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From The CriticsReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This general medical-surgical book is written for the LVN/LPN nursing student. In its second edition, this book is very comprehensive and places an emphasis on explaining the "why" of things.
Purpose: The authors state they ". . .worked hard to provide a text written at an understandable level, with features that help students understand, apply, and practice the challenging content required to function as a practical/vocational nurse." These are excellent objectives and well met with this book.
Audience: The authors are specific about the audience: practical/vocational nursing students and their faculty. The book might also be an asset in the school library for reference. The authors are credible, but the list of contributors does not include nurses in bedside practice, which is something that always concerns me.
Features: The book relies heavily on the disease system for content organization (i.e., care of patients with cancer etc.). Other chapters address critical thinking, the nursing process, ethical and legal issues, and cultural influences plus more. Some of the best features include the study questions at the beginning of each chapter, the color illustrations, and summary tables. The inclusion of the "whys" make it much like books used for RN education. Is that a shortcoming? It depends upon your approach.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. The color illustrations and photographs add to its value. New to this edition are chapters on alternative therapies, AIDS, patient perspectives (written by patients), and Web links for further study. Supplemental materials available include a student workbook, an instructor's guide, and an expanded computerized test bank.