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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janet S. Selway, DNSc (c), CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a thorough, comprehensive outline review that targets the adult nurse practitioner student who is preparing to take the certification exam. Rapid review of a myriad of adult primary care topics is enhanced by boxes, tables and illustrations and a CD-ROM with practice test questions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the most current, accessible, and succinct information available about diseases and conditions that occur in adults. This book provides up-to-date knowledge about clinical practice and its legal ramifications, ethical principles, and development of health policy. The objectives are worthy as it is difficult for healthcare professionals to keep up with the rapid changes of today's healthcare. The succinct outline format permits a quick comprehensive overview of adult primary care and meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The book targets the graduating adult nurse practitioner student preparing for certification examination. The beginning student will find this book to be a useful study aid. The experienced clinician will consider this book a worthwhile rapid reference resource. The editor and contributors are all respected recognized experts in the field of adult primary care. Most of the contributors are practicing nurse practitioner educators.
Features: The book's 25 chapters are organized primarily by body system. Additional chapters focus on health promotion and disease prevention, legal and ethical issues, the aging adult and genetics. At the end of each chapter there are 20-30 multiple choice test questions. Question answers and rationales are provided at the end of the book. Students will find the final chapter on study skills and test-taking strategies very helpful. A bonus CD-ROM with review questions reinforces learning and is easy to use. The many tables and boxes are a great pocket brain resource for students. A future edition should include a chapter on management of chronic pain in the primary care setting.
Assessment: This book compares well to other certification review manuals. The inclusion of health promotion, ethical and legal issues, along with a review question CD-ROM and the comprehensive content make this publication exceptional.