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An Introduction to Nursing

A practical introduction to the theory, principles and practice underpinning the nursing profession, for the revised Nursing Theory and Practice Level 5 module [5N4325].

  • Examines the development of nursing as a profession, as well as nursing functions, code of practice and scope of practice as outlined by An Bord Altranais.

  • Introduces healthcare structures and their functions as outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery Act 2011, identifying specialities and primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare teams, and their functions in care delivery.

  • Outlines models of nursing, focusing on Roper, Logan and Tierney’s Activities of Living model, and includes questions and triggers to help identify actual and potential problems.

  • Explains the importance of precision in administering drugs and recording the procedure, as outlined by An Bord Altranais (2007).
  • Describes how to execute the measurement and accurate recording of temperature, respiration, pulse, blood pressure and fluid balance.
  • Discusses the roles and interrelationship of empathy, advocacy, interpersonal skills and communication in nursing.
  • Identifies commonly occurring infections in healthcare, the chain of infection and how to prevent infection and cross infection.
  • Explains commonly used nursing terminology and medical abbreviations in nursing practice in Ireland.


Written For:

Nursing Theory and Practice Level 5 [5N4325] as part of the following major awards:

  • Healthcare Support [5M4339]
  • Nursing Studies [5M4349]
  • Community Health Services [5M4468]


  • Suggested activities and revision questions
  • Interview skills and tips
  • Information on assessment

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Publication Date

March 2014




Paperback, 250 pages

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Gill Education


Chapter 1 Development of Nursing as a Profession

Chapter 2 Health Services in Ireland

Chapter 3 The Code of Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice

Chapter 4 The Nursing Process

Chapter 5 Models of Nursing

Chapter 6 Empathic Behaviour of the Care Worker

Chapter 7 Medical Terminology and Abbreviations

Chapter 8 Infection Prevention and Control

Chapter 9 Medication Management

Chapter 10 Safe Moving and Handling


245 x 173 mm


By Mary Henry, Dorothy Phillips and Anne Traynor

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Mary Henry, BMs Midwifery, RGN, Certificate in Teaching (FE), teaches on the Nursing Studies course and other healthcare, sports and administration courses at NFQ Level 5 in Cavan Institute.

Dorothy Phillips, BNS, MSc, postgraduate in Coronary Care, diploma in Applied Physiology, teaches on the Nursing Studies course and other healthcare courses in Cavan Institute.

Anne Traynor, BSc Nursing, MSc Education, postgraduate certificate in Intensive Care Nursing, postgraduate diploma in Further and Higher Education, teaches a variety of healthcare subjects on NFQ Level 5 courses, including Nursing Studies in Cavan Institute.

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