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.e10765Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 20 November 2016
Accepted: 22 December 2016
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