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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cheryl Renee Brubaker, BSN, MSN (Albuquerque Public Schools)
Description: This comprehensive book on school nursing has been long needed in the field and I am thrilled to add it to my professional library. The book is truly comprehensive in scope, presenting everything from managing the simple, common school-age ailments in children, managing the complex issues for those children who are technology dependent and chronically ill, to the legal and political arena that school nurses find themselves confronting when advocating for the needs of the children they care for.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a book specific to school nursing with the unique body of knowledge for this area of nursing practice. School nursing brings the world of healthcare into conjunction with the world of education, and the school nurse must be expert in both worlds. This book guides the school nurse through the complexities of the role and will surely make adaptation smoother and easier with this "mentor" at hand.
Audience: This book can be used by students, novices, experienced, and advanced practice school nurses. There are layers of complexity that are clearly delineated. One level can be used at the student or novice level, while the more complex concepts can be used at the more expert and advanced practice levels. This is one point that I find particularly appealing about this book, as I can use it to meet the needs of a broad audience with varying degrees of experience. The editor and the contributing authors are all credible authorities in the field.
Features: The book delineates the history and development of the school nursing role, the standards of practice, the legal concerns both from a healthcare standpoint and an educational point of view. Political and legislative issues are reviewed and the multiple areas of expertise in nursing that are drawn upon to meet the challenges of school nursing. The book also gives comprehensive coverage of pediatric care topics from the school nursing perspective. Finally, the book reviews management issues such as budgeting, staffing, facilities planning, staffing management, policy and procedure, and much more. The strength of this book is the integration of education topics and law which is so critical to school nursing. The one shortcoming I have noted is the lack of addressing the change in IDEA 2004 of the language change from "School Health Services" to "School Nursing Services." This was a landmark change for school nurses and while IDEA 2004 was addressed quite extensively, this one point was not. Also, the discipline management changes in IDEA 2004 were not mentioned and this seems an important point to mention as well.
Assessment: This book is outstanding and I am already using it extensively, even though it has only been in my hands for a few days. I am quoting it to defend nursing positions in the district. I am using it to flesh out my new nurses' orientation that I am moving into an online course. I am quoting it to point out changes that need to be made in the district. It puts into writing what school nurses do and have done for over a century now. It articulates well the scope and practice of school nursing.