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Care of the Child with Ophthalmic Problems

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’The highlight of this text is that it discusses our roles as paediatric nurses delivering care to children with visual problems in relation to offering child and family centred care.’

Title: Care of the Child with Ophthalmic Problems

Authors: Shaw, M E and Marsden, J

Publisher: M and K Publishing

Reviewer: Kim Shrieves, BSc (hons) Child Health Nursing. RN (Child). Band 7 Paediatric Nurse

What was it like?

This book focuses on the core principles that underpin practice and changes in paediatric care that have affected the care and management of ophthalmic patients. Knowledge that informs the practice of nurses working with children with ophthalmic problems are discussed. It provides information and insights in a concise and informative way that will support the reader in obtaining the knowledge required and skills needed to nurse and advocate for children and families with visual problems.

The content, including comprehensive information required by both paediatric nurses caring for ophthalmic patients and ophthalmic nurses who look after children, is well structured and flows nicely. Working with children and families, development of the eye and vision, gross anatomy and physiology of the eye, assessment, and examination, inherited and acquired eye conditions, eye emergencies, medications and statutory and voluntary support are covered within the chapters.

What were the highlights?

The highlight of this text is that it discusses our roles as paediatric nurses delivering care to children with visual problems in relation to offering child and family centred care. Right to participate, be informed and make choices about are also highlighted. How we can help make the experiences of children and families meaningful, reduce potential trauma and promote wellbeing are addressed throughout and alongside specific ophthalmic knowledge.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Case study examples may have been an alternative and informative way to assist and support the reader to improve the care experience of children and families and to assist with practical application. Although a personal highlights are the chapters on children’s eye examination and assessment of vision and eye movement, which do manage to provide detailed knowledge and insights that read in a practically helpful. It is well written and structured systematically and clearly, perhaps a few more detailed and colourful illustrations would assist for example, with eye development explanations however it reads easily and was informative.

Who should read it?

This textbook would be beneficial to pre-registration students on a speciality placement and post-graduate students specialising in the area. It is useful for both paediatric nurses caring for ophthalmic patients and ophthalmic nurses looking after children in their roles as it presents the core information required by both groups in their practice. I believe it does go some way towards bridge the gaps in knowledge both groups of nurses experience in an ophthalmic setting.

care of the child with ophthalmic problems

care of the child with ophthalmic problems

 

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