Title: Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students.
Authors: Daryl Evans, Dina Coutsaftiki, C Patricia Fathers
Publisher: Learning Matters Ltd
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, access HE health student
What was it like?
Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students covers all aspects of health promotion in today’s society. Each chapter encompasses the core principles of health promotion, enabling the nursing student to understand how to tackle it and also adhere to the NMC guidelines.
I found that this book is extremely comprehensive and informative, but in an easy to understand and accessible manner.
It is detailed enough to understand the principles of health promotion without being confusing. I enjoyed chapter two ‘Tackling lifestyle change’, as I find this topic interesting. This chapter explained that lifestyle change is not that easy to implement, but with the support of nurses an individual can be assisted and guided through any hard decisions they have to make.
What were the highlights?
Each chapter has scenarios which I found great as it enabled me to have a perspective on the patient’s lifestyle choices. There are activities which are extremely useful and enjoyable as they challenge your thinking on each section.
There are also useful websites in each chapter so that you can research the topics further.
Strengths & weaknesses
This edition has numerous strengths. Its introduction draws you into the book and gives you a brief breakdown of each chapter, which enables you to source specific information before you begin each new section. I also found the glossary and the reference list to be informative.
Who should read it?
As an access HE health student I found this edition, although aimed at nursing students, beneficial for my own studies. I have covered health promotion in one of my modules and I was able to utilise the information in this book. I also will be able to take what I have learnt, into my nursing studies in 2012.