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From The CriticsReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book applies the nursing process while harnessing the best of healthcare informatics. It illustrates how this process fits within the context of new technology information systems. This sixth edition updates the previous edition of 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to move beyond the task-oriented nursing process of the past and to apply critical thinking and reasoning to it. It is presented within the context of the information age so that its strategies fit within health information systems and electronic medical records and can be individualized to specific patient/family needs. These objectives are worthy and met.
Audience: The intended audience is the practicing nurse that needs updating or the student just learning the nursing process. The author is a well respected nurse educator.
Features: The book begins with an overview of the nursing process. It highlights differences between the process and critical thinking. The next sections cover each step of the nursing process ending with appendixes that reflect NANDA, NIC, and NOC. Unique to this book are the use of critical thinking exercises as well as evidence-based critical thinking indicators that reinforce the nursing process. Key regulators are noted that will help ensure patient safety and free downloadable nursing tools that can be used with individualized patient plans. Key terms are highlighted in the left margins of the chapter. Color boxes representing rules that reinforce important concepts also assist the reader prioritize the material. Cartoons humorously illustrate parts of the nursing process, breaking up somewhat dry reading.
Assessment: There are many books on the nursing process but none present the lively interactive exercises of this book. Nor do they bring the process into the information age. This book is an excellent addition to foundational nursing knowledge.