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Book club: your reviews

Community and Public Health Nursing. 5th Edition

24 April, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Community and Public Health Nursing 5th Edition

Authors: D Sines, S Aldridge-Bent, A Fanning et al

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Reviewer: Louise Goodyear Student Nurse 3rd Year

What was it like?

Public health is on every ones lips at the moment, with obesity and diabetes just two of the factors contributing to a rise in the decline of the public’s health. As health care professionals we are all influential in promoting health for our patients, and making every contact count. This book is a great tool to assist with understanding the determinants of the public’s health and how we can support and encourage lifestyle change.

What were the highlights?

As a student nurse, we cover public health nursing in all of our three years of training. This book covers all aspects of nursing, learning disability, mental health, children’s nursing and the adult field as well.

Strengths & weaknesses:

I appreciated how the chapters where clear and covered only the content of each title, such as adult vulnerability in the community. This chapter I personally found the most interesting, it covers safeguarding, the mental capacity act and even domestic violence. These areas I did not feel would be covered in a public health nursing book, but they are discussed in depth but not to the point that it becomes overwhelming.

There are many links to government documents throughout the book such as the Marmot review, The Francis report and many more, this ensured me that it was an up to date text which I could utilize within my studies.

Who should read it?

I would recommend this book to student nurses, community and district nurses and anybody with a passion for public health nursing. Clear, concise and structured it is a book I have found beneficial for my own learning.

Community and public health nursing

Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs, 9th Edition

16 April, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs, 9th Edition

Authors:  Adriana Tiziani

Publisher: Mosby Elsevier

Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, 3rd year adult student nurse

What was it like?

As a student Nurse Drug administration can be a mine field, this book has been a great addition to my collection of drug guides. One of the more comprehensive books I have looked at, Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs is a well laid out and through book, enabling even a novice to find the medication they are looking for quickly and efficiently.

What were the highlights? 

The contents pages are split into therapeutic class and also body system class, this enables me to find a vasoconstrictor, knowing that this would be in the therapeutic section or if I was unsure of this then look under the body system section.

Strengths & weaknesses:

There is a nice introduction section, which clearly states the nurse’s role in the administration of drugs, and also storage of drugs, Pharmokinetics and safe administration of medications to name a few.

There are clear symbols indicating what drugs cannot be used in pregnancy and banned in sports. I also enjoyed that there are sections within each chapter that enables you to give patient advice, such as not to operate machinery or drive and so forth.

There is also a small flash card that can be carried around with common abbreviations and drug dose rates, handy for any student nurse’s uniform pocket!

Who should read it?

The only negative with this book is that it is Australian, and does refer to legal aspects of Australian law, and some drug administration methods. However as an added extra to a BNF it is a great book, versatile and I would recommend this to any nurse, student nurse or even student doctor.

Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs

Aging and Critical Care

7 April, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Aging and Critical Care 

Author: Sonya R Hardin 

Publisher: Elsevier

Reviewer:  Jane Brown, Patient Safety Advisor, Worcester Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is one of the Clinics Review Articles, published from the Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. This is written specifically for the older patient. We are facing an ever increasing aging population in the world today. These patients have complex co morbidities and a have greater mortality risk over 75 years old especially in the critical care unit.These are a important group of patients, that at times conditions can be overlooked or readmitted when this could have been preventable.

Published four times a year, each issue focuses on a single topic in the field of critical care nursing.

The topics covered in this edition include the impact of aging, sepsis, nutrition and hydration, and renal issues to name but a few of the important chapters.

What were the highlights? 

This is an excellent guide for the critical care nurse or Intensivist. Although written in North America, this is just as apt for the elderly patient in the UK.

The book is well written and easy to read. The authors in each section have spent a great deal of time researching the topics. 

The key points at the beginning of each chapter and the acknowledgement that the older patient is at risk of prolonged hospitilation and that plans need to be in place at the beginning.

These are complex patients and are extremely vulnerable and a thorough physical examination with tests to accurately diagnose the condition.

Strengths & weaknesses:

I found no weaknesses in this book. The strengths are: - this book sets out to guide the clinician and the nursing team to treat the older person with complex conditions, but to ensure that conditions are identified early and treatment plans are in place. 

