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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have several nursing diagnosis handbooks but this one takes the cake. I don't actually own it because I spent so much money on other books that were much less helpful. Luckily the learning lab at school owns it and I'm able to use it often. The feature that I like the most is that there is rationale given for most interventions. Rationale is always required in my care plans and many books don't provide it. It has saved me a huge amount of time because instead of searching through my med-surg books, I have the rationale right there. I also like that there are interventions specific to pediatric and geriatric patients; another feature that is lacking in other books. Lastly, the interventions that are provided are very thorough. I found that when using other books my professors would mark me off for not being specific enough. Once I began using this book I was right on target. In my opinion, if you can only afford to buy one book (and who wants more than one anyway), this is the one you should own.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Of the five or so diagnosis handbooks that I have purchased, this one is the one that I reference the most when doing care plans and research - the least expensive too. For the money, this is the most helpful book that you will find.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Had to write my first care plan/case study. I have no idea what I would have done without this book. Making a nursing diagnosis and care planning for a student nurse can be a complex process. This book just brings it all together. It includes not only the nursing diagnosis, but rationales for nursing interventions and outcomes. Other students in the class have purchased other Care Plan books, however, most of the have been asking to look at mine. Two of them have already ordered their own. I will continue to recommend this book to everyone .
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for something to help you learn nursing diagnosis, and with ease, this book is for you. It begins with all different disorders and diseases, and under the disorder is the ND or ND's that go with that particular disease!!
It's great- even better than the Carpintenio books, and I have both!!
With each NANDA diagnosis it has the defining characteristics, R/t factors NIC and NOC outcomes, tons of nursing interventions and rationals also!! Each NANDA diagnosis also includes Geriatric, home care, and client family teaching,interventions, and rationals for each specific NANDA diagnosis. This book is PACKED FULL of help for those long dreaded care plans!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2003
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
BEST nursing diagnosis out there! I will never buy another nursing diagnosis book unless it has the Ackley name on it. All of us SWEAR by it. It makes writing the ADPIE's easy and there are pages and pages of interventions. Much better then the pocket sized book and VERY worth the money.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have 4 careplan books and this is the only one I use after two years of nursing school. The interventions are unique and the rationales are very detailed. And I love that they include nursing research in the rationales as well. Plus I REALLY like the companion website that goes with the book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is worth the money...you will ace care plans with this one...trust me. I don't even use any other books for my care plan but this one. Well written and concise...easy to find info. I give it 5 STARS!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book rocks! I consistently get better grades than my fellow students and they don't believe me when I tell them that it is this book! It is their loss because I make at least one letter grade higher in all my classes! This book not only gives lots of great common-sense nursing interventions, but carefully explains the rationale for all of them!!!! Lists hundreds of potential nursing diagnosis and this book is VERY easy to use! If you buy one book in nursing school, let this be it!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
After receiving a recent email asking me which care plan book I'd recommend to a nursing student who was staying up very late working on her care plans, I told her I'd write a review of the book that was my best friend on the night before clinicals. This is it.

I had two care plan books that were not working for me so I spent about 8 hours one weekend in Barnes and Nobles looking through every single book that had on the subject. When I got to this one, I didn't need to look any further. The diagnoses are in alphabetical order, with:
~the definition of the condition,
~defining characteristics both subjective and objective (to jar your memory of your interview of the patient pre-clinical),
~and a big one, Related To Factors (r/t) [which can be a struggle fine tuning as a nursing student];
~Client Outcomes [Client Will (Specify Time Frame)--answer is--"Ct. will____________(something that is obtainable and measurable) during my shift",
~Nursing Interventions and Rationales (in italics.) On my Client Care Plans forms, rationales were called "Scientific Principle (Documentaton Source)" and my instructor wanted the page number as well.

***Please note: I've noticed that there is an 8th Edition available now for purchase. I don't see how they could improve on this text; however, I would probably recommend the newest edition. If you already have the 7th Edition, I would say you probably don't need to buy the 8th edition. It's your call.

Good luck future nurses and Soar!
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