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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: "This book, which combines the content of Mosby's Textbook for Nursing Assistants, 6th edition, and Clinical Skills for Assistive Personnel, emphasizes the needs of individuals across the life span, from infancy through old age. The previous edition was published in 1999. "
Purpose: The purpose is to identify assistive personnel responsibilities and limitations within the context of patient care. According to the author, assistive personnel of today and tomorrow must have a firm understanding of the legal principles affecting their role. Special attention is paid to delegation guidelines, and the legal and ethical aspects of the role. The author has met these worthy objectives.
Audience: The book serves to prepare students to function as assistive personnel in hospitals, nursing centers, and home care settings. It also serves the needs of students and instructors in community colleges, technical schools, high schools, hospitals, nursing centers, and other agencies. Safety is a core value and content area of this book. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The safety content has been strengthened and expanded from the earlier edition of this book due to the importance of the issue in healthcare at local, state, and national levels. A new feature, "safety alert," is integrated throughout the book primarily for the procedures addressed. According to the author, the intent is to focus the student's attention on the need to be safe and cautious when giving care. In addition to legal aspects, delegation and safety, work ethics and how these can affect the function of assistive personnel is a focus of the book. The approach used to address this content is from the viewpoint of workplace behaviors and practices.
Assessment: The student preface offers very helpful information on how to negotiate the textbook and a useful study system through the use of survey or previewing, questioning, reading and recording, reciting and reviewing. This second edition is a timely one.