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Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care
on April 28, 2000
This book is a must have for every nurse! It is fabulous for many reasons. One, Ackley and Ladwig begin the text by a section, 112 pages long, of medical diagnosis accompanied by the most common nursing diagnosis that the pt would have. This is very helpful to get you thinking and to point out potential diagnosis to keep your eyes out for when treating a patient. Later the authors go into detail on each NANDA diagnosis. The definition, defining characteristics, related factors, and suggested outcomes are described. Next, interventions are discussed with the scientific rational in italics for very smooth and continuos reading. Interventions are subdivided into geriatrics, infants/children, as well as the average adult patient. Home care interventions are included along with client/family teaching tips - very helpful. To top it off, the authors included at the end of each diagnosis web sites for more information as well as further references. This book is compact, light weight, and includes a wealth of information helpful in any care plan. I highly recommend it.