Title: Student Survival Skills, Study Skills for Nurses
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, 3rd year adult student nurse
What was it like?
Study Skills for Nurses is a fantastic concise little book, which covers a good broad range of care skills within the hospital and community settings, such as bed bathing and more unseen interventions such as stoma care.
What were the highlights?
This book gives a sharp snapshot in each chapter, starting with the learning outcomes and what is hoped the reader will have achieved by reading and understanding each chapters content. It is a brightly coloured and illustrated book with up to date tables, diagrams and algorithms, enabling the student nurse in any trust to understand. At various intervals throughout the book it prompts the reader to test their knowledge, which I really found this aspect useful. It enabled me to question the content and put it into practice as well.
Strengths & weaknesses:
There is a full appendix, which allows the reader to look up any common forms used in practice such as weight conversation charts and I also found that the author refers to other publications such as the Royal Marsden, allowing you to expand your knowledge further. This book enabled me to look up something quickly, giving me the answer to my questions, and then if I wanted to go any deeper I had references to other texts that I could utilise. It’s a bright book, with a wipe able cover so you can pop it into your bag, and use it without worry on placement, wipe it over and it’s at your fingertips any time of day or placement.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book and also this series of books to student nurses at any point of their training. I have found it an invaluable book which does not blind you with too much information in one go, a pit stop book well worth investing in. I keep a copy in my bag when ever I am on placement.