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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol Ann Esche, RN,ND,MA,CNA(Johns Hopkins School of Nursing)
Description: This is a handbook for nurses to use as they integrate holistic interventions into their practice. Using the nursing framework of assess, intervene and evaluate, Dr.Clark presents case studies of common chronic illnesses with an impressive repertoire of holistic interventions nurses should consider implementing with their clients.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide the holistic nurse with unique and varied strategies to determine a plan of care with the client. This book advances the field of holistic nursing significantly. On all counts, Dr. Clark has achieved her goal of offering a volume for nurses to use as a ready resource for holistic interventions.
Audience: Dr. Clark continues to establish herself as an authority on holistic nursing interventions in this book written for students and practitioners. Nurses serving adult clients from medicine, surgery, obstetrics, and psychiatry will find a plethora of interventions applicable to their clinical environment and their specific client needs.
Features: Selecting twenty common chronic conditions, Dr. Clark details holistic approaches to patient care. A wide variety of strategies are recommended for each chronic ailment including exercise, spiritual, nutritional, herbal, and environmental activities. She tackles approaches not traditionally addressed by nurses such as detoxification, food, and vitamin/mineral supplementation. One drawback to the book is the emphasis on a low-fat, low-salt, vegetarian diet when more and more research indicates the positive effect of healthy fats in chronic illness. Additionally, a greater focus on organic food selection would be helpful since pesticides and additives are well-known contributors to chronic illness.
Assessment: This book is a much-needed volume and will significantly contributes to the knowledge base of all nurses. The strategies provided are creative yet practical enough to be implemented.