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From The CriticsReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This medical/surgical nursing textbook for LVN/LPN students is organized around major medical diagnoses, but the content is very nursing focused. There are many excellent photographs and illustrations. The title does not indicate the primary audience, which may cause some confusion.
Purpose: The authors' objectives are not clearly stated but are self evident. "Understanding comes not through memorization, but through practice and integration of new material into your thinking. Medical-Surgical Nursing Care promotes understanding in several ways. The writing style is clear, with a focus on readability. Its content is streamlined but thorough, focusing on what you need to know and to be able to do." Writing a text in this manner is a challenge that the authors have met.
Audience: The authors' and I agree that the LVN/PN nursing student will be the primary user of this comprehensive textbook. The three authors, all of the "contributor team," and the entire reviewer panel are educators. This presents a potential problem. It would be well advised to include RNs and LVN/PNs in full time clinical practice. All the educators have many years of experience and represent various specialties.
Features: Nursing care organized around all the major medical diagnoses is covered. There are several features that make this a student-friendly book. Using a system of different colors and icons (the icons are boxes of variable colors without symbolic value) students are pointed to "Caring Tip", "Learning Outcomes" (primarily a discussion and description of level objectives), "MediaLink", "Client Teaching", "Nursing Care and Procedure", Nutrition and Population Focus", Assessment", and several others. Multiple choice questions are presented at the end of each chapter for a summary and test-taking practice. The photographs and illustrations are excellent.
Assessment: This comprehensive textbook designed for the LVN/PN nursing students is well organized and well written. The photographs and illustrations are some of the best I have seen. The use of colors and icons to direct and organize the student experience is good, but adding icons with symbolic value would be an improvement. The chapter objectives are very low level but since this is a basic text for the LVN/PN student, perhaps this is appropriate. The book comes with a student CD-ROM with exam questions, case studies and a link to the companion Web site. There are several supplements for faculty also.