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From The CriticsReviewer: Nancy McGowan, RN, MSN (University of Texas-Brownsville)
Description: This basic nursing fundamentals text is intended for the beginning nursing student. The authors present a holistic concept that will encourage the reader to view the individual as a whole, rather than a fragmentation of different concepts. The book is divided into a number of different areas that include the individual and healthcare, the delivery of healthcare, the therapeutic nature of nursing, the nursing process, and the nurse-client relationship in specialized situations.
Purpose: The purpose is to initiate beginning nursing students into the profession by exposing them to the concept of holistic care; that is, caring for the client as a whole entity, not as a series of different systems and diseases. The authors do an excellent job of considering the various aspects of holistic are, including issues such as spirituality and sexuality.
Audience: This book is intended for the beginning nursing student.
Features: The beginning nursing student is presented with a good foundation of the important fundamentals of nursing. Special features include exercises to enhance critical thinking skills, encourage research skills, and highlight the nursing process. This book also has a large number of full-page nursing care plans, procedure skills, and illustrations. The procedures include a step-by-step process of basic clinical skills, written in easy-to-understand language.
Assessment: I found this book to be a thorough, clear, and accurate text for the beginning nursing student. The addition of areas such as the nursing process, critical thinking skills, and the procedures listed enhance the reader's understanding of basic nursing skills. It is comparable to other texts that are widely used for nursing fundamentals. Because of the inclusion of the holistic concept, I would highly recommend this text to nursing programs that encourage viewing the client as a whole.