This book gives definition and direction to the development and use of individualized nursing care. The current state of the theory of Nursing Process, Diagnosis, and Intervention has been brought to the clinical setting to be implemented by the nurse. The practicing nurse, as well as the nursing student, will welcome this text as a ready reference in clinical practice. It will serve as a catalyst for thought in planning and evaluating the care being rendered. One of the marked differences in this book is the rationale, which not only states why an intervention is important but also gives a brief related pathophysiology, when applicable, to enhance the reader's understanding of the intervention.