Description: This is an interesting second edition of a book on pediatric home care that covers the transition of pediatric care from hospital to home by discussing each system thoroughly and including charts, care plans, teaching tools, and medication charts.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference and a textbook as student nurses venture out or are pushed into the community. The information in this book is needed by nurses and case managers now. The book largely meets its objectives.
Audience: Targeted for student nurses whose education is community focused, and nurses and practitioners who care for pediatric patients in hospitals and in the home, the book will be very useful to parents as well, and will serve as a reference to all for the optimal care of children. The editors and contributors are credible experts in the pediatrics field.
Features: The book includes numerous care plans, teaching plans, charts, and medication sheets to provide a variety of facts for the nurse in relation to each system. The references are voluminous, pertinent, and up-to-date. The table of contents is thorough and descriptive. The appendixes are useful in moving past the general information.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that needs to be in nursing school libraries and bookstores. There is currently no comparable book providing this level of thorough and complete information. The tables, charts, and care plans enhance the information the editors provide on a wide scope of pediatric diseases and problems. This second edition has added more chapters and contributors. Most importantly, it is a good reference for parents.