Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deborah K. Fultner, MS, RNC, CS (Texas Christian University)
Description: This second edition medical nursing handbook is intended for use at the bedside. It is divided into four sections: nursing history and assessment; diagnostic tests; common procedures; and common medical disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist the student nurse in planning and implementing care for the general medical setting in acute care. It is not to serve as a substitute but as a resource.
Audience: The book targets students in a clinical setting. It will be useful in associate and baccalaureate programs. It is also a good review for the nurse who is cross-training to a general medical unit. Nurses returning to the profession after a long absence will find the text useful.
Features: Black-and-white illustrations are appropriately placed throughout the book. They provide a visual image of anatomy and physiology when needed. Tables and charts also are used to facilitate the understanding of some material. The book is well organized and easy to read.
Assessment: This book will be a useful resource for the nursing student who has had a basic medical surgical course. It is not intended to teach the student but to be an adjunct for the student. The book will be useful for the nurse who is cross-training to a medical unit. The book provides a quick reference to lab tests and common procedures and disorders. Nurses in long-term care will find the book helpful as they get more patients from the acute care setting and have only a limited time to care for them. I would recommend that the book be placed in college bookstores that have nursing programs and local bookstores that carry medical and nursing texts.