Title: Nursing Leadership: A concise Encyclopedia (second edition)
Editor: Harriet R Feldman
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Reviewer: Hannah Marriage, student health visitor, Leicester Partnership Trust
What was it like?
This book has been a good-reference guide for me, allowing me to look up words or short phrases affecting my practice. The encyclopedia gave me a reference point from which further reading could be done if necessary. However, the book was written in America, so that meant a lot of the points did relate back to the US health service or its history. That made a lot of the encyclopedia irrelevant or unhelpful. But on the whole it was still a good reference book.
What were the highlights?
This book is not designed to be read front to back, but rather allows an individual to look up key words or phrases. The read is easy to follow and gives a general statement on the issue.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths include the ease of read, and it being a good reference point.
Its weaknesses focus on the American roots of the book, for example the historical content and also some phrases are different in the UK compared to the US, which can sometimes make looking up words and phrases more challenging. Also the book lists various US associations and regulation boards, which are not relevant to the UK, and therefore do not include the regulation bodies and so on that are in place in the UK.
Who should read it?
This book would be suitable for anyone who wants to bust some of the jargon if they are new to a management or leadership role, or looking for promotion into such a role.