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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This text is designed as a quick resource for identifying nursing internations associated with NANDA International diagnoses. The book uses symbols to guide the user in identifying interventions that are collaborative, community based, life-span, medication related and cultural considerations.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to provide a ready to use format to assist practicing and student nurses with care planning. It links interventions with NANDA International approved nursing diagnoses. This purpose is according to the author and reviewer. These are worthy objectives and are met.
Audience: The intended audience is practicing nurses and students. This is according to the author and reviewer. The authors are well known, highly credible nursing leaders.
Features: The book begins with an overview of the nursing process, examples of assessment tools, sample care plans, mind maps, and documentation. There is a chapter devoted to special populations issues that strengths and broadens the book's appeal. The use of symbols throughout the text guides the user in recognizing cultural, life-span, community/home health, medication, diagnostic tests, and special population aspects of care planning. These are a good teaching tool for the user to also identify collaborative care problems. It is noted by the authors that obstetrical, gynecologic, and pediatric problems are considered for the most part outside the scope of this text. This is a shortcoming as these areas of nursing are present in the community as well as acute care settings.
Assessment: This is a 10th edition with the last one published in 2004. This edition addresses the changes from a North American NANDA to an International one and includes the new Taxonomy II classifications-more than justifying a new edition. The book and its earlier editions have been well accepted in nursing circles. This pocket guide is linked with other major comprehensive works by the same authors in nursing care planning and thus provides an excellent suite of products. No other similar text provides the same linkages with related products.