Title: Neuroscience Nursing Evidence Based Practice
Edited by: Sue Woodward and Ann-Marie Mestecky
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 2011
Reviewer: Debbie Quinn, MS specialist nurse, Northamptonshire Healthcare foundation Trust
What was it like?
This book is broken down into eight sections, with various chapters in each, covering all aspects of neuroscience nursing. It is excellently presented allowing readers either to pick and choose certain areas of interest or the ability to break down each part into easy to read chunks. I also found it a comprehensive overview of the specialities covered in an understandable format. I believe it will be a core resource for nurses wishing to practice in or have an interest in neuroscience nursing.
What were the highlights?
While being the first neuroscience textbook for nurses with a strong evidence base, it offers a solid foundation to all those who read it or provides a useful update to others who wish to refresh/update in the area. The illustrations throughout the book are clear and wide ranging, complementing the text. It covers all areas of practice with contributions from experts in each field; it really offers the reader an exclusive overview of neuroscience nursing.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book offers the reader the unique experience of covering the wide range of aspects for neuroscience nursing. It maintains this throughout with each section and chapter providing strong evidence based facts and tips. It also has text from people actually living with a variety of neurological conditions. The all-inclusive content also covers the history of neuroscience to development and finishing with some of the legal and ethical issues around care of people with the conditions.
Who should read it?
This book would be relevant to a wide ranging audience from students, to newly qualified, to those wishing to move into neuroscience and those who work within the field requiring a good resource book for updating their knowledge or as a reference.