Title: Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
Author: Peter Ellis
Publisher: Sage Publishers, 2013
Reviewer: Liz Lees, clinical doctoral research fellow (NIHR), Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
What was it like?
This book has eight chapters, which are each designed to engage the reader in the identification, appraisal and relevant application of evidence in practice. I think the title of this book undersells its value – it could be called “a students essential handbook to achieving evidence based nursing in practice”.
There is a wealth of knowledge in each chapter and even as an expert nurse and academic trainee, I found the exercises thought provoking. The book deconstructs what is thought of by most as a complex topic, it does so by offering bite sized chunks and provides excellent insights how to apply this in practice.
What were the highlights?
“Clinical decision-making in evidence based nursing” by Mooi Standing is a real highlight.
This chapter brings the two worlds of research and practice together and makes it feel possible in a pragmatic way.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Its strengths are numerous: there is an excellent glossary, web-links to resources and many activities, which are well grounded in practice. There is perhaps one weakness despite the strength of the links to practice throughout the book I think there is a missed opportunity to refer to the 6C’s.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at students on degree courses. It would certainly be of benefit to nurses who perhaps have not undertaken a module or course in evidence based practice, acting as a practical guide to enhance the development of practice.