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From The CriticsReviewer: Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: Chapters in this review for medical-surgical certification are well written and timely, with pertinent and current information. This updates the fifth edition of 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is to prepare RNs for the medical-surgical certification offered through AACN, and this is an important resource for nurses looking to obtain this certification.
Audience: RNs employed in the medical-surgical area are the intended audience.
Features: The book addresses the major medical-surgical systems in a format similar to that of a medical-surgical textbook. It outlines each systems area, highlighting important topics and providing review questions. I like the way it addresses current topics with comparisons, and medications in topic boxes when needed. Nurses will appreciate the way that it covers pertinent areas without going into a lot of refined detail. However, it needs more review questions at the end of each chapter and it could use more color and be more visually appealing.
Assessment: This book is very effective for the audience that it is addressing. Nurses will find it informative and pertinent. They would probably like more review questions, as that is usually the stumbling block. Other than that, I would highly recommend it. I have always liked the Lippincott review publications and encourage my students to use their books for NCLEX preparation.