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Academics launch six books to help health professionals.

22 December 2010

Academics from the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University have celebrated the launch of six new books.

Dr Mooi Standing with her book 'Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare'
Dr Mooi Standing with her book 'Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare'.

Dr Mooi Standing with her book 'Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare'.

All six books have been written by the University’s academics. They will be widely used by undergraduates, but the series will also assist pre and post registration nursing students, as well as post-graduate and advanced practitioners, including interprofessional healthcare practitioners.

Dr. Mooi Standing, Principal Lecturer for the University’s Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, is author of the book, Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare. Mooi was inspired to write the book following her experience of being a patient, and observing and experiencing how nurses made decisions about her care. This led to a research project, and finally the book. She explained:”During my stay in hospital I would pass the time observing the nurses who were caring for me, and questioned them about how they made their decision on what care I should receive?  

“My notes and initial findings from this very short and brief study led me to look at the issue of accountability and decision making by nurses and all health practitioners. I completed a research study, following a cohort of nursing students through their three years of study and into their first year after registration, assessing their development of decision making. The findings of this research and the subsequent developments of my ‘Nine modes of practice in a cognitive continuum’ and the ‘Matrix model on the perception of clinical decision- making’ inspired the publication of this book.”

 “Pre-registration nursing students will find this book helpful as a reference source in enhancing their understanding and development as clinical decision-makers. It will also help all practitioners, including General Practitioner trainees, to develop a more in depth understanding of their practice by providing a framework to aid reflectivity and accountability in their clinical decision-making. It will also allow for evidence based practice that is flexible in meeting the needs of service users.” 

Four books are part of a ‘Learning Matters’ Transforming Nursing Practice series, of which Mooi is the Series editor. They are:

  • Understanding Research for Nursing Students, and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing by Peter Ellis, Senior lecturer in  Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies
  • Reflective Practice in Nursing, by  Lioba Howatson-Jones, Senior lecturer in Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies
  • Information Skills for Nursing Students, by Kay Hutchfield, Senior lecturer in Health, Wellbeing and the Family

The final book launched is Ward-Based Critical Care, a Guide for Health Professionals by Ann Price, Senior lecturer in Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies. This book is particularly helpful to post registration advanced practitioners working in acute and critical areas.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. 

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.



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