Evid Based Nurs 8:40 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.2.40
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McCormack B, Manley K, Garbett R, editors. Practice development in nursing. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2004. ISBN 1405110384

  1. Margaret B Harrison, PhD, RN
  1. Queen’s University School of Nursing
 Kingston, Ontario, Canada

      Practice development is a nebulous concept. It can mean anything—or everything—related to professional practice. Practice development in nursing brings a thoughtful academic and research perspective to the field. The collection is edited by Brendan McCormack, Kim Manley, and Rob Garbett who, combined, have an impressive amount of experience in practice development in the UK. The book is particularly relevant for a UK readership. For North American and other readers, a word of caution: practice developer, a role referred to throughout the book, seems to be common in UK settings but may not be a familiar title in other countries. Garbett and McCormack (chapter 1) note 71 activities of practice developers that are organised into 6 categories: promoting and facilitating change, translation and communication, responding to external influences, education, facilitating the …

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