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Coping and Thriving in Nursing: An Essential Guide to Practice

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’I would recommend this book to all student nurses and healthcare practitioners that are in need of a clinical update, particularly with an interest in mental health.’

Title: Coping and Thriving in Nursing: An Essential Guide to Practice

Author: Peter J Martin

Publisher: Sage Publishing

Reviewer: David Solomon, senior lecturer in advanced nursing practice/ postgraduate research student. Anglia Ruskin University. William Harvey Building. Chelmsford, Essex

What was it Like?

Health professionals in higher education encapsulate a range of narratives based on ‘Coping and Thriving in Nursing: An Essential Guide’. These written accounts in nursing are brought together comprehensively by exploring the changes that present in contemporary healthcare, which are often stressful - especially for student nurses. The authors, thus, illustrate that these stressors are often a result of organisational change, which is inevitable in healthcare. Therefore, these anecdotes explore the importance of the 6 C’s, the Francis Report (2013), the (NMC) Code and Mental Parkour: Freeing the mind. Uniquely, these contributors also give further insight into ‘How your past influences your present: The unconscious at work’ to explore the concepts of transference and countertransference, that can affect nurses in clinical practice.

What were the highlights?

As a senior lecturer in advanced nursing practice, we are seeing more nursing students that are need of resilience, adaptability and ways to cope in the healthcare field/university. A compelling chapter on ‘Nursing and Mindfulness’ show how the mindfulness technique can benefit nursing students and enhance their understanding of the GRACE model, namely:

  • · Gather attention
  • · Recall Intention
  • · Attune to self/other
  • · Consider what will serve
  • · Engage and end

This chapter also highlights how mindfulness can be integrated effectively into their clinical placements, through daily reflection. Furthermore, in chapter 6, the origins of reflection in nursing (of John’s, Schon, Driscoll & Gibbs) and why ‘nurses have not widely adopted critical thinking techniques?’ was also a cornerstone of these nursing chronicles.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Experienced health professionals/ academics provide an easy to read style, however, some of the chapters are consumed with activities. However, this a relatively minor criticism of a book that is thought provoking, inspiring and a triumph for complementing the much- needed coping mechanisms in nursing/healthcare today. The overriding strength is the comprehensive coverage of the tools needed to survive in nursing environments, excellent case studies and structure of the chapters.

Who should read it?

I would recommend this book to all student nurses and healthcare practitioners that are in need of a clinical update, particularly with an interest in mental health. This is a must read. 

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