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From The CriticsReviewer: Patrice Jones, RN, MSN (Indiana State University)
Description: The book offers complete coverage of more that 220 nursing skills, including basic, intermediate, and advanced. The book is designed for nursing students, but would also be a useful resource for practicing nurses. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students learn how to perform nursing skills safely and to effectively care for patients. It is also intended to assist students in taking nursing skills from classroom to clinical practice. These are appropriate objectives for nursing students and the book meets the objectives very well.
Audience: The book is written for students at every level of the nursing program. The author's credentials are indicative of expertise in this area, as are the credentials of the contributors.
Features: Each of the 43 chapters includes objectives, key terms, the skills outlined in a two-column format with rationale provided for each step, illustrations and photos, critical decision points, unexpected outcomes with interventions, teaching considerations, age-related considerations, documentation guidelines, home and long-term care considerations, and critical thinking exercises. Each chapter has a bibliography. The skills are presented in the five-step nursing process format.
Assessment: The book does an admirable job of presenting nursing skills and other skill-related considerations to nursing students. Each chapter is well organized and easy to follow. This edition includes seven new features and is an excellent teaching tool.