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Medication Administration

Medication Administration: A Guide for Unregulated Healthcare Providers by [Persaud BScN RN MN, Rajeev, Tabanao BSN, Richel]

Medication administration is a very practical and manual task. However, it does encompass some important elements that enhance the impact and improve the outcome. This book is meant to guide unregulated healthcare providers who find themselves at a crossroads of how to go about their responsibilities and duties. It is a guide to consider overall well being and patient preferences as a means of delivering better care. Despite the practice being unregulated, this book guides it so that it is appropriately managed. It is basically a roadmap for avoiding problems faced in the use and administration of medications. The book is divided into three major modules. The first is medication safety. The second is Medication administration techniques. The third is insulin administration and diabetes management.

The best possible quality of this book is the depth of facts and experiences on which it is based. Both authors are major players in the nursing and medical fields. They have amassed extensive knowledge and real world insight into medication administration. The vastness of their experiences shines through this book. It is simply a gem with tidbits that could easily be found in a textbook and sections that one would only encounter in practice. That is what makes this book so valuable, its capability to prepare the caregivers better for actual encounters rather than textbook hypotheticals.

Another important quality of this book is the structure. It has been divided into three modules which cover the subject of medication administration in depth. The first module opens with explaining the role of unregulated care providers and medication safety in communities. This does well to lay the land. It acts as an appropriate foundation for the next phase of the text. With a good understanding of the role an unregulated care giver plays, they will then learn about all the numerous techniques of administration. The last module is about a scourge that affects every community in the world. Insulin administration if done right is life saving. The book covers this last part with precision.

Perhaps the only issue with this book is that it is a bit tailored for the Canadian setting. However, the material seems flexible enough to model for other countries. This therefore does not take away the value of the material. The book is also written in very simple English. This is suitable for people like the personal support workers who might not have adequate medical experience to understand technical jargon.

This book is informative and well structured. The authors’ competency and knowledge comes through clearly in their delivery of the material. Medication Administration is a book worth reading if one finds themselves in a situation where they have to provide unregulated medical support.

Pages: 130 | ASIN: B07SW83YRL

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The Silver is Mine

The Silver is Mine by [Phillips, Jason Roger]

Marcel Freeman is an ordinary man, prisoner of his ordinary life. He goes to work every morning, from his workplace he heads directly home and then goes to sleep. There is nothing special about his life until one day, something exceptional happens. He decides to leave work one hour earlier, without permission, without explanation. This decision seems trivial, but it will start an unlucky chain of events for him, soon he finds himself in the middle of a forest with strange people and he has to face danger, mystery, and crime. But the most important question is: can he run away from his fate?

The Silver is Mine by Jason Roger Phillips is a gripping mystery novel. The story is very impressive, the author creates a complex cryptic story after outlining more separate stories. The novel takes place in two different places: in a big city’s ghetto and in the countryside in Geronimo Bay. The weather is mostly rainy or stormy, which has a symbolic meaning and also provides a good base to the mysterious mood. I liked how the real and the imaginary events alternate through the story, and how all the dreams, metaphors and poems have a deep meaning.

The characters are introduced separately in the novel but their lives get connected somehow as the story unfolds. The main characters are well worked out and all of them have a very strong personality, even the young ones. Marcel is an average office worker, who gets tired of his boring life and the fact that the woman he loves can never be his. His character develops as the story goes on, first he is impulsive in his actions, but later he starts to make rational decisions in order to gain his freedom. Gemma, Marcel’s lover changes a lot also, from a rich, drug addict, co-dependent woman she becomes someone who has values and appreciates simple things, like other people’s love. Shippie’s character is very interesting, I think that her mysterious personality would be worth a separate book.

Although the story is engaging and interesting, I think the book’s value is in the effect it has on the reader. While reading, I stopped multiple times to think about what I read and even after finishing the book, I still keep thinking. Such an amazing novel!

Pages: 239 | ASIN: B01N2V2MT4

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W900

W900 by [McNulty, Tom]

Hovis Monk received his verbal dismissal a few days ago so he knows that his simple and paid for life will not last long. Then his old buddy delivers the written dismissal in a shit covered envelope and Hovis knows he has three weeks left at no. 37. He sits with his friend Lee Kelso and the trips down memory lane start. He talks about his days as a struggling musical legend. Later, Hovis takes us through The Festers 2.0.

