Title: Community and Public Health Nursing 5th Edition
Authors: D Sines, S Aldridge-Bent, A Fanning et al
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear Student Nurse 3rd Year
What was it like?
Public health is on every ones lips at the moment, with obesity and diabetes just two of the factors contributing to a rise in the decline of the public’s health. As health care professionals we are all influential in promoting health for our patients, and making every contact count. This book is a great tool to assist with understanding the determinants of the public’s health and how we can support and encourage lifestyle change.
What were the highlights?
As a student nurse, we cover public health nursing in all of our three years of training. This book covers all aspects of nursing, learning disability, mental health, children’s nursing and the adult field as well.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I appreciated how the chapters where clear and covered only the content of each title, such as adult vulnerability in the community. This chapter I personally found the most interesting, it covers safeguarding, the mental capacity act and even domestic violence. These areas I did not feel would be covered in a public health nursing book, but they are discussed in depth but not to the point that it becomes overwhelming.
There are many links to government documents throughout the book such as the Marmot review, The Francis report and many more, this ensured me that it was an up to date text which I could utilize within my studies.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to student nurses, community and district nurses and anybody with a passion for public health nursing. Clear, concise and structured it is a book I have found beneficial for my own learning.