Description: This book presents important information for nursing practice in an easy to read manner. The various "alerts" are helpful in focusing on additional information, which encourages critical thinking. The last publication of this book was in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to advance nursing knowledge by combining the past with the present. As healthcare finds a renewed interest in past nursing processes, it is the combination of this information with the present, ever growing body of knowledge that allows nursing to continue to grow as a profession. The author's objectives are worthy and easily met by this book.
Audience: Although this book would be an invaluable addition to any library, it appears to be directed at the nursing student. The author presents the book as a reference for all levels of nursing, an assessment with which I agree.
Features: The book is divided into five sections, each of which presents information related to a different area of nursing. The color coded sections allow the reader to easily locate information in their area of interest. The list of sources for further information is a valuable resource. I would like to have seen additional information on transcultural nursing.
Assessment: This book is well written, easy to understand, and well organized. The expertise of all involved in the development of this text is obvious in the material presented. Information is easier to locate in this text than others. This would be an invaluable textbook for various nursing programs. The development of this newer edition is needed as nursing knowledge continues to grow.