Title: Population-Based Public Health Clinical Manual: The Henry Street Model for Nurses (second edition)
Authors: Carolyn M Garcia, Marjorie A Schaffer and Patricia M Schoon
Publisher: SIGMA Theta Tau International
Reviewer: Paul Watson, Head of Child Development and PSHE, Marshland High School.
What was it like?
A great looking text that has a lot of fantastic evidence and work within it. It is however a US text that I believe was written primarily for the US audience. While much of the content is easily transferable to any country and their public health agenda, there are some areas of the text that are specific to US nursing policies or legislation. Bearing in mind there is at least two faculties of the Sigma Theta Tau International Society in the UK it is a shame that there seems to have been no input from them. Having reviewed the text I believe that the policies and procedures that are being referred to are so similar to the NMC that from a working perspective it makes little difference. The problem will be however, that any student or practitioner in the UK will have to double check these against the NMC to be sure that they are in fact practicing as they should be.
What were the highlights?
Well written with nice, easy to understand examples of good practice. There is lots of opportunity for a student to pick this book up and be able to see how someone else has previously experienced the same as they are now going through. There are not many, but those graphics that are included are nice looking and useful. There are many opportunities for students to learn through the use of testing and questioning as well as good examples throughout the text.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Lots of good strong data is a huge strength, although for the UK market it is a massive weakness that this data is all US-centric. I am sure that the data is useful but is less use to any student looking to use this as an academic tool, without having to go out and find more comparable UK data.
Who should read it?
At £55.86 for the paperback this is a huge price tag to pay for an US text. I am therefore unsure who in the UK would benefit from this text.