’This book will be a useful resource to preregistration nursing students from all disciplines in both academic and practical aspects of their studies.’
Title: Psychology and Sociology in Nursing, 2nd edition
Author: Benny Goodman
Reviewer: Helen Croft, student mental health nurse, University of Derby
What was it like?
Benny Goodman, has a background in sociology and politics and is a lecturer in Health Studies at the University of Plymouth. Psychology and Sociology in Nursing is the 2nd edition of this informative book, which was first published in 2012. This affordable, accessible and well written book provides an introduction to psychological and sociological theories and issues that will enable preregistration nursing students, from all disciplines, to become holistic and evidence-based practitioners.
Goodman engages and encourages participation in the readers own learning through the exploration of a variety of topics, which include: the relevance of sociology and psychology for nursing, professional values, communication, social determinants of heath and inequalities as well as decision making and leadership.
In addition to these issues, the book investigates the psychological and sociological aspects of death, stress and resilience, mental health and learning disabilities and maternity and children’s nursing. The book concludes with an interesting discussion about the current and future challenges, which nurses and nurse leaders face against the backdrop of socioeconomic, political and ethical factors.
What were the highlights?
From developing a sociological imagination through to introducing communication as well as discussing professionalism and decision making: Goodman possesses the ability to make the reader think and reflect about macro and micro issues that can influence nursing practice.
Specifically, the chapters on the social inequalities of health as well as death, stress and resilience will be particularly informative and appealing. Goodman also includes a refreshing chapter on mental health and learning disabilities that challenges the biomedical approach: discussing the social aspects of mental illness that will be relevant to student nurses of all disciplines.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Goodman provides the reader with essential sociological and psychological theories, but due to the size of this text is unable to provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter and further reading will be required to gain additional knowledge. However, the helpful inclusion of an index, suggested further reading material and an extensive bibliography conveniently directs those with an interest in sociological and psychological aspects of nursing to further learning materials.
Goodman usefully maps each chapter to NMC domains, helping the reader to link nursing theory to practice and encourages independent learning, reflection and critical thinking throughout the text through reflective tasks, the use of case studies and examples as well as providing the reader with links to digital resources. A further strength to this text includes a summary of the main themes of each topic at the end of each chapter.
Who should read it?
This book will be a useful resource to preregistration nursing students from all disciplines in both academic and practical aspects of their studies. In addition this book will be of use to those aspiring to become assistant practitioners, and are enrolled on health and social care foundation degrees or are studying for NVQs.
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