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Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th edition

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’Although this is written for the adult nursing student, this book would be a valuable resource for the whole nursing team.’

Title: Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th edition

Authors: D Ignatavicitus and L Workman

Publisher: Elsevier

Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager, Worcesters Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a review of the eighth edition and it’s a comprehensive medical surgical text book. The first aspect that the reader will notice on the front cover is that this is reassuringly patient centred.

What were the highlights?

This is up to date and oozes evidence based practice through every page. There is a thread running through this of patient safety, which is vital to today’s healthcare.

As it states on the tin, this is more than just a text book, and would urge the reader to active the complete learning experience by logging on to the website on the inside front cover to maximise the learning potential.

Strengths & weaknesses:

As stated above, the book is full of evidence based practice and is set out in a reader friendly way. This is a text book that the nursing student will not find heavy going and too intense. The authors have understood the needs of the reader.

There is vast number of contributors and are specialists in there own rights. This textbook has been thought through thoroughly with a comprehensive review panel also.

The reader is encouraged to look in-depth at their practice and the clinical judgement sections give food for thought and give good prompts.

There is vast index, the illustrations are referenced and all referencing is up to date

Although this text book is written by and for nurses working in the US, this is essentially preparing students for the NCLEX examinations. This is equally apt for the adult nursing student studying towards their nursing degree in the UK. This must not be seen as a weakness.

Who should read it?

Although this is written for the adult nursing student, this book would be a valuable resource for the whole nursing team. This would be an excellent resource on a ward.

This is a must book for the adult nursing student’s reading list.

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