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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marilyn Sample, B.S. and M.S.(Indiana State University)
Description: This book will be of special interest to potential and existing nursing students, but it will also be helpful to nursing faculty. The author uses a lighthearted approach to present suggestions for dealing with issues and concerns one may experience while choosing a nursing school and being a nursing student. Students preparing for the NCLEX and graduates choosing employment in the profession of nursing will also benefit.
Purpose: Numerous quotes and anecdotes from nursing students and instructors underscore points that the author makes throughout the book. The use of relevant cartoons and clichés add levity to the down-to-earth suggestions.
Audience: This book is truly written for the nursing student in particular as opposed to the college student.
Features: The author addresses concerns that are somewhat unique to nursing students, such as those related to clinical rotations, clinical instructors, and staff in the clinical area. She recognizes many concerns nursing students may have but also writes about special concerns of older students, male students (as a minority in a female-dominated profession) and gay, lesbian, or bisexual students. There is a wonderful chapter on taking care of oneself in which the author writes about dealing with stress, codependency, and cognitive distortions. It is a chapter that readers will find enlightening and self-empowering. The author recognizes that most students work while they are in school and offers innovative suggestions on how to manage multiple responsibilities. There are also chapters filled with strategies for being successful in the classroom and with test taking. At the end of each chapter, there are an array of resources, such as books, Web sites, and organizations to contact and explore.
Assessment: For prospective and existing nursing students, this book is very useful resource.