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From The CriticsReviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a new basic, bedside reference book for nursing staff caring for elderly patients and/or residents.
Purpose: Assessment is emphasized by this book, thereby seeming to imply that the purpose is to help the frontline caregivers to improve and make more comprehensive their assessments of older persons more comprehensive.
Audience: Given the fact that the book is written at a very basic level and in a very concrete manner emphasizing assessment and not intervention, it would seem that the target audience is nurse aides and LPNs. The author makes no indication as to the target audience.
Features: This reference guide consists of ten sections: introduction; assessment; drug administration; infection control; transcultural nursing; nursing considerations; nursing care planning; financing health care; clinical referrals; and an index. Each section is written in a tabular or list format.
Assessment: To be a useful bedside reference, the book is too complex. The emphasis on assessment without equivalent attention to intervention also minimizes the contribution of this book. It would appear that this book attempted to be a little bit of everything and as a result is mostly nothing.