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July 1972

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(1):146. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110130148024

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This book is described in the "Preface" as a "manual to allow nurses to expand their expirical knowledge...," as well as being "a guide for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) to consult as they are gaining experience...."

From the arrangement of the index, the book appears to be well organized. The chapters themselves are confusing, with references to preceding or following chapters for further discussion. In many instances the reference is a single sentence when one expects a more complete explanation. There are several statements that are repeated verbatim in more than one chapter.

Chapter three goes into detail in describing medical terminology that a nurse in undergraduate school would understand. Many misleading statements are made, and repeated; ie, "It is the job of the PNP to determine whether a murmur is functional or organic." The responsibility of the PNP is to be aware of a deviation from the norm. This

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