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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This basic book can serve as a framework and resource for students and practicing nurses who work to promote health in community settings.
Purpose: This basic book can serve as a framework and resource for students and practicing nurses who work to promote health in community settings.
Audience: According to the editors, the audience for this book includes undergraduate nursing students, RN to BSN and RN to MSN students, graduate students, and practicing nurses. It also can be used in distance education and virtual learning with the Internet and other online resources. The chapters are written by many contributing authors who are experts in their content areas.
Features: This book of 21 chapters is divided into three parts: Essential Elements for Healthy Partnerships; The Process; and Practicing with Diverse Communities. All chapters have been updated and two new chapters have been added: one on globalization and one on rural health. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a summary and critical thinking questions. The Take Note boxes in each chapter highlight key chapter concepts. Reading lists are also included for added information on chapter subject matter. Ancillary resources can be found online for students and instructors.
Assessment: This is a student-friendly book, easy to read and comprehend, that provides basic content in community nursing and essentials of practice in community settings. A particular strength is the use of the nursing process and the community-as-partner model in discussions and interpretations of community issues.