Title: Fundamentals of Nursing (2nd Edition)
Author: Barbara Kozier et al
Publisher: Pearson Education 2011
Reviewer: Nigel Jopson, Operational Support Manager
What was it like?
The book is a comprehensive guide to practices and procedures and also looks at the history of nursing and many other areas related to it. It is well linked to the Essential Skills Clusters in the NMC Standards. There is the facility to set your own objectives and so personalise what you are doing and also incorporate your own case histories. It encourages self assessment by using the e-learning available as part of the package. I am very impressed by the contents of this book , if a little daunted by the enormous amount of information contained both in it and on-line linked to it. It appears that it is aimed at replacing every other book on Nursing and at 880 pages is having a good try. I do wonder if it is too large and covers too much as I am a great believer in using different resources to achieve knowledge in order to get different perspectives on areas.
What were the highlights?
There is a definite feeling of immediacy about this book that urges the reader to take on more that perhaps they were expecting to. Once the chapter is read there is the feeling that you want more, either by going on line for the assessments or by exploring other options and sources of material.
Strengths and weaknesses?
There is an excellent index and a particularly good glossary.
It may have been useful to have consistency in examples. For instance in chapter 18 looking at pressure sore grading, photographs of 4 different sites are used. It may have been more useful to show the different grades in the same general area.
Who should read it?
My feeling is that this book would be useful to students and new nurses as a source book as it covers a lot of really useful areas. For more senior and experienced nurses and managers it would be a useful aide memoire.