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From The CriticsReviewer: Laura A Taylor, PhD, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive presentation of the multifaceted processes required to ensure best care practices for transplant recipients, donors, and families by healthcare practitioners and nurses as they prepare for certification examinations.
Purpose: With more than 70,000 patients on the kidney wait list in the U.S. alone, the impact of transplant around the world cries out for a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated transplant care team. Certification is complex and exceptionally valuable to those in demand of the accuracy of a well formulated knowledge base. The authors have resourcefully designed a book that is based upon "the blueprint from this certification exam development" through the gathering of world-renowned transplant experts in order to best prepare practicing nurses/clinicians for optimal care knowledge/provision for the transplant patient population. The book is relevant and timely.
Audience: As noted in the preface, the book is intended "for transplant clinicians and particularly for nurses preparing for the CCTN examination." It is suitably geared to transplant nurses, and it offers an extensive presentation of transplant care and fitting graphic resources for visual incorporation of theory. The authors are two of the most recognized authorities in transplant nursing and demonstrate unique skills in coordinating the significant contributions of worldwide experts.
Features: The majority of the book is organ specific (heart, intestine, lung, kidney, kidney-pancreas, and liver). Other timely policies and infectious potential complications are well delineated. The key concept of living organ donation, which continues to expand exponentially internationally, is also offered in detail. All chapters are systematically targeted for specific concept/needs of a particular organ. Material is presented methodologically, and includes areas such as treatment of basic contributing disease and education of the family awaiting transplantation. Tables, figures and graphs that are both functional and practical include the recaps of key points that direct readers through various chapters. Other tables cover nursing assessment of graft function and a mnemonic for signs and symptoms of rejection, which cleverly steer clinicians to specific organ graph function alerts. There are more than 160 multiple choice test questions (with easily accessible answers) to prepare clinicians for the certification exam. Unique and advantageous components include the tables throughout the book and the well organized appendix of electrolyte imbalances in adults. This offers not only abnormal findings, but clinical manifestations, potential treatment options and key monitoring components. This is a superbly coordinated presentation that will continue to support clinical decision making. The outline format lends itself to optimal acquisition of knowledge and comprehension.
Assessment: The authors have engaged a collection of globally renowned transplant experts to share their skills and knowledge that is in step with the requirements necessary for best practice certification in transplantation. The book is succinct and well presented and organized. The authors have researched even the most recent of data, especially that of living organ donation, and the various psychosocial considerations among all those impacted by organ transplantation: recipients, donors, families and transplant clinicians.