Tom McNulty regales the tale of Hovis’ life in the wake of dismissal from Blue Yonder Mining Company. He executes the story with flourish and profane delight. The story flows seamlessly allowing the reader to take in the surroundings. The author creates a rapport between Lee and Hovis that is both sad and brilliantly humorous. The way they engage with each other is heartwarming. As Hovis moves on to the next chapter of his life, the story presents his tribulations in a simple yet masterful way. With unique language and quirky mannerisms the characters make their way into the reader’s heart.

The character development in this book is top notch. Each character has their own unique traits that would appeal to one reader or other. Hovis, as the main character, is strong enough to drive the story. He is wistful and, while afraid to move on without the comforts Blue Yonder provides, proceeds to do something that appeals to his passions. Although Hovis might have a bit of a problem with bidding on auction items, he is a hoot.

The use of the English language in this book is unique and, at times, borderline peculiar. It is not language one would encounter in most places but it goes with the construct of this book. In this book it seems fitting and at home. Some of the phrases used in the book are quite confusing. However, these phrases enforce the personalities and traits of the characters. One thing is for sure, the use of the English language is expressive of the author’s creativity and ability to manipulate the language into croutons of absolute joy. All in all, it is fun to read through all the peculiarities in speech.

This is a fun and captivating book with interesting characters and a plot that is genuinely wonderful and intriguing. Hovis always seems to have a story under his sleeve that you have to coax out. This book is not recommended for children as it contains some hard language. However, any young adult or adult will certainly enjoy it.

Pages: 304 | ASIN: B07T68W277

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Bolan’s Quest II

Bolan's Quest II: The Rise of the Gnarlis by [Simmonds, Paul]

After the battle of Barkow, Bolan retreated to the woods. He preferred the isolation away from people and the memories of what had happened in his life before. He left all the people he loved and cared for in his past. Then one night he rescues a woman from danger, her name is Kyra. She awakened in him the will to live again. Kyra is a mother desperately seeking a cure for her son Ollin who has an illness that no one can identify. Bolan helps Kyra retrieve water from the Lake of Healing but must part ways to find his friend Hogarth that descended into the dark forest after them. Returning to the forest Bolan encounters Slavin, a being of pure evil. From here Bolan’s quest is ever changing, adding new challenges and encountering new dangers at every turn.

Bolan is a war hero, but it comes with a price. He was left haunted by what he did and saw. He lost people he loved and cared for. He was left with magical powers that allow him to connect with the minds of people and animals. Meeting Kyra has left Bolan with a desire to enter back into the world outside the woods again. He wants to interact with people again but is still weary and doesn’t want to revel too much about the things that haunt him. Bolan’s Quest II: The Rise of the Gnarlis by Paul Simmonds tells a wonderful story about Bolan’s journey and all the obstacles he faces; but it is more about self-discovery. I really enjoyed the character development of Bolan and seeing him change from a hardened recluse into a compassionate but protective companion. He shows growth from the first chapter on, constantly fighting with his own mind and emotions. Should he be cold hearted and let evil people suffer and die, or should he show mercy when he has the ability to end their suffering. His connection with Kyra and Ollin is powerful and I think that shakes him to his core to feel so deeply again after the war.

In comparison to Bolan’s transformation, another transformation that is notable is that of Slavin. He is a gnarlis, but weak in power. With the help of a magical sword that he coerces Bolan to retrieve for him he grows in power. He becomes darker, more demented, and turns even more evil as his power grows. He cares not for anyone but himself and his growing control over the world. This tale of good vs evil, while a classic story line is filled with unique characters, plot twists and enough substance to keep readers engaged. It is not a retelling of another fantasy novel; it is original and kept me from wanting to put the book down. The story is not complete with this book, there is more to come and your left wanting to grab the next novel to find out what happens next.

Pages: 379 | ASIN: B07S1TX4X8

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XHOSETI: MOON

XHOSETI: MOON by [STEPHENS, ROBERT J]

Xhoseti Moon is an intergalactic, generation-spanning dystopian thriller that contains some amazing pop culture plot elements; It is Brave-New-World-meets-The-Avengers-meets-Artemis-Fowl. And then some more.

We are introduced to a post-nuclear-war universe in which the fallout has destroyed most of Earth’s population. The genetically chosen few are saved and continue to survive.

We follow Chris, the new Grand Master of the Galaxy as he plans to wake the Guardians, an omniscient ancient race, and set up a power plant on the Moon. With him is a powerful and skilled team composed of seven acolytes. They navigate through a host of problems- from treachery to mind-controlling mistresses. Then there are the Xhoseti. The horrific, insect-like creatures that were thought to be dead, but are out to avenge themselves. They want all the power, death, and destruction that they can get their disgusting little claws on. Various other story lines are entangled within the plot and serve to enrich the story. Such as that of Luke, the moon miner and Greta, the gorgeous but entirely evil lady.

