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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: Using a sound pedagogical approach, this book presents easy to read objectives, vocabulary, alerts, guidelines, procedures, and review materials for nursing assistant students.
Purpose: It is intended to prepare individuals for nursing assistant positions.
Audience: Anyone seeking or in a nursing assistant position is the intended audience. Although the author targets just those individuals preparing for the position, this material could easily be used by those already in the position wishing to brush up in certain areas.
Features: The book moves logically from describing healthcare and organizations, to scientific principles, on through common procedures such as bed making, to principles of fluids and nutrition, wound care, death and dying, and special populations including emergencies, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Throughout the book, the descriptions of procedures include discussion of the role of the nursing assistant. The book includes a WebTutor() that contains online resources if the instructor wishes to use them. The list of procedures has color symbols to indicate if the procedure is more fully explained online, on DVD, etc., but there are no explanations of acronyms such as OBRA and PPE. This edition includes information on HIPAA, electronic medical records, safe handling, changes in CPR, and newer topics such as safe handling, bariatrics, affective disorders, defense mechanisms, and CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment. In the discussion of vital signs, there is no mention of vital sign differences across the lifespan. There are no references.
Assessment: This is the most comprehensive book for nursing assistants on the market. It is user-friendly for students and it contains a wealth of faculty resources as well. This edition presents many of the newer trends in healthcare, such as concerns over back injuries and how to prevent them. This is a good resource for any would-be nursing assistant.