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From The CriticsReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN (East Carolina University )
Description: This is the fifth edition of a quick, clinical reference guide to skills to be performed by nursing students and practicing nurses. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to serve as a "quick-reference, clinical-support tool" to be used by students in all types of programs and practicing nurses. A handbook of this type is useful to practicing nurses and students. The size of the book makes it easy for the students to use in clinical for references.
Audience: The book is intended for nursing students and practicing nurses who need a quick review prior to performing various skills. It is written by authors who are employed in schools of nursing and includes material from various contributors who teach at different levels of nursing programs. The content was also reviewed by various educators for accuracy.
Features: The handbook is designed as a reference of over 200 skills arranged in the nursing process format. The first two chapters cover safety and asepsis and communication. The remaining 11 chapters cover major concepts such as hygiene, medication administration, oxygenation, fluid, nutrition, etc. Each is arranged in the same manner, which allows a quick overview once the student becomes familiar with the book. Rationales for the procedures and documentation are highlighted. This new edition includes up-to-date references to support the skills.
Assessment: This is a useful reference for students in the clinical setting. It supplements materials taught in the didactic and laboratory settings. The appendix contains a section on potential bioterrorism and chemical terrorism agents which pose the greatest public health threats. The author indicates there are 15 new skills, new illustrations, and sample evaluations. This handbook would be a good reference for students to carry to the clinical setting and for practicing nurses as a reference.