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Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing: A Systems Approach

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Title: Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing A Systems Approach

Edited by: Anne-Marie Brady, Catherine McCabe and Margaret McCann

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Reviewer: Katherine Potts, cardiac specialist nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust


What was it like?

This book is a text on the fundaments of medical-surglcal nursing. The book is edited by three people with each chapter written by individuals with a credible clinical and academic background. It is set out in two parts with the first part looking at the common principles of medical-surgical nursing and the second part focusing on acute medical and surgical nursing. Part one is made up of 10 chapters that cover areas such as assessment, IV therapy, drug administration, end of life care and infection prevention and control. Part two is made up of 12 chapters taking a systems based approach including all areas of medical and surgical nursing such as nursing care of the skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, neurological system and haematological disorders. The chapters are structured in a logical, clear manner with a contents section, identified learning outcomes, introduction, further reading section and reference list.

 What were the highlights? 

The book is also available in e-book format and comes with access to the companion website. The companion website provides additional resources including multiple choice questions, reflective questions, case studies and links to additional resources. The chapters in part 2 of the book include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnostic tests, and common conditions that may be encountered. For these common conditions clinical, medical and nursing management is discussed. 

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book is clear and well written utilising up to date references and material. The objectives for each chapter are set out clearly with ample opportunities to check knowledge and understanding with the reflective questions, multiple choice questions and case studies through the online resource centre on the companion website. The illustrations used throughout the text are appropriate and add to the value of the written text. The format of each chapter makes the information easily accessible and allows the reader to dip in and out sections of the text with ease if looking for  specific information.

Who should read it?

This is book is aimed at pre-registration nursing students and other healthcare students but would also be appropriate for training or qualified assistant practitioners. It would also be useful to newly qualified nurses working in medical or surgical areas.


Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing A Systems Approach

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