Title: Student Nurse Planner 2014/2015
Author: Susan C deWit
Publisher: Elsevier Saunders
Reviewer: Jade Day, student nurse at Anglia Ruskin
What was it like?
This planner has so much included in such a small space and is really handy as an all in one quick reference guide, diary and planner. Including weekly, monthly and yearly planners, this is good for short and long term planning for nursing students. The information included in the first section is quite handy too covering everything from health promotion to reducing student stress and managing exams/essays.
What were the highlights?
This book has plenty of tips on time management, organisational skills, coping with stress as a student, how to manage university work and placements and some handy clinical skills such as reading ECG’s. The weekly planner has space to write in on a daily basis for shifts, due dates, things to do that day etc and the monthly planner also has space to write in to mark important dates etc. It also comes with a full bibliography and links to websites that will be useful for further reading on any of the topics included.
Strengths and Weaknesses?
I found the part with medical prefixes and suffixes really handy and the section in the front of abbreviations to avoid and what they can be confused for as I feel this will really help reduce errors in practice. The quick reference sections are great as are the links to other books/websites.
However, this book is American and as such has US spellings and a section on the NCLEX, which as an English student is not overly helpful. Also the yearly planner in the book is on the shiny cover making it hard to write on important dates. I also think the sections with blank timetables etc would have been great as pull out pages so they could be photocopied and used on a regular basis. As they are it would take time to sit and draw one up for reproduction.
Who should read it?
Obviously any student nurse from any branch would benefit from a planner like this though having one tailored to British students with details on the NMC Code etc would be brilliant.