Nursing Management for the Elderly. Carnevali DL, Patrick M (eds). Philadelphia. JB Lippincott Company, 1986, 651 pages, hardcover.
The authors of this book have put together a well qualified group of contributors. The book is divided into four areas. They are: 1) nursing as it incorporates care of the aged, 2) normal aging, 3) cognitive-behavioral aging - normal and disease, 4) high-risk illnesses in the aged - medical and nursing aspects.
The authors do not see this as a book which covers all that there is to know about the care of the aged. Rather, they consider only those illnesses which the aged are at high-risk for developing. Moreover, emphasis is placed on how nursing can assist the elderly client to bridge the balance between managing activities of daily living when consideration is given to patients abilities and resources. Therefore, each topic area gives many helpful points for the nurse to consider which are specific to the aged client.
The section which deals with highrisk pathophysiology attempts to separate medical from nursing by presenting the pathophysiology of a disease process in one chapter followed by a chapter which deals with the nursing care. The nursing care is specific for the elderly and is approached by looking at risk factors, signs and symptoms, prognostic variables, nursing treatment, and, lastly, the evaluation of nursing treatment.
The authors have included several helpful guides for various nursing needs. To cite a few examples, there are guides for assistance in taking medications, getting the most for your food money, and an interview guide on urinary status. There is a helpful signs and symptoms cross-referencing index.
The book is easy to read and understand, except for the chapter on lab values. This chapter is overwhelmng because of the number of charts on numerous research studies on various lab values. This book would be valuable to undergraduate nursing students and registered nurses working with elderly clients in any action.