Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF (The College of New Jersey)
Description: More than a care plan book, this book offers the application of a nursing focus to the planning of healthcare. It stresses the nurse's role as an active coordinator and planner of patient care.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a nursing assessment tool for nurses to use to plan care. Secondarily, it seeks to assist the reader in obtaining competency in assessment skills and application of pathophysiology as related to planning care and setting priorities. The book meets its objectives.
Audience: The audience includes students as well as practicing nurses. Students will use the book to formulate and individualize plans for their patients and families. Practicing nurses will use it as a reference to apply the nursing process.
Features: The first few chapters lay the groundwork for the issues and trends in nursing, application of the nursing process, and critical thinking. This eases students, in particular, into the meat of the book the application of the nursing process and the planning of care. A systems approach is used, which is appropriate for the purposes of this book. Use of colored textboxes throughout highlight important points. Flow charts and decision trees help with teaching and learning. Inside the front cover is a "Key to Essential Terminology," an excellent feature to help students see the bigger picture of the nursing process. The accompanying CD-ROM for the various specialty areas of nursing adds to the value of this book. The book is clear in its intent to provide guidelines for the nursing process and not to teach procedures.
Assessment: This edition provides up-to-date information with more emphasis on standards of care and documentation. It also stresses the dynamic role that nurses play in planning care today. The inclusion of a true nursing-based assessment tool is a great feature of this edition. Financing of healthcare is addressed in the first chapter, and although it does not develop into a lot of detail, there is enough substance to at least allow students a glimpse of some of the issues that affect care plans today.