lateral thinking beyond its use in planning and writing assignments.

Thinking Nursing is essential reading for nursing students on Common Foundation Programmes (both at diploma and degree level) and qualified nurses undertaking additional specialist training including masters degrees, as well as those involved in planning, designing and the implementation of educational courses for nurses.


As knowledge expands there is an ever-increasing amount of concepts, perspectives and literature to be covered in any course of study, and nursing is no exception. As nursing does not appear to have a unique theoretical body of knowledge specific to itself, it has traditionally drawn upon many other fields of study to provide the basis of nursing education. These traditional areas would include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and so on, and many of these topics are replete with appropriate textbooks for student nurses to draw upon. However, there are other theoretical spheres of study that are highly pertinent to the contemporary education of nursing students, and these include, for example, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. These subjects broaden the curriculum base significantly and students may not have either the time or the inclination to grapple with the numerous sources outlining the relative perspectives. We felt that what is required, in these conceptually difficult areas, is an accessible source of basic knowledge, brought together into one book, which the student can access relatively quickly.

It is well appreciated that nursing is first and foremost a practical endeavour, but one that is understood in many cases to incorporate a dynamic social interaction rather than merely pragmatic action. However, what is often overlooked is the ever-expanding, and diverse, theory that informs the application of this complex nursing activity. The authors of this book have been nursing across a wide range of areas for over 55 years in total, in clinical practice, education and research, in both universities and higher educational settings. Having taught many hundreds of students over this period, we realized that the majority of student nurses found studying for the traditional components of nursing courses relatively straightforward. As we mention above, these areas include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, genetics etc. Access to these textbooks is reasonably easy and most students did not generally find these topic areas overly difficult to relate to nursing practice. However, in the modern nursing curriculum other perspectives are brought into focus to broaden the students' field. These disciplines include the contents of this current book. They are considered to be more abstruse and conceptually difficult to grasp if the student has not dealt with them before, and often students cannot see the relevance of them to their clinical practice. It has been noticed that students generally find them more difficult to come to terms with and spend long troublesome periods of time trying to access works from a wide variety of sources or, as mentioned above, neglect them to their cost. As educators we have long known that an amalgamated source for this material, at a conceptually basic, straightforward but comprehensive level, would be a valuable addition to the student literature.

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