’This book would definitely benefit student nurses, but I also think for newly qualified registrants, this book would be a handy guide to understand how different organisations work and where their role fits in to such a huge team.’
Title: Leadership, Management & Team Working in Nursing - 2nd edition
Author: Peter Ellis & Shirley Bach
Reviewer: Charlotte Stocker, community staff nurse
What was it like?
This book; Leadership, Management & Team Working in Nursing is about the dynamics within a nursing team and how effective management can ensure a group of people can work together. The authors focus on different areas of team working, discussing from the beginning the difference between leadership and management, and incorporating the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct. They then move through the chapters to discuss how a team works, looking at different individuals roles, discussing conflict and resolution, not only with other team members but looking at the individuals conflictions; finding a work-life balance and briefly discussing burnout and how management can avoid this scenario.
They discuss in detail the different theories of management and leadership, and how these incorporate into the nursing role, focusing on different models that are used within the NHS. They achieve this by discussing organisation structure, explaining the key figures within an organisation; nurses, governing bodies, regulations and standards.
The authors also discuss the need for learning within the clinical setting, and how this positively impacts the care given to patients. They explain what a learning environment is, and how all grades of nurses can adopt this into their roles.
There is also a chapter that focuses on developing confidence as a leader and manager, encouraging students to look past their novice role and looking at their future role as a registrant.
I enjoyed reading the conflict resolution chapter as it gives examples and ideas on how to approach difficult situations and the need for effective communication.
What were the highlights?
I wish I had read this book as a student nurse as I found the NMC competencies at the beginning of each chapter useful. The NMC competencies that are covered within that chapter are highlighted making the learning and research process easier for students to cross reference. There are also essential skills clusters included at the beginning of each chapter.
Strengths and weaknesses:
At the end of each chapter, the authors had included a further reading section and references, which makes the research process simpler.
The authors included simple diagrams and graphs and kept the chapters to a manageable number of pages. By keeping the chapters shorter, I found myself more engaged and I think students would find this useful.
I think the authors gave the information needed in a detailed manner, but didn’t over complicate the subject, or use too much literature and different theories thus making the book easy to read. I found the cross referencing to the NHS and NMC useful and I think students who are working through portfolio domains would find this book a useful research book.
I like that the authors included examples and case studies that make you draw on personal experience and question why you chose to do something in a particular way. This encourages the reader to use their reflective skills and adapt their practice if needed.
Who should read it?
This book would definitely benefit student nurses, but I also think for newly qualified registrants, this book would be a handy guide to understand how different organisations work and where their role fits in to such a huge team. I also think this book would be useful for mentors as they can understand what students need to gain from their placements and also looking at conflict resolution and how to address that if the situation arose between student and mentor.