The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, tenth edition

Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise have brought together all the latest clinical evidence nurses need to meet confidently the requirements of their demanding profession. The Manual includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Core principles guide the decisions that are made about what to include in each new edition:

  • The emphasis has always been on the procedures of nursing; the manual is not about the nursing care of an individual with a specific condition.
  • The aim is for the manual to be used in practice, so the core of each chapter is the procedures. However, it is not just about how to do a procedure but also about understanding the reasons why.
  • The aim is for the manual to be the ‘go‐to’ reference for clinical areas by drawing together information in one place.
  • The rationales underpinning the procedures are drawn from a breadth of sources. As would be expected, these include research findings, national and professional guidelines, and policy, but in addition practice‐based evidence is essential. This means that only procedures that are part of nursing care at the Royal Marsden are included to ensure that expertise from practice informs each chapter.

The tenth edition reflects the work that is beginning on preparing nurses for the future, linking content (as appropriate) to Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (NMC).

  • It also includes expanded content on mental capacity and safeguarding. The ‘Legal and professional issues’ section has been replaced with ‘Clinical governance’.
  • A new chapter on self‐care and wellbeing has also been included, reflecting the expectation that nurses ‘must be emotionally intelligent and resilient individuals, who are able to manage their own personal health and wellbeing, and know when and how to access support’ (NMC).