’This book is aimed at under-graduate student nurses, newly graduated registered nurses entering the field of practice nursing, and healthcare assistants working in general practice.’
Title: Long-Term Conditions. A Manual for General Practice Nurses
Author: Dr Diana Hutchinson
Publisher: White Lodge Publications
Reviewer: Michael J McGivern (RGN RMN BN MN), nursing tutor, Northland, New Zealand
What was it like?
This concise textbook written by a former GP from Coventry is a welcome addition to the existing resources available to nurses relating to the management of long-term conditions. Initial observations highlight this book as having a modern and compact feel to it, with each of the 18 chapters having on average 10-15 easy-to-read pages broken down into appropriate sections. A wide range of topics are discussed, ranging from consultation skills, health promotion and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to stroke and transient ischaemic attack. With a total of 213 pages only, it is ideal for nurses who have limited time available to them.
What were the highlights?
The author has strived to include a range of topics which practice nurses are likely to encounter during their clinical practice. Good use has been made of patient scenarios that enable the reader to firmly link theory to practice. Each chapter ends with an opportunity to reflect on its contents and an appropriate list of references in order to source further information. The author has outlined the topics in a clear and easy-to-understand manner, which will appeal to nurses who are new to the field of practice nursing, particularly new graduates and healthcare assistants. Each chapter has been written by a nurse or practitioner who has experience in that particular field, which adds value and credibility. Reference has been made throughout the book to appropriate guidelines such as those from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Strengths and weaknesses
This book appears to fulfil a need for readers seeking a resource on long-term conditions at a basic, introductory level. It is certainly readable and will appeal to those who generally avoid books that are highly theoretical and difficult to comprehend. Practice nurses who are experienced and have been involved in post-graduate education may find this book too basic and may not gain much additional knowledge from reading it. For those seeking a deeper understanding of long-term conditions, it would be advisable to read other, more comprehensive textbooks.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at under-graduate student nurses, newly graduated registered nurses entering the field of practice nursing, and healthcare assistants working in general practice. It may have some appeal for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who are becoming involved in working with patients living with long-term conditions.
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