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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer N. Grant(Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This book contains detailed notes written in an outline format concerning the most essential information about fluids and electrolytes. These outlined notes are broken into chapters that focus on specific subjects within the spectrum of fluid and electrolyte function.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a learning aid for students that allows them a concise yet comprehensive review of essential material. This book seeks to highlight main concepts by giving a chapter overview and a section on points to remember. This book also employs means of active learning through study questions at the end of each chapter and through critical thinking and application exercises. The authors successfully meet these objectives.
Audience: The book is aimed at nursing students. Both authors are credible authorities on nursing practice and fluid and electrolytes.
Features: The book makes adequate use of charts and tables designed to present the information so that it is easier to follow. All resources used have been published within the last five years and are pertinent to fluids and electrolytes and/or nursing practice. The book itself has a vibrant cover and is small enough to carry and is convenient to flip through. These notes come with a "Study Smart" computer disk allowing students to go over subject matters of their choice. This promotes efficient learning of material the student finds difficult.
Assessment: The content of the book is well organized making information easily accessible and easier to remember. The book points out areas of concern related to nursing practice by providing inserted Clinical Alert sections that are particularly useful to the nursing student. I strongly recommend this third edition. The wealth of information presented in concise outline form is sure to be useful to the nursing student.