Title: Student Survival Skills – Medicine Management Skills for Nurses
Author: Claire Boyd
Reviewer: Katherine Potts, ardiacc specialist nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is focused on medicines management skills and is aimed at pre-registration nursing students. There are 16 chapters that explore general medicines administration, drug calculations and all routes of medicines administration. It is designed to help the student to understand medicines administration in an easy accessible and clear format. Also included are activities, test your knowledge sections, questions, quick tips, and key learning points in each chapter to check understanding and knowledge. At the end of the book there is a knowledge test covering all aspects and the answers to the activities, questions and test your knowledge sections are included.
What were the highlights?
The activities, test your knowledge and question sections with answers included are helpful to check understanding and to identify areas for further development and reading. The drug calculation examples help to show what calculations are used and then the activities help to put this into practice. The written text is complemented by tables, figures and pictures. The text also covers areas of the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for pre-registration education and Essential Skills Clusters.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is clear and written at an appropriate level for the target audience. It is a useful quick reference quide to medicines administration. However a more detailed text such as the Marsden Manual may be need for more comprehensive explanation and knowledge of some procedures such as intravenous drug administration and naso-gastric tube placement. There is some paediatric examples used but the main focus is on administration of medicines to adults. Whilst there is a chapter included on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics this is an overview and for more in depth pharmacology an alternative text would be needed. However the main focus is administration of medicines and this is covered in a clear, logical and accessible manner. The book is also available in e-book format.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at pre-registration nursing students. Many sections of the book would also be useful for healthcare assistants or assistant practitioners who are undergoing training courses.