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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen Huss, DNSc, RN, CANP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This new advanced practice nursing book describes information about the background and trends related to advanced practice nursing, new models of care, cultural competence and cultural diversity, issues such as health care economics and reimbursement, licensure, credentialing, and certification, and 10 models in which advanced practice nurses provide care to a variety of patients and families.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive resource that addresses the evolution, roles, issues, and clinical applications of advanced practice nursing.
Audience: Targeted for nursing students and new graduates assuming the challenges as an advanced practice nurse.
Features: This is a paperback, easily read, with an attractive cover. The section on the role of the advanced practice nurse as a case manager and decision maker are strong features. The illustrations consist of only figures and tables, and a selected bibliography is given in just some of the chapters.
Assessment: Nurses who have been in practice have acquired knowledge about the blended roles of the nurse practitioner and clinical specialist. For nurses who have recently been trained or who have less knowledge about the issues surrounding the evolution of this role, this text will serve to update practitioners as to how the issues emerged! This book offers a concise overview of the scope of advanced practice nursing, and presents models of innovative practice of nurses who provide care for underserved, vulnerable patient populations in a variety of settings. First comes trends related to advanced practice nursing. This is followed by a section that focuses on the changing environment of healthcare delivery and new models of care. In addition, issues such as ethical-legal dimensions of care and reimbursement are addressed. This book is worth the attention of nurses who wish to assume the role of an advanced practice nurse.