Nursing Care Plans for Adult Home Health Clients. Aukamp V, Shaw R, East Norwalk, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1990, spiral bound.
Two nursing professors, plus two additional nurse contributors, compiled these 215 nursing care plans for 94 different diagnoses. These major disease categories and diagnosis related groups were selected as common conditions frequently seen by home health nurses. The nursing care approaches based on the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association nursing diagnoses were designed to assist nursing students and professionals in planning home health care. Each of the care pians includes the title, definition, nursing diagnosis, goals, nursing interventions, and supportive rationale. Nursing interventions encompass monitoring, assessing, performing, and teaching roles.
The collection is arranged by medical diseases under a systemic organizational structure, and is cross indexed by diagnosis related groups. A group of general procedures and problems introduces the systemic sections, which are followed by topics pertaining to mental illness, substance abuse, infections, injuries, psychosocial care, and health maintenance. The materials provide functional standards of care for home health nursing practice.
Current references drawn from nursing, medical, and general periodicals and books are included tor each topic. The convenient spiral binding facilitates opening the book to the desired place and referring to it without holding it open.
It would have been useful to have included a few blank pages in each section for additional notes. It would be advisable to use this book with a similar one of care plans for the elderly, as a large proportion of the home health clientele is elderly. Although this book covers the adult aspects, it does not make sufficient adaptations for the elderly.