Title: Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students
Author: Mooi Standing
Publisher: SAGE, Learning matters
Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford
What was it like?
This book was a pleasure to review due to the contents within the book. As a student nurse we often learn about using evidence based practice within clinical areas, which is why this book was ideal for me to read as a second year nursing student. I especially enjoyed the fact that it was aimed at student nurses in particular, as I feel like I could apply each aspect of the book to my current progress along my course. I feel as though it has been really well thought out and uses appropriate language for the reader to understand.
What were the highlights?
Throughout the book are numerous activities, which helped me gain a clearer understanding of the information within that specific chapter. Also, some parts of the book are split up into the different years of a nursing course – first, second and third year. Here, I was able to apply all years to my current learning but focus more upon the second year literature. In addition I also enjoyed how many aspects used evidence based and up to date literature. We are continually encouraged to seek up to date literature in our studies, which is something this book displays well.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book has really helped me when writing assignments and even with my personal development record. The book is nicely laid out and each chapter is clearly signposted. However, this book may put some readers off as it says it’s for student nurses. Nevertheless this book may be beneficial for any clinician as it displays a broad depth of knowledge and literature. In addition, I couldn’t fault the actual contents of the book as I feel as though it has covered extremely important aspects of clinical judgement and decision making skills.
Who should read it?
This book would be an ideal resource for student nurses, regardless of their stage of training. It may also be beneficial for other clinicians such as healthcare assistants and qualified nurses.