’The writing style and choice of subjects addressed make this book an enjoyable journey of contemplation, which offers insight to the personal and professional capacity of nursing.’
Title: Nurses and Nursing: The person and the profession
Edited by: Pàdraig Ó Lúanaigh
Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust/ Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
What was it like?
This book offers an engaging text, which encourages the reader to explore how nurses can shape nursing identity and nursing practice to meet the future needs and challenges facing health services. The content is divided in to three main chapters that deliberate the topics of understanding nurses and nursing, developing nursing practice and the contexts of health care and nursing relative to globalisation, political and economic influences.
What were the highlights?
This book considers a diverse range of topics including how historical and popular media representation of nursing impacts on how nurses are perceived, nursing regulation, professional identity and health literacy. There is also a useful section on the use of mentoring, coaching and action learning sets to facilitate professional development within different professional settings.
Throughout the text there are multiple points in which the authors challenge the reader to explore aspects of contemporary nursing such as education, practice and policy and to reflect on their unique identity as a nurse.
Strengths and weaknesses:
The strengths of the book include international contributors, well referenced text, additional resources for the reader to access and poignant points to reflect on the issues discussed.
The writing style and choice of subjects addressed make this book an enjoyable journey of contemplation, which offers insight to the personal and professional capacity of nursing.
Who should read it?
Anyone who is interested in gaining insight into nursing’s professional identity and considering the future of nursing as a specialised entity amongst the political and economic complexities that face health care.
nurses and nursing