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Person-centred Nursing: Theory and Practice

Person-centred Nursing: Theory and Practice

Brendan McCormack, Tanya McCance

ISBN: 978-1-444-34771-5 June 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 208 Pages




The concept of 'person-centredness' has become established in approaches to the delivery of healthcare, particularly with nursing, and is embedded in many international healthcare policy frameworks and strategic plans. This book explores person-centred nursing using a framework that has been derived from research and practice.

Person-centred Nursing is a theoretically rigorous and practically applied text that aims to increase nurses' understanding of the principles and practices of person-centred nursing in a multiprofessional context. It advances new understandings of person-centred nursing concepts and theories through the presentation of an inductively derived and tested framework for person-centred nursing. In addition it explores a variety of strategies for developing person-centred nursing and presents case examples of the concept in action.

This is a practical resource for all nurses who want to develop person-centred ways of working.

Author Biographies.


Chapter 1 Introduction.

The Person-Centred Nursing Framework.

Structure of the Book.

Chapter 2 Personhood and Person-Centredness.


The Concept of 'Person'.

A Hierarchy of Attributes.

The Refl ective Person.

The Intrinsic Moral Good of Persons.

The Embodied Person and Personhood.

Connecting Concepts of Persons through Authenticity.

The ‘Life Plan’ as a representation of the Authentic Self.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 3 A Theoretical Framework for Person-Centred Nursing.


Caring and Person-Centredness.

The Concept of Caring.

The Concept of Person-Centredness.

Person-Centred Nursing.

The Person-Centred Nursing Framework.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 4 Pre-requisites: Attributes of the Nurse.


Professionally Competent.

Developed Interpersonal Skills.

Being Committed to the Job.

Clarity of Beliefs and Values.

Knowing Self.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 5 The Care Environment.


Workplace Culture.

Skill Mix.

Shared Decision-Making Systems.

Power Sharing and Effective Staff Relationships.

Potential for Innovation and Risk-Taking.

The Physical Environment.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 6 Person-Centred Processes.


Working with Patients’ Beliefs and Values.

Shared Decision-Making.


Having Sympathetic Presence.

Providing Holistic Care.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 7 Person-Centred Nursing Outcomes and their Evaluation.


Outcome Evaluation in Nursing.

Outcome Evaluation in Person-Centred Nursing.

A Framework for Outcome Evaluation.

Summary of Key Points.

Chapter 8 Using a Practice Development Framework to Develop Person-Centred Cultures.


Why a Practice Development Approach?

What is Practice Development?

How can Practice Development Methodology be made real in Practice?

Case Studies of PCN Developments using Emancipatory and Transformational Approaches.

A Collaborative Practice Development Programme for Clinical Nurse Leaders: 'Creating the Conditions for Growth'.

An Experience of Using a Framework for the Development of Person-Centred Practice.

Journeying from 'I have a Dream' towards 'Yes, we can': A Dialogue about leading the Development of Person-Centred Nursing.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Person-Centred Care Programme.

Person-Centred Practice at Uniting Care Ageing, New South Wales, Australia.

Summary of Key Points.