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Release: Nov. 24, 1999

Researchers publish new edition of award-winning textbook

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa nursing researchers have announced the release of the newest edition of their award-winning textbook, "Nursing Interventions: Effective Nursing Treatments." Gloria Bulechek, Ph.D., and Joanne McCloskey Dochterman, Ph.D., edited the book. Both are registered nurses and professors in the UI College of Nursing.

Bulechek observed that "Nursing Interventions" is among the first textbooks to incorporate standard nursing terms developed by UI researchers and their colleagues through the UI's Center for Nursing Classification.

"Standard languages provide consistent descriptions for the work nurses do and the patient outcomes that result from it," Bulechek said. "While this book focuses on nursing interventions, or treatments, it also provides appropriate references to diagnosis-and-outcomes-related terms."

More than 70 authors contributed to the book's five sections, which feature 43 interventions drawn from the Nursing Interventions Classification. Tables in the book list the name, definition, and activities associated with each intervention, and the authors identify related diagnoses and outcomes.

"It's important to note that the chapter authors review and critique the research literature related to each intervention, and then discuss uses of the intervention," McCloskey Dochterman said.

UI College of Nursing faculty who contributed chapters to the book include Mary Lober Aquilino, Ph.D., on health education; Kathleen C. Buckwalter, Ph.D., on music therapy and dementia management; Gloria Bulechek, Ph.D., and Joanne McCloskey Dochterman, Ph.D., on nursing diagnoses, interventions and outcomes in effectiveness research; Perle Slavik Cowen, Ph.D., on child abuse protection; Rita Frantz, Ph.D., on pressure ulcer care; Keela A. Herr, Ph.D., and Paula R. Mobily, Ph.D., on pain management; Meridean Maas, Ph.D., and Janet P. Specht, Ph.D., on urinary catheterization; Sue Moorhead, Ph.D., and Kay Weiler on patient rights protection; Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., on culture brokerage; and Janet K. Williams, Ph.D., on genetic counseling.

UI doctoral students in nursing also contributed: Sue Gardner on pressure ulcer care; Mary Kanak on mood management; and Debra L. Schutte on genetic counseling.

Other UI nursing researchers contributing to the book include Michele Alpen on airway management; Jeanette Marie Daly on facilitating visitation; Vicki L. Kraus on hypoglycemia

management; Margaret R. Simons on patient contracting; and Victoria M. Steelman on latex precautions.

"Nursing Interventions: Effective Nursing Treatments" is published by W.B. Saunders and Company.