Lisa Robinson PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE CARE OF HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS Philadelphia: RA. Davis Publishers. 1984, 152 pp, $7.95
This, the fourth edition of Robinson's text, comes 8 years after the third edition of Psychological Aspects of the Care of Hospitalized Patients. It continues to be a basic text written in simplified, straightforward language by a nurse for nurses, nursing students and other health care providers. The emphasis is on "understanding the patient." Case studies, presented in each chapter, are particularly useful for learning to apply the theory and principles covered in that chapter. Moreover, extensive references and an abbreviated glossary are also provided.
Lisa Robinson's clear and succinct style is quite readable. Rather than focusing primarily on such areas of nursing care as meals, baths, medications and treatments, she has sought to help her readers become more psychologically minded - to better understand themselves, as well as their patients and their relationship with other health care professionals. For example, Robinson stresses in her final chapter, when discussing appropriate communication between nurse and patient, the importance of using language that is clear and readily understood. She writes: "Only in this way can nurse and patient obtain a better, more valid understanding of one another." To facilitate such communication and empathy she defines specific psychotherapeutic skills for the nurse to apply, such as active listening. Finally, the text contains several particularly thoughtprovoking chapters, such as the "Geriatric Patient" by Kenneth Solomon, and the "Special Patient" by Lisa Robinson.
This is a very useful text and serves well the intent of the editor, to "permit the nurse to organize her own behavior and feelings, and perhaps give her the security to realize some of her own latent capacities for therapeutic contact with patients."