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From The CriticsReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This guide for practicing nurses and students who need to establish nursing diagnoses and write plans of care is easy to use and contains a wealth of information. It reflects significant changes since the 1999 edition.
Purpose: This is a quick reference manual for developing and implementing the nursing process. NANDA, NIC, and NOC language classifications systems form the backbone of this edition. The authors meet their worthy objectives.
Audience: The target audience is practicing nurses and students. The authors are well known experts in the field of nursing process.
Features: The book outlines the nursing diagnoses as they relate to the overall nursing process, and the nursing diagnoses to assessment findings. The first section establishes the basis for the remainder of the book. The reader can then take assessment data-symptoms and look up possible specific diagnoses based on these findings. After completing this step, the reader is guided through the nursing process and the writing of the care plan for implementation. Interventions are coded according to independent or collaborative functions. The need for evidence-based practice is threaded throughout the material. Inclusion of clinical guidelines that are evidence-based and published by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is wonderful feature. The sections on NANDA reflect the newest changes to the taxonomy. Culturally competent care is stressed as well. When there are specific needs of the geriatric population, for example, these are highlighted. Unfortunately, the same is not always done for the pediatric population. The inclusion of commonly used acryonms is another unique feature. A good pedagogical tool is the use of colored boxes to stress the NOC and NIC sections that may be new to many readers. This feature will also help the faculty who have not had to incorporate this language into the nursing process before this time. The book reflects new technology through a companion website, which helps the reader to keep up-to-date with changes that might occur after the publication date.
Assessment: This book is very complete. The authors and contributors are experts in the field of nursing process. The fifth edition has made significant strides to reflect the newest trends in nursing care: holistic appropriate, pain management, NOC, NIC, culturally competent care, inclusion of computer technology, and appendixes that facilitate the book's use and promote critical thinking. Use of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a method of arranging nursing diagnoses is another unique feature that helps the reader prioritize care of patients. Most of these features are not included in other nursing process/diagnosis books. This edition makes significant strides in deliverying dry content in a concise, useable manner.