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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary B Arth, BSN, MSEd (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: The editors state that due to the shortage of cardiologists and increasing role of nurses in cardiac care, this companion to Braunwald was needed. The book offers up-to-date information for all levels and specialties of nursing including staff nurses, educators, and advanced practice nurses. It is organized into six sections all authored by experts in their fields.
Purpose: This "was written and developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills needed to deliver the highest quality, most up-to-date, and most comprehensive cardiac care possible." Nurses are more specialized in their fields and need a resource that is written by nurse scientists and clinical experts.
Audience: The book provides knowledge and skills for cardiac nurses at the bedside, graduate students, advanced practice nurses, hospice or community nurses. I agree with the author that any nurse needing a resource on cardiology will find the most up-to-date, evidence-based information in this book. Both editors are recognized internationally as leaders in cardiac nursing.
Features: The six sections cover the foundations of cardiac care, the roles and skills of the various practitioners who work to improve patient outcomes, risk factors, cardiac conditions, evidence-based practice, and finally interactions between the heart and other body systems such as in diabetes or renal disease. Most impressive are the numerous current references in every chapter. Each author evaluates and summarizes important studies related to the topic.
Assessment: I have not seen any other book that is as up-to-date and includes such a variety of important, evidence-based cardiovascular information. The credentials of the editors and authors are impressive.