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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen M. Woodruff, RN, MS, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive instruction and reference book for teaching the safe administration of medications to beginning healthcare students. This is the fifth edition of this book, the previous editions were published in 2000, 1994, 1989, and originally in 1982.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach the safe administration of medications to healthcare students entering nursing, medical assisting, and other allied healthcare professions. The author wants to engage the students and encourage them to apply the concepts. The objectives of this book are extremely worthwhile in the healthcare field. The author does an excellent job of addressing and meeting the stated objectives of this book. This book is a wonderful addition in the area of medication administration.
Audience: The target audience includes healthcare students such as nurses, medical assistants, and other allied healthcare professions. The author is very knowledgeable and has significant experience in the area of instructing medication administration since she is the senior teaching specialist and nursing skills lab coordinator at her institution.
Features: This book is designed in a very user friendly format. The chapters are organized so that students can start with the basics and build their knowledge base throughout the text. Each chapter is organized with objectives, key terms, and well defined sections that present comprehensive material. Each chapter includes many clear, complete, easy to read tables and illustrations. The new sections of Healthcare for Today and Tomorrow and Legal and Ethical Issues are pertinent in the current healthcare arena. Chapter reviews are provided to assist students with assessing their knowledge level. The Internet Connection section provides the reader with directions to obtain further information. I would have liked a reference list to aid the reader in clarifying or pursuing further information.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that, according to the author, has been extensively revised. The book is wonderfully user friendly, building information in a logical manner. It provides comprehensive information that should be extremely helpful to beginning students. The inclusion of chapters on such topics as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and geriatric patients helps to provide a broad exposure for students. This book is an excellent addition to the area of education of nursing and other healthcare professions students.