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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret A Holder, PhD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This book provides extensive information on the current knowledge of family nursing theory, practice and research. Focus is placed on issues and conditions that manifest throughout an individual's lifespan providing a critical link between family theory and research to specific populations. It addresses family systems as a whole and provides comprehensive resource materials for nurses to deliver family centered nursing care. It also links family centered theory and research to actual practice and policy in a carefully laid out chapters spanning all generations and special and complex issues. This book is an update of two previous editions, the last one published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation in the concepts of family healthcare nursing and to learn how these concepts and theories are practiced in the traditional specialties within the nursing profession, and to see how these concepts play out in theory, practice, research, education, and social policy arena of family nursing and what this may mean for families and nurses in the future. These are worthy objectives and they are thoroughly addressed.
Audience: The book is intended primarily as a textbook for nursing students and for practicing nurses who are learning family nursing. The extensive list of authors and contributors are well known and respected experts in their fields.
Features: The book is organized so it can be used from cover to cover as a textbook for a course in family nursing. It is a theory and research guided text that places special emphasis on family nursing as the umbrella for all nursing practice. The book is easy to follow and provides population-specific chapters that include health promotion, acute and chronic illness, end of life care, theory, practice, and research. Research boxes are included in all chapters. Great care has been taken to foster the application of theory and research to practice and policy. An online instructor's manual is available to faculty using the book as a text.
Assessment: This is an excellent comprehensive and current book. This updated edition also provides four new chapters to include the concepts of health demographics, genomics, chronic illness, and international nursing. All of this provides the reader and student with an excellent primer for family centered nursing care delivery.