The most trusted authority in pediatric nursing, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children provides unmatched, comprehensive coverage of pediatric growth, development, and conditions. Its unique 'age and stage' approach covers child development and health promotion as well as specific health problems organized by age groups and body systems. Leading pediatric experts Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry and David Wilson provide an evidence-based, clinical perspective based on nearly 30 years of hands-on experience. Easy to read and extensively illustrated, this edition focuses on patient-centered outcomes and includes updates on topics such as the late preterm infant, immunizations, the H1N1 virus, and childhood obesity.
• A clear, straightforward writing style makes content easy to understand.
• Unique Evidence-Based Practice boxes help you apply both research and critical thought processes to support and guide the outcomes of nursing care.
• Unique Atraumatic Care boxes contain techniques for care that minimize pain, discomfort, or stress.
• Unique Critical Thinking exercises help you test and develop your own analytical skills.
• A unique focus on family content emphasizes the role and influence of the family in health and illness with a separate chapter, discussions throughout the text, and family-centered care boxes.
• Nursing Care Guidelines provide clear, step-by-step, detailed instructions on performing specific skills or procedures.
• Unique Emergency Treatment boxes serve as a quick reference for critical situations.
• Unique Cultural Awareness boxes highlight ways in which variations in beliefs and practices affect nursing care for children.
• A developmental approach identifies each stage of a child's growth.
• Health promotion chapters emphasize principles of wellness and injury prevention for each age group.
• Student-friendly features include chapter outlines, learning objectives, key points, references, and related topics and electronic resources to help you study and review important content.
• A community focus helps you care for children outside the clinical setting.
• Nursing Care Plans include models for planning patient care, with nursing diagnoses, patient/family goals, nursing interventions/rationales, expected outcomes, and NIC and NOC guidelines.
• Nursing Tips include helpful hints and practical, clinical information, and Nursing Alerts provide critical information that must be considered in providing care.
• Unique! Quality patient outcomes are highlighted for major diseases and disorders, reflecting the QSEN focus on patient-centered outcomes.
• Pathophysiology reviews include special illustrations to explain complicated disease processes.
• Complementary & Alternative Therapy boxes include timely information on alternative medicine as a part of complete, comprehensive care.
• Research Focus boxes include the latest research impacting pediatric nursing today.
• Drug Alerts highlight important drug-related information for safe, appropriate care.
• Updates include coverage of hot topics such as the late preterm infant, immunizations, the H1N1 virus, and childhood obesity.
• Unique! Family-Centered Care boxes include features on family-related topics.
Reviewer:C. Angela Masters, BSN(University of New Mexico Children's Hospital)
Description:This comprehensive book identifies all major concepts involved in the care of children and their families.
Purpose:This book differs from previous editions in that the family centered care philosophy is the center concept. In addition, traumatic care and continuity of care is addressed based on the development of a therapeutic relationship between nurse, child, and family.
Audience:Practicing nurses are the intended audience, although nursing students will also use this book.
Features:This is a comprehensive overview of care for children and their families. It includes health promotion strategies for every age level, which is important because many children are not hospitalized and receive care in the community.
Assessment:Due to changing technology in healthcare, new editions of textbooks are necessary to reflect up-to-date practice and concerns. This is a well written book, although rather large (almost 2,000 pages), which gives me some concerns about repetition. The book is appropriate for nursing students through practicing nurses.