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Fostering Nurse-Led Care Professional Practice For the Bedside Leader

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Title: Fostering Nurse-Led Care Professional Practice For the Bedside Leader

Authors: Jeanette Ives Erickson, Dorothy A Jones and Marianne Ditomassi

Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2013 

Reviewer: Jane Brown, Patient Safety Advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

From the onset of this book, it emphasises leadership from the bedside. This explores the whole concept of nursing practice within the clinical setting. It acknowledges the strains that nurses are under to deliver good quality care under tight budgets and in a poor climate of trying to retain nursing staff.

It provides practical information about the important leadership roles that nurses can take up at the bedside while caring for patients and their relatives. In the long term it describes how to build an environment in which these initiatives can thrive and enhance the quality of care for patients.

What were the highlights? 

This book is written in the US and was in response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing. There were four key points from this report:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the US.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

This book is extremely apt for the UK also with the publication in February 2013- Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry by Robert Francis QC.  Where the emphasis is first and foremost in putting the patient first, ensuring nurses  have practical hands on training, aptitude tests for compassion and caring, ensuring nursing managers have a supervisory role within the healthcare setting to promote excellence in healthcare and common information, shared data and electronic records to name a few of the recommendations.

This book has come at the right time for both nurses in the US and the UK as both havethe opportunity to transform its health care system.

Strengths & weaknesses:

It is written by US nurses for nurses practicing in the states and makes reference to US specific nursing standards. Although this is the case ,it is a well written book in which nurses working in the UK will benefit from and realise the strong parallels with the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing, and the 2013 Francis Report.

The authors are senior nurses working at Massachusetts General Hospital with varying experiences in research, nursing posts, and leadership roles.

The authors describe the Professional Practice Model, which Erickson developed including many examples of nursing theories, decision making, advanced leadership, and current trends. It includes case studies within each chapter which all nurses can relate to. The book is easy to read and is well referenced.

A particular point also to make is whom this book is dedicated to, and refreshingly this is to patients and just why the authors came into the nursing profession.

Who should read it?

This book must be available for all trained nurses as it covers many areas of nursing practice and leadership. Student nurses must have this at the top of their reading lists to ensure they have the opportunity in being pioneers as part of a redesigned healthcare setting.

Fostering Nurse-Led care


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