Manual of Gerontologie Nursing By Charlotte Eliopoulos; 1999; St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.; 446 pages; spiral bound; $36.95, second edition
The Manual of Gerontologie Nursing is a portable resource and valuable reference for nurses with a wide range of gerontologie nursing experiences. It provides a basic foundation of knowledge in gerontologie nursing practice and serves as a review for those who have studied or practiced gerontologie nursing. Reviewers representative of nursing practice, research, administration, and academics have helped ensure the accuracy and quality of the content.
The first section, Introduction to Gerontologie Nursing, provides an overview and introduction to gerontologie nursing. Section II, Special Considerations in Gerontologie Nursing covers issues relevant to gerontologie nursing. The final section, Gerontologie Nursing Care, examines health challenges and generic nursing care plans for various nursing diagnoses and associated health problems.
The second edition follows closely to the first edition, except for some minor chapter title adjustments that better reflect the topics. For instance, this edition's chapter "Activity and Rest" is a change from "Activity and Exercise. " The order of the second and third units are reversed from the previous edition and the rationale for this change is unclear. A major change in this edition is the expansion and updating of the suggested, rather than recommended, readings. There is also an expanded services and resource list which includes more specialty and general areas.
With respect to the generic nursing care plans in the Gerontologie Nursing Care section, a broader range of topics and practical information is provided in the selected associated health problems. For instance, added selected health problems associated with Risk for Injury include falls, hypothermia, and surgical complications. Another added selected health problem associated with Risk for Infection is acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Additional nursing interventions is this edition include alternative and complementary therapies that have been implemented on an increasing basis. Other important additions are boxes and illustrations on teaching testicular and breast self-examination in the "Sexuality" chapter, and a section on spirituality in the chapter "Values and Beliefs."
The print in this edition is better with bolder headings that are easier to read, and the gray shading of the boxes is attention-grabbing. Photographs and illustrations remain essentially the same and complement the subject matter.
The improved version of Manual of Gerontologie Nursing remains an excellent resource covering a great deal of material in a clear, concise, and complete manner. The manual is handy and easy to carry, and useful as a workplace reference and as part of one's personal library.