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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy McClune, PhD, RN (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
Description: This well-organized book provides a comprehensive review of the nursing process for nurses at all levels. From the student viewpoint, the author provides tips for using the nursing process as an approach to analyzing NCLEX questions.
Purpose: In a conversational and practical manner, this seventh edition provides a current view of the nursing process in the expanding scope of practice. The differences between nursing practice, advanced nursing practice, and medical practice are described within the nursing process model.
Audience: The author invites readers from all levels to use this book to understand the importance of the nursing process. She speaks of current nurses who want to update their understanding; nurses who practice in magnet hospitals; faculty members who are looking for current methods to teach; and students who are early in their learning.
Features: The first chapter reviews the nursing process, its uses, and its importance to practice. The next five chapters focus on each of the steps of the nursing process. Illustrations are effective in reinforcing content. Quotes from nurses that emphasize important points, simple rules to help remember content, and "think about it" patient scenarios are highlighted in call-out boxes. The appendixes include commonly used NANDA diagnoses, the role of advanced practice nursing, and an interesting game — "Dead On" — to promote critical thinking.
Assessment: In this quick review of the nursing process, the author weaves the importance of the nursing process into the recommendations from regulatory and professional agencies like the American Nurses Association, the Institute of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Joint Commission. This emphasizes the importance of the nursing process in real nursing practice.