The chapters address each complex issue in detail, and set out effectively to enable the reader to pull out the salient points.

Who should read it?

All clinical staff working in the critical care setting and would also be useful in the emergency departments where the first hour can be crucial for diagnosing these important but complex patients.


Aging and Critical Care 

Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing 7th Edition

31 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 7th Edition

Authors: Leifer, G

Publisher: Elsevier

Reviewer: Kim Shrieves. BSc (hons) child health nursing. RN (Child). Band 6 paediatric research nurse

What was it like?

This book focuses on the core principles that underpin practice and the broad theories and concepts that inform and shape the practice of maternal-child nursing in health and illness. It provides clinical information and insights in a concise, structured and informative way that encourages critical thinking. Case studies and nursing tips are used throughout the chapters to integrate theory and practice. Nursing care plans provide expected outcomes, interventions and rationales to aid and explore decision making.

This combined maternity and paediatric text highlights the ways in which infants, children and adults differ and that due to these differences care varies. A central focus is the process of growth and development from conception to adulthood and the text has sections relating to the growing child and family (for example The Preschooler, The Toddler etc). It utilises a systems approach throughout and there is family-centred care focus throughout and highlights skills unique to maternity and paediatric nursing covering a wide range of nursing interventions.

What were the highlights? 

The main highlight of this text is it value as a teaching tool that it discusses the core principles of practicing maternal-child care alongside the practical application of these broad theories and concepts. Case study and nursing care plan examples and insights are presented in an informative way to assist and support the reader so as to improve the care experience of nursing mothers, children and families. There is a full website attached to this book with instructor resources and student resources to support learning further

Strengths & weaknesses:

The major strengths of this book is that it is well written and structured systematically and clearly with objectives, key terms and key points with critical thinking questions per chapter providing a framework for the content and structure of teaching sessions

Clinical case studies and care plans illustrate use in practice, helping to bridge the gap between concepts and their practical application. Additionally, it is visually appealing using colour, illustrations to good effect.

Who should read it?

This textbook would be beneficial to pre-registration and post-graduate students studying health care for children and young people.

Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing 7th Edition

The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

23 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

Author: Nancy L Kriseman

Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield

Reviewer: Jane Brocksom, urology and continence nurse specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is an informative book using mindfulness and self awareness to ease the caregiver’s journey. Presented in an easy and insightful reading style, the book, in my mind, is split into two. Chapters one to four include headings such as caregiver role, realistic expectations, self care matters and incorporating mindfulness into self-care, are all about setting the scene and allowing the reader periods of reflection and introspection, which some readers of the book may find difficult. Chapters five to eight include titles such as engagement, professional resources, being a partner and finishing well. They contain more in the way of resources and support for caregivers. The use of case studies throughout the book present pertinent issues, ideas and strategies but they do also help negate the feelings of isolation and loneliness.

What were the highlights? 

The introduction is logical, positive and non-judgemental, a great start to the book ending with reinforcing “You Matter”. This is an important message reinforced throughout the books chapters, with additional words such as recognition, appreciation and validating your role as a caregiver and makes the valid point of providing plenty of focus on replenishing the caregiver and ensuring this is not forgotten by the reader. Kriseman also talks about a listening heart and the importance of a quieting of the mind. By listening from the heart we listen and create stillness within, in order to hear the inner rhythms of what our body is saying in mind, body and spirit.

Strengths & weaknesses:

I believe a caregiver reading this would find their spirits lifted and find their personal fear and guilt subsiding, for these reasons alone the book is worth reading. The chapter on self care asks the caregiver to be compassionate with themselves, and to learn how to give personal self care messages with belief and feelings. Another important message within the book is for the reader to understand the caregiver role, using all means possible to appreciate role changes and continue with therapeutic living – this may involve reading such books but also support groups, internet resources or social media. While the book is uplifting and positive it doesn’t shirk from the realistic and in places honest picture of what it means to be a caregiver. 

My only criticisms would be the book is hardback and too large to easily carry around. The more portable perhaps the more readable? The resources, appendices and bibliography have a US bias, however, they are comprehensive and provide the reader with a starting point and include an excellent appendix on how to evaluate a website.

Who should read it?

