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Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice

Second Edition
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December 2020 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The essential guide to anatomy and physiology for nursing students.

The new edition of Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice brings together text, video, full-colour illustrations, interactive activities, and more, to provide nursing students with a comprehensive introduction to understanding the healthy functioning of the human body. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new videos, improved online support, revised learning activities, and clear explanations that will help nursing students feel confident when learning anatomy and physiology for the first time.

Key Features:

  • Students can use their phone or tablet to scan QR codes throughout the book and instantly watch informative animations, mini-tutorials, and other useful videos.
  • Introduces all the essential anatomy and physiology information in a carefully structured way, helping students to steadily build their knowledge and successfully apply it to nursing practice.
  • All content is based around the person-centred nursing framework and a fictional family is used throughout to demonstrate how the biology applies to real people, helping students to apply the A&P knowledge directly to real-life nursing situations.
  • Supported by new and improved online teaching and learning resources, including a teaching guide to the resources, a fully revised testbank, over 250 downloadable figures from the book, and a host of student resources such as multiple-choice questions and over 800 glossary flashcards to help aid revision.

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice is essential reading for all nursing students and nursing associate students learning anatomy and physiology for the first time.

Part 1: Introductory Concepts
Chapter 1: Homeostasis in Person-Centred Nursing
Chapter 2: The Human Cell
Chapter 3: Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Biological Systems
Chapter 4: The Human Microbiome and Health
Part 2: Control and Coordination
Chapter 5: The Nervous System: Control of Body Function
Chapter 6: Special and General Senses: Responding to the Environment
Chapter 7: The Endocrine System: Control of Internal Functions
Part 3: Preservation of the Internal Environment
Chapter 8: The Digestive System: Nutrient Supply and Waste Elimination
Chapter 9: Metabolism and Liver Function
Chapter 10: The Respiratory System: Gaseous Exchange
Chapter 11: The Renal System: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid–Base Balance
Chapter 12: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems: Internal Transport
Part 4: Support and Protection of the Internal Environment
Chapter 13: The Immune System: Internal Protection
Chapter 14: Skin and Temperature Regulation
Chapter 15: The Musculoskeletal System: Support and Movement
Part 5: The Next Generation
Chapter 16: The Reproductive Systems
Chapter 17: Development through the Life Span


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Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)

  • A Teaching Guide to the resources
  • Video Teaching Support - Video URLs and accompanying questions
  • Test bank - a set of questions, for directed learning or assessment purposes.
  • Downloadable image bank (over 250 diagrams and figures from the book for use in slides or as printouts.)
  • VLE/LMS Download: Upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s virtual learning environment (i.e. Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs

Student Resources (Free to access)

  • Video links - URLs of the videos featured in the book
  • 170+ Multiple-Choice Questions - designed for revision and exam preparation
  • Over 800 glossary flashcards with an audio function to check pronunciation of unfamiliar terms
  • Recommended readings and weblinks
  • Answers to end of chapter questions 

Straight forward text to read and follow- I refer this text to year 1 nursing students of all fields. Feedback from the students- they generally like this book as it is straight forward to understand and follow.

Mr David Price
Nursing, University of West London
March 19, 2021

I have found this text works very well in conjunction with Essentials of Nursing Practice and Essentials of Pathophysiology. It provides a sound resource for students who have previously studied A&P and a foundation for those who are new to the subject.

Mr Wayne Arnett
Nursing, Winchester University
March 2, 2021

Decision on adoption of the title cannot be provided at this stage. Will consider later on in 2021

Really great, comprehensive book for the nursing schemes which whilst comprehensive is not overly daunting. Presents all aspects of the essentials of A&P in a very easy-to-understand way with some great illustrations. Contains exactly what you would hope of such a text.

Mr James Taylor
College of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University
February 19, 2021

Quickly became the 'go to' book for students following recommendation. An excellent Anatomy & Physiology book.

Mr Richard James Clark
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 10, 2021

Really easy to use and great for students

Miss Donna Doherty
Nursing, Staffordshire University
March 19, 2021

I no longer teach on the module that I had considered this for, have discussed the book with the module leader

Mrs Alison Elliott
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
October 7, 2021

I very much enjoy this book and have recommended for several of the nursing modules. I use it for prep every day

Mrs Jayne Firestone
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
December 10, 2020

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