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Getting into Nursing, 2nd Edition

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’This book is ideal for anyone considering a career in nursing. ’

Title: Getting into Nursing, 2nd Edition

Author: Karen Elcock

Publisher: SAGE

Reviewer: Julie Tracey, practice education facilitator, Northern Ireland

What was it like?

This book adopts a balanced and realistic approach for anyone considering a career in nursing. Each chapter clearly articulates the journey that potential nursing students need to embark upon. Readers are offered a step by step practical guide and are signposted to numerous essential links relating to the application process. Readers can easily dip in and out depending on what information they are seeking as each chapter has clear aims and a chapter summary. This book paints a realistic picture and draws attention to the many challenges and rewards, which may present if you are considering a career in nursing.

What were the highlights?

A highlight of this book is how student views, lecturer’s tips, and nurse’s tips have been included to add a realistic angle to many of the topics discussed. This book invites the reader to question themselves and their suitability to nursing using NMC, patient, employer and university perspectives. Practical activities are encouraged through case studies, numeracy tests and literacy tests. Guidance and advice is then offered if the reader requires additional support. The clarity that a nursing degree programme differs from many other degree programmes is extremely helpful as I feel many students have unrealistic expectations when embarking on a nursing programme. This book considers numerous issues such as practice placement commitment, night duty, part time jobs, holidays and offers practical advice on, for example travel.

Strengths & Weaknesses:

This book in clearly sets out and follows a journey, which a potential applicant to a nursing programme can follow. I feel this book will assist many in the decision whether a nursing programme is for them or not. It offers a balanced and realistic view and highlights the entry requirements, skills, attributes and commitment that are required when committing to a professional programme. This book is realistic and identifies clearly that not everyone who applies will be accepted. Advice, reassurance and signposting for those who do not get accepted is offered and I feel this is beneficial.

Who should read it?

This book is ideal for anyone considering a career in nursing. It would also be useful for teachers who are delivering careers advice or advising students on writing their personal statements.

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