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From The CriticsReviewer: Betsy Frank, RN, PhD, ANEF (Indiana State University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a companion to Fundamentals of Nursing, 5th edition, by Potter and Perry (Mosby, 2001). It is an excellent addition to the total learning package which includes the textbook, skills text, workbook, and virtual hospital. The previous version was published in 1998 and this updated version includes some important features such as cultural considerations, an immediate nursing action alert box, and a logo for procedures requiring gloves.
Purpose: The authors state that this book provides step-by-step instructions for the most common procedures performed in a variety of clinical settings. Also included are equipment lists, rationales, and delegation points.
Audience: The book is aimed primarily at the student, but the authors state that practitioners will also find it useful. Students, in particular, will like this concise book and staff nurses will find it a useful companion to agency procedure books.
Features: Although there are more complete descriptions of the procedures in the accompanying textbook and skills text, this succinct book is useful for a quick review of previously learned skills or for learning new skills. The action alerts and teaching and delegation points, as well as the age appropriate considerations and home and long term care applications make the book useful for a variety of courses. Illustrations are small because of the size of the book, but larger illustrations can be found in the other components of the learning package.
Assessment: If a beginning student wants to take just one book to the clinical area, this would be it. It is easy to carry and the information is straightforward. Skills are outlined according to the latest standards of practice.