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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This textbook is written for nursing students to facilitate coverage of the maternal/newborn and child health nursing content. As a combined textbook it presents a view of maternal/newborn and childhealth care as a continuum of knowledge.
Purpose: The purpose of this undergraduate textbook is to present a comprehensive view of maternal/newborn and child healthcare content in the context of families and society. As the author points out, at the same time maternal/newborn and child health information is increasing, less time is devoted to either area in standard curricula. This textbook is a worthy addition to the area.
Audience: This book is written for undergraduate nursing students in a combined course in maternal/newborn and child health or for a curriculum in which the concepts are integrated. The author also believes it is appropriate for graduate students expanding their knowledge. I believe it is appropriate for undergraduate students learning and reviewing this content, as well as for graduate student review. As a combination textbook, expansion of material is limited, thus sacrificing its comprehensiveness. This author is a credible authority in the area of maternal/child health, particularly in child health.
Features: This is a combined textbook presenting maternal/newborn health and child health content in an holistic context. Unique features include content combination, family context focus on National Health Goals, clinical vignettes, checkpoint questions with answers in the appendixes, and critical thinking exercises. In addition, the text presents boxes that address delegation of care and staff, as well as communication enhancers. The color photography, though limited, facilitates student learning. It is recommended that the color photography be expanded, as well as boxed material and hormonal and ovulation content.
Assessment: This textbook is a worthy addition to the maternal/newborn health and child healthcare texts. For faculty desiring a combined textbook grounded firmly in context, this textbook will meet their educational needs. If such faculty desires a strong reference book in maternal/newborn health and/or child healthcare, this textbook is more limited. I strongly recommend this textbook for faculty in integrated curriculums or desiring to present the maternal/newborn health and child health content as a continuum of knowledge — a concept I enthusiastically endorse.