Title: Leading and Managing in Nursing - 6th edition
Author: Patricia S Yoder-Wise
Reviewer: Jane Brown, Patient Safety Advisor, Worcsester acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
The author manages to mix evidence-based guidelines with practice effectively. This textbook has been revised and updated to prepare the nurse for leadship. This textbook provides the reader with information to equip them with the tools that are required to accomplish NCLEX and to practice as a nurse. This as it states in the book is more than just a text book as it includes NCLEX- style questions and sample resumes. There is also a web link to activate the complete learning experience.
What were the highlights?
Although written for the nurse in the states, this is extremely relevant to the nurse practicing in the UK. This is focused around the ever changing healthcare setting, and the today’s aspects of patient care. I was particularly reassured to read that patient safety was included. The section headed understanding organisational structures- how can someone lead if there is no understanding as to how the organisation functions, staffing and the issues that need to be managed taking into consideration the variables and factoring this in. The section headed legal and ethical issues were invaluable for the reader. This book equips the manager to manage or the leader to lead. The suggested reading at the end of the chapters equips the nurse to read further into a subject.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is written for the nurse practising in the states and to prepare them for NCLEX. It is written in the language of the states, but that should not hinder the nurse leading in the UK.
The book is researched and written well and has been revised and updated to ensure this is for today’s leaders in nursing. Each chapter is set out well with realistic exercises and a research perspective. For both the nurse in the states and UK the glossary is valuable and is indexed well at the back.
Who should read it?
Although written primarily for the nurse in the states and NCLEX, this is apt for all nursing students and nurses who are working towards being in charge and management roles.