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Care Planning: A guide for nurses, Second edition

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Title: Care Planning: A guide for nurses, Second edition

Authors: David Barrett, Benita Wilson and Andrea Woollands

Publisher: Pearson Education Limited

Reviewer: Helen Simkins, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice


What was it like?

Care Planning: A guide for nurses is a text book designed to aid pre registration nurses and registered nurses early in their career in understanding care planning and what it means to nurses. The book is split into two parts. The first part of the book focuses on care planning theory while the second part focuses on application into practice. The book also covers legal and professional issues and uses scenarios to help relate theory into practice.


What were the highlights? 

It introduces nurses to care planning and models of nursing, which range from activities of living model to Newman’s systems model. This enables the reader to relate the models to their practice and helps the reader to form a critique of each model identifying their strengths and weaknesses. The authors of the book highlight to their readers the importance of care planning in everyday nursing and have managed to produce a book that is easy to read and follow and also gets the reader to relate to their own area of practice, to hopefully encourage learning and a change in their practice for the benefit of all patients that they care for.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Each chapter begins with a paragraph highlighting its importance. This enables the reader to gain an understanding of what is going to be covered in the chapter and also identifies what should have been learnt by the end of the chapter. The book is well laid out and easy to follow and being split into two sections enables learning of the theory and then applying said theory into practice.  The book provides a step-by-step approach for nurses in assessing patients and helping to diagnose patient problems. It also focuses on interventions, , goal planning and evaluating patients’ progress. The activities that are present throughout the book aid to build nurses care-planning skills and there are also points throughout the book that ask you to stop and reflect. This title highlights how we should all aspire to care and plan care for our patients however, in practice it may not always be feasible to use the tools identified. The authors, however, do acknowledge this in the preface and highlight that they hope the book highlights the importance of care planning in every day nursing practice.

Who should read it?

This book would appeal to a large audience and would be most beneficial for pre registration nursing students and registered nurses who are early in their career. It would also prove beneficial for nurses wanting to recap on nursing models and care plans.



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