’This book provides an excellent guide to critical thinking and writing for students new to academic writing’
Title: Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students 3rd edition
Author: Bob Price and Anne Harrington
Reviewer: Cariona Flaherty
What was it like?
This book provides an excellent guide to critical thinking and writing for students new to academic writing, although the book can also act as a refresher tool for experienced post graduate professionals. The book follows a systematic approach, by firstly giving an introduction to the key principles related to critical thinking, reflecting and scholarly writing. Secondly, in part two of the book, the writer outlines useful tips on how students can make the most of lectures, workshops and clinical placements. The writer acknowledges some of the uncertainties students may have when entering clinical placements and subsequently provides some key tips on how students can utilise their placements to gain valuable experience. Finally the author provides an overview of how to write a reflective / analytical essay by giving some practical examples and activates for the reader to work through.
What were the highlights?
Similar to the other Sage / key learning books the author provides student examples and scenarios, which students can relate to. This is particularly useful as it can help them relate theory into practice, which is a pivotal element of critical thinking. The book is easy to read as the language is simplistic and each chapter provides definitions for key terms used. This makes the book a straightforward read for students scanning through or readers using single chapters for reference use.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Uses clear and straight forward language but also provides a glossary of terms and extensive reference list. Mapped against the NMC standards and essential skills clusters which is essentially for nursing students
Weakness: I would have liked to see a more written about reflective frameworks, however this is not essential.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to all the student nurses and suggest they use it throughout the training.
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