Title: Excellence in Compassionate Nursing Care – Leading the change
Authors: Claire Chambers and Elaine Ryder
Publisher: Radcliffe, 2012
Reviewer: Kerry Bloodworth, assistant director of nursing, Nottingham University Hospitals
What was it like?
This book is really relevant to nurses working in all settings and specialities and is perfect for 2012, with the current issues facing nursing. I really enjoyed reading this book, and in fact I found it inspirational. Nurses feel quite “downtrodden, disillusioned and undervalued” at the moment and this book gives nurses a pathway to find the road and confidence in themselves to get the heart back into nursing, and restore some of the negative media image that the profession has acquired over recent years. We frequently observe dedicated, talented nurses delivering good care in spite of the system, not because of it. We also observe that the difficulties that many nurses encounter are caused not by lack of resources, but by the way that the clinical area and its nursing team are organised and led.
What were the highlights?
This book is about leadership (you don’t need to have manager or leader in your job title, to read this book). What I really liked are the case studies, in each of the chapters, which make the rest of the chapters come alive with the surrounding background text. The case studies used are from differing spheres of nursing, but as examples these case studies can be transferable to the reader’s current clinical setting. The chapters are underpinned with numerous references of current research and evidence.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The case studies give varied examples from differing healthcare settings, to attract the attention of all nurses working with patients. The book makes you think about the quality of care you are currently delivering to your patients. There are four chapters, “the important of leadership, the challenge of resourcing, taking the lead, the heart of compassionate care”. The book has a pragmatic approach and each chapter is underpinned by a case study, which develops with a series “thoughts for practice” and “ongoing practice” for nurses to start asking questions and not always “accepting their lot”. The book isn’t a “crystal ball” and doesn’t give the answers to all the “ills” of nursing but it does give a structure and format. Nurses at all levels are in a position, as valued clinicians to be at the centre of influencing innovating, leading and shaping high quality, compassionate care, now and in the future
Who should read it?
This book is for all registered nurses, midwives and health visitors, who are passionate and dedicated and want to deliver the best care that they are able for their patients/clients.