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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marilyn Brady, PhD, RN (Trident Technical College)
Description: This is a logically organized pediatric text focusing on health promotion. The organization of the text moves from the introduction to child health nursing to units on promoting health for the child-rearing family, supporting the health of children and families, and restoring and maintaining physiological and mental health.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the expanding content of child health nursing in a way that respects children as individuals and as members of families and society. This text is comprehensive and may not be suited to undergraduate courses offered in less than a semester.
Audience: This text is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students. It could be a resource for students and instructors in ADN programs. It would also be an excellent resource for the clinical setting.
Features: This text focuses on the importance of health promotion during childhood. Also, the effects of illness on children and the experience of wellness and illness as family-centered events are addressed. The emphasis on the National Health Goals throughout is unique. The text is colorful with color-coded boxed materials, tables, and figures. There are many pedagogic features designed to help students understand and retain the content. Use of diagrams is minimal; most information is provided in narrative form.
Assessment: This text is a new entry by a well-known author in the area of child health nursing. It is a comprehensive text with a health promotion focus that presents information in an efficient manner. Primary care, along with secondary and tertiary care, is the focus, and both ambulatory and in-patient settings are covered. This is a good alternative to existing texts for undergraduate and graduate programs. It is written for those who learn best by reading, and has many pedagogic features designed to help students understand and retain the content.