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Women's Primary Health Care: Protocols for Practice. 2nd edition

Winifred L Star, Lisa L Lommel, and Maureen T Shannon, editors
Review by Allison Waczek, MSN, FNP

Spring 2005 - Volume 9 Number 2

As nurse practitioners continue to expand their role in medicine, protocols for guiding practice are paramount. Each state governs and defines a nurse's scope of practice; the State of California defines this scope in the Nurse Practice Act.1 In the book Women's Primary Heath Care: Protocols for Practice, written by Winifred Star, RNP, Lisa Lommel, FNP, and Maureen Shannon, FNP, the authors set out to develop practice guidelines that are conventionally comprehensive but also include such sensitive topics as lesbian health, sexual abuse, and violence. The disease-specific protocols presented in the book emphasize women's health with the intention that they be used as guidelines for practice. The authors have accomplished this tall task masterfully.

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