Title: Nurses! Test yourself in clinical skills
Edited by: Marian Traynor
Publisher: Open University Press
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse anager, St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
Nurses! Test yourself in clinical skills, is a book designed as a handy reference guide for nurses studying clinical skills and also for nurses preparing for examinations. It is broken down into several chapters that look at infection control, moving and handling, medication administration, nutrition and fluid intake, elimination skills, respiratory skills, cardiovascular skills, neurological assessment skills, diabetes mellitus skills and physiological early warning systems. The way the book is set out allows for the reader to decide what skill they want to be tested on.
What were the highlights?
The range of clinical skills covered in this book provides the reader with a sound background of clinical skills. Instead of just providing the reader with the correct answer it also provides explanation as well. This is a huge benefit in improving the reader’s knowledge in the clinical skill that they are testing themselves in.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The use of different examination techniques is beneficial as it prepares the reader for the different types of examination question style that they may encounter. At the start of each chapter there is an introduction that sets the scene for questions that can be expected. What is also really beneficial is the highlighting of useful resources. This provides the reader with further resources and enables the reader to gain further information regarding each clinical skill studied. The book is designed so that it does not have to be read from cover to cover. This allows the reader to decide which clinical skill that they want to focus on.
Who should read it?
This book would be useful for nurses undertaking examinations and for nurses studying clinical skills. Also for nurses to use as a refresher to ensure that they are maintaining competence. It would also be a helpful resource for student nurses in their learning and provides them with useful resources in expanding their knowledge further.