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Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

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April 2016 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Drawing together the best of text, video and interactive material for the complete A&P learning resource for nurses. Effective, holistic nursing is impossible without a firm grasp of how the human body functions, but knowledge of the scientific theory on its own is not enough. Using the person-centred practice framework as a guiding principle, this book brings anatomy and physiology to life combining the best of print and online learning into one integrated package.

Key features:

  • Connects theory with nursing practice exploring the science from the perspective of a fictional family
  • Supported by a rich array of video material including interactive figures, animations and mini-tutorials – perfect for visual learners
  • Full of engaging activities designed to complement self-directed learning
  • Written with the needs of nurses firmly in mind, focusing on the essential information
  • Supported by a SAGE Edge website containing complete access to videos, animations, student revision material, action plans, downloadable figures, over 800 flashcards, and a bank of 170 online multiple choice questions for assessment use.

More than just a book!

Get 12 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN 9781473938465*interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook

Each purchase includes 12 months access to an interactive eBook version which seamlessly blends the traditional textbook format with the best of online learning. Students can study when and how they want and make use of additional tools including search, highlighting, annotation note sharing and much more.

Introduction: How to use this book
Introductory science

Units and numerals

Descriptors of the body

Terminology and abbreviations

Spelling variations

Part 1- Introductory Concepts
Homeostasis in Person-Centred Practice
The Human Cell
Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Biological Systems
The Human Microbiome and Health
Part 2- Control and Coordination
The Nervous System: Control of Body Function
Special and General Senses: Responding to the Environment
Endocrine System: Control of Internal Functions
Preservation of the Internal Environment
The Digestive System: Nutrient Supply and Waste Elimination
Metabolism and Liver Function
Respiratory System: Gaseous Exchange
Renal System: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance
Internal Transport: Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Support and Protection of the Internal Environment
Immune System: Internal Protection
Skin and Temperature Regulation
Musculoskeletal System: Support and Movement
The Next Generation
Reproductive System
Development through the Life Span


Click for online resources

The SAGE Edge site offers a whole host of resources that can be accessed anywhere, from the convenience of your phone, tablet device or laptop. 

On this SAGE Edge site you will find the following materials:

For students:

Multiple Choice Questions
Interactive Glossary with Audio
Chapter Glossaries
Interactive Figures
Useful Video Links
Useful Weblinks

For lecturers:

Customisable Testbank
Selected illustrations from the book, available to download
List of useful video links 

I absolutely recommend this book! There’s a lot of colourful diagrams and tables,which I find amazing because it helps me visualise things and that’s a great way to revise, if you can visualise and see something, rather than just reading it, it’s going to help you massively.

(Full video review can be found here:

Claire Carmichael - Registered Nurse and Blogger

‘The inclusion of the fictional family makes the rather dry subject of anatomy and physiology come alive. As this is not hospital but patient based, it also gives the book a health focus which is often missing. The interactive nature of the book and the four stages of learning are also features that I particularly like - it recognises the different ways in which students now learn.’ 

David Gallimore
Swansea University

The book is extremely well illustrated in colour throughout and contains a wealth of diagrams, tables and learning activities. The authors have included a fictional family in this resource and have effectively integrated each individual throughout the text, which very much brings the learning to life and provides that vital link between anatomy and physiology and nursing practice.

I would highly recommend this high-quality resource to all students pursuing a career in nursing, as it will significantly contribute to their overall learning experience.

Michael J. McGivern
Northtec School of Nursing

‘Nursing students will benefit enormously from the clear explanations, informative videos, colourful diagrams and simple and easy to remember definitions of key concepts.’ 

Harry Chummun
University of Greenwich

‘A well-presented and clear book that should enable student nurses at all levels to establish a sound understanding of A&P related to clinical practice.’ 

Donal Deehan
Liverpool John Moores University

‘The use of patient case studies and links to practice is something that has been less clearly focused upon in other A&P textbooks and will be extremely helpful in making the concepts within A&P 'real' for student nurses.’

Jane Turner
University of Derby

‘A clear strength of this book is how it situates anatomy and physiology within a philosophical framework of nursing care (namely the Person-Centred Practice Framework of McCormack and McCance, 2016). Anatomy and physiology are often taught separately from the psycho-social aspects of care. This can make it difficult for students to apply and integrate their knowledge of human anatomy to patient care. The philosophical framework developed by the authors of this book will go a long way towards developing truly holistic nursing care. Students will develop a clear understanding of how human anatomy and physiology underpin safe and effective nursing care and clinical decision-making.’ 

Sarah Ashelford
University of Bradford

This is great to use in the anatomy unit of Cache - health and social care level 3 year 2
This has been added to the students reading list, we are also using some of the diagrams for practice exams

Miss Jenna J Webb
September 17, 2020

An excellent resource where the key topics are delivered in a clear and comprehensive manner. Access to H E. Students have found this very useful to develop their understanding of Anatomy and Physiology

Mrs Michele Ponting
Access to Higher Education, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
January 21, 2019

The team in consultation with our learners chose this as our preferred textbook to support their anatomy and physiology study. They particularly enjoy its relevance to health care practice and the way its information relates clearly to health, illness and disease. It has been the most popular and accessible textbook we have used in science for some time. Highly recommended. Additionally several learners have purchased the associated colouring book to aid their memory prior to end tests and exams. A really useful pair.

Viv Herbert
Health, Barnsley College
May 8, 2017

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5: The Nervous System

Jennifer Boore

Professor Jennifer Boore is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, Ulster University. Jenny started her career as a registered nurse, followed by becoming a midwife. She practiced as a nurse and midwife in the UK and Australia for some years before returning and beginning her first degree in human biology. After working as a clinical teacher with the degree students she obtained a Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester and completed her PhD on pre-operative preparation of patients. From 1977 to 1984 Jenny worked as a Lecturer in Nursing at the Universities of Edinburgh and Hull and was then... More About Author

Neal Cook

Dr Neal Cook is a Reader and the Associate Head of School at the School of Nursing, Ulster University and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Neal is also President of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses and an Executive Board Member of the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Neal has taught anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to undergraduate and post-graduate nursing students across a number of courses since he commenced working in higher education. Neal is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor, teaching life support courses in Health and Social Care Trusts and in the University. He has worked... More About Author

Andrea Shepherd

Andrea Shepherd is a Lecturer in Nursing at the School of Nursing, Ulster University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to undergraduate nursing students across a number of courses since she commenced working in higher education. Andrea is also an Advanced Life Support Instructor, teaching life support courses in Health and Social Care Trusts and in the University. She has worked in the fields of critical care and orthopaedics since registering as a nurse, becoming a specialist practitioner and subsequently moving into education. She currently takes a lead role in adult pre... More About Author

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