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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pam A Lesser, MS, RNC (Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
Description: This review book covers the perinatal and female reproductive content on the NCLEX. Key points are highlighted, review questions include answers with rationales, and appendixes include nursing diagnoses. NCLEX preparation tips are also presented.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide a study guide for the women's health and perinatal content of the NCLEX exam. Separation of content by specialty makes the book more compact and easier to carry. Review resources including practice questions and testing tips are valuable assets for the graduate nurse.
Audience: This is designed for the graduate nurses preparing for NCLEX.
Features: It provides a review of perinatal care with in-depth content on antepartum and intrapartum nursing care. A thorough review of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth is provided, along with more common complications and pathological conditions. Appropriate tables and key points are included in a visually appealing style. Fetal monitoring information is not consistent with the most recent terminology for interpretation recommended by AWHONN. The content on postpartum and newborn care is less detailed. Breastfeeding is minimally addressed and discharge teaching is not thoroughly covered. Women's health content on reproductive diseases and menopause presents a very broad overview. The questions offer a comprehensive review of content and excellent rationales are described in the answer section. The practice tests at the back of the book are also useful.
Assessment: This book is presented in a visually appealing format and a convenient size. The content is adequate, but it does not measure up to other NCLEX review books that cover similar content.