Geriatric Nursing - A Conceptual Approach. Cormack D (ed). Oxford, Blackwell Scientific Publishers, 1985, 425 pages, soft cover.
The first section of this Englishauthored book is an overview of geriatric nursing, building upon foundational theories of aging and a nursing process model. From a theoretical background, the editor focuses the reader's attention on concepts relevant to aging, such as hydration, pain, and trust. This second section of the book is intensely practical for the student or the practitioner of nursing, as it moves from principles of nursing care to strategies of management using the SOAPE (Subjective and Objective Evidence, Assessment, Plan, and Expected outcomes) technique. Each concept is developed with a background of related factors, principles of care relating to it, a patient case illustrating a problem with the concept, a 24-hour care plan, and a nursing process outline, with particular emphasis on assessment of a patient with that problem. A third section of the book deals with specific resources for the elderly in institutions and in the community, with special consideration given to medication administration, health education, and nursing research as essentials in care of the elderly.
Throughout, the editor and authors have provided a cohesive progression, organization of content, and a holistic nursing approach. Footnotes and bibliography with each chapter are inclusive of international literature in geriatrics. Although the spelling and terminology occasionally have an English flavor, the concept of aging is ubiquitous, and the content equally applicable on either side of the Atlantic.
Nurses caring for the older adult outside of institutions would find it as useful as those caring for institutionalized elderly persons. The section dealing with facilities would need further elaboration for optimal use in this country. But the greater part of the book in the second section is a geriatric care giver's jewel, and alone would be well worth the price of the book.