Title: Understanding research for Nursing Students
Author: Peter Ellis
Reviewer: Paul Watson, Head of Child Development, Marshland High School.
What was it like?
This book claims to help students recognise what good research is by providing an introductory guide to the main research methodologies used in nursing. It aims to simplify complex terminology and put research into context for nursing students. It gives clear examples and case studies that help the reader to find a direction that is suitable for them. This book includes many useful and interesting chapters, especially the chapter explaining the different ways students use research during their programme and in practice. It offers guidance on critiquing research and literature reviews with new case studies from each field of practice.
I found it a well written and nicely presented book that was easy to use with a great index to help locate some obscure points.
What were the highlights?
I really liked this book. It has a pleasing colour text design and a website with downloadable materials for lecturers to use to support their teaching and students to provide further reading materials. While the “web” extras were not fantastic they were a nice extra that came with this book.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A well written and well presented book that I believe will be of help to any student using it to assist in their understanding of research. This book is something completely different. It provides an excellent insight into research. It covers a broad range of research methodologies and methods and is a good introductory text regarding the key concepts involved in nursing research.
Who should read it?
I believe that this would be of great help to all nursing students looking at research. It wouldn’t be out of place in the lecturer’s bookcase and I would suggest that more seasoned professionals completing research could benefit from having a copy. I feel that the ease of use will allow good quality research to be produced by any practitioner engaged in using it to it fullest.