Sociology for Nurses
Sociology for Nurses, 3rd Edition
<i>Sociology for Nurses</i> has become a leading textbook and an invaluable companion for students wishing to get to grips with how sociology can positively transform professional nursing practice.

This thoroughly revised new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon-free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of nursing. Readers will develop a clear understanding of what sociology is and why it is essential to practice, gain deeper awareness of social issues such as gender, ethnicity, class and the life course, and become more familiar with the social contexts of health policy and nursing as a profession.

With updates in every chapter, the third edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a reorganized collection of chapters on health policy, extended coverage of long-term illness and disability, as well as contemporary case studies on topical healthcare issues such as dementia, the ‘obesity epidemic’ and recent attempts to integrate health and social care. In addition, the book provides clearly defined learning aims, a useful glossary of sociological concepts, structured activities and questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading.

The editors and contributing authors to the book have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre-registration and post-registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time.

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  • September 2016 (hb)
    June 2016 (pb)
  • 384 pages
  • 171 x 246 mm / 7 x 10 in
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  • 9781509505401
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Table of Contents

Part I: Nursing and the Sociology of Health and Health Care

1. What is Sociology?
Sarah Earle and Keith Sharp

2. Why Should Nurses Study Sociology?
Sarah Earle and Barbara Green

3. What is Health?
Sarah Earle

4. Nursing as an Occupation
Elaine Denny

5. Researching Health
Carol Komaromy

Part II: Inequalities and Diversity in Health and Health Care

6. Gender
Gayle Letherby

7. The Family, Health and Caring
Geraldine Brown and Corinne Wilson

8. Age and Ageing
Pat Chambers and Elaine Denny

9. Long Term Illness and Conditions
Elaine Denny

10. Disability
Sue Ledger, Jan Walmsley and Lindy Shufflebotham

11. Social Class and Health
Sarah Earle and Terry O’Donnell

12. Race and Ethnicity
Paula McGee

Part III: Policy Influences on Health and Health Care

13. Policy in Health
Kate Thomson

14. Managing in Health Care
Alistair Hewison

15. Social Care
Catherine Needham

16. Global Health
Sarah Earle

About the Author
Elaine Denny is Emeritus Professor of Health Sociology at Birmingham City University
Sarah Earle is Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care at The Open University
Alistair Hewison is Senior Lecturer of Nursing at the University of Birmingham
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A complete course of instruction under one cover, Sociology for Nurses is especially recommended as a Nursing School curriculum textbook and should be a part of every college and university library collection."
Midwest Book Review
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