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From The CriticsReviewer:Carole A. Kenner, RNC, DNS, FAAN (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description:This nursing diagnosis book focuses on the implementation and intervention strategies needed to plan and document outcomes of care. The interventions are categorized by the use of icons representing cultural considerations, collaborative efforts, community/home care, diagnostic studies, pediatric/geriatric/lifespan considerations, or medications.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide practicing or student nurse with a vehicle to identify interventions that are linked with specific NANDA nursing diagnostic statements. The book also stresses the importance of evaluation of the plan and the documentation of outcomes. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience:The intended audience is practicing and student nurses. The authors are leading authorities in the area of nursing process.
Features:The book moves from presenting the basics of the nursing process and evidence-based practice to the linkages between NANDA, NIC, and NOC. One chapter presents mind mapping as a way to achieve individualized care and to view the client holistically. The wonderful illustrations guide the reader through the process of each client problem, diagnostic statement, signs and symptoms, on to nursing actions, and expected outcomes-a very powerful learning tool. The heart of the book is focused on the NANDA diagnostic statements and then breaks them down according to related factors, defining characteristics, desired outcomes, actions-that are prioritized-each of which is key coded according to collaborative or cultural or other interventions-thusreinforcing the learning. Following the prioritization the reader finds the documentation focus-reviewing assessment, planning, implementation, and discharge. This step-wise pattern of covering each diagnosis leads the reader through the process while reinforcing essential elements of the process.
Assessment:There are many nursing process books on the market as well as ones that focus on interventions. This is the only one that brings together the planning and clear documentation of outcomes. It is easy to follow and understand. It is a welcome addition to a student's library.