Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends & Management / Edition 4

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Popular for its comprehensive but concise overview of the issues facing nurses today, this text is designed to help you prepare for the dynamic world of modern health care. This edition is fully revised and updated, giving you the most practical, balanced preparation for the issues, trends, and management topics you'll encounter in practice.

• Chapter features identify the most important concepts in each chapter and help you study more efficiently.
• Website references in every chapter direct you to online resources for additional learning.
• Critical Thinking Questions challenge your understanding and help you perfect your analytical skills.

• A NEW chapter on Budgeting Basics for Nurses prepares you for participation in the budgeting process, an increasingly common responsibility for nurses in the clinical setting.
• An expanded Workplace Advocacy chapter familiarizes you with the benefits and challenges of collective bargaining.
• New content helps you clearly identify compassion fatigue and presents strategies for prevention.
• Expanded coverage of nursing educational programs identifies new opportunities available to you for career growth and development.
• An updated chapter on the NCLEX-RN® examination incorporates the 2007 NCLEX test plans to help you master the exam and become licensed.
• Increased emphasis on the uninsured population highlights changes to the U.S. healthcare delivery system affecting your responsibilities in professional nursing.
• Revised chapter organization makes content easier to grasp.
• Expanded Evolve resources reinforce what you've learned with Student Learning Worksheets, answers to Critical Thinking Activities, Appendices, and links to additional sources.

Free access to the MERLIN website is included with the text.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a comprehensive overview of the main issues and trends in nursing.
Purpose: This is a resource for students and nurses to help them understand complex nursing issues and implement strategies to enhance healthcare at the primary care level up to the national legislative arena.
Audience: The audience includes undergraduate nursing students and RNs who desire to learn about the important issues facing nursing today.
Features: Four units cover the development of nursing, current issues in healthcare, leadership and management, and career management. One new chapter focuses on cost containment and budgeting in healthcare organizations. Additional new information includes discussions on the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and the clinical nurse leader (CNL), the nursing shortage, and biological mass casualty events. Each chapter includes real-life vignettes and questions to consider, integrated learning outcomes, and a list of Web sites. Numerous student and instructor resources are also available, including PowerPoint presentations and a completely revised test bank.
Assessment: This is a very user-friendly book with a wealth of information on the history of nursing and the contemporary issues facing nursing. It is an excellent book for an issues course and could be used in traditional or online settings as well as a resource for nursing in-services. The extensive online resources and Web sites allow for various teaching/learning formats. The authors also inject some humor with cartoons throughout the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323052177
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Table of Contents

Unit I: Development of Nursing

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Professional Nursing

Chapter 2: The Contemporary Image of Professional Nursing

Chapter 3: The Influence of Contemporary Trends and Issues on Nursing Education

Chapter 4: Nursing Licensure and Certification

Chapter 5: Theories of Nursing Practice

Chapter 6: Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

Unit II: Current Issues

Chapter 7: Paying for Health Care Services in America: Rising Costs and Challenges

Chapter 8: Legal Issues in Nursing and Health Care

Chapter 9: Ethical and Bioethical Issues in Nursing and Health Care

Chapter 10: Cultural Competency and Social Issues in Nursing and Health Care

Chapter 11: Complementary and Alternative Healing

Chapter 12: Workforce Advocacy and the Nursing Shortage

Chapter 13: Information Technology in the Clinical Setting

Chapter 14: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Today’s World

Unit III: Leadership and Management

Chapter 15: Nursing Leadership and Management

Chapter 16: Budgeting Basics for Nurses

Chapter 17: Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution

Chapter 18: Effective Delegation and Supervision

Chapter 19: Staffing and Nursing Care Delivery Models

Chapter 20: Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Chapter 21: Health Policy and Politics: Getting Involved!

Unit IV: Career Management

Chapter 22: Making the Transition from Student to Professional Nurse

Chapter 23: Managing Time: The Path to High Self-Performance

Chapter 24: Contemporary Nursing Roles and Career Opportunities

Chapter 25: Job Search: Finding Your Match

Chapter 26: NCLEX-RN Examination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    Good Book

    Very thorough in detailing Nursing Issues since Nursing become a Profession. Good Resource for all levels of Nursing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Contemporary Nursing Issues and Trends

    Overall this is a very good book however, it is very similar to the Nursing Research book I used last semester.

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    Posted February 5, 2010

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