Title: Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Nursing Skills & Procedures
Authors: Ann Perry and Patricia Potter
Publisher: Elsevier Mosby
Reviewer: Jade Day, student nurse at Anglia Ruskin
What was it like?
This guide is quite a nice size, small but quite thick due to the amount of information packed inside so I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the “pocket” guide description. However it is packed full of “how to’s” on clinical skills. Working in alphabetical order it covers everything from administration of medication and its routes, to catheterisation and wound care.
What were the highlights?
It systematically works its way through many important clinical skills covering basics and more specialist skills alike. Each section comes with a brief description, a list of equipment needed, a step by step guide on how to perform with the rationale for each step and what to do if there are unexpected outcomes.
Strengths and Weaknesses?
This is a nice compact skills book that can be easily referred to for some of the more common or important clinical skills needed, meaning you don’t have to carry a Royal Marsden everywhere you go. The information given is clear and easy to understand.
However as a student, I found this is more tailored to a qualified nurse as it spends a lot of time on skills that I will not be able to do until qualification such as IV’s, blood transfusions, CVC’s etc. This is more of a personal weakness however rather than a reflection on the book itself.
Who should read it?
I think it is worth reading by any healthcare professional including health care assistants, students, nurses etc as even though it has some more complex skills included, it is clear and easy to understand and the basic skills are just as important.