’The book is aimed at second and third year children’s nursing students and keeps this audience firmly in focus with reference to a review panel of students’
Title: Essentials of Nursing Children and Young People
Edited by: Jayne Price and Orla McAlinden
Reviewer: Alison Taylor, senior lecturer in Child Health Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton
What was it like?
An ambitious and comprehensive textbook of children and young people’s nursing covering a huge range of topics and providing an excellent grounding for this field of practice.
What were the highlights?
The book features multiple contributors from a variety of clinical, academic and leadership roles as well as viewpoints on many aspects of care from students, parents and most importantly, children. The book signposts the student to consider critical aspects of practice throughout such as ‘safeguarding stop points’, ‘what’s the evidence’ boxes and links to critical thinking and reflection.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A real strength of this textbook is the dynamic design and extensive accompanying online resource to augment the huge amount of material covered. The book itself has an attractive and varied layout and relevant clinical scenarios are a common feature to help readers apply the material to practice. Icons and symbols link to online activities, suggestions for preparing for placement, videos, and direct access to Sage published articles. Unfortunately, some video links do not work and the level of detail in each section is inconsistent- for example there are no explanations for the correct answers to online multichoice questions. Standout chapters on universal screening, infant mental health, community care and life limiting illness reflect the changing face of children’s nursing. However, the book’s breadth does make for a rather surface approach in some areas- for example high flow nasal cannula oxygen and CPAP are not mentioned in the chapter on respiratory care. Some photos are too small to be useful and are somewhat superfluous given the easy access to the online resource, whose advantage is of course that over time the content can be strengthened and updated.
Who should read it?
The book is aimed at second and third year children’s nursing students and keeps this audience firmly in focus with reference to a review panel of students. It would also be a good introductory resource for any qualified nurse newly caring for children and young people.
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