One of the most striking parts of this novel is the clarity with which it describes the workings of this universe and its elements. Robert J Stephens provides engaging and lengthy detail for everything from the Xhoseti reproduction process (oviposition enthusiasts- this one is meant for you) to the power plant set-up on the Moon. You are taken on an extremely informative guided tour, at the end of which you will know every nook and cranny of this universe.

However, the believability of the setting is never out of reach. Issues are raised that can be linked to the current state of the world, like the ruin that follows fossil fuel greed. The characters are interesting and flawed, likable and human, because they have the ability to fail. The lust for power and revenge fuel antagonists in the plot, a scary reflection of our society’s authorities. It concludes on an exciting and fearful note, leaving room for speculation and imagination.

It is a complicated and danger-ridden world that we live in, and this novel is a distorted, futuristic vision of that. Without getting too preachy, it has warnings of nuclear fallout and total environmental collapse laced throughout. The scariest futures are the ones that are entirely within reach.

Pages: 201 | ASIN: B07KX1KYZ9

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I Have Demons

I Have Demons by [Adam, Christopher]

Christopher Adam’s book, I Have Demons, is a collection of three stories that are snapshots of the lives of three different people in and around the city of Ottawa, Canada. As the author describes in the preface, the main characters in these stories in some way “live on the margins,” both physically and socially. From an elderly woman who is neglected by her son and relishes any excitement she can find outside the retirement home in which she lives, to a priest who finds himself struggling to find compassion for a mentally ill man who pressures him into a uncomfortable task, to a struggling college graduate who has to put all dignity aside to try to make it in the big city, the author highlights the struggles of people who are frequently overlooked by the rest of mainstream culture.

The thing that left the biggest impression on me while reading this book was Adam’s excellent use of descriptive writing throughout his stories. His ideas become real for his readers through the way in which he is able to describe things, not just by using many adjectives, but by using detailed imagery that makes his story seem real. Everything that he describes, from a blustery wind to an old woman’s hands, takes shape in the reader’s mind through his words and metaphors. The descriptions create a feeling of uniqueness in his stories, and in their own way, can help the reader to see ordinary things from a fresh perspective.

Having said that, I don’t think the title matches the content of the book in terms of a meaningful description. Although the words in the title come from a quote in the book, I don’t feel like this particular quote gave me the correct impression of the content of the book. While the author may want to convey the idea that all his characters have to deal with their own demons, I think that, without context, the title seems suggested to me that this book is one of horror or suspense. Regardless, because the stories are well-written, thoughtful, and descriptive, I highly recommend this book.

Pages: 130 | ASIN: B07K4QG839

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Don’t Drink The Pink

Don't Drink the Pink by [Fegan, B.C.R.]

Don’t Drink the Pink, by B. C. R. Fegan, is a children’s story about a little girl, Madeline, and her quirky grandfather who is always full of surprises. From the time that she is one year old, Madeline gets to choose one of her grandfather’s magical potions each year as a birthday gift, always following her grandfather’s warning not to select the pink one. Every birthday she is excited to discover what special ability the potion will give her that day. The tradition continues even as she gets older, but after her grandfather becomes frail and sick, she finally learns the secret behind her grandfather’s last surprise – the pink potion that she has been avoiding every year.

Fegan’s book is a fun and heartwarming story of the special relationship between a girl and her grandfather. I think that the book’s idea of magical potions and special powers will appeal to the author’s young audience and the consistent rhyming style is sure to grab the reader’s attention and keep them reading. The illustrations that accompany the text are well done, as usual, and give the reader delightful visual details that help create a connection to the story. Overall, this is a fun story that is perfectly suited to its audience. Absolutely fun, cute, and entertaining!

Pages: 40 | ASIN: B07SH1M437

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Left For Dead At Nijmegen

Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II by [Nannini, Marcus A.]

It’s not every day that we come across a historical work with as much life in it as we see in Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in WWII. The level of research and attention to detail that went into the retelling of Eugene Metcalfe’s harrowing tale of survival is shown in spades. The reader has no problem understanding not only the physical situations faced by the main character but also the emotions and state of mind.

The author of this incredible story is hard to identify. Marcus A Nannini is certainly the one who organized and wrote the book, but he did such a good job putting it together that you just can’t help but think it is Gene himself telling you his own story. To add to that effect, Nannini puts a lot of focus on Gene’s sense of humor and personality.

