Title: Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals
Edited by: Hannah Abbott, Wendy Braithwaite and Mark Ranson
Publisher: M&K Publishing
Reviewer: Jade Day, Student Nurse, Anglia Ruskin Chelmsford
What was it like?
This book is pretty much about everything to do with assessments. The first chapter is to do with the initial taking a patients history, and then the chapters following are a more in depth look at assessments for specified areas, including respiratory, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular assessments. It comes with a few handy images, tables and diagrams, which help break up the text and show information in different formats. It also has a handy abbreviations list at the beginning and glossary at the back that are helpful to refer to.
What were the highlights?
As a student nurse, the highlights for me were more the parts that I found most helpful. The first chapter concerning patient history is vital, and there are a couple of bits like the Glasgow Coma Scale and taking a manual blood pressure that were really useful. I also think that the obstetric chapter and the mental health chapter will be helpful for students in either of those fields.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The main weaknesses for me were more circumstantial than actual faults. I personally think this book is better aimed at practitioners rather than nurses or students so I didn’t find it as helpful as some others may find it. I also find in other student textbooks there are questions and activities throughout that aid learning, and there is nothing like that in this book.
Who should read it?
Definitely a good read for practitioners or nurse practitioners. As a student not so much though there were a few bits I found helpful dotted throughout.