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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a well known nursing interventions classification taxonomy text. The last edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide standardized language for nursing interventions in order to document nursing care and evaluate and test their effectiveness. Ultimately, this work will provide the basis for health policy.
Audience: The audience includes students and practicing nurses. The authors are a very talented, well known, authoritative group.
Features: As in previous versions, the taxonomy of interventions is comprehensive, research-based, reflective of clinical practice, and field tested before their inclusion, lending credibility to their use. The book starts with the definition of terms and a how to find an intervention, then moves to a historical perspective. The core of the text focuses on the taxonomy, classification, and those interventions that pertain to specialties. The next section outlines the level nurse that can perform the specific interventions. The appendixes list the new interventions and provide the forms necessary for submitting new interventions. Each intervention starts with a boxed definition, followed by activities and then background readings.
Assessment: There are no comparable books on the market. This represents the seminal work and continued refinement of the work begun in 1987 at the University of Iowa. This edition has added many new interventions and the linkages between NIC and NANDA diagnoses have been updated. This edition reflects the changes in healthcare delivery and is enhanced by the use of a peer review process of the interventions. This is an excellent reference for students and practicing nurses.