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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: M. Kay Cresci, PhD, RN, APRN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: Written by leading nursing experts in the field of environmental health, this book addresses four key areas: the environment and the healthcare workplace, environmental health basics, environmental health risks in specific populations and settings, and integrating environmental health into nursing practice.
Purpose: The primary goal of the book is to complement current consumer information from the lay press by providing nurses with a primer in environmental health. The book meets this goal by providing an overview of key principles, specific information on common environmental hazards, and identification of essential informational and clinical resources nurses can use in daily practice.
Audience: The target audience for this book includes all nurses and nursing students. The book is also an excellent resource for all healthcare professions.
Features: The book addresses several important areas: environmental issues within the healthcare industry including hazards of healthcare work; nursing advocacy demonstrated by a case study; environmental health including risk assessment, management, and communication; environmental health risks among various settings and populations; specific nursing actions related to environmental health needs; and a comprehensive resource list including organizations, government agencies, and environmental groups.
Assessment: This book is a unique contribution to the field of environmental health for nurses as well as other health professionals. It provides key information on the issues surrounding environmental health and provides an excellent general resources appendix. The appendix contains sections related to environmental health, healthcare and the environment and major environmental groups. This annotated reference list contains a description of the organization and contact information.