Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Planning and Documenting Patient Care

Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Planning and Documenting Patient Care

MARCH 1994, VOL 59, NO 3 surgery, splenectomy, herniorrhaphy, thyroidectomy, pulmonary surgery, breast surgery, and miscellaneous surgery. This book ...

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MARCH 1994, VOL 59, NO 3

surgery, splenectomy, herniorrhaphy, thyroidectomy, pulmonary surgery, breast surgery, and miscellaneous surgery. This book describes common surgical procedures with clear diagrams pertinent to each procedure and provides a rapid anatomic review of these operations. Each chapter addresses anatomy, technique, indications, variants, salient features, and postoperative complications. This book may be useful to medical and nursing students, or it may be an additional resource for OR libraries. This book is available from Lea & Febiger, 200 Chester Field Pkwy, Malvern, PA 193559725, PEARLM. TORKESYAP, RN, CNOR THORACIC CHARGE NURSE/~RTHOPEDIC SURGERY BOSTONVETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER

NURSING PROCESS Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Planning and Documenting Patient Care, third ed By Marilynn E. Doenges, Mary Frances Moorhouse, Alice C. Geissler 1993,1,108pp $34.9.5 paperback The authors describe this third edition as a tool for attaining the level of competence expected of professional nurses and for validating the appropriateness of care provided. The nursing care guidelines are designed for nursing students and clinicians and can be used to teach students how to implement the nursing process. Clinicians also can employ the guidelines to communicate and document individualized patient care and justify patient care charges and staffing patterns in this era of complex governmental regulations and third-party payer requirements. The book, organized by body systems for easy reference, is designed for use in acute medical and surgical settings. The book’s rationales for interventions enhance the nurse’s clinical judgment and decision-making skills. The first three chapters discuss current issues, historical aspects of the nursing process (including the development of nursing diagnosis), and the creation of a nursing-based assessment tool and plan of care. Chapters four

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through 17 present planning guides that reflect collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. Patient outcomes and discharge goals are integrated into each of these clinical chapters. Although the chapters pertaining to patient problems and needs refer mainly to preoperative and postoperative care, the information is useful to perioperative nurses for assessing problems, identifying learning needs, planning care, and evaluating outcomes. In chapter 17, the authors discuss intraoperative care, including common nursing diagnoses for the surgical patient (eg, knowledge deficit, fear/anxiety, in.jury, infection, pain, tissue perfusion). The drawback of this section is that the extensive body of perioperative literature pertaining to planning and providing perioperative care is not included in the bibliography. As a separate section on intraoperative nursing considerations, however, it reflects an important step forward in enhancing continuity of care and achieving a more holistic perspective. A perioperative nurse educator is among the contributors, and this provides greater credibility to a book written about medical/surgical patients. This book is available from F. A. Davis Co, 1915 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-9954. PATRICIA C. SEIFERT, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNRFA OR COORDINATOR/CARDIAC SURGERY THEARLINGTON (VA) HOSPITAL

SPECIALIZATION The Complete Recovery Room Book By Antheu Hutfield, Michael Tronson 1992,384 p p $80 hardcover, $3.5paperhack This book is a timely addition to any nursing professional’s personal library but especially to nurses who provide or are learning to provide care in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). It is important to have access to professional books that address specialties yet also are valuable to others in the general field. The purpose of the book is to provide a concise yet thorough textbook for PACU nurses in Samoa and also to provide nurses worldwide with a comprehensive reference text. This book accomplishes its 121