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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
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.