Title: “Wong”s Nursing Care of Infants and Children” 10th Edition
Authors: Marilyn J Hockenberry and David Wilson
Publisher: Elsevier Mosby
Reviewer: Dr. Jo Wilson, Senior Research Fellow. (Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric Senior Nurse)
What was it like?
A good neonatal and paediatric reference and textbook, which is clearly based on family centred care, minimising risks to children from the provision of physical and psychological care that can be inflicted through illness and health promotion. The emphasis being on providing innovative and excellent paediatric care, through bringing care philosophies into everyday life and measurable quality outcomes.
What were the highlights?
The textbook is written in 35 chapters with two Bboad parts, which are based on 14 units:
1. Infancy, childhood and adolescence including family centred care and the paediatric nurses role. (Units 1-8). 2. More serious health problems requiring hospitalisation, with medical and body system problems and the impacts and treatments including paediatric nursing interventions. (Units 9 -14).
Strengths & weaknesses:
The key strengths of this textbook are the design and layout of the chapters, which are set out to teach and learn from. Many special features have been used to benefit paediatric nurses, academics and students that assist learning and teaching. These include website support, key points summaries, review questions, research focus, nursing alerts, quality patient outcomes, nursing care plans, critical thinking case studies, evidence based practice, photographs, tables of supportive information and family centred care which highlight the needs and concerns of families. The layout is excellent and easy to follow and it is well referenced throughout. The book has a good index, which makes searching easy and has appendix of blood pressure levels by age and height percentiles.
Who should read it?
Paediatric nursing students and qualified nurses, nursery nurses, hospital play leaders and hospital teachers, parents, district nurses, health visitors, paediatric social workers, paediatricians and medical staff in training.