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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: The authors describe this book, which presents evidence-based research on common nursing interventions, as a "bridge between research and clinical practice."
Purpose: The purpose is to "bring information on evidence-based nursing to all nurses in a practical format." This knowledge is essential to nurses when participating in care of clients.
Audience: Practicing nurses who work in various settings, nurse educators, and student nurses are the intended audience. The authors are well known for previous books on nursing diagnosis. Some 150 contributors from various specialties helped develop the materials.
Features: The first chapters focus on the foundation for evidence-based nursing. The book covers 192 diagnoses and topics ranging from cardiac care to wound irrigation. For example, under cardiac care a definition of the term is presented from NIC and then the select interventions are listed either from nursing research, multidisciplinary research, standards of practice, and expert opinion. At the end of the chapter, outcome measures are listed along with complete references. Due to the time lag in publication, some of the references are dated.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for beginning students who need to develop a plan of care for a client.