Let’s face it. Not every nurse would make a good clinical instructor.
Technical proficiency alone does not guarantee the
ability to effectively manage nursing students at the clinical
site. Even nurses who are capable of providing clinical instruction
may not wish to take on the considerable personal liability
associated with the oversight of these nursing students.
Perhaps you are different. Perhaps you are one of those
nurses who is in fact both capable and willing to impart your
knowledge to the next generation of caregivers.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) Social Policy
Statement of 1980 was the first to define nursing as the diagnosis
and treatment of human responses to actual and potential
health problems. This definition, when combined with the ANA
Standards of Practice, has provided impetus and support for the
use of nursing diagnosis. Defining nursing and its effect on
client care supports the growing awareness that nursing care is
a key factor in client survival and in the maintenance, rehabilitative,
and preventive aspects of healthcare.
Since this book was first published in 1993, the Advanced Paediatric Life Support
(APLS) concept and courses have gone a great way towards their aim of bringing simple
guidelines for the management of ill and injured children to front-line doctors and
Over the years an increasing number of experts have contributed to the work and we
extend our thanks both to them and also to our instructors who unceasingly provide
helpful feedback.The Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course is now well established
in several countries outside the United Kingdom.