Maternity & Peds Care Plan Books- recommendations?

  1. I'm looking for a good care plan book for maternity and another for pediatrics. Any suggestions for a book that anyone found very helpful (content and organization)? I was looking towards Delmar's books for both but am not sure. They were 300+ pages I believe. There was another having 500-600 pages so I'm thinking it contains more info or care plans. Please help. Classes start in a week and I want to be prepared. Thanks.
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  3. by   Daytonite
    mslema. . .when i am responding to care plan questions i use maternal/newborn plans of care: guidelines for individualize care, 3rd edition, by marilynn e. doenges and mary frances moorhouse as a guide. it also includes care plans for newborns. i also use the clinical companion for foundations of maternal-newborn nursing, 4th edition, by sharon smith murray and emily slone mckinney. this second book is only about $25 and it is jammed with information.

    please remember that when you are writing care plans that you are primarily working with assessment data. that never changes. so, while you may have a postpartum patient who has an episiotomy infection, you are still going to be using some very familiar nursing diagnoses that you've used in the past. the difference will be in some of the nursing interventions employed.

    here are some websites as well that you might want to use when you go through your ob rotation: and includes links to the complete online textbook, laboratory tests commonly ordered in ob/gyn, medications commonly used in ob/gyn, ultrasound and x-ray used in ob/gyn, a large number of useful clinical forms you can download and print, and access to procedure videos that include a vaginal delivery, episiotomy, circumcision, pelvic exam, pap smear and much more. - the main page. lots of ob information here. this site was set up primarily for nursing students. - list of links of lectures, forms and tutorials on a variety of ob subjects from new york medical college. there is a slide show presentation of normal and abnormal labor for the medical students that you can link into on this web site here - online student companion website for maternal-newborn & child nursing by marcia l. london, patricia a. ladewig, jane w. ball, and ruth l. bindler. on the top menu bar of this home page is a drop down arrow where you pick a chapter of interest. once into these chapters you will find an audio glossary of obstetrical terms (you can access it here,00.html ), a summary of information in each chapter of the book, nclex review questions pertinent to the information from each chapter, case study and care map activities (i did not check to see if you get any feedback as to whether or not your answers to these exercises are correct) and nursing tools that include: abbreviations used in maternity and pediatric nursing, a food guide pyramid, rdas for females during pregnancy, recommended dietary allowances, family assessment, guidelines for working with deaf clients, growth charts (10 pediatric growth charts from birth to age 20), west normogram, maternal-newborn lab values including cord blood, pediatric lab values, clinical estimation of gestational age, actions and effects of selected drugs, maternity critical pathways (for diabetes, epidural anesthesia, hemorrhage in the 3rd trimester, puerperal infection, newborn of a substance abusing mother and newborn with respiratory distress), and a whole slue of pediatric care plans (they only include goals, interventions, rationales, and expected outcomes--no nursing diagnoses). almost all are in pdf files so you need an acrobat reader to download and see these files. each chapter also provides internet links to more online information.
  4. by   bsugar888
    Thanks I will start Ob and peds in august 2008