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Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People With Dementia

T. Snow & M. Bunn. Baltimore: Health Professions Press; 2003; 190 min; DVD; $179.00; 888-337-8808;


This video training, produced by the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, offers comprehensive dementia training for professionals and caregivers. Understanding behaviors and symptoms of people with dementia and teaching state-of-the-art quality care that provides the highest quality of life is the training's focus.


A master training team of an occupational therapist and nurse practitioner introduce an effective new way of thinking about and caring for older adults with Alzheimer disease and related dementias.


Accepting the Challenge provides training on multiple levels for all learning styles. Features include review capabilities for segments within each module and testing that allows learners to demonstrate proficiency and receive continuing education credits for dementia-specific training.


Pioneers of Hospice: Changing the Face of Dying

C. Saunders, F. Wald, E. Kubler-Ross, & B. Mount. Colchester, VT: Madison-Deane Initiative; 2004; 49-minute film; $99.95; 866-293-8200;


A 49-minute film documenting the growth of hospice care during the past 4 decades, examining the legacies of modern hospice and palliative care founders, whose vision has transformed end-of-life care. Pioneers of Hospice is filled with rich narratives and anecdotes from Dame Cicely Saunders, MD, founder of St. Christopher's Hospice, England (1967); Florence Wald, MN, MS, founder of the first Hospice in the United States (1974); Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD, author of the groundbreaking On Death and Dying 1969; and Balfour Mount, MD, founder of palliative care in Canada (1974).


The filmmakers traveled to three countries to interview these remarkable pioneers. The result is a compelling film with a unique historical and socio-cultural perspective on the emergence of the modern hospice movement. To learn more about Pioneers of Hospice: Changing the Face of Dying, go to or call toll free 1-866-293-8200.



A Daybook for Nurses: Making a Difference Each Day

S. Hudack. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International; 2004; 200 pp; $15.95; 888-654-4968;


The author of the honor society's award-winning Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care now provides daily inspiration for nurses in this soft cover daybook. The book includes quotations, stories, poems and inspirational thoughts especially for nurses!!


These daily motivational vignettes provide inspiration and encouragement to nurses making a difference in the lives of the patients, families, and communities. Although not organized as a planner, there is space for daily notations and a larger note section at the back.


Relationship-Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice

M. Koloroutis, Ed. Minneapolis: Creative Health Care Management; 2004; 288 pp; $34.95; 1-800-264-2346;


Since the national Pew-Fetzer report on healthcare reform and relationship-centered care, there have been myriad efforts, activities, publications, research initiatives, newsletters, and practice incentives designed to re-establish relationships and caring as the basis for transformation of healthcare practitioners, systems, and delivery models.


According to the authors of this book, transformative change requires three things: 1) Leaders at all levels of the organization who are committed to the change; 2) Adoption by the organization of a methodology for the change it desires; and 3) Clear communication of goals-conveyed comprehensively and persuasively enough to inspire all who are actively engaged in the process.


The Aphasia Handbook: A Guide for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors and Their Families

M. Sarno & J. Peters. New York: National Aphasia Association; 2004; 178 pp; 1-800-922-4622;


The Aphasia Handbook is a unique guide designed to give people with aphasia better access to information about health issues, being in the hospital, getting the most from rehabilitation and therapy, getting support at home and in the community, finding a way through the benefits maze, support groups, rights, choices and legal concerns.


The book takes into account the comprehension difficulties that many people with aphasia experience and presents information through illustrations and captions, as well as text.


The Holistic Nursing Approach to Chronic Disease

C. C. Clark. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2004; 320 pp; $42.95; (877) 687-7476;


This book provides an overview of the holistic nursing approach, along with chapters on 20 commonly encountered chronic conditions, ranging from diabetes to sleep disorders. The interventions described for each condition include recommendations for diet, herbal supplements (if appropriate), and therapies such as acupressure, guided imagery, and stress management.


Treatment planning emphasizes minimally invasive wellness approaches. Each chapter includes a specific example of a holistic nursing assessment, a collaborative treatment plan with a list of possible interventions, and a section on evaluating the effects of treatment.


Aging in Stride: Plan Ahead, Stay Connected, Keep Moving

C. Himes, E. Oettinger, & D. Kenny. Seattle: Caresource Healthcare Communications; 2004; 368 pp; $24.95; 1-800-448-5213;


Your premier guide to healthy aging and elder care:


* 45 aging issues discussed clearly and honestly


* Strategies to help you plan ahead and make smart choices


* Forms to help you get organized and stay on track


* Access to more resources online and in your community.



Restorative Care Nursing for Older Adults: A Guide for All Care Settings

B. Resnick, Ed. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2004; 160 pp; $42.95; 1-877-687-7476.


This book is about the tools needed to implement a restorative care program in any care setting. Materials include educational material for staff, and ways in which to motivate both staff and older adults to engage in restorative care activities. The program is different from other restorative care programs in that it implements a restorative care philosophy of care, rather than a restorative care program.


The purpose of restorative care nursing is to take an active role in helping older adults maintain their highest level of function, thus preventing excess disability. This book was written to help formal and in-formal caregivers and administrators at all levels to understand the basic philosophy of restorative care and be able to develop and implement successful restorative care programs.


The Omaha System: A Key to Practice, Documentation and Information Management, 2nd Ed.

K. Martin. St. Louis: Elsevier; 2005; 496 pp; $49.95; 1-800-545-2522;


The Omaha System is a comprehensive, research-based classification system designed for use in diverse community, case management, long-term care, and educational settings to enhance healthcare practice, documentation, and information management.


Consisting of three interrelated components-the Problem Classification Scheme, the Intervention Scheme, and the Problem Rating Scale for Outcomes-it provides a structure to document client needs and strengths, describe practitioner interventions, and measure client outcomes.


The 2nd edition of this practical resource describes how to use the revised version of the Omaha System in practice, education, and research, including the latest modifications to terms, definitions, and codes. It replaces two previous Omaha System publications.