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Placement Learning in Medical Nursing

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Title: Placement Learning in Medical Nursing

Authors: Maggie Maxfield and Michelle Parker

Publisher: Bailliere Tindall Elsevier , 2012

Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a small but compact book, which provides a student nurse with an insight to potential learning opportunities they can achieve within a medical nursing environment. The authors of this book come from nursing backgrounds and have a working understanding of the needs of students to gain desired experience, which achieving their learning objectives. 

This book aids a students learning before entering the medical nursing environment. It is current and up to date with links to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The book is relevant from year one of student learning where the students are encouraged from chapter one to gain an insight into the inter-disciplinary nature of healthcare and to understand the complexity of roles involved. There is strong reference to the biological nature of disease and medical conditions and the need to understand how the body works in health and as well with disease.


There are reflective learning exercises included within the various sections of this book, which can be used as an aide to learning. Used in conjunction with online web sites and other core documents referred to in the reference sections, there is a vast opportunity of learning presented for the student to develop in conjunction with their mentors in practice.

For example, if a student is placed in a vascular clinic, diabetic clinic or a dermatology clinic they are presented with a number of potential learning opportunities, which they can chose to develop during their placement.

Al vast amount of time has been invested by the authors in presenting a learning tool, which have a major focus on patient assessment and communication. These are two vital elements for any nursing student to develop during their nursing studies. 

What were the highlights? 

The whole book is faultless but a great highlight of this book, for me as a reader, was the section near the end, which presents case studies that form the basis of a nurses care planning and is a great learning opportunity to discuss in small groups of how to develop as part of individual study.

Strengths & weaknesses:

There are no weaknesses to this book, only to the degree in which a student may embrace the learning opportunities presented to them. The strengths lies in the structure of the book and how it is just as relevant for a student in year one embarking on their first placement to a student embarking on their final management placement.

Who should read it?

This book should be read by all students of nursing. It would be good for mentors and clinical practice tutors to have an insight to this book as a potential aid to learning, which could be added to the recommended reading lists for students of nursing.

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