General Nursing Resource List

Here’s just a selection of the rich resources to support General Nursing. Explore our full range via our website:

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Le May ARspid. Rapid adult nursing. 2017





Sellmabecomingn D. Becoming a nurse: fundamentals of professional practice for nursing. 2nd ed 2017




Adult nursingBurns D. Foundations of adult nursing. 2015





Royal MarsdenDougherty L. The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: student edition. 9th ed. 2015




Royal Marsden profDougherty L. The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: professional edition. 9th ed 2015




Essentials of nursingDelves-Yates C. Essentials of nursing practice. 2015





Essential clinical skillsDelves-Yates C. Essential clinical skills for nurses: step by step. 2015





Nursing practicePeate I. Nursing practice: knowledge and care. 2014




Becoming a nurseFedoruk M. Becoming a nurse: an evidence-based approach. 2nd ed. 2014





BJNBritish Journal of Nursing (NHS OpenAthens password required)





EBNEvidence –Based Nursing  (NHS OpenAthens password required)





JANJournal of Advanced Nursing (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)




NursingNursing (American Edition) (NHS OpenAthens password required)





Nursing EthicsNursing Ethics (NHS OpenAthens password required)





Nursing ForumNursing Forum  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)




Nursing ResearchNursing Research (NHS OpenAthens password required)





NTNursing Times (NHS OpenAthens password required)





Evidence searches carried out on General Nursing

We provide evidence to inform patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches we’ve provided include:

Assessment of post registration, specialist practitioner nurse students

Nursing competency frameworks

Benefits of training for nurse/HCA roles in changing skill mix

Pre-registration nurse education in pharmacology

Motivating nursing staff to complete mandatory training/education

Skills passports for nurses

Education for nursing and health professionals

6 Cs of nursing

Professional issues in nursing


Web and other resources

NMC Nursing & Midwifery Council The Code


The NMC regulate nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They exist to protect the public. They set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare throughout their careers. They make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold professional standards.



Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service at #HLG2018: five go to Keele

The two-yearly conference of British health librarians, organised by the Health Libraries Group[,  takes place on Thursday and Friday 14th and 15th June at Keele University and Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service are well represented in the programme.

Rachel Playforth, Assistant Librarian (Knowledge Management), presents a paper she and Clinical Librarian Igor Brbre have written, on literature searching peer review in practice: enhancing the skills of searchers, describing and analysing our system of peer review of evidence searches. We are one of the few library services to use peer review to maintain search quality and consistency.

Kevin Burgoyne will talk on the theme Help! I’m a Primary Care Librarian, offering his advice and experience to those setting up library and knowledge services to primary care and commissioners.

Tom Roper, Clinical Librarian, will help facilitate a Knowledge Café on social media and collaborative tools, and will present a paper on the highly successful #ukmedlibs Twitter chats he organises with two colleagues from other library services.

As well as delivering their papers, our delegates, with the addition of Ben Skinner, Head of Library and Knowledge Services and Cecelia Schwartzman, Assistant Librarian at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, will be listening to presentations from librarians from around Britain, looking for lessons and good practice they can bring back to apply locally.

You can follow the conference on Twitter with the hashtag #HLG2018, and some of the plenary sessions are being live-streamed.

How we take care of your data

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At last the avalanche of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) emails has slowed to a trickle!  As you will know all too well, every organisation in the UK has been required to review how they process and make use of the information that they hold about their users.  We have done the same and here we will briefly explain where you can go for more information if you need it.

The Library and Knowledge Service uses two systems to store information about our members.  The first is our library management system, which allows members to find books and journals, and to borrow, renew and reserve items from our stock.  You can view the information we hold on you in this system by using your library membership ID (on your membership card) and a PIN that we provide separately.  If you do not know your PIN you can request it from

We have updated our Privacy Policy for the library management system, which you can find on our website.

