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Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare, second edition

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Title: Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare, 2nd Edition

Edited by: Brendan McCormack, Kim Manley, Angie Titchen

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Reviewer: Kerry Bloodworth, assistant director of nursing, Nottingham University Hospitals

What was it like?

This book is now the second edition from the previous book first published in 2004. This is a well-researched book with contributions from many authors who are experts in their field. What I liked about this book was although it was well evidenced, it did contain examples of practice development that you could implement from the book using a pragmatic approach.

There were also some personal examples and reflections of learning from facilitators implementing change within a variety of clinical environments, both from the acute care hospital setting to the community and nursing home settings. This book gives models and examples and tips on facilitation skills using examples from practice, which are relevant and timely to the current healthcare issues.

The book often describes individual journeys of staff who have implemented practice development. I enjoyed reading their personal journeys and the issues and dilemmas they faced during their journey.

 What were the highlights? 

The highlights of this book are its practical focus, the use of examples and case studies bring the book alive and the use of current evidence to support the current thinking of the authors. The book is written with the current financial pressures, care and compassion challenges that nurses are facing in their everyday work. Really enjoyed the chapter on “getting going with facilitation skills in practice development”, this chapter was written in a creative way as a novel with the underpinning research. This enabled the topic to be far more interesting than just “dry” text.

The book does contain several diagrams that do illustrate models and help clarify the models from the text, these are especially useful additions.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The real strength of the book is the pragmatic evidenced based examples of practice development. The book does reference tools that you can use to measure the effectiveness of care. This book allows front line staff to have the information they require to make changes with the support of a leader, facilitator or coach. This book could also be useful for hospitals that are using or developing a shared governance focus. This approach to practice development can be empowering for staff.

It’s not the easiest read but it well worth reading chapters that are relevant to you. This book needs to be read by as many nurses as possible not just if you are completing an assignment for a module, but to give knowledge and insight into to developing a professional practice model of care.

Who should read it?

Everyone who has a passion for the development of nursing practice, and who wants further insights and tools and techniques to use. The book does lends itself to staff who are able to influence and implement change e.g. ward sister, deputy ward sister, clinical nurse specialist’s, district nurses and health visitors.


Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare

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