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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book, part of the series on The Teaching of Nursing, describes how to develop and implement academic nurse-managed practices based on the experience of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing along with case examples from other noteworthy programs.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe a decade of academic work structured to integrate the education, research, and practice components of the mission of a school of nursing. These are very worthy objectives and the authors have achieved them well.
Audience: The book is written primarily for faculty and nursing education administrators who have an interest in the integration of education, research, and clinical practice. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book is divided into two parts. Part I addresses the mission of academic nursing practice as the melding of research, education, and clinical care and contains five edited chapters. These five chapters cover such topics as a vision and plan for academic nursing practice; a historical view of nursing practice; academic nursing practice models with related strategic issues; strategic planning for academic nursing practice from a consultant's view; and making academic nursing practice work in universities. Part II addresses resources and strategies for implementing academic practice and contains eight edited chapters. These chapters cover topics such as strategies for securing business expertise, financial support, and visibility; infrastructure to support academic nursing practice; requisite clinical information systems; integrating research and practice; establishing an evidence base in academic practice; community academic partnerships; building alliances for survival; and building a critical mass from the Penn Macy Initiative perspective. The nine tables and four figures enhance the editors' presentation of the material.
Assessment: The quality of this book is excellent. The presentation of strategic questions to consider in the areas of partnerships with health institutions, faculty practice plans, nurse-managed centers, joint appointments, clinical appointments, joint practice and collaborative practice arrangements superbly guide the reader.