This compact, spiralbound handbook makes the perfect carry-along reference on how to assess for and write wellness-oriented nursing diagnoses.
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This book includes theoretical underpinnings for wellness diagnoses for people at each developmental stage and in specific contexts. Case studies are used to illustrate example diagnoses, behaviors, and interventions. The purpose is to provide a foundation for students and practicing nurses that (1) defines the concept of wellness nursing diagnoses and reviews literature on the topic, (2) describes the usefulness of wellness nursing diagnoses, and (3) presents one framework for writing such a diagnosis. The book addresses a need for an updated, integrated approach to wellness diagnoses. The author has met the stated objectives. The author states the book is intended for students and practicing nurses and it is a suitable text for such an audience. The author is a credible authority on the subject, having published a number of seminal works in this area. Case studies likely will be helpful for readers familiar with wellness diagnoses. Other illustrations offer a substantive contribution to concept development. The references include the relevant works in this area. References in some areas are limited to classic, older works. The book cover is colorful with an extended back cover that may be used to mark one's place. The appendix offers a quick reference for wellness diagnoses in each developmental level and context. The book would be a useful undergraduate text and helpful for practicing nurses. Though the wording is readily understood, the book does make a contribution to the scholarly literature in this area. Graduate students unfamiliar with wellness diagnoses may find it a handy recommended reference.