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    Bethann Siviter BSc(Hons)RNDN CertDip HE(Author)

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This book is not a primer on clinical skills but an indispensable handbook and resource for the new nurses who are about to embark on their first job and need to develop nursing judgment and the ability to organise and deliver care. It is about learning how to think like a nurse - developing the judgment and behaviour that is essential in competent practice. With an immensely readable style this book uses a friendly, conversational manner, with realistic hints, tips, and examples from real life, to encourage nurses in the early days of their careers.

Issues such as assertiveness, delegation, CVs and interviews, leadership, developing "nursing intuition”, are covered as well as discussion about evidence based and reflective practice, direct entry into the community, and developing confidence in practice. This book will help nurses and students develop into competent and confident practitioners.

Chatty and accessible, emphasising empathy and communication in effective nursing.Louise Nadal, Nursing Standard, Volume 22 no 50

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  • By B. Siviter on 25 April 2008

    When the Student Nurse Handbook (2004 by Balliere Tindall) came out, the feedback we received was- "It's Great! But I understand now- what's next?"This book was intended to pick up where the Student Nurse Handbook (SNH)left off, helping you move from being a student nurse to working and practising as a nurse- but just as much it was intended for those already working as nurses to be sure their practice lived up to the standards required.Its not about *how* to do things, its about *why* you do them, supporting you to develop your clinical judgement and decision making.The chapters start with help getting a job- CV, interview, how to do a seminar presentation- and then go into helping you develop the art that is your nursing practice. The popular seminar "Transitioning from Student to Staff Nurse" evolved into a chapter of its own, with guidance on what we want from you in the clinical areas and how to survive going from a no-pay student to an earning, accountable and competent nurse.As with the Student Nurse Handbook, I wrote this as if you were a friend with whom I was sharing time, but unlike the SNH this was written after I have spent a substantial period as a patient so the focus includes an increased awareness of what patients need from nurses.There are fewer cartoons than in the SNH, but just as many examples and scenarios from practice, giving you concrete tips on how to not just survive but enjoy your new career.There is a substantial chapter on mentorship, and one on developing your reflection into reflection in action, allowing you to make better use of your decision making skills, and a chapter on research and evidence based practice, assisting you to develop a more evidence-based approach to care.All in all, this book is basic, but that doesn't mean its not important. The art of nursing is one that needs constant work to remain focused and up to date- this book should assist you in developing your career and practice.Its founded in nursing theory and presented with clear words, useful examples,humour and a passion for nursing.The only shortcoming in my opinion is that there is not a lot of room for models- but the 2nd edition of the SNH will have expanded models in it; there was not enough room for nursing models, and the hope is that by qualification you would have understood that part well enough to not miss it. What it does promote however is that you are in control of your nursing, that you have the reason and right to be proud of being a nruse, and that it is your obligation to do the best you can to be the nurse your patient needs.Thank you for buying the books I write for you- when I write, I try to imagine each individual parting with hard earned money and hoping that what I give them is a fair trade. Let me know how I can make this book a better value and more useful resource by writing me through the publisher.And thank you for caring enough about your nursing to want to be the best nurse possible.

  • By Rosetta M. Wilson on 19 November 2008

    Really useful and practical advice throughout the book. Helps to alleviate those fears that students have prior to qualifying. Advises on how to survive the wards and become a competent nurse through reflection and effective communication. Excellent advice on CV writing, interviews and continuous professional development. Recommend it to all newly qualifying nurses.

  • By Guest on 10 December 2008

    As a third year student I found this book particularly useful as a guide in preparing myself as a qualified nurse. It gives helpful advice on organising yourself for an interview, it indicates what is expected from future employers and provides ideas for personal statements and presentations. It also highlights areas such as how to be successful in time management and the importance of delegating work to others. The book explores ways of communicating with patients and how to reflect on good and bad practice. The book is full of handy tips and advice, which I'm sure, will be very useful as a reference in the future. It is written in a way, which is easy to read, and the language is easy to understand.

  • By Katherine Windass on 24 June 2008

    This is a great book for those approaching qualification or who are newly qualified. It covers all the areas where you need a bit of advice, such as writing a CV and getting a first job, time management, leadership and reflection. It is very clear and easy to read.

  • By Hussain vvvvvv on 13 October 2008

    This is a must have book starting out as a newly qualifed nurse. The books is well layed out and concise with the information it's providing. Brilliant book to have, so much so that everyone I know is always borrowing it, even nurses who have been qualifed for years.So if your soon to be qualifed this is the book to have.

  • By Nicky Mac on 26 April 2012

    I absolutely love this book. I qualify as an Adult Nurse in February 2013. It has really helped to alleaviate some of the concerns i have with regards to my final placement and working as a newly qualified nurse. I find it hard to assert myself and delegate to others. The book has helped me to identify ways that i can assert my authority when appropriate and ask people for their help in a way that doesn't get peoples backs up, but enables me to get the help i need. I especially like the chapter 'Pitfalls in practice' and the section on 'Dealing with Difficult People'. One of the problems i have with asserting myself is a fear of rejection and how people will respond to my requests for them to help me with tasks. This book has definatley provided me with good tips on how to manage "difficult people" and difficult situations. I am sure that this book will remain an excellent resource and i will refer to it regularly. Many Thanks to Bethann Siviter for increasing my confidence.

  • By Hayley on 28 March 2008

    This is a really helpful book! Helps with writing cvs and answers questions you dont like to ask. Easy to read would definatly recommend to other newly qualified nurses are students who are nearly qualified.

  • By Patricia Mcmaster on 12 June 2009

    This is a really helpful book for an newly qualified nurse, its easy to follow too.


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