Title: The Nurses Survival Guide: A Simple ABC
Author: Adam Simon
Publisher: Self published
Reviewer: Jade Day, 1st year adult nursing student at Anglia Ruskin
What was it like
Full of advice for qualified nurses, this book is literally an A-Z of how to keep your job. Covering everything from documentation and shift work to The Mental Capacity Act 2005, each point is centred around how to avoid mistakes and ensure that you will always be considered fit to practise by the NMC. However where this is full of advice on how to keep your job, it is lacking in reminding you why you love your job and ends up just leaving you thinking about everything that can go wrong.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Easy to navigate through, jam packed with advice from an experienced professional.
It has a rather pessimistic view of the world of nursing and leaves you feeling like everyone is out to get you fired or sued. It almost leaves you feeling that it’s inevitable you’ll lose your job eventually and it may not even be your fault as nurses aren’t as protected as everyone else.
Who should read it
I would avoid telling students to read this while at university as it can end up leaving you feeling deflated and lacking your original enthusiasm for the job. Better aimed at qualified nurses that are looking for a bit of advice.