Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan - 1st Canadian Edition
Posted: April 12, 2018 | Updated: March 23, 2020
Author: Jennifer L. Lapum, Margaret Verkuyl, Wendy Garcia, Oona St-Amant, Andy Tan, Ryerson University
The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Using a multi-media approach, it will provide opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.
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Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan - 1st Canadian Edition by Jennifer L. Lapum, Margaret Verkuyl, Wendy Garcia, Oona St-Amant, Andy Tan, Ryerson University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
4.9 / 5
Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The text does not include an index / glossary
The text is comprehensive. Having short chapters with easily readable text, appealing photos, short videos and a variety of self assessment methods are effective pedagogies and I believe will appeal to the learner.
The text includes sectioned titled ‘Try it Out’ and ‘Test Yourself’. These are excellent opportunities for students to visualize what they are trying to learn and opportunities for them to do self assessment of their learning. Inclusion of videos into these sections add quality to this resource
Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The text mainly refers to two other OER resources. I am familiar with one of them: Reese Doyle, G and McCutcheon, J. (2015) .Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care by British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.https://opentextbc.ca/clinicalskills/ and know it to be a high quality resource.
Otherwise the reference list is relatively short. As a content expert, I know the content to be accurate. From an academic perspective, and from the messaging to students that is reinforced in the resources we ask them to use, material should be referenced accordingly, I have suggestions for inclusion of more referencing.
Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
Having short chapters with easily readable text I believe will appeal to the learner.
Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
This is a strength of this text. Sections are short. Titles are organized and titled clearly
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
Each chapter has multiple sections, each building on the other. Each chapter wraps up with activities to reinforce the material.
Organization Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
My only confusion was in the Chapter titled Conclusion. There is a section 'Printable Flashcards'. I expected a feature that I could ‘click’ and flashcards would print. What I see is a list of steps that I could put onto flashcards myself. Maybe this is an issue with my computer? Or maybe more explicit instructions are necessary.
Interface Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
Grammar and spelling are free of errors
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
A strength of the text is particularly in Chapter 6: Knowledge Integration where learners are presented with somewhat unfolding case studies across the lifespan (adult client, pediatric client, pregnant client, older adult client)
Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
Yes I would. However from an academic perspective I think inclusion of more references would strengthen the appearance of rigor.