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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This comprehensive text is written for students to provide the knowledge and skills needed to become competent practitioners, facilitate critical thinking, and become caring nurses. Unique features of this text are the numerous boxes provoided to highlight and categorize salient content.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide maternity/women's health students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent practitioners, think critically, and become caring nurses. Organizing threads are the belief that pregnancy, childbirth, and developmental changes are natural processes, with an emphasis on family focus and research based practice.
Audience: The editors propose that this text is written for nursing students in all types of nursing programs. I believe it is appropriate for nursing students seeking to learn about women's health and maternity nursing as well as clinicians seeking more information. With the continuing changes in women's health and increased emphasis on early discharge, wellness, and complementary and alternative health practices, an updated edition is necessary. The editors and contributors have numerous publications in the area of women's health and maternity nursing.
Features: Worthy features and new additions to this textbook include the client self-care boxes, home care boxes, emergency boxes, nurse alerts, and research boxes. Key points and critical thinking exercises in each chapter facilitate identification of important content and facilitate student's ability to apply critical thinking in women's health and maternal newborn care. Detailed color illustrations and varied tables/boxes throughout the chapters emphasize important points and provide current and clinically relevant information.
Assessment: This comprehensive text is a presentation of women's health and maternity nursing concepts for introductory students and clinicians with diverse learning needs. Unique features are numerous boxes to highlight important points and clinically relevant information to facilitate use by practitioners and students.