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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julie Carpenter, MS, RN, IBCLC (Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York)
Description: This home health nursing handbook provides detailed systems assessments, including geriatric considerations, and has more than 50 holistic care plans for specific conditions common to home care. This third edition is revised to reflect changes in home healthcare since the 1993 edition, by incorporating measurable outcome statements into care planning.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide home care nurses with a guide toward interdisciplinary approaches to patient care. This book serves as a useful tool for care planning and documentation that also meets payer and regulatory agency demands.
Audience: Written for the home health care nurse, this provides a solid foundation for assessments, interventions, outcome measurements and documentation specific to the home setting. Hospital discharge and managed care coordinators may use it as a guide for planning service and expected outcome.
Features: The book's compact and spiral bound design make it very portable, a feature of specific value to the practicing home care nurse. Presentation of material is concise, easily referenced, and logically presented. The appendix contains several useful references including documentation tips, NANDA stems, lab values, and home care resources.
Assessment: This home health care nursing book will serve as a comprehensive reference for the experienced practitioner and as an essential tool for the student or for those new to home health care. The authors clearly utilize nursing process and it is refreshing to see independent nursing interventions, such as guided imagery, incorporated into the care plans. This third edition has been improved to include outcome statements that flow from thorough assessments and interventions, a facet becoming intricately linked to payment for services rendered.