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Respiratory Nursing at a Glance

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’This book would be a great addition to reading lists and curriculum planners of nurse and midwifery education.’

Title: Respiratory Nursing at a Glance

Author: Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists

Edited by: Wendy Preston & Carol Kelly

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Reviewer: Claire McGuigan

What was it like?

A truly brilliant book! Respiratory Nursing at a glance is a pleasure to read. It’s a must read for all nursing students, general and specialist nurses as well as managers who are developing services and workforces. This book would be a great addition to reading lists and curriculum planners of nurse and midwifery education.

What were the highlights?

The book is A4 in size and engagingly presented in eight parts that provide, on average, a two page update on fourteen of the most common respiratory diseases and their main management strategies. These pages are complimented by diagrams and pictures, which really bring the book to life and so will suit a range of learning styles. The context of respiratory nursing practice such as in primary, secondary, palliative care and end of life care including advanced care planning are also discussed. As are models of care, care pathways and care bundles. The book is sequential and provides a whistle-stop tour through assessment and diagnosis of respiratory disease; respiratory history taking, clinical examination, measuring dyspnoea, sputum assessment, pulse oximetry, blood gas sampling and analysis, spirometry, measuring quality of care and assessing depression and anxiety.

Strengths & Weaknesses:

Pharmacology, prescribing, respiratory medications, oxygen therapy; (emergency and domiciliary), nebuliser therapy, inhaler technique and non-invasive ventilation as domiciliary therapy are all discussed in just the right amount of detail.

Who should read it?

All the content of this book has been reviewed by students for students and as a result is succinct, factual and easy read. There are minimal evidence based references cited throughout which could be enhanced so as to encourage readers to connect to other literary sources. Despite this the book is a truly brilliant find!



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