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Care Planning: A Guide for Nurses – Second edition
Author: David Barrett
Publisher: Pearson Education
This well laid-out book is split into two sections. The first describes why care planning is necessary and introduces the reader to ASPIRE, the acronym for the cyclic process discussed throughout: Assess, Systematic nursing diagnosis, Plan, Implement, Recheck and Evaluate.
This first section describes three nursing models to show how ASPIRE can be contextualised according to different theories of nursing.
The models are well chosen to illustrate the transferability of ASPIRE, and the entire process is linked to Nursing and Midwifery Council standards.
A particular strength of this book is that a critical view of care planning is maintained throughout, without losing sight of its purpose and importance.
The second section focuses on the practical application of care planning by detailing the separate parts of the process. The examples are good and they link to the theory. Another positive is that each chapter follows a familiar format.
My only criticism is that I would have liked a concluding chapter bringing everything together. But this does not detract from a thoughtful, well-structured text.
Reviewer: Austyn Snowden
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