Reviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book is designed to be used as a guide and quick reference in preparing nursing care plans for a variety of psychiatric clients, with the expectation that additional information will be needed for each nursing diagnosis in individualizing care for these clients. It incorporates the nomenclature of Taxonomy II approved by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA). The latest DSM terminology and NANDA diagnoses are presented in a simple manner so that they can be easily used in a variety of healthcare settings. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to help and guide practicing nurses and students with the construction of nursing care plans that must be individualized for each client based on the nursing assessment. The book is needed as it will serve as a quick reference in helping to develop practical, individual care plans for psychiatric clients in various settings ranging from inpatient hospitals and outpatient clinics to private practice and home healthcare. The author's objectives are met, with each chapter beginning with an overview of information initially related to the medical category on the specific disorder, followed by predisposing factors and symptomatology, their respective nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions, and finally client and family education.
Audience: The book can be used by undergraduate nursing students, practicing nurses, and nurse practitioners. Undergraduate students can learn about the various aspects of nursing diagnoses with related interventions and selected rationales, and patient education. Practicing nurses can also use this book as a quick reference for developing nursing care plans relative to the psychiatric diagnoses. The new information on psychotropic medications can facilitate use of the book for nurses administering these medications, and for nurse practitioners with prescriptive authority. The author is a clinical nurse specialist with a private practice in adult psychiatric mental health nursing, in addition to being a nurse consultant at a counseling center. She brings these experiences to this book to help practitioners develop and write care plans. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book contains the latest DSM terminology and NANDA diagnoses with individual chapters covering disorders relative to the DSM-IV TR 2000. Information pertaining to medical categories, followed by the appropriate nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions, and client and family education are provided in each chapter. The expanded section on psychotropic medications, with the latest FDA approved ADHD agents, antidepressants, and antipsychotic medications will help practitioners at all levels, as well as students, in keeping abreast of the latest changes and additions in psychotropic medications. The new chapter on loss and bereavement, and the new assessment tools such as medication assessment, cultural assessment, mental status assessment, etc., will prove extremely useful and beneficial to psychiatric nurses at all levels. Additionally, the table in Appendix I listing some client behaviors commonly observed in psychiatric settings can broaden one's understanding of the need to use a variety of nursing diagnoses in developing nursing care plans.
Assessment: This will be an extremely useful and easy-to-use resource book for practitioners at all levels, as well as undergraduate students, since it offers guidance in developing practical, individual care plans for a variety of psychiatric patients in various settings. This sixth edition is fully justified since it reflects the latest DSM terminology and NANDA diagnoses, new updated material on psychotropic medications, and assessment tools.