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Overview

Current Issues in Nursing provides a forum for knowledgeable debate on the important issues that nurses face today. Through the past six editions it has provided information and viewpoints of developments that continue to impact the delivery of health care and the nursing profession. This book provides the opportunity to analyze conflicting viewpoints and to synthesize one's own thoughts on the demands being made on the nursing profession and the difficult issues affecting today's health care delivery. Comments from users and reviewers have continued to praise the book for its in-depth discussion of critical issues, solid organization of material, and encouragement of independent thinking.

• Offers comprehensive and timely coverage of the issues affecting nursing education and practice.
• Provides insights and analyses of over 100 well-known and respected nursing leaders.
• Each section is presented in a consistent format beginning with an overview chapter, followed by a debate chapter, and concluding with several viewpoint chapters to present varying views of the topics.
• Presents provocative and often controversial discussions in the viewpoint chapters to encourage the reader to think critically about the issues.

• Updated table of contents improves the flow of material.
• A new section on violence prevention and care includes nine new chapters on cutting-edge topics such as terrorist events, homeland security, nursing in wars, bioterrorism, and much more.
• Six new chapters focus on the overall quality improvement of nursing practice.
• Three new chapters examine the evolution and expansion of the nursing profession.
• Two new chapters address the definition and role of nursing in the current health care setting.
• Two new chapters take a contemporary look at HIPPAA and the current health care cost trends.
• Two new chapters explore educational trends developing in the nursing world.
• A new chapters on employment and management issues including dealing with unions, health care systems, and patient to staff ratios

Current Issues in Nursing provides a forum for knowledgeable debate on the important issues that nurses face today. Through the past six editions it has provided information and viewpoints of developments that continue to impact the delivery of health care and the nursing profession. This book provides the opportunity to analyze conflicting viewpoints and to synthesize one's own thoughts on the demands being made on the nursing profession and the difficult issues affecting today's health care delivery. Comments from users and reviewers have continued to praise the book for its in-depth discussion of critical issues, solid organization of material, and encouragement of independent thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book presents the challenges that nurses face in today's healthcare arena, using a viewpoint and debate format to get beyond a factual presentation of the material. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a forum for respectful professional debate on the issues that affect the contemporary healthcare environment. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The audience is undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and international students. While the editors suggest this has a nursing focus, the book could be used with interdisciplinary students as well.
Features: The content reflects the challenges for all advanced practice nurses, faculty-educators and researchers, and staff nurses. Topics include the old familiar ones of the definition of nursing from bedside to research, the future of nursing education, the international educational challenges, and service learning models. The book moves into new areas with emphasis on business coalitions, politics, corporatization of healthcare, healthcare costs, forensic nursing as a growing specialty, and bioterrorism. The unique way these chapters are divided into viewpoint presentations, stating one side of an issue, to debate presentations, giving both sides of an issue, is a wonderful teaching strategy.
Assessment: To date, there is no contemporary issues book that uses the viewpoint/debate format. None cover the breadth of topics that this book does. This edition fills a gap in current nursing issues texts.
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"This book presents the challenges that nurses face in today's healthcare arena. To date, there is no other contemporary issues book that uses the viewpoint/debate format. None cover the breadth of topics that this book does. This edition fills a gap in current nursing issues texts."
- Carole A. Kenner (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing), Doody Review Services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323036528
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1 Definitions of Nursing

The richness of nursing

1. What is nursing and why do we ask?

2. Staff nurses working in hospitals: Who are they, what do they do, and what challenges do they face?

3. Clinical nurse specialists: Who are they, what do they do, and what challenges do they face?

4. Nurse practitioners: Who are they, what do they do, and what challenges do they face?

5. Nurse executives: Critical thinking for rapid change

6. Nursing faculty: Opportunities and challenges

7. Nurse researchers: Who are they, what do they do, and what challenges do they face?

Section 2 Changing Education

Nursing education in transition

8. The future of nursing education: Educational models for future care

9. Educational challenges: The crisis in quality

10. International graduate nursing education: A critical examination

11. Critical thinking: What is it and how do we teach it?

12. Collaborative institutional approaches to nursing education

13. Using academic-service collaborative partnerships to expand professional nursing programs

14. Integrating nursing theory, nursing research and nursing practice

15. Standardized terminologies and integrated information systems: Data into nursing knowledge

16. Electronic information and methods for improving education realities - assumptions

17. Web-based education

Section 3 Changing Practice

A nurse is not a nurse is not a nurse

18. Moving the care: From hospital to home

19. Adult health/medical-surgical nursing practice: Recent changes and current issues

20. Alternative and complementary therapies: Recent changes and current issues

21. Ambulatory care nursing: Challenges for the 21st century

22. Gerontological nursing: Recent changes and current issues

23. Hospice and palliative care: Recent changes and current issues

24. Parish nursing: Recent changes and current Issues

25. Pediatric nursing: Recent changes and current issues

26. Perinatal nursing: Recent changes and current issues

27. Perioperative nursing: Recent changes and current issues

28. Psychiatric nursing: Recent changes and current issues

29. Forensic nursing: Role and technique

30. Disease management: Are nurses ready?

Section 4 Quality Improvement

Nursing’s role in achieving quality health care systems

31. Institute of Medicine Recommendations: Can we meet the challenges?

32. Nursing care priority area: Patient safety

33. Leadership by example: Resources for nurses in health system process improvements

34. Nursing care priority area: Prevention

35. Nursing care priority area: Chronic

36. Nursing care priority area: Frailty, palliative, end of life

Section 5 Governance

Challenges to nursing leadership in a changing nursing practice world

37. Who should provide nursing care?

38. Leadership in transition in acute-care hospitals

39. Nursing employment issues: Unions, mandatory overtime, patient staff ratios

40. Shared governance models in nursing: What is shared, who governs, and who benefits

Section 6 Health Care Systems

System reform: Opportunity or threat?

41. From a medical care system for a few to a comprehensive health care system for all

42. Business coalitions: Defining, purchasing and providing health care

43. The challenge: Participate in the era of politics – chose an ideology and lead

44. The corporatization of health care: Mergers and acquisitions

45. Nurse practitioners: Issues within a managed care environment

46. Contracting for nursing services

47. Magnet hospitals: Gold standard for nursing excellence

Section 7 Health Care Costs

A concern for costs

48. Controlling health care costs: Is there an answer?

49. Managed care, prospective payment, and reimbursement trends: Impact and implications for nursing

50. The costs of home healthcare: Changes and challenges

51. Reimbursement for alternative providers

52. Impact of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

53. Drugs are too cheap

Section 8 Role Challenges, Collaboration, & Conflict

Colleagues and conflict

54. Collaboration issues between nurses and physicians

55. Feminism and nursing: Reclaiming Nightingale’s vision

56