Title: Oxford Dictionary of Nursing- Sixth Edition
Editors: Elizabeth A Martin, Jonathan Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press 2014
Reviewer: Allison Crocker, theatre practitioner, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursing is a comprehensive and easy access guide to common medical terms, allowing members of the profession to understand and competently deal with rare and specific conditions. I would recommend this guide to nurse who has recently qualified to help correlate knowledge acquired during the degree with real conditions and symptoms once beginning practice, though it would be useful to nurses who are further into their career due to the useful inclusion of brief descriptions of commonly used drugs, which would be useful in a day to day hospital environment. This book effectively links words that relate and correlate with each other, meaning that searching for relevant topics is done at ease.
What were the highlights?
The inclusion of ethical points of concern at the back of the dictionary such as religious and racial differences in population, and standard calculations for measurements such as drugs and BMI.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strength would e the effective links between relevant topics to decrease time spent searching for relevant drugs and relevant symptoms.
As for the weaknesses NMC are currently rewriting their standards, and this section will therefore be out of date in the coming months.
Who should read it?
This book would prove useful as a reference resource to both the pre- registration nurse or operating department student as well as the newly qualified practitioner.