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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This book, one in the growing number of nursing diagnosis texts, is evidence-based. This eighth edition updates the 2006 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for practicing nurses and students that plan care using nursing diagnoses. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The audience is practicing nurses and student nurses.
Features: The book's three sections cover nursing diagnosis and the nursing process; nursing diagnoses; and plans of care and include revisions from NANDA, culturally appropriate interventions, and pediatric interventions. This book bases interventions on levels of evidence. Boxed features and symbols indicate geriatric or cultural considerations. There is an accompanying EVOLVE course with exercises that give students the opportunity to practice creating care plans. Electronic resources are available for faculty to enhance teaching-learning.
Assessment: The difference between this and most other books on nursing diagnoses, such as Carpenito-Moyet, Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice, 11th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006), and Ralph and Taylor's Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual, 6th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005), is that it is focused not on clinical application but rather on evidence to support interventions and outcomes. This edition brings the content up-to-date and certainly enhances its coverage of cultural differences and includes the pediatric age group. Most of the references are older than five years, but for the most part do represent good additional materials.