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Book review: Becoming a Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing (Second Edition)

Becoming a Nurse book

Becoming a Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing (Second edition)

This provides an overview of essential topics for student nurses and others. It is not about clinical skills but other vital aspects of nursing such as ethics, spiritual care, communication and leadership.

A particular strength of the book is that it is relevant for all branches of nursing. There is good use of varied case studies, and questions are posed that help the reader to consider key issues in relation to their own practice.

Each chapter ends with a comprehensive further reading list and there is good signposting to relevant journals and websites that helps the reader to identify current material. This is particularly useful in various chapters, including a chapter on health policy, a rapidly-changing subject..

While the chapters are broad, they provide sufficient detail

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Becoming a Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing (Second edition)

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This provides an overview of essential topics for student nurses and others. It is not about clinical skills but other vital aspects of nursing such as ethics, spiritual care, communication and leadership.

A particular strength of the book is that it is relevant for all branches of nursing. There is good use of varied case studies, and questions are posed that help the reader to consider key issues in relation to their own practice. 

Each chapter ends with a comprehensive further reading list and there is good signposting to relevant journals and websites that helps the reader to identify current material. This is particularly useful in various chapters, including a chapter on health policy, a rapidly-changing subject..

While the chapters are broad, they provide sufficient detail so that readers can follow up areas of interest independently.

The book makes a useful read for the pre-registration nurse but also has much to offer newly-registered nurses or those undertaking academic study.  

Derek Sellman and Paul Snelling | Routledge | 558pp | £31.99 | ISBN: 9780273786214

Reviewed by Brian Lucas, lead nurse education and development, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

 

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