’Any nurse, no matter at what point they are on in their journey through the profession, will find a good reason to dip into this book at some time.
Title: The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures - Ninth Edition
Edited by: Lisa Dougherty and Sara Lister
Publisher: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 2015
Reviewer: Allison Crocker, emergency department staff nurse, Poole General Hospital
What was it like?
At some 998 pages long this book is a heavyweight of the nursing literature covering the full range of procedures required of the general nurse in the modern healthcare environment. Although it can initially appear overwhelming, the book’s separation into four patient centred sections assist with the nurse’s journey through it. The coverage of the skills presented form the most fundamental to some that may be considered advanced means that the book will have wide utility to all in the nursing profession. Having owned a previous student edition of the book from some seven years ago, the changes in coverage over that time are immense. A recent change of role from a theatre practitioner to emergency department nurse has seen me drawing on the wealth of knowledge contained within this book to ease my transition. Procedures are detailed clearly in well-designed tables with colour photographs and graphics used where this makes the procedure easier to understand.
What were the highlights?
The grading of the evidence upon which a procedure is based allows the reader to understand the underpinning foundations of all that is suggested.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The Marsden is often described as a nursing bible and as such it is a seminal text for all nurses. The only weakness I could see was the sheer size of the book.
Who should read it?
This is a book that should be in any library associated with nursing. Any nurse, no matter at what point they are on in their journey through the profession, will find a good reason to dip into this book at some time.
the royal marsden manual of clinical nursing 9 ed