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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Clara S Boland, PhD, RN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: With this book, the author has provided long-term care nursing staff a much needed general resource, including tools, references, and Web resources for topics ranging from legal/ethical issues and survey preparedness, to general guidelines for administering intravenous therapy using current and outcomes-based clinical knowledge. The book itself has been kept to a manageable size in that few charts and tools are contained within its covers. Instead, a wide variety of tools, charts, and other useful material (such as Standards of Practice and other personal and professional practice guides) are found on the accompanying CD.
Purpose: The author states that the book "is not meant to be an exhaustive or comprehensive source of long-term information, such as a textbook." Rather, it "is meant to be a source of useful reference information." The author has more than met her objective. Although expensive (for what seems like such a thin volume) , it is well worth having the wealth of resources at one's fingertips.
Audience: This was written for nurses involved in long-term care using current clinical information considered useful for nurses and nursing students. The author is an established authority on long-term care nursing issues. I have used many of her writings as resources to assist nursing homes in assessing and/or establishing care programs, for example, fall prevention programs.
Features: Critical information about the most common clinical, psychosocial, and cultural resident problems have been covered encompassing resident admission to end-of-life issues. A particularly interesting section addresses protecting yourself and your nursing home against lawsuits. Specific topics are easy to find and are formatted as stand-alone topics within each chapter. While the CD is invaluable in the wealth of tools and other resources provided, it is a bit awkward to navigate. Each tool is listed according to the accompanying chapter in the text, but must be accessed through the table of contents. One cannot simply go to the chapter and browse the tools contained within the chapter.
Assessment: There are multiple quick-reference books available for long-term nurses, such as Risk-Management in Long-Term Care: A Quick Reference Guide by Weinberg (Springer Publishing, 1998). Most, however, are topic specific, such as Long-Term Care Risk Management: Pressure Ulcers, A Prevention, Assessment and Treatment Manual , by Clay (HCPro, 2004). As far as I know, there is no other resource-focused reference such as this one for the long-term care nurse. The compilation of resources alone, not to mention the clarity of the text, makes it worth the money.