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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Faith H Howarth, MSN, EdM (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This Fast Facts for nurses is just that, an easy to use reference for clinical decisions and behaviors. The level of writing is appropriate and the information useful for new and experienced nurses, particularly in response to the need for cross training, easier float experiences, and general review of many pertinent details.
Purpose: The purpose of this book has been to provide a portable and easy-to-use source for quick answers to questions from students and nurses. Such a resource is indeed needed in today's mobile and fast paced care environments. Holloway and her contributors have successfully met their objectives.
Audience: This book is written for students and practitioners at several levels of expertise. It is primarily directed at hospital based or nursing home based nurses although the author does not say this specifically. The author's credentials as stated provide credible authority.
Features: The book covers major topic areas of interest to the clinical nurse. Both clinical decision making and behaviors are addressed. The most attractive features of the book are the attention to all the likely elements of nursing practice in institutions, with some also relevant to community nursing. I am a chart/table type of reference seeker and this book has many well ordered fact arrangements to keep me content. The two-color format could be enhanced with the addition of one more color — I would choose red — to clarify and call attention to elements or illustrations. No major shortcomings mar the book, but I would like more in the gerontological section. In this section, the tables are quite useful.
Assessment: The book is on par with others in the field that I have used in the past. "