Not the best book on mindfulness for a professional caregiver (in my humble opinion), although an excellent resource for carers. Its open writing style presents a non judgemental uplifting read with no expectations placed upon the reader. It can be read from cover to cover but provides useful chapters to dip back into at a later day or if requiring a therapeutic pick-me-up.

The mindful caregiver

Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care. A Practical Guide

20 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care. A Practical Guide.

Author: Helen Aveyard

Publisher: Open University Press

Reviewer: Carol Singleton Queen’s Nurse, North Tyneside.

What was it like?

This is the third edition of this excellent book first published in 2007 and although I have produced literature reviews for many years, I still found it helpful to be able to follow this well set out process. The chapters start with why you should do a literature review, to which literature will be relevant, how to search, how to critically appraise the literature, how to analyse your findings, how to discuss your findings and make recommendations and finally frequently asked questions.

What were the highlights?

The “Frequently asked Questions” chapter draws together all the other chapters enabling you to present your completed literature review, providing guidance to the contents you should include and detailing what each section should contain. This chapter ends with a list of eleven “top tips”, the final one been, above all, make sure you answer the research question!

Strengths & weaknesses:

There is a glossary, references and an index at the end of the book, each chapter ends with “key points” to remind you of the areas covered in the chapter you have just read, and there are useful examples highlighted in boxes. I found the list of commonly held databases helpful and while not exhaustive, it does cover the ones required by researcher in health and social care. I would have found a list of further reading or websites helpful.

Who should read it?

This book would be invaluable for anybody undertaking a dissertation or research work involving a literature review and also for “old hands” to remind them of the process required to review and appraise evidence in an efficient and understandable manner.


Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care

The Nurses Survival Guide: A Simple ABC

19 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: The Nurses Survival Guide: A Simple ABC

Author: Adam Simon

Publisher: Self published

Reviewer: Jade Day, 1st year adult nursing student at Anglia Ruskin

What was it like

Full of advice for qualified nurses, this book is literally an A-Z of how to keep your job. Covering everything from documentation and shift work to The Mental Capacity Act 2005, each point is centred around how to avoid mistakes and ensure that you will always be considered fit to practise by the NMC. However where this is full of advice on how to keep your job, it is lacking in reminding you why you love your job and ends up just leaving you thinking about everything that can go wrong.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Easy to navigate through, jam packed with advice from an experienced professional.

It has a rather pessimistic view of the world of nursing and leaves you feeling like everyone is out to get you fired or sued. It almost leaves you feeling that it’s inevitable you’ll lose your job eventually and it may not even be your fault as nurses aren’t as protected as everyone else.

Who should read it

I would avoid telling students to read this while at university as it can end up leaving you feeling deflated and lacking your original enthusiasm for the job. Better aimed at qualified nurses that are looking for a bit of advice.

The Nurses Survival Guide: A Simple ABC

Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice (third edition)

18 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice (third edition)

Author: Trisha Dunning

Publisher: Wiley - Blackwell

Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford

What was it like?

From opening the first page of this book I was delighted to see the many aspects covered from the first page to the last. Firstly the book identifies diagnosis and the classification of diabetes, which may be useful for any healthcare professional as well as patients and their families wanting to learn more about diabetes. Secondly the book looks at appropriate nursing models and methods of assessment as well as monitoring diabetes. In addition the book also looks at physiology and pathophysiology states of diabetes including aspects such as hypoglycaemia. Furthermore at the back of this book is a references section where readers of the book may want to conduct some further reading regarding diabetes. From a student nurses perspective this book is easy to read and uses terminology that explains each aspect of diabetes thoroughly.

What were the highlights? 

As this book looks at diabetes in detail, one major highlight of this book is the list of abbreviations and symbols at the beginning of the book. This may appeal more to a variety of readers such as healthcare professionals, student nurses or service user’s as terminology is appropriately explained. Furthermore another aspect of this book that I enjoyed is the use of tables using a vibrant, blue font as it breaks down the information into more enjoyable reading instead of reading a vast amount of literature.

Strengths & weaknesses:

When opening the first few pages of this book, I noticed that the book covered an immense amount of information. Furthermore from looking at each chapter, the information is consistently broken down with clear rationale behind the organisation of this book. However one weakness that I noticed is the lack of images used throughout this book, which may aid some readers as they may benefit from being a visual learner.

