Carpenito’s “Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis” is the ideal
quick reference for Nursing Diagnosis information. This handbook offers practical
guidance on nursing diagnoses and associated care. Compared to Carpenito’s
textbook, the handbook is a quick-reference type scope of content, easy for
students to use while in clinical, in the classroom or simulation lab. From
goals to specific interventions, Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis focuses on nursing.
It provides a condensed, organized outline of clinical nursing practice designed
to communicate creative clinical nursing. It is not meant to replace nursing
textbooks, but rather to provide nurses who work in a variety of settings with
the information they need without requiring a time-consuming review of the literature.
It will assist students in transferring their theoretical knowledge to clinical
practice. This title is intended for nursing students to use through their curriculum.
The 15th edition is organized in three sections. Section 1 provides an alphabetical reference to nursing diagnoses, including NANDA-I definition and Section 2 focuses organizes all the health promotion/wellness nursing diagnoses for individuals. Under each diagnosis, Author’s Notes will elaborate on the clinical usefulness of the diagnosis. Additional foundational knowledge is included in each diagnosis:
- NANDA-I definition
- Defining characteristics (physiologic, emotional and cognitive)
- Related factors including pathophysiologic, treatment related, and situational (personal and environmental)
- Maturational: infant/child, adolescent, adult and older adult
- Errors in Diagnostic Statements
- Key Concepts & General Considerations
- Special Population Consideration (Pediatric, Maternal, Geriatric, and Transcultural)
- Focused Assessment Criteria
- Goals (NIC/NOC) with Rationale
- Interventions for Special Population
Lastly, section 3 covers Diagnostic Clusters, which presents medical conditions
with associated collaborative problems and nursing diagnoses, designed for easy
reference in the clinical setting.
The handbook differs from the main textbook because it doesn’t go into the foundation for understanding nursing diagnoses, including care planning and concept mapping. The handbook only covers the NANDA-I diagnoses and collaborative problems.
- Nursing Diagnoses including the newest diagnoses approved by NANDA International 2015-2017. New edition will include 25 new diagnoses.
- Author Notes: Expert Nursing interpretation/opinion of the diagnosis.
- Carp’s Cues: Are comments that represent “by the way did you know that”. Sometimes the represented information is from literature or research findings. Sometimes they represent information from Carpenito’s experience of practicing nursing for thirty years.
- Collaborative Problems: Certain physiologic complications that nurses monitor to detect onset or changes in status. These 55 specific collaborative problems (grouped under nine generic collaborative problem categories) have been selected because of their high incidence or morbidity.
- NIC and NOC: Nursing Outcome Classification (NOC) and Nursing Intervention Classification (NIC)
- Population-Specific Interventions address nursing care for pediatric, maternal, geriatric, and transcultural groups.
Key Revisions and Updates:
- Update: Include 2014-2016 Nursing Diagnoses in addition to currency updates. This includes 25 new NANDA –I nursing diagnosis.
- New! Template to create care plans on thePoint.
- Rationales included with Diagnoses
Lynda Juall Carpenito RN, MSN, CRNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
ChesPenn Health Services
Mullica Hill, NJ