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Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual Paperback – Jul 31 2006

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Nursing book every nurse should have June 29 2007
By " Anti Microchip " - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book helped me more than any other text book during nursing school. It takes a disease or disorder and breaks it down to the nuts and bolts. With every disease you get: a brief description of what it is, it's causes, gender and life span considerations, what to assess, primary nursing diagnosis, planning of care, common drugs used, what labs to look for, discharge guidelines, and what to document. This is all done in less than six pages on most diseases. This book saved me a tremendous amount of time, and I still use it in my nursing practice today. This book was my life line in nursing school, and I wouldn't have made it through without it. You won't regret getting this book. It can be a life saver.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Use it constantly for RN school. Nov. 25 2010
By amelia - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite resources for RN/nursing school, and I am a serious resource-a-holic! But this book is amazing, and I really urge people starting out with nursing to get it. It won't help much with foundations/fundamentals, but when you start studying pathophysiology and med/surg, you will often run into diseases you've not heard of before (or know very little about). This happened to me in my first med/surg clinical -- I didn't know what my patient's diagnosis even was! Obviously, I had a clinical instructor teach me, etc. but it seemed weird to me that there was no book (other than my huge med surg book) to look at for a quick and pertinent overview organized by disease.

This book fits the bill. I use it to review the pathophysiology of various diseases with basic nursing interventions all the time. If we study a disease or system (e.g. renal, or "chronic kidney disease"), I read the accompanying portions of this book. I was looking for something like this for a while -- sort of a disease encyclopedia with a nursing focus. This is the book for that. I actually bought the digital version via Skyscape for my phone (we use digital devices/phones/iPods during clinicals) also, but I keep this book at home and reference it when I'm studying. I wish it had more diseases in it, but it's invaluable -- sometimes the med surg textbook gets me bogged down in details (which is good much of the time) but when I need quick information or a general overview (to review, or to introduce myself to a disease I don't know much about), this is the best book I've found.

It would be great if there were one of these for each discipline within nursing/medicine (i.e. psych, OB, pediatrics, etc.).

I see a lot of students just using Google or Wikipedia to look up diseases, and that makes me really nervous...those are not reliable sources...anyone can publish something in either place. I'm glad I found this book so I don't have to do that.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommend! June 29 2009
By Jemmagirl - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've recommended this text to my undergrad nursing students as a valuable quick reference. It's a really handy manual for taking to acute medicine clinical practicum as it gives a quick but solid overview of commonly encountered conditions. For each disease it includes a brief physio/patho description, possible causes, gender, ethnic and lifespan considerations, necessary assessment, nursing dx and collaborative as well as independent interventions, documentation guidelines, and DRG and LOS categories. It gives a nice 'heads up' for students and new nurses in the 'pharmacological highlights' and 'diagnostic highlights' to aid in anticipating care needs as well as further research needs. It's a great find!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Little Piece of Nursing Heaven Dec 22 2009
By RNinWHITE - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you ARE a nursing student or a nurse, you need this book!

If you KNOW a nursing student, you need to get him/her this book!

This is a life-saver for Med/Surg. It includes brief but detailed explanations of diseases, causes, assessment data, diagnostic studies, nursing dx, medical and/or surgical management as well as meds prescribed and d/c instructions! Perfect for using in clinicals, careplans and even quick refreshers!
don't waste your money Feb. 12 2015
By carrie - Published on
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needing this text for nursing school as a requirement....word of advice: doesn't tell you anything! don't waste your money. It contains very basic information and nothing more! The medical Surgical textbooks tell you everything you need to know.