Sonya R. Hardin, Roberta Kaplow. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett; 2005. Paperback, 237 pages. ISBN: 0-7637-2601-X.

In Synergy for Clinical Excellence, Hardin and Kaplow have developed a useful reference for nurses interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Synergy Model for Patient Care in order to use it in clinical practice. The introduction offers a historical review of how AACN developed the model as the conceptual framework for certified practice in critical care nursing. The text is organized around the basic tenets of the model—the patient and nurse characteristics—concluding with sample questions for those seeking critical care certification.

The reader will appreciate the thorough review of literature provided for each of the 8 patient characteristics. The text provides a deeper understanding of each characteristic, enhancing clarity and facilitating a more consistent application of the model. AACN’s definitions are discussed in detail and illustrated...

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