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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This fully updated second edition offers information to support a comprehensive curriculum with fundamental content in basic nursing, adult health nursing, maternal and pediatric nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to present introductory content to beginning students in a program preparing registered nurses. This is a very worthy objective that the author has met.
Audience: The intended audience includes nursing students and educators who teach the fundamentals of nursing. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The introductory material includes such topics as the healthcare system, communication, nursing processes, and client teaching. Current topics such as HIPAA, West Nile virus, SARS and bioterrorism are covered. The adult health nursing section follows the standard nursing process. The clinical chapters have been revised to include nursing management sections for each disorder. Nursing outcomes classification (NOC) and nursing interventions classification (NIC) gave been identified in each nursing care plan. A case study is included in selected chapters and uses critical thinking questions to assist the user through the nursing process and to develop a customized plan of care for the client in the scenario. The new maternal and pediatric section covers topics such as prenatal care complications of pregnancy, birth, postpartum care, and newborn care. Childrearing is covered from birth through 18 years of age.
Assessment: The publishers describe numerous features, including having all procedures begin with an overview linking the procedure to text content. Then all equipment needed is listed followed by a link to the nursing process to outline all details of the procedure. Photographs and illustrations support the presentation. The quality of the presentation is high.