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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anna L. Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS,(University of Arkansas)
Description: Sized to fit in the side pocket of a lab coat, this handy book for practicing emergency room nurses follows a body systems approach. It is a timely update of a 2009 edition.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to aid ER nurses in their day-to-day orientation process with their preceptor. The book meets the goal of providing fast facts, with chapter summaries directed at new nurses in a busy emergency department.
Audience: Registered nurses working in the emergency department are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers emergency room practice in a nutshell, using a body systems approach with handy appendixes that include skills checklists, lab values, and typical ER drugs, including IV drips. The appendixes are valuable in themselves — I would gauge this section as the best feature of this resource. The section on triage is particularly important, discussing typical thoughts and correcting them with what nurses should be thinking. This is an effective way to impart knowledge and alter attitudes at the same time. Areas for improvement — references should be expanded and evidence-based sources identified.
Assessment: This is a good resource because it is a handy, pocket-sized learning reference. Due to quickly changing practice guidelines, the second edition is necessary.