’This book is aimed more at the graduate audience than the novice reader, although would be of benefit to anyone who would like to understand more about the origins of evidence-based practice.’ Title: Empirical nursing: The art of evidence-based care Author: Bernie Garrett Publisher: Emerald Publishing Reviewer: Jennie Walker, principal lecturer, Nottingham Trent University What was it like? This book provides a useful guide through the philosophical underpinnings of nursing research and scientific argument. It presents an interesting journey through the discovery of knowledge and the changing landscape of scientific thinking. Key topics include the rise of empiricism, modern science and nursing, social determinism, causality and care, and social science. The book is well written and relates to the modern arena of nursing practice. There are plentiful examples to illustrate important and interesting points along the way, which engage the reader and help relate concepts to everyday experiences. As well as the traditional views of research philosophy, this book considers current issues such as pseudoscience and common errors in logical reasoning. What were the highlights? Each chapter concludes with key points for further discussion, which follow on from the material presented within the section. These points are thought provoking and designed to engage the reader in further contemplation on the subject and related issues. These topics for consideration are a useful trigger for personal musings, but could equally be used by lecturers on which to build class discussions regarding evidence-based practice. Strengths & weaknesses: This book provides a logical overview of scientific philosophy and research methods and effectively relates these to clinical practice and the challenges faced by modern nursing. The writing style and subject matter may make this a challenging read for the undergraduate learner, although would provide an invaluable basis for critical thinking in contemporary nursing practice. Who should read it? This book is aimed more at the graduate audience than the novice reader, although would be of benefit to anyone who would like to understand more about the origins of evidence-based practice. It would also be a useful resource for lecturers teaching the philosophy of nursing research. empirical nursing You might also like...Registered nurse work 'oversimplified' as delivery of tasks2 April 2019Gemma MitchellRegistered nurses are too often viewed as task completers rather than as being critical to safety, researchers have warned.'The centenary seems to have helped create a wave of positivity'7 May 2019Ian UnittThis year is very special for learning disability nursing as 2019 marks the 100 th anniversary of the profession.Nurse educators caution against proposed cut in tuition fees31 May 2019Jo StephensonA proposed reduction in university tuition fees would not benefit many nursing students or boost numbers coming into the profession, educators have said in response to a major review.Invest in existing nurses not 'shiny' new services, says QNI leader6 June 2019Gemma MitchellA fundamental lack of understanding of the true value of nurses is leading to the creation of yet more “shiny new” initiatives at the expense of the profession, an influential nursing leader has warned. Unlimited access to Nursing Times... you the confidence to be the best nurse you can be. Our online learning units, clinical practice articles, news and opinion stories, helps you increase your skills and knowledge and improves your practice. Subscribe today for 1-9 users Subscribe today for 10+ users Marketing Advertising SolutionsSubscriptions FAQAbout Nursing TimesContact usPrivacy and CookiesAdvisory BoardTerms and conditionsRSS feeds Site MapA-Z of contributorsA to Z of Clinical SubjectsPublication IndexCopyright © 2002-2019 EMAP Publishing LimitedThis site is intended for health professionals only EMAP Publishing Limited Company number 7880758 (England & Wales) Registered address: 7th Floor, Vantage London, Great West Road, Brentford, United Kingdom, TW8 9AG Site powered by Webvision