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From The CriticsReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This fourth edition of this outcomes classification book (previously published in 2004) presents new nursing outcomes that are tied to NANDA diagnoses and Gordon's Functional Patterns. It uses the Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS) that is found in current electronic medical records (EMRs).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide nurses with outcomes for nursing interventions that are linked to all aspects of the nursing process, including electronic documentation. Nurses' judgment is critical in identifying appropriate outcomes. Thus, the reader is encouraged to develop sound diagnostic reasoning skills.
Audience: The audience is nursing students and practicing nurses.
Features: This edition builds on the strong background of the previous three editions. There are 58 new outcomes listed, along with changes in outcomes identified in previous editions. The book offers guidelines on how to apply the information in various clinical settings. The first section reviews the evolution of the NOC (Nursing Outcomes Classification) system and includes research to support this system. The second section addresses the development of the NOC taxonomy including recent revisions. Part three presents the list of outcomes, while section four links these outcomes with NANDA diagnoses and Gordon's Functional Health Patterns. Part five introduces findings from specialty organizations and part six offers the new and revised outcomes as well as guidelines for submission of new ones. The outcomes are presented in an easy to follow format. They indicate the domain, class, scale for measurement, definition, and target. References for more information are also included.
Assessment: This book, written by the research team that created the NOC system, has a long track record. No comparable book on the market has this depth and breadth of information and clinical application. This new version takes into account changes in practice as well as applications in the new electronic medical records documentation systems.