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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen A. Simon, RN, DNSc (Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing)
Description: The significant revision of this book presents current knowledge needed for the provision of care to children in a variety of settings with an emphasis on acute care settings. The authors begin each chapter with a opening scenario and key terms. The book is organized by body systems with initial presentation of foundational information essential to the nursing care of children. The nursing process is used as the framework for nursing care.
Purpose: The authors' stated purpose is "to provide core pediatric nursing knowledge that prepares students for practice, and to offer the tools of critical thinking needed to apply this learning to future challenges." This is a worthy objective which the authors meet.
Audience: The book is intended for basic nursing students. The authors provide essential information in a concise manner needed by students.
Features: The book provides foundational content related to growth and development and nursing considerations in a variety of settings as well as new chapters on nutrition and common societal and environmental influences on healthcare. The chapters related to alterations in health are organized by body system. This edition has numerous features such as Pathophysiology Illustrated, What Families Want to Know, and Laws and Ethics. The book comes with a CD-ROM and a companion Web site with Media Link icons in each chapter to send the student online to obtain the very latest information. The color illustrations and pictures throughout are excellent and will add to the learning experience of the student.
Assessment: The authors have provided in this revision the essential information students need to learn about the nursing care of children. The colorful pictures and illustrations reinforce the easy-to-read material. The numerous tables and margin boxes highlight important information. The new feature, Explore MediaLink, identifies additional content, activities, and resources for the student on the accompanying CD-ROM and companion Web site. With its numerous features, the book provides students with a variety of ways to learn about the nursing care of children.