It's a long time ago now since I last read a textbook, however, what I do remember is finding them more or less stultifying. Each chapter contained pages and pages of impenetrable prose ending with several broadly phrased questions which, in order to answer them, meant going back over the same dull reading to try and extract a few salient points.
In comparison, Clinical Judgement and Decision Making in Nursing is an altogether revolutionary kind of textbook. Far from inhibiting the inquisitive mind, it stimulates the reader's neural networks right from the start with chapters brimming with short case studies which feature ordinary people facing everyday situations in a medical setting.
The essential learning points are there for students to discern for themselves, which is by far the best way to retain knowledge. In the event that some may struggle, the main points are identified in each set of circumstances and succinctly stated to reinforce and enhance understanding of specific issues.
Overall, the book could arguably be put forward as a landmark in teaching prospective nurses the importance and value of adhering to NMC standards of practice and personal behaviour. It is also a significant tool in the raising of awareness amongst all medical professionals of the vital role a registered nurse plays in the daily life of us mortals as we hurtle toward our inevitable fate.