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Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice

Using Health Policy in Nursing Practice

March 2013 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
This book is part of the Transforming Nursing Practice series, written specifically to support nursing students on the new degree programme.



Health policy can appear complex and remote from nursing practice. This book demystifies health policy and helps you understand how policy decisions relate to your daily practice. Through the exploration of selected hot topics, such as patient involvement and dignity, the book helps you to consider how not only to use policy in practice, but also how to use practice to influence policy. Patient narratives and case studies are followed through each chapter to show how policy issues can impact on real life care. The book also shows how you can use an understanding of policy to develop your career.


Key Features:


- Shows how policy impacts on the real world and how you can use it to improve care or change practice

- Regular activities help you to engage with policy issues

- Enables you to see how to use policy in practice yourself

- Supports you in meeting the NMC requirements for registration


About the series


Transforming Nursing Practice is the first series of books designed to help students meet the requirements of the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters for the new degree programmes. Each book addresses a core topic, and together they cover the generic knowledge required for all fields of practice. Accessible and challenging, Transforming Nursing Practice helps nursing students prepare for the demands of future healthcare delivery.


Series editor: Proffesor Shirley Bach, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Brighton. Co-series editor for learning skills titles: Dr Mooi Standing, Independent Academic Consultant at national and international level, and an accredited Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reviewer.



Georgina Taylor was a Principal Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University for many years, and has recently retired. She taught research methods to a range of healthcare professionals and aspects of health policy and interprofessional working to third year nursing students. Research interests include the health of refugees and asylum seekers, health inequalities, intercultural care, and patient safety.

About the author
What does Health Policy mean for Nursing Practice?
Healthcare and Social Care Policy
The Policy Context of Partnership Working
The Public Context of Patients and Public Involvement in Healthcare
The Policy Context of Trust and Public Safety
The Public Context of Care, Compassion and Dignity
Public Health policy, Inequalities and Wellbeing and Nursing Practice
Using Policy in Nursing Practice

Very relevant book to the course, which enables students to understand health policy in nursing practice.

Miss Jane Matonhodze
Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University
September 18, 2013


Ms Lynn Wroe
School of Nursing & Midwifery, demontfort university
August 16, 2013

Helpful resource for student nurses entering their programme. This book sets the scene in relation to essential insight into health policy.

Ms Louise Braithwaite
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
July 2, 2013

I was absolutely delighted to come across this book. this has justified my stance on why health policy should be part of all nursing fields and post-registration curricula. the case studies are excellent, the text maps across the new NMC (2010) domains for pre-reg nurses and it makes it explicit that health care professionals have a role and influence on the political landscape. Excellent!

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
March 29, 2013

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