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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Kane Frermann, MSN/ED, RN (Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center)
Description: As healthcare becomes more community focused and reimbursement changes, nurses need to keep abreast of current standards for community nursing. This book delivers on the title's promise, providing a general overview of this field. Clearly written, it is easy to understand and follow, and provides tools and critical thinking scenarios that will be of great value in preparing student nurses. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The book was written to meet the changing curriculum needs for nursing. As community health becomes more of a focus of future care, new nurses need to be prepared to work in settings outside the hospital. Many students do not understand the community-based setting of nursing and "dread" (according to one of my recent students) going into questionable areas and homes. This book introduces them to the importance of community and family in healthcare. The author meets the objectives she set forth: to restructure curriculum and to prepare student nurses for the future of our profession.
Audience: The author, who has over 30 years of experience in community health, states this book is intended to prepare students for the "diversified field of nursing." With 20 years' experience as a community-based nurse and 10 years as an instructor, I found this book very worthwhile.
Features: The book takes the time to introduce students to community-based nursing, from basic concepts to the skills needed to be an effective healthcare provider. Students are introduced to the wide range of patients and the diversity of cultures found in community care. Illustrations depict different communities and activities within communities to provide a deeper understanding of how a community impacts its population. The different practice settings that are illustrated are helpful, as are the glossary and the samples of assessment tools. The book touches on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, an important topic.
Assessment: The layout, illustrations, and sample assessment tools make this a very good book for student nurses. As nursing and healthcare continue to become more community-based, it is important to keep up with current standards in the field, thus the need for frequent new editions.