Implementing fundamental care in clinical practice
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Implementing fundamental care in clinical practice

Rebecca Feo Postdoctoral research fellow, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Australia
Tiffany Conroy Lecturer, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Jan Alderman Lecturer and course coordinator, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Alison Kitson Dean of nursing and head of Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Modern healthcare environments are becoming increasingly complex. Delivering high-quality fundamental care in these environments is challenging for nurses and has been the focus of recent media, policy, academic and public scrutiny. Much of this attention arises from evidence that fundamental care is being neglected or delivered inadequately. There are an increasing number of standards and approaches to the delivery of fundamental care, which may result in confusion and additional documentation for nurses to complete. This article provides nurses with an approach to reframe their thinking about fundamental care, to ensure they meet patients’ care needs and deliver holistic, person-centred care.

Nursing Standard. 31, 32, 52-62. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10765

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 20 November 2016

Accepted: 22 December 2016

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