Senior academic’s book sets standard for community nursing

A nursing lecturer from RGU has responded to new healthcare guidelines and policies in the newest edition of her key textbook.

Dr Heather BainDr Heather Bain, Academic Strategic Lead: Academic Programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has just released the second edition of ‘A Textbook of Community Nursing’, co-edited with Sue Chilton, senior lecturer from the University of Gloucestershire.

The book is a comprehensive and evidence-based introduction to nursing in the community, covering the full range of professional topics for community nurses, such as professional approaches to care, public health, eHealth, therapeutic relationships and the role of community nursing in mental health.

This release of a second edition is in response to the book’s ongoing success, which has seen it become widely used in undergraduate and postgraduate education across the UK.

This edition acknowledges that changes to policy have seen more healthcare be delivered in or closer to a person’s home. It also adopts a stronger focus on evidence-based practice, with each chapter being underpinned by strong evidence and relevant exercises, activities, case studies and examples to illustrate practical application of theory.

Speaking about the latest edition, Dr Bain said: “This textbook is essential for all pre-registration nursing students, those on specialist community nursing courses and also any qualifies nurses entering community practice for the first time.

“What we wanted to create was a user-friendly and accessible book that can take readers through the changing face of nursing in the community, acknowledging the range of settings in which nurses promote optimum health and wellbeing – whether with individuals, families or communities.

“As part of this, there are four areas which are addressed in the book: birth to death; vulnerability and resilience; assessment and intervention; and leadership and autonomy.

“RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has a well-established reputation for supporting our students throughout their development and preparing healthcare workers throughout the region for further steps in their careers with essential and professional skills.”


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