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From The CriticsReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is a 5th edition, 775 page soft-cover reference manual for medical-surgical nursing. It is organized first by body systems and then by medical diagnoses. However, much of the content is nursing oriented including teaching, discharge planning and referrals. The last edition was released in 1999. New to this edition are outcome criteria and timeframes with the nursing diagnosis.
Purpose: This book is a thorough, clinically focused reference designed to enable both staff and student nurses to plan and evaluate care of the adult medical-surgical patient. It is interesting that the purpose is to assist nurses "to plan and evaluate" but the title includes "Interventions and . . .Management." All of those elements are included but this is not a "how-to" book. There are NO illustrations or photographs, so if there is an intervention listed that a nurse does not understand, additional resources will be needed.
Audience: "Staff and student nurses can use this reference to obtain clinical information formerly found only in medical-surgical textbooks or large manuals. It is the first reference of its size to feature the application of nursing diagnoses and interventions to more than 145 health alterations. A consistent, easy-to-use format is incorporated to enhance the quick-reference feature of the book." I sure wish I had had this book when doing care plans as a student! Now I find it helpful when faced with an unfamiliar diagnosis.
Features: "Focusing on NANDA-approved nursing diagnoses that are specific to each disorder, the manual provides a brief review of pathophysiology, physical assessment, diagnostic testing, collaborative management, and patient/family teaching and discharge planning data." This is a basic outline of the content presented with each medical diagnosis covered. Although there are several contributors the chapters are equally well-written and quite comprehensive.
Assessment: This is an information-packed little manual. I like it but please do not make the type size any smaller; the nursing workforce is aging, you know! I get bogged down with no illustrations, single-spaced outline type reading BUT this is a reference manual, not a textbook. There are some updates and other changes from the previous edition, but the basic content has not changed significantly. I think this would be an excellent addition to all medical-surgical nursing units, maybe a nice gift from a nursing school to its preceptors.