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From The CriticsReviewer: Patrice Jones, RN, MSN (Indiana State University)
Description: This is a compilation of facts, numbers, abbreviations, and other hard-to-memorize information that is needed by nursing students caring for adult clients. It is designed to be a quick reference of essential information for students as they provide care in the clinical setting. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a portable, quick reference of essential information necessary to know how to provide safe and accurate adult health care. This is an appropriate objective and the book meets the objective very well.
Audience: The book is written for nursing students at any level in their education. The author's credentials are indicative of expertise in this content area, as are the credentials of the listed reviewers of the book.
Features: The book's 19 chapters cover a variety of topics such as terminology and abbreviations, medication administration, documentation, tests and procedures, and physical assessment of body systems. There is an index for quick referencing. Each chapter lists an overview of specific information covered with page numbers and a reference list for more in-depth study. The book is designed to be a quick reference and the chapters provide easy access to essential information. Written information is enhanced with charts, figures or black-and-white illustrations as appropriate. There is even an English-to-Spanish translation guide for key medical questions. The book can easily fit into a pocket, which makes it useful in the clinical setting.
Assessment: The book provides a service to nursing students in allowing quick and easy access to essential information in the clinical setting. It is well organized and is an excellent clinical resource.