Implementing fundamental care in clinical practice

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-62
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • communication,
  • essential nursing care
  • fundamental care
  • Fundamentals of Care Framework
  • nurse-patient relationship
  • nursing process
  • person-centred care
  • communication


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