Guidelines for Nursing Care: Process and Outcome

Guidelines for Nursing Care: Process and Outcome

AORN JOURNAL Examples of evaluation tools are included, as well as references at the end of each chapter, and a bibliography at the end of the book. ...

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Examples of evaluation tools are included, as well as references at the end of each chapter, and a bibliography at the end of the book. The book’s format is good; each chapter contains a brief introduction and summary, and items of importance are set off from the text. Overall, the book would be excellent for anyone who must evaluate staff development programs. For those with little experience in evaluation, it would be most valuable; those with an extensive background in evaluation may find it too simplistic and offering nothing new. PAULA ANNELATZ,RN NURSING INSTRUCTOR VA MEDICALCENTER MINNEAPOLIS, MINN

A Is0 A vailableThe Little, Brown Manual of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Etta Anne Hincker, Lois Malasanos, eds. Little, Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02106, 1983, 1,322 pp, $29.95 clothbound. This text is written to provide a basic reference to assist nurses in direct care settings in providing individualized care for adult patients. The content is divided into two parts: the general care aspect of medical-surgical patients and specific disorders of body systems. Part one examines patient care from hospital admission through discharge. Death and dying are addressed, as well as stress, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, patient assessment, sleep, pain, and preoperative and postoperative care. Care of the surgical patient before and after surgery are covered in the book, but intraoperative nursing is not discussed. The chapter on fluid and electrolytes explains complicated technical material in a format that is easily understood. The 45-page index is extensive, thorough, and easy to use. Subject headings are appropriate and easy to find. Overall, the text is excellent for basic information. One criticism is that the book follows the medical model and is weak in presenting nursing process. I would recommend it as a basic 954

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reference only. Use of this book would require additional texts for detailed information. ROGERA. STONE, RN, CNOR CHICAGO, ILL

Anatomy for Surgeons, Vol. 3, l%e Back and Limbs, 3rd ed. W. Henry Hollinshead. Harper & Row Publishers Inc, East Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19105, 1982, 878 pp, $76.50 clothbound. This third edition was written to clarify findings and state clinical applications. The new information centers on congenital amputations, tennis elbow, nerve entrapments and hand tendon surgery. Updated information on the knee and its ligaments are included. The body’s anatomy is extensively reviewed including the back, the arm and the hand, the lower limbs, and all the nerves associated with these areas. Numerous diagrams, charts and bibliographies are used throughout the book. The book, as a reference tool, is equivalent to any other anatomy book published. SHIRLEY MOORE,RN COLUMBIA. MO

Guidelines for Nursing Care: Process and Outcome. Duke University Hospital Nursing Services. J.B. Lippincott Co, 10 E. 53rd St, New York, NY 10022,1983,484 pp, $17.50 soft cover. This is an updated edition of a book previously published in 1980 titled Quality Assurance: Guidelinesfor Nursing Care. Nurses who found the previous book helpful in their nursing practice will find this edition even more helpful. This edition includes the importance of the spiritual dimension of health care. Other changes outline care for geriatric patients and terminally ill patients. Guidelines were also added on how to help patients cope with grief. More than 40 new guidelines were added to this edition, replacing outdated surgical methods. SISTERKANE,RHSJ, RN CORNWALL, ONTARIO