Title: Nursing: Decision-making Skills for Practice
Edited by: Karen Holland and Deborah Roberts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Phil Jevon RN BSc (Hons) PGCE , medical education skills manager
What was it like?
This guide, the latest title in the Oxford University Press’ Prepare for Practice series, is aimed at student nurses to help them make effective decisions in their clinical practice. Four areas of practice are covered: adult, mental health, paediatric and learning disability nursing. The two editors have assembled an impressive mix of contributors, including most importantly, a number of nurses still working in clinical areas.
What were the highlights?
A mixture of case studies, activities, and exercises ensure that theories of decision-making are brought into real-world nursing situations, ensuring linking theory to practice. The case studies are particular helpful as they detail common scenarios that student nurses and newly qualified nurse encounter in practice. The book is evidence-based and is underpinned by the NMC’s core competencies.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Topics covered in the book include principles of decision making, professional values, nursing practice and decision making and leadership, management and team working relating to decision making. At the begging of the book there is a useful guide on how to get the most out of the book.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to student nurses who want to develop their decision making skills.