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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Donna Marie Minner, BSN, RN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is a pocket guide for nurse aides to use for caregiving in long term care. This guide covers, among other topics, information for caregiving for the resident with respiratory problems, circulatory problems, stroke and diabetes. It is concise, simply written, and easy to understand.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a quick reference of good care to aides working in long term care. It is also intended to give them a preview of what is expected of them during a survey. Both objectives, if followed, can help improve the quality and continuity of care in a nursing home. The objectives are met with simple, down to earth language and direction that most new nursing assistants would find easy to understand. This book would also be a good reference for those with experience who need a refresher.
Audience: The authors intent that this book be used specifically for nurses assistants is a good one. Unfortunately, we rarely see guides that are specifically targeted to this population. The author's experience as a developer of health education curriculum is evident.
Features: One of the positives of this book is that it gives needed information without stepping outside the scope of practice of the long term care nurse aide. Although there are no pictures, the text is illustrative and straight to the point. This book also gives the reader a host of prefixes, suffixes, and medical abbreviations that add to the understanding that is necessary for good communication to take place. Good communication with the charge nurse is stressed throughout the book.
Assessment: This book would be a welcome addition to the pocket of any practicing nurse aide. Good information given in understandable terms is welcome at any level of care.