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Children’s Respiratory Nursing

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Title: Children’s Respiratory Nursing

Edited by: Janice Mighten

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

Reviewer: Kim Shrieves, BSc (hons), Child Health Nursing, RN (Child)

What was it like?

This user friendly, comprehensive text book is a practical up to date and evidence-based guide regarding the management of children with respiratory conditions. It provides clinical information in a concise, structured and informative way to assist and support the knowledge required and clinical skills needed to nurse children with acute and chronic respiratory conditions in both primary and secondary care.

This book begins with an overview of the general principles underpinning children’s respiratory nursing such as anatomy and physiology of the child’s respiratory system, nursing assessment, history taking and collaborative working. Each subsequent section builds upon this knowledge with sections relating to respiratory investigations that aid diagnosis and treatment such as chest x-rays and bronchoscopy, assessment of airflow and lung volume leading into oxygen therapy and long term ventilation paying some consideration to national guidelines, ethical dilemmas and nursing support for the family. Section three looks at respiratory conditions and management of lung infection providing an overview of common respiratory infections with reference to local and national guidelines. The final section moves away from management of conditions towards issues impacting on nursing practice such as transition from child to adult services, legal and ethical issues and the professional communication skills needed to care for children and their families. Finally, a glossary, list of abbreviations and answer section and index informs and supports the text and further learning needs.

What were the highlights?

The major highlight of this book is that it has a strong practical focus throughout, and its structured approach will benefit the majority of readers greatly each section building upon the last in a straightforward manner.

Strengths & weaknesses:

It is structured systematically and clearly, beginning with learning objectives, complimented by visual aids (pictures, tables and flow charts etc) or case studies for increased clarity assisting the reader to better understand the information being presented or as examples of good practice and most of the chapters conclude with questions and answers to consolidate learning.

Despite being of a small size it covers the range of clinical skills and background knowledge and understanding required by children’s nurses (well although not exhaustive). It lays the foundations of practice knowledge without neglecting any important issues. Additionally, this book includes a glossary of terms and abbreviations used within the text and frequently within nursing practice. As such it makes an excellent starting point and source of reference for those involved in nursing children and young people.

Who should read it?

In addition to being aimed at qualified nurses caring for children with respiratory conditions this book will be of benefit to all children’s nurses with a particular interest in respiratory conditions wanting to develop their level of understanding of the special management required in this area. Those new to and in the early years of practice will be able to refer to this text when working to answer day to day practice questions, obtain clinical information on conditions and procedures and understand underlying pathophysiology of relevance within hospital and community settings.

 Children's Respiratory Nursing

Children’s Respiratory Nursing

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