Self Care Nursing, 2nd ed. Hill L, Smith N, East Norwalk, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1989, 441 pages.
This text is a comprehensive effort at presenting self-care theory, process, and application. The text is divided into three sections. The first includes the theoretical basis for the self-care process and its application to clinical practice. The second and third sections focus on 1 1 different areas of self-care: the second section deals primarily with self-care of the mind whereas the third section addresses self-care of the body .
The format is well thought-out and the book can be read easily. Although it is a text, it also could be used as supplemental reading for specific focuses or areas of self-care.
The book has many excel lent assessment tools, nursing care plans, and selfcontracts. This flows through each area of self-care and is a helpful adjunct to the learner. Each chapter is well presented with objectives, summaries, and study questions.
The book is 441 pages of interesting, stimulating, thought-provoking approaches to self-care theory. All nurses would enjoy reading this text.