- Paperback: 996 pages
- Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 4 edition (10 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0702054658
- ISBN-13: 978-0702054655
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.4 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4e Paperback – 10 May 2011
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Long story short, This book is on the reading list for the second and third years of the Nursing degree at my university but I have used it in every year so far, in fact, I think I have referenced something or other out of it for; A reflective account on clinical practice, a behavioral science essay, first year nursing exam, final nursing exam, four poster presentations (including one poster that is being published for a Nurse Mentoring conference), a law essay, and a research critique presentation. In summary, pretty much all of my academic work so far. I can absolutely guarantee that I will be using it for my two remaining pieces of academic work; 4,000 word combined science essay and 10,000 word dissertation.
The content of the book is broken down into reasonable length chapters that you can assimilate in a few hours each. Page-setting, diagrams and illustration are effective - it's easy to read, doesn't feel like a jumble of information. I've never read the book cover to cover, usually just dipping in and out, reading a chapter here or there, whatever is applicable for what I am working on at the time. Sometimes I read a chapter purely for information, with no onus of academic work to be done - most recent example being the chapter on Trauma (I'm on Emergency Department placement at the moment) - and it's through doing this that you find the book has a genuinely pleasant style of writing that is easy on the reader. The content of the sections I have read is for the most part, very well informed, accurate, and well referenced - I have not as yet encountered any glaring errors.
As intimated above, I started reading the book before I even got on the Nursing degree (no experience of any kind of healthcare environment prior to starting), have progressed through two years of the degree and am now on the final straights... the book has done me well through it all. Definitely recommend it for any Student Nurse but I will go so far as to say that I still think it's going to be relevant as a qualified Nurse too, I happen to know a few qualified Nurses who use this book for information when they come across something they perhaps don't know as much as they would like to about.
I use a new iPad to view this Kindle edition and naturally this alters the page formatting from the paper edition of the book, it's not usually a big deal - in terms of reading the book it makes no actual difference, however I would identify that certainly with the new iPad and probably on most desktops, the minimum text size is too big - the new iPad could definitely handle the book's original page formatting because of its resolution, so could most high resolution PC monitors. I can't say that this is a failing of the book however, I put this down to the kindle application for iPad and PC/Mac.
I would have given this edition 5 stars BUT - Amazon have not put the proper page numbering on the kindle edition - making this edition a nightmare to reference - it has 73736 locations. For this reason I have deducted 1 star. Please don't let this stop you from buying the book ;) I've never met anyone who regretted buying it, it's an excellent text, highly applicable to its intended audience, at a reasonable price.
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