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From The CriticsReviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This the second edition of a good reference and pocket guide to help to develop realistic and effective care plans relative to the major psychiatric disorders, in a variety of mental health settings. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to guide and help students and practitioners to plan realistic nursing care individualized to their clients' present level of functioning and priority of needs. The author's objectives are worthy since nursing care plans that are individualized to clients' treatment goals can help both students and practitioners understand the importance of the nursing process in planning care. Accurate and thorough assessments are important for planning appropriate, realistic, and effective interventions. The book meets the author's objectives as the author has delineated the steps of the nursing process which includes assessment [guidelines with signs and symptoms] tools, nursing diagnosis, outcome criteria, interventions and rationales, in accordance with DSM-IV- TR Taxonomy and 2003-2004 NANDA Nursing Diagnosis.
Audience: The book is designed to help both students and psychiatric practitioners to develop realistic and individualized care plans for their clients, based on clients' needs. The author seems to be a credible authority in the subject matter of the book, as she has also published a psychiatric nursing textbook, and is an Associate Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).
Features: The book covers all the major mental disorders and contains detailed and practical information for developing nursing care plans that are individualized based on needs of each client. The book covers all the relevant areas starting with guidelines in planning care and how to plan care specifically relative to the various mental disorders, as well as psychiatric emergencies and forensic issues. The author has provided information about the nursing process in a simple and easy to understand manner. The chapters also contain information on psychopharmacology and psychosocial approaches related to the various mental disorders. Nurse, Client and Family Resources, as well as Internet resources at the end of each chapter will be extremely helpful for both students and practitioners to explore additional information about various aspects of mental illness, as well as in educating the client and family. Useful assessment tools, sample questions, new drug tables, new appendix of drug monographs, a new two-color chapter design for quick and easy access to key information, and the inside back cover for a quick reference guide all are valuable features.
Assessment: The handy pocket guide book of psychiatric nursing care planning will be a useful reference book and is a must for both students and practitioners. The format of the book makes it easy to consult in any mental health setting. The second edition justifies replacing the first edition since it has added features such as assessment tools that are included for most major mental disorders and psychiatric emergencies, easily accessible format, new features such as outcomes, short and long-term goals, a new chapter on psychopharmacology, as well as resources for client and family teaching.