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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Ren Kneisl, MS, RN, CS (Nursing Transitions, Inc.)
Description: This soft-covered book includes 36 psychiatric care plans in NANDA nursing diagnosis format. This second edition (the first was published in 1989) is updated for DSM-IV American Psychiatric Association diagnoses.
Purpose: This book meets its objective of providing a guide for nurses who plan and promote health care for the psychiatric client and his or her family. It will be especially helpful in documenting care and meeting governmental regulations.
Audience: The audience is nursing students and graduate nurses in hospital and community-based psychiatric settings. The authors and contributors are credible in the field. Although seven of the eight are from Colorado Springs, this should not affect the usefulness of the care plans.
Features: The 36 care plans cover the most common psychiatric disorders. As such, it is representative rather than comprehensive. Excluding the less common disorders makes the book more efficient. The reader can use both the table of contents and the index to locate specific disorders (according to DSM-IV) and specific nursing diagnoses (according to NANDA).
Assessment: This practical and updated care plan guide with its rationales for interventions should be very useful to students and practitioners alike. I recommend its purchase by libraries, bookstores, and individuals interested in planning and documenting the delivery of safe and effective psychiatric care.