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The Student's Guide to Becoming a Nurse

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Title: The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Nurse 

Author: Ian Peate

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons, 2012

Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS

What was it like?

This book covers all the areas of nursing that a student requires to given them the support and confidence to become a nurse throughout their training.

The chapters are easy to follow and this doubles up as a prompt when dealing with a particular patient or issue, be it capacity or vulnerable adults.

I was particularly impressed that within patient safety, there are a number of pages dedicated to medicines safety and it acknowledges this is a high risk area, and ensures that detail has gone into the safe administration of medicines. There are valuable case studies within this section, which are very relevant, although I would like to have seen a section on anti-coagulants.

I am pleased to say that this book has the patient interests at heart throughout the book.


What were the highlights? 

The author is a professor of nursing, qualified as a general enrolled nurse, and this impressed me as he began his career at the bedside and has gained a good understanding of basic patient care. The author states in the preface “the patient first and foremost”, which is so important as all too often we forget the real reason we work in the healthcare setting.

Strengths & weaknesses: 

The book contains glossaries of term, which we sometimes take for granted, and although not encouraged a section of abbreviations, which can phase even the most experienced nurse. (not sure about his sentence)

The top tips are patient focused and these are not always obvious at times even to the most experienced practitioner.

Communication plays a large part in the book, but also in dealing with complaints and the legal aspects of care.

This has been updated to include the latest 2010 NMC standards for pre–registration nursing education. Every time I searched for an aspect of nursing or healthcare it was there and fully referenced.

Who should read it?

For all nursing students working towards their degree, this is a must-have additional text book. This would also aid the newly qualified nurse in their first post as lifelong learning continues.


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