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on December 13, 2012
This is required reading for me but sheesh could they have assigned a worse text? This text is so densely packed with wordy information that no mere mortal could ever retain this much info or even take away a good understanding of it. It would help if important points of information were bulleted but it is practically giant walls of text from cover to cover. Yes, it has some highlighted charts, but again it is so densely packed it makes synthesizing the main points so time consuming. Trying to find the answer to a question or concern is like finding a needle in a haystack with this text. Worse yet, the text does not adequately prepare students for the tests designed for the text book. The textbook does not show the student how to apply nursing applications to health situations though the text's test questions test on that sort of knowledge. There is a definite disconnect between what is being taught and what is being expected of students.
Another point of contention is despite this being a very wordy tome on pathophysiology and the science of nursing, many of the text's explanations about those processes were poorly explained and required me to seek outside information to actually understand the topic. For example the section on ABGs was confusing and was definately not adequate to understand the topic despite the fact that it was covered very thouroughly in the test questions for that chapter. I augment the material in this book with online material and videos to understand each topic because this text just doesn't cut it.
This text is so freaking heavy at 20+ lbs that I dread lifting it or taking it to class. Overall it is just not a very good textbook.