First book after becoming a licensed RN. A great choice for a positive and inspiring overview of a successful career.
Hadfield is honest with himself aFirst book after becoming a licensed RN. A great choice for a positive and inspiring overview of a successful career.
Hadfield is honest with himself and his readers. He recounts his entire career along with the steps and life choices that led him to become an astronaut and the first Canadian in charge of the International Space Station. The book is a well-tossed mixture of memoir, exposition of life lessons, and inside peek at the Space Program. It's a fast read and he gets just technical enough to wow the reader without being boring. He's so humble on top of all that. Most memoirs are all about the author being larger than life, so Hadfield's trip to the ISS is that much more surprisingly down to earth. ...more
A great condensed review of 4 years of nursing education. In some ways, this book was more thorough than my professors and for all that I learned alonA great condensed review of 4 years of nursing education. In some ways, this book was more thorough than my professors and for all that I learned along the way I am grateful.
Questions at the back of the chapters and the final test covered material well, but are recall and understanding questions only. This is important to know because the NCLEX is testing you at the higher comprehension levels of application and analysis. Any student preparing for NCLEX needs a source of those types of questions that are beyond the scope of this book. Both aspects - material review and serious critical thinking questions - are needed to prepare for NCLEX. This book is a great resource for the first half of your preparation. I believe Kaplan and UWorld to be good sources for the second half. Good luck!...more
Only reason this is shy of five stars is that it is sometimes repetitive. While that can be a good thing, it occasionally felt that this text was tryiOnly reason this is shy of five stars is that it is sometimes repetitive. While that can be a good thing, it occasionally felt that this text was trying not to live up to its "incredibly easy" title.
Pharmacological treatment chapter is awesome! ...more
A disappointing read for me. Given the title, I was hoping for a memoir of a visiting nurse primarily focused on the profession. The author has insteaA disappointing read for me. Given the title, I was hoping for a memoir of a visiting nurse primarily focused on the profession. The author has instead written a memoir of the years of her family's life on a small Scottish island, over full of adjective-laden weather descriptions with an occasional nursing story.
There was much left to be desired in the ordering of the vignettes, the lack of transition between them, and the absence of a theme to the tales to draw the reader in and keep the story centered. This book really has no backbone to bind it and thus feels like a personal journal or a memoir written for consumption by close associates only that someone put a "For Sale" sticker on. Not really recommended. ...more
Drop everything... well maybe not your patho book because that would hurt your toes. Let's try thatIf you are a nurse or nursing student, read this.
Drop everything... well maybe not your patho book because that would hurt your toes. Let's try that again...
Drop everything except your overpriced textbooks and buy this inexpensive treatise on nursing. It will teach you how to speak for and fully inhabit your profession. For myself, it has also collated - translated - coalesced years of daydreaming and yearning into Go! time....more
This book was nearly five stars, but in places Macfarlane went off-course, lacked consistent theme, and was over indulgent in his descriptors and lackThis book was nearly five stars, but in places Macfarlane went off-course, lacked consistent theme, and was over indulgent in his descriptors and lack of grammar. As a travel book, it is an enjoyable journey. Faraway places and familiar locales of the author explored in pursuit of the knowledge embedded in and discovered by walking. I believe I would have enjoyed it even more if I was more familiar with the United Kingdom.
It was also a very quotable book. I added 20 mini-meditations (quotes) from it to Goodreads. Overall, lots of material to sift through, live, explore, and write upon. A great summer book when I myself was unable to go far from home. ...more
Picked this one up from the library because I discovered @BreneBrown has not one but TWO amazing TED talks. Looking forward to reading it...
Meh. BrownPicked this one up from the library because I discovered @BreneBrown has not one but TWO amazing TED talks. Looking forward to reading it...
Meh. Brown has inspirational thoughts but only some that resonated. A bit too fluffy and scattered, eerily reminiscent of Christian self help books in its style. Definitely a better message though....more
I enjoyed Standage’s TED talk on the subject of this book. If you don’t have time to read the book, the video is a decent miniature of the thesis. ThI enjoyed Standage’s TED talk on the subject of this book. If you don’t have time to read the book, the video is a decent miniature of the thesis. The video left me wanting more, however, so I borrowed this one from the library, and I’m glad I did. It is an extremely condensed history of Western civilization on matters of literacy, print, and media. Standage argues that social media, rather than being a new idea, is in fact a very old one and gives voluminous examples to prove his point.
My critique would beg for more connections between the historical material and his thesis. The chapters are formatted in this way: brief introduction into why this historical period is relevant to the thesis, long detailed apparently very scholarly set-up of the historical period and its happenings, then ending with one or two short paragraphs relating it back to the thesis. It seemed like a freshman’s first paper.
In the middle of most chapters, I found myself wondering why these details mattered in the larger schema, and at the end of each chapters, with such a small amount of space dedicated to building those connections, I felt cheated out of the mature conversation that could – and probably should – have grown out of the material. I cannot decide whether he has not formulated the connections, whether they are fewer than he hoped, or whether he is leaving the reader to their own devices in how social media is relevant to today’s work.
Regardless, I enjoyed the journey that Standage takes the reader on, especially the larger context of history he has given me. His thesis is timely and should be heard as it presents the optimistic view that social media is not the death of society nor a deviation from the way things "ought" to be, but rather the return to a way of communicating we humans have used for centuries. History tells us that, in the use and expansion of social communication, lies man's progress.
I would recommend this to history buffs and media enthusiasts. While his topic is excellent, I think he would lose common readers in the middle. ...more
Independent study to work towards my goal of becoming an ICU nurse. Organizes arrhythmias not by location of origin, but by type of disturbance. For eIndependent study to work towards my goal of becoming an ICU nurse. Organizes arrhythmias not by location of origin, but by type of disturbance. For example, this book puts all tachycardias in one chapter, regardless of where they are occurring in the heart instead of looking at all arrhythmias originating in the atria. I have yet to discover an advantage of one organizational scheme over another, but can say that reading one of each layout has been a boost to comprehension of the topic.
With Dubin, you are not just getting a book, you get a tutor too. He has woven repetition and humor into the book then reinforces basic concepts at appropriate times when relevant to more advanced topics. Have a feeling I'll be revisiting this book for years to come. ...more