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From The CriticsReviewer: Bonnie L. Saucier, PhD, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This book assumes nurses do not have the skills to influence, assumes they want them, and assumes the author knows what these skills are and how to teach them. The book allows readers to learn and practice these tools and helps nurses do their work better and easier.
Purpose: The purpose is not to prepare nurses to pass state boards, certifying exams, or improve clinical skills. The purpose is to prepare nurses to care for patients, teach students, and interact with superiors, subordinates, and coworkers. In turn, nurses will be able to contribute to the profession more fully. The objectives of this book are not only worthy, but the author, with her level of expertise and international reputation, addresses a topic that has long been assumed or ignored in the professional development of the nurse.
Audience: This guide for nurses in becoming influential is written for nurses, nurse educators, and graduate nurses wishing to enhance their practice. The author indicates that the book is for nursing in the teaching/practice arenas. Her credibility as an authority in this area is without question.
Features: The book is organized into three parts. Part I covers the basics of power and influence, how influence works, and how to understand and use power and image. Part II deals with specific strategies to assist in the development of influence and how to achieve goals, build networks, become a skilled negotiator, just to name a few of the topics. Part III encompasses perfected, newly acquired skills influencing nursing, managing careers, and preparing successors. Additional features include tools for development, learning activities, and current references that compliment the text. Self assessment and development exercises are found in each chapter along with tips on setting goals, negotiating, and managing careers.
Assessment: This is a one of a kind, step-by-step guide to becoming influential for nurses. It provides the highest level of quality education from an internationally known leader. This book is a much needed resource that should be enthusiastically embraced by the nursing profession.