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From The CriticsReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN (East Carolina University )
Description: This is the fifth edition of an adult health nursing book is written for students who are pursuing a degree as a practical vocational nurse. It is a companion to Foundations of Nursing , 5th edition, by the same authors (Elsevier, 2006) and updated to reflect the most current and accurate information. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The authors state that this book, either alone or with the companion, is the "perfect text (s) to meet all the educational needs of LPN/LVN in all health care settings." The authors describe the book as meeting the expanded role of the LPN/LVN. These objectives are worthy and the book is needed in this area of nursing.
Audience: Since the focus of the book is on LPN/LVN, the authors discuss care delivered and use of the nursing process in relation to the role of the LPN. The authors are both masters prepared nurses who have teaching experience in community colleges. They also have an LPN advisory board and contributors and reviewers from nursing programs across the U.S. to review the book for content and accuracy.
Features: The book covers care of clients with various disorders using a medical model in the titles. The chapters are organized using a framework of: etiology/pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, assessment, diagnostic tests, medical management, nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions, patient teaching and prognoses. The book includes skills, nursing care plans, safety considerations, health promotion, clinical pathway, nursing diagnoses, complementary and alternative therapies, teaching, older adults, and home health considerations. Throughout, it has identified LPN threads that reflect reading level evaluation, colorful objects at the beginning of each chapter, key points, and critical thinking questions.
Assessment: The book is readable and well organized. Colorful illustrations and tables pull out the important aspects and identify skills. The fifth edition presents a discussion of safety considerations and health promotion not covered in other books. In addition, the authors have added two new appendixes: one on the JCAHO list of dangerous abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols and one on laboratory reference values. I would recommend this book to students and educators in LPN/LVN programs.