Who should read it?

I would recommend this book for anybody with an interest of diabetes, whether it is a patient living with diabetes, families and carers and healthcare professionals. The book is ideal for gaining a knowledge base regarding diabetes with suggested reading throughout the book for further knowledge development of diabetes. From a student nurses perspective this book would be an invaluable learning resource within a university setting or a clinical practice setting.


Care of People with Diabetes

Wongs Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 10th Edition

10 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: “Wong”s Nursing Care of Infants and Children” 10th Edition

Authors: Marilyn J Hockenberry and David Wilson

Publisher: Elsevier Mosby

Reviewer: Dr. Jo Wilson, Senior Research Fellow. (Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric Senior Nurse)

What was it like?

A good neonatal and paediatric reference and textbook, which is clearly based on family centred care, minimising risks to children from the provision of physical and psychological care that can be inflicted through illness and health promotion. The emphasis being on providing innovative and excellent paediatric care, through bringing care philosophies into everyday life and measurable quality outcomes.

What were the highlights? 

The textbook is written in 35 chapters with two Bboad parts, which are based on 14 units:

1. Infancy, childhood and adolescence including family centred care and the paediatric nurses role. (Units 1-8).   2. More serious health problems requiring hospitalisation, with medical and body system problems and the impacts and treatments including paediatric nursing interventions. (Units 9 -14).

Strengths & weaknesses:

The key strengths of this textbook are the design and layout of the chapters, which are set out to teach and learn from. Many special features have been used to benefit paediatric nurses, academics and students that assist learning and teaching. These include website support, key points summaries, review questions, research focus, nursing alerts, quality patient outcomes, nursing care plans, critical thinking case studies, evidence based practice, photographs, tables of supportive information and family centred care which highlight the needs and concerns of families. The layout is excellent and easy to follow and it is well referenced throughout. The book has a good index, which makes searching easy and has appendix of blood pressure levels by age and height percentiles.     

Who should read it?

Paediatric nursing students and qualified nurses, nursery nurses, hospital play leaders and hospital teachers, parents, district nurses, health visitors, paediatric social workers, paediatricians and medical staff in training.

Wongs Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 10th Edition


The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

4 March, 2015 Posted by: -

Title: The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

Authors: Christopher D Saudek, Richard R Rubin, Thomas W Donner

Publisher: John Hopkins Press

Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a comprehensive book, which presents in a reader friendly format relevant clinical data relating to the impact of diabetes for those diagnosed with this condition. The authors discuss the psychological, sociological, physical and emotional impacts of diabetes in relation to daily life of an individual with diabetes. 

This book presents up to date information covering initial diagnosis, types of diabetes and various treatment options. The authors go further and explore the impact of genetics along with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options.

The chapters in this book have been broken down into a reader/user friendly format. It is more than another medical book about diabetes. This edition is an essential guide for individuals who have diabetes or been recently diagnosed. It could be described as a staple part of diabetes understanding and management. It incorporates thoughts and feelings from those who live with diabetes on a daily basis and provides “take home messages” at the conclusion of each chapter, which provides extra support and guidance for the reader to improve their understanding, control and management of their diabetes. This should in turn enable people with diabetes to control their lives instead of diabetes controlling them

What were the highlights? 

The highlights from this book incorporate its user friendly format. The fact that it includes reflective thoughts from those who have diabetes brings the readership of this book to a broader spectrum. As I read through this book one of the highlights and learning points that I benefited from as a registered nurse was the section on living with diabetes and the psychological impact that it may have on both the individual but also for their partner and/or family. It highlights the need for practitioners to have a better understanding of the psychological impact diabetes may have for patients in their care.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book is presented in a clear user friendly format with easy to follow diagrams to support the presented facts. It is current and higher relevant in both medical and social fields.

Who should read it?

Since this book incorporates facts from both the medical perspective and that of the individual who has diabetes the potential readership for this book is broad. It should be recommended to the medical and nursing profession since the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise. It could be of benefit to recommend this book to those who work in the social care field as this will aid their understanding of the social and psychological impact of diabetes, especially as their client may also have other comorbidities to content with in their daily lives. For those wanting a better understanding of their own condition and those embarked on the perfect patient programme this book would also be a great resource.

The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

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