The conversations between important members of the SS as well as many other details seem almost too good to be true from a historical perspective. Nannini dutifully constructs images and characteristics of the POW camps that his subject was forced into that were previously unknown. This work, therefore, is as important to historical study of the period as it is a riveting and fascinating tale.

The story starts off with Gene Metcalfe at school and illustrates his departure from his home, family and friends. Looking to do his part, Gene sets off and quickly finds himself shipping off. From the title, the reader knows there is going to be a traumatic event from the get-go, but what transpires afterwards is quite unpredictable. Left for dead, captured, moved from camp to camp, and bearing witness to many horrifying things, it is hard to believe at times that Gene is going to make it. Even more impactful are the ways that Gene gets himself through the atrocities he experiences.

The writing is direct, simple, and honest, relaying the same feeling that you get from the main character. Left for Dead in Nijmegen, written by Marcus A Nannini and published by Casemate, a resounding recommendation to readers of historical novels.

Pages: 256 | ASIN: B07QM86WDW

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Scooter Nation

Scooter Nation (Unapologetic Lives Series Book 2) by [Funkhauser, A.B.]

Scooter and Carla have to deal with lots of drama and backstabbing behind the scenes. They face off with Jocasta Binns. On the other hand, there is also a scooter bound gang led by a silver haired goon wreaking havoc on the gardens in the most contemptuous way. The Funeral Service is saddled with tension between the ‘siblings’.

The author has weaved quite the hilarious tale set in a funeral service establishment. The story highlights the inner workings of managing such an establishment which, it turns out, is like any other family business. The story is so vividly narrated that the reader cannot help but join the world.

The plot is well developed and fast paced and the characters are multi-dimensional. This makes it easy for the reader to visualize them and get acquainted. It is particularly interesting how Jocasta is introduced to the reader. She is introduced with her crackling fingers and her scandalous origin. She is not fazed by her old age and remains stoic and a force to be reckoned with. The Jocastrator can withstand anything and anyone. She inspires the kind of admiration that is mixed with fear. Then there is Scooter, who seems very sweet and charming. He is like the sunshine that peeks through the curtains in the morning. Then Charlie, the poor old man who has been turned into a mere informant for the brothers. Every character has a backstory and their uniqueness shines through regardless of their role in the story. This is one of the biggest strengths of this book.

Scooter Nation contains all the elements of a great novel. Thoughts and ideas flow seamlessly while moments of laugh out loud humor keep you engaged in a story that is surprising at every page turn.

This is a book I can see myself reading again because the characters, incontinent though some may be, make you want too keep coming back. It has managed to surpass expectations which were already high from the first installment in the series. A perfect book for a good chuckle.

Pages: 196 | ASIN:  B07RQ92W83

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The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune’s Dark Side

The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune's Dark Side by [Corwin, Marc]

Commander James Cody disappeared into a wormhole created by his own invention 100 years ago and is currently only a fable. This is all unbeknownst to him. He shares a cell with a creature so perfect she might as well have been conjured up in his head. She is the leader of a fierce group of fighting women. With mutual mistrust between them, can they come together to make it out alive?

The author has woven a delightfully strange and completely engrossing plot that bounces between James past and his present. The story evokes different kinds of emotions at different junctures which leaves the reader feeling bereft when the story comes to an end. The story pulls the reader in and goes on a whirlwind journey through different time periods as well as through Commander Cody’s mind.

The story moves quickly and efficiently. The setting is drawn so realistically, and scientific facts handled so deftly, that it’s hard to tell fact from fiction at times.

The book has a classic plot that is elevated with unrelenting wit and some lighthearted moments. The Optical Lasso is filled with shocking twists and action packed scenes colored with creative genius.

I enjoyed the characters in this book and thought they were all uniquely different yet relatable. Lt Cat is not to be messed with but she still maintains her femininity in a way that makes her character likeable. Commander James is friendly and extraordinary all at the same time. I found him to be a wholesome contradiction. Both characters were unexpected but still captivating and interesting.

This book is suitable for young adults and adults alike. It has characters the YA crowd can admire and be inspired by. They might not completely connect with the interactions but they will for sure love the plot and Marc’s imagination. The adults can relate to the characters and simply enjoy the adult adventure they embark on. You’ll feel like you’re on a first name basis whit the characters by the end of this book.

Pages: 349 | ASIN: B07QFC1WZL

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