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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Trudy A. Kramer, RN, MSN (Marquette University College of Nursing)
Description: This book uses a step-by-step basic approach to teach nursing students and practicing nurses the critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning processes to accurately formulate and write a nursing diagnosis. A theoretical basis of nursing diagnosis and a variety of medical-surgical interactive case studies with discussion of the cases are presented to develop writing and thinking ability, diagnostic reasoning, and confidence in writing accurate nursing diagnoses.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for practicing the critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills for writing nursing diagnoses.
Audience: It is targeted for beginning and developing nursing students and practicing nurses who need to learn how to write nursing diagnoses. This basic step-by-step critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning process will prepare nurses to write accurate medical-surgical nursing diagnoses.
Features: The overall design is clearly and logically presented. A theoretical basis for nursing diagnosis is presented, followed by simple to complex interactive case studies that illustrate critical thinking questions with discussion following to answer the questions. Appendixes provide NANDA diagnoses and fundamental health pattern guides.
Assessment: This book provides an excellent basic, step-by-step approach for nursing students and practicing nurses to use to learn the critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to write nursing diagnoses. The overall design is clear, logical, and easy to follow; it correlates theoretical acquisitions and application through interactive, simple to complex case studies. The questioning of the case studies and appropriate responses facilitate the practice of writing NANDA basic nursing diagnoses. This resource helps fill the need for user-friendly, individualized ways to help nurses learn the process of writing appropriate nursing diagnoses.