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From The CriticsReviewer: Noreen K. Payonk, MSN, CNM (National Naval Medical Center Bethesda)
Description: This sixth edition of a guide for advanced practice nurses who manage common gynecologic conditions features updated material for client teaching, current medication treatment regimens, an updated bibliography, and new information on abuse assessment.
Purpose: The book is intended as a guide for nursing management of the common gynecological conditions patients present within community-based settings. The authors meet their objectives in this well-organized, informative handbook.
Audience: Even though the target audience for this spiral bound handbook is the advanced practice nurse, physician's assistants, medical students, and residents in family practice and obstetrics/gynecology would also find it a valuable reference.
Features: The handbook includes well organized topics in an outline format that remains consistent throughout. The book is divided into two parts. Part one is devoted to specific protocols, thoroughly covering topics such as: methods of family planning; vaginal discharge, vaginitis, and sexually transmitted diseases; menstrual disorders; miscellaneous gynecologic aberrations; and peri- and post-menopause. Part two consists of appendixes, including patient teaching tools and samples of consent forms. The table of contents and index are well organized and complete. The bibliography is extensive and current.
Assessment: I shared this handbook with several of my advanced practice nurse colleagues and they all stated it was one of the most complete handbooks for gynecologic care they have seen. They were impressed with the complete medication treatment regimens that included recommendations for pregnant clients. Overall, this is an outstanding resource that would be an excellent addition to the libraries of nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physician's assistants, and resident physicians.