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Part I: Understanding nursing and nurses

Chapter 1. Nursing's public image: toward a professional future

Chapter 2. Nursing, a trusted brand: do we dare to care?

Chapter 3. The changing nature of nurse education: preparing our future workforce

Chapter 4. The unique role of the nurse: the organisation of nursing careers Part II: Developing your nursing practice Chapter 5. Nursing regulation: being a professional Chapter 6. Nurses influencing health care: leading as a professional Chapter 7. Creating your professional identity: becoming the nurse you want to be Part III: Contexts of health care and nursing Chapter 8. Health literacy and the nurse.patient partnership Chapter 9. The global context of health care delivery Chapter 10. The economic challenge for health care services Chapter 11. Political and policy influences on health care : are nurses political and do they need to be?

About the Author

Padraig O Luanaigh is Deputy Director of Nursing, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, Norwich, UK. With over 28 years' experience of working within health and higher education, Padraig has a broad and integrated range of experiences gained from working in organisations across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.


Although offered as a textbook, it is much more: it is a delightful dialogue between the author and reader. This book offers something for everyone, whether a nursing student or a more experienced nurse, at whatever stage of their career.

-Eleanor Sherwen, patient experience and quality manager, NHS England Midlands and East nursing and quality directorate

The strengths of the book include international contributors, well referenced text, additional resources for the reader to access and poignant points to reflect on the issues discussed. The writing style and choice of subjects addressed make this book an enjoyable journey of contemplation, which offers insight to the personal and professional capacity of nursing. Who should read it? Anyone who is interested in gaining insight into nursing's professional identity and considering the future of nursing as a specialised entity amongst the political and economic complexities that face health care.

- Ibadete Fetahu, Nursing Times

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