Title: Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 7th Edition
Authors: Leifer, G
Reviewer: Kim Shrieves. BSc (hons) child health nursing. RN (Child). Band 6 paediatric research nurse
What was it like?
This book focuses on the core principles that underpin practice and the broad theories and concepts that inform and shape the practice of maternal-child nursing in health and illness. It provides clinical information and insights in a concise, structured and informative way that encourages critical thinking. Case studies and nursing tips are used throughout the chapters to integrate theory and practice. Nursing care plans provide expected outcomes, interventions and rationales to aid and explore decision making.
This combined maternity and paediatric text highlights the ways in which infants, children and adults differ and that due to these differences care varies. A central focus is the process of growth and development from conception to adulthood and the text has sections relating to the growing child and family (for example The Preschooler, The Toddler etc). It utilises a systems approach throughout and there is family-centred care focus throughout and highlights skills unique to maternity and paediatric nursing covering a wide range of nursing interventions.
What were the highlights?
The main highlight of this text is it value as a teaching tool that it discusses the core principles of practicing maternal-child care alongside the practical application of these broad theories and concepts. Case study and nursing care plan examples and insights are presented in an informative way to assist and support the reader so as to improve the care experience of nursing mothers, children and families. There is a full website attached to this book with instructor resources and student resources to support learning further
Strengths & weaknesses:
The major strengths of this book is that it is well written and structured systematically and clearly with objectives, key terms and key points with critical thinking questions per chapter providing a framework for the content and structure of teaching sessions
Clinical case studies and care plans illustrate use in practice, helping to bridge the gap between concepts and their practical application. Additionally, it is visually appealing using colour, illustrations to good effect.
Who should read it?
This textbook would be beneficial to pre-registration and post-graduate students studying health care for children and young people.