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Child-Centred Nursing. Promoting Critical Thinking

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Title: Child-Centred Nursing. Promoting Critical Thinking.

Authors: Bernie Carter, Lucy Bray, Annette Dickinson, Maria Edwards and Karen Ford

Publisher: SAGE Publishing

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 nurses working with children. It provides clinical information and insights in a concise, structured and informative way that encourages critical thinking to assist and support the reader in obtaining the knowledge required and skills needed to nurse and advocate for children today.

Case studies and TED activities are used throughout the books seven chapters to integrate theory and practice. Within these chapters, positions in society and how that influences involvement in health care and decision making is explored. Our past, present and future roles as nurses delivering care to children are examined in relation to offering child and family centred care. Right to participate, be informed and make choices about are also considered. The environments of care are addressed including the ways in which technology creates opportunity and constraints are explored. How children experience illness and as nurses, how can we help make these experiences meaningful, reduce potential trauma and promote wellbeing. Best practice and our responsibility to ensure we achieve it are also addressed.

What were the highlights? 

The main highlight of this text is that it discusses the core principles of practicing child-centred care alongside the practical application of these broad theories and concepts.

Case study examples and insights are presented in an informative way to assist and support the reader so as to improve the care experience of children and families. As such, this book is for those interested in studying or working with children and young people in health care. A particular highlight is the chapter on children’s participation in care and research including ethical considerations.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The major strength of this book is the maintenance of a clear link between professional practice, research and theory throughout. Clinical case studies illustrate use in practice, helping to bridge the gap between concepts and their practical application.

The inclusion of brief “TED” activities encourages the reader to think critically, refection upon, relate to and evaluate current practice. It is well written and structured systematically and clearly.

Who should read it?

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

Child-Centred Nursing

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