Understanding the Nursing Process in a Changing Care Environment / Edition 6

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Overview

Generations of nursing students have discovered the scope, the importance, and the fundamental processes of their chosen profession with this one-of-a-kind, reader-friendly text. Using a helpful building-block approach, and filled with many thought-provoking historical and cultural vignettes. Understanding the Nursing Process in a Changing Care Environment breaks the nursing process into logically organized steps for ease of comprehension. Newly updated, the sixth edition considers the nursing process against the backdrop of today's transforming issues - such as managed care, multicultural patient populations, home health care, and illness prevention. Doesn't your nursing career deserve a resource like Understanding the Nursing Process in a Changing Care Environment?

Look For These Important Features:

Learn-as-you-go approach with self-test questions following every step.

Clear introductions to patient assessment, nursing diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Critical thinking sections and guidelines in each chapter.

Information and guidelines to culturally competent nursing care in each chapter.

Discussion and application of managed care in each chapter.

Current professional guidelines and issues.

Separate pocket guide to nursing diagnosis.

Across the continuum case study and critical pathway example from ambulatory clinic setting, to hospital, to home care.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This text is very basic; the nursing process is explained and illustrated through graphics, teaching boxes, and critical pathways.
Purpose: The purpose is to understand the nursing process in relationship to the changing healthcare environment.
Audience: There is no defined audience found in the preface, but the format lends itself to the undergraduate student or nurse who is unfamiliar with the nursing process.
Features: Each element of the nursing process is highlighted. Unique features include a section on cultural competence and another on critical thinking. A pocket-size guide is included on NANDA with diagnoses, defining characteristics, and outcomes. The size is ideal for students to carry into the clinical area and to use as a quick reference. There is an emphasis on managed care and its impact on healthcare in general, and there is a section of general nursing and cultural web resources at the back of the book. The real shortcoming is the lack of references — there are no citations in the book. There is a general bibliography included on critical thinking, the nursing process, and standards of care.
Assessment: Several books are available that include sections on the nursing process or interventions and outcomes, but only one or two integrate all aspects along with critical chinking and cultural competence. Use of color is effective for the critical thinking boxes. The inclusion of web sites and the emphasis on managed care are clearly changes from the 1994 edition. This book is an average resource that does not stand out as a "must have" for students.
Carole Kenner
This text is very basic; the nursing process is explained and illustrated through graphics, teaching boxes, and critical pathways. The purpose is to understand the nursing process in relationship to the changing healthcare environment. There is no defined audience found in the preface, but the format lends itself to the undergraduate student or nurse who is unfamiliar with the nursing process. Each element of the nursing process is highlighted. Unique features include a section on cultural competence and another on critical thinking. A pocket-size guide is included on NANDA with diagnoses, defining characteristics, and outcomes. The size is ideal for students to carry into the clinical area and to use as a quick reference. There is an emphasis on managed care and its impact on healthcare in general, and there is a section of general nursing and cultural web resources at the back of the book. The real shortcoming is the lack of references -- there are no citations in the book. There is a general bibliography included on critical thinking, the nursing process, and standards of care. Several books are available that include sections on the nursing process or interventions and outcomes, but only one or two integrate all aspects along with critical chinking and cultural competence. Use of color is effective for the critical thinking boxes. The inclusion of web sites and the emphasis on managed care are clearly changes from the 1994 edition. This book is an average resource that does not stand out as a "must have" for students.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071350785
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen Murray, Ph.D., RN, is Director of Clinical Services at the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Madision, Wisconsin.

Leslie D. Atkinson, RN, MSN, is Clinical Instructor at the University of Minnesota, Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction to the Nursing Process.

Chapter Two: Assessment.

Chapter Three: Diagnosis.

Chapter Four: Outcome Identification.

Chapter Five: Planning.

Chapter Six: Implementation.

Chapter Seven: Evaluation.
Appendices.
Index.
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