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From The CriticsReviewer: Joan C. Murphy, EdD, MS, NP (Utica College of Syracuse University)
Description: The editors provide this fifth edition of a text that has become a classic resource in community and public health nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidance to those entering the field of community health nursing from a variety of experts. With this text the editors also entice informed practitioners to help shape the future of community healthcare through political involvement. This resource serves as a foundation for designing community and public health nursing.
Audience: The content is written specifically for community health nursing students and community health nurses in practice. It would be valuable for libraries as a resource for community oriented and public health providers.
Features: The text includes 46 chapters divided into seven sections. Chapters begin with an outline, objectives, and key terms. In addition, features include Did You Know?, What Do You Think?, How To, Nursing Tips, Research Briefs, Canadian Perspectives, and Critical Thinking Activities. Full color has been added throughout the text. There are eleven diverse appendixes, an extensive glossary, and an index, all of which are a help to the learner.
Assessment: Several new aspects are added to this edition including chapters on Parish and Block Nursing and Public Health Nursing in the Local Health Department. New content and features are added throughout such as information on forensic nursing. The text reflects advances in technology via the CD-ROM and new web links. This is a valuable resource to continue shaping community health nursing.