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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book provides the reader with up-to-date NANDA classifications linked to activities for the purpose of devising nursing care plans. This pocket guide can be used by nurses in the acute care or community setting. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to aid practitioners and students in identifying interventions commonly associated with specific nursing diagnoses. The book links the NANDA taxonomy with interventions. NIC and NOC labels are also included. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The audience is defined as practicing nurses and students. The authors are well known and respected in their field.
Features: The book starts out with a definition and review of the nursing process and its application to practice. The third chapter uses sample assessments as methods of illustrating the organization of the nursing process and how NANDA applies, how to plan care, and finally how to implement and evaluate care. The document via SOAP or SOAPIER is contrasted with the more nursing-focused method called Focus Charting. The final sections of the book address the new taxonomy of NANDA diagnoses, associated health problems, and the Proposed ICD-10 version of NANDA. The latter is important for practitioners who need to use uniform terminology for reimbursement.
Assessment: Although there are many nursing care plan and nursing process books, this one's format as a pocket guide does not have direct competition. The book is compact enough to be taken in a lab coat pocket or at least carried by students to the clinical area.