KS logoThe second system that we use is KnowledgeShare, which provides you with personalised evidence updates about new publications in your field and helps us to manage requests for in-depth evidence searches and information skills teaching.  Those of you with an OpenAthens account will be able to log in to KnowledgeShare to check and update the details we hold about you.  If you aren’t able to access the system just drop us an email.

KnowledgeShare also aims to facilitate networking and communities of practice within the NHS in order to avoid us all reinventing the wheel.  For this reason we ask whether you would be happy to make your contact information available to other NHS staff, but we won’t share anything without your permission.

If your information is on KnowledgeShare then we will email you once a year to remind you and ask whether anything has changed (or if you’d like to be unsubscribed).

We have updated our Privacy Policy for KnowledgeShare, which you can find on the site.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact, Head of Library & Knowledge Service.

Develop your information skills this summer

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Whether you’re researching patient care, teaching your trainees and students, revalidating, or setting up a Twitter presence for your team, the Library and Knowledge Service provides a range of sessions to refresh your skills.

Scheduled teaching takes place in our libraries at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital.  Teaching at Mill View Hospital is carried out on request.

See our website for full details and bookings, or contact us.

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Learn to access our online collections

We provide an overview of the wealth of online journals, texts, clinical procedures and summaries available to you.



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Find quality health information

We show you how to search effectively and efficiently. Our sessions follow a step-by-step approach, from navigating key online sources to conducting in‑depth searches of high-quality evidence to inform research, service improvement and CPD.


teaching Tom 1.pngUnderstand the evidence

We show you how to critically appraise both quantitative and qualitative research and interpret medical statistics to make decisions about patient care or service development.


endnote onlineManage your research and findings

If you’re writing for publication or assignments or simply keeping track of your research, our session on using EndNote bibliographic software is for you.


TwitterGet the most out of social media

Learn tips to promote your services and keep your target audience informed with social media. From building up your network to measuring your impact . . . all in just thirty minutes!


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Use technologies in your own teaching

If you’re involved in teaching students, trainees, staff or your peers find out how to enhance your teaching using learning technologies, from producing podcasts to creating videos.


Revalidate your professional qualifications

Reflecting on your practice is important to professional associations such as the GMC and NMC, and reflective writing skills will be needed for your portfolio. Our sessions help you develop your skills and confidence in reflective writing and show how to apply it to your CPD.

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Keep up with patient information

Learn how to identify reliable sources of information for your patients and get guidance on creating your own leaflets and videos.



Sessions tailored to your profession

We can tailor our sessions to suit the needs of teams, such as managers, nurses, doctors, health professionals or administrative staff.

Contact us for details.


Online teaching

If you are not able to visit us in person for teaching, we provide online support via WebEx.

All you need is access to the internet and a telephone at the same time.



Heritage Open Day – Royal Sussex County Hospital

Join us in celebrating the Royal Sussex County’s 190th Birthday at one of our free bite-size heritage talks on Monday 11th June.

Samantha Sharman, our Heritage Officer, will take you on a fascinating journey through our hospital’s vibrant and eventful history, complete with photographs and artefacts from the collection.

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10.30am – 10.45am  Bite size talk: A snapshot of our History

11.30am – 11.45am  Bite size talk: About our Heritage project

1.00pm – 1.15pm       Bite size talk: A snapshot of our History (repeat)

2.00pm – 5.30pm       Drop in: Talk to the Heritage Officer and Object display

All events take place in The Chapel, The Barry building, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton

Contact (Heritage Officer) for more information.


Your specialty is our specialty!

Whether you’re just starting out or heading your team, specialising in oncology or ophthalmology, a pharmacist or an anaesthetist, working with children or older adults, the key texts, journals and information tools you need are at your fingertips.

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Our Resources by Specialty series highlights just some of the resources and services available through your Library & Knowledge Service.

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From e-books to e-journals, clinical procedures to exam preparation, 3-D images to current awareness….all this plus links so you can start using them straightaway.

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An OpenAthens account is required to access most of the online resources in these lists. Register for your account at:

*Note: access may be limited to specific organisations; contact for advice.