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Understanding Research for Nursing Students - 3rd edition

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’This compact book is largely aimed at under-graduate student nurses, but it will be equally appropriate for other students in tertiary education, particularly those studying health related subjects.’

Title: Understanding Research for Nursing Students - 3rd edition 

Author: Peter Ellis

Publisher: SAGE publications

Reviewer: Michael.J.McGivern, nursing tutor, Northland, New Zealand

What was it like?

This series of “Transforming Nursing Practice” books from SAGE publications presents key information in a compact but informative manner. The layout of the book has instant appeal to the reader, particularly how it is divided up into clear sections and makes effective use of charts, diagrams and text boxes to complement the written sections. The author has taken the subject of research and presented it in a way that will encourage nursing students to enhance their knowledge and skills. This is a readable book and provides the reader with evidence based information that is easy to understand and clearly aimed at under-graduate students. For those individuals who are seeking a research resource that will help ‘sell’ the topic to them, this book is a must and will form the basis of a good level of knowledge in relation to research and nursing practice.

What were the highlights?

Each of the seven chapters are clearly linked to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for pre-registration nursing education and the appropriate domains are outlined at the start of each section of the book. Despite these being linked to the United Kingdom, students in other countries will be able to relate these to similar domains within their own countries regulatory standards. The author has inserted a large number of activities and brief answers throughout the text, which provides the reader with a good opportunity to reflect on their reading. When discussing a key topic such as focus groups, a well-balanced discussion is provided, outlining the advantages and disadvantages. Case studies have been incorporated in to the different chapters which assist the reader to be able to consolidate their learning. A clear and comprehensive glossary has been provided at the end of the book which enables the reader to easily clarify words and phrases as they progress with their reading.

Strengths and weaknesses?

Student nurses will be seeking a publication relating to research that clearly links this concept to nursing practice and does not see the process/philosophy as being a completely separate entity. I believe that ”Understanding Research for Nursing Students” will match these requirements and deliver the information in a way that will spark an interest among students. It has already been outlined how this book is linked to the NMC standards in the UK, this may be the only issue that puts students from abroad off purchasing the resource as they may perceive that the information presented is UK focused. For those students new to the concept of research, this fresh new publication would be an ideal affordable choice. The information presented will provide the student with a good foundation level of knowledge which can be subsequently built onto with more comprehensive texts.

Who should read it?

This compact book is largely aimed at under-graduate student nurses, but it will be equally appropriate for other students in tertiary education, particularly those studying health related subjects. Those individuals studying at a foundation level may also find this resource useful, as the concept of research is presented in a very clear easy to read format, setting the scene for higher level academic studies. I would strongly encourage student nurses to review the books available in the ”Transforming Nursing Practice” series, as they will greatly assist them in their on-going learning.

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