A Dictionary of Nursing (7th edition)

Elizabeth A. Martin; Tanya A. McFerran
Oxford Quick Reference
  • Over 10,300 entries written by a team of 21 medical and nursing specialists
  • More than 200 new entries, including Clinical Global Impressiondignitylgycaemic indexPublic Health England, and robotic surgery
  • Includes terms from the related fields of medicine, surgery, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and pharmacology, including recently introduced drugs
  • Simple pronunciation guide
  • Nearly 100 helpful diagrams and tables
  • 17 essential appendices ranging from an immunization schedule to the nursing code of conduct

New to this Edition:

  • Nearly 200 new entries, including Clinical Global Impressiondignityglycaemic indexPublic Health England, and robotic surgery

The new edition of this bestselling and trusted dictionary has been fully updated and revised to take account of recent developments in nursing practice and related fields. Updates to this edition cover many areas, with a particular focus on areas such as nutrition, medical research, lymphology, and critical care nursing. 

Written by medical and nursing specialists, and offering more than 10,400 clear and concise entries on the theory and practice of nursing, the dictionary provides comprehensive coverage of the ever-expanding vocabulary of the nursing professions. As well as nursing-specific terms, there are also many entries in the fields of medicine, anatomy, physiology, ethics, psychiatry, nutrition, statistics, and pharmacology. Almost 100 helpful illustrations and tables, and 17 appendices covering the Code of Conduct 2015, the calculation of drug dosages, essential skill clusters, religion and nursing practice, recommended alcohol intake, and much more, make this an essential reference tool for all nursing students and professionals.


Pronunciation guide 
Biochemical reference values for blood
Biochemical reference values for urine
Biochemical reference values for faeces
Haematological reference values
Body mass index (BMI)
Formulae for calculating drug dosages
Alcohol: ABV and recommended intake
Immunization schedules
Essential skills clusters
Guidelines for resuscitation
The Human Rights Act
Religion and nursing practice
Health care websites
Degrees and diplomas
SI units
The NMC code of professional conduct: standards for conduct, performance, and ethics


Elizabeth Martin MA is a former managing editor at Market House Books Ltd.
Tanya McFerran MA, SRN, RSCN, Cert. Ed. is senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

Elizabeth Martin MA
Tanya McFerran MA, SRN, RSCH

Contributors and Advisers
Dr Sandeep Bajwa MRCP
Dr Deborah Bowman MA, PhD
Dr Mark Donnelly FRCP
P. J. T. Drew MD, FRCP
Peter Glennon MD, FRCP
Pamela A. Hall BM, DPH, MFPHM
T. Q. Howes MA, MB, BS, MD, MRCP(I)
Dr J. Craig Jobling MA, MB, BChir, FRCS, FRCR
Nikhil Kaushik FRCOphth
Matthew Kurien MRCP
Dr Peter Lepping MD, MRCPsych, MSc
H. Manji MA, MD, FRCP
D. J. McFerran MA, FRCS
Dr Alpa Patel MB, BS, MRCGP, DRCOG
Amin Rahemtulla PhD, FRCP
Dr Alexandra Taylor MRCP, FRCR, MD
Jonathan White BSc (Hons), MRCP(UK)
Clare Willocks MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCOG

"The latest edition of the bestselling, comprehensive and authoritative A Dictionary of Nursing has been fully updated and revised to take account of recent developments in nursing practice and related fields." -- Lindsey Curtis, Reference Reviews Vol.31.8 2017