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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Review Series is a multiple volume series designed to help nursing students review course content and prepare for course tests. This book is a community health nursing review text from the NSNA Review Series. It is written in an outline format focusing on nursing care and the nursing process.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a means for student nurses to study community health nursing and prepare for course tests. In addition, chapter tests and a comprehensive test at the end of the book provide practice for taking the RN licensure exam. Answers follow the questions and contain rationales for both correct and incorrect answers.
Audience: The book is targeted at undergraduate nursing students, and it might be helpful for RNs going back to school for the baccalaureate degree or for nurses wishing to update their knowledge of the highlights of community health.
Features: The outline format consists of short, concise phrases, clauses, and sentences. Included in the book are shaded boxes that feature client teaching guides designed to help students prepare nursing care plans and nurse alerts that provide danger signs or emergency measures connected with a particular condition or situation. No references are provided for the student, although I believe these would have been helpful.
Assessment: This book provides an overview of community health nursing for the undergraduate student in an outline format. Much information is conveyed in the text despite its brevity and the small amount of space allowed for each content area. As a review device it touches on the highlights of community health nursing and meets the purpose of the NSNA Review Series. The content is very current and provides a contemporary outline of the subject. I would recommend purchase by undergraduate nursing students or nurses returning to school.