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This 3rd edition updates the material and introduces a little more theory around the fundamental question of human agency: Why do we act in the way that we do? To what degree are our actions socially determined, to what degree can we exercise ‘agency’? This book explores sociology and psychology relevant to nursing and explains why it is so important to understand these disciplines. It is written specifically for nursing students, but any student of health and illness will find relevance in the material. aIt clearly explains some key concepts using nursing case studies and examples. Chapters move from individual and personal issues onto wider society as a whole and explore the psychological and sociological basis of all aspects of nursing practice.

As modern healthcare evolves, it is essential for nurses to understand and work with a diverse range of people to provide quality care. But it is often difficult to grasp the many roles of those in healthcare services. This book provides a clear, practical and up-to-date guide to the various people that nurses work with, including the essential role of service users themselves, and how to work with them to improve care.

This new edition includes increased coverage of teamwork and improving mental health. It is updated throughout including discussion of LiNKS, the Care Quality Commission and Every Child Matters.

Nurses work with a wide range of people and it is essential that they are able to understand questions such as: Who are service users and what might their needs and perspectives be? Who else is involved in nursing? How do professionals learn and work together? This book will help students understand the policy context that makes these questions important, prepare them for working in a team and working in an environment where roles are evolving. The book will outline assessment requirements and include advice to students on gathering evidence for assessment of practice.

The new edition of this well regarded book introduces the underpinning theory and concepts required for the development of first class communication and interpersonal skills in nursing.

By providing a simple to read overview of the central topics, students are able to quickly gain a solid, evidence-based grounding in the subject. Topics covered include: empathy; building therapeutic relationships; using a variety of communication methods; compassion and dignity; communicating in different environments; and culture and diversity issues.

Three new chapters have been added that point readers towards further ways of approaching their communication skills that are less model and technique driven and focusing more on therapeutic considerations, as well as looking at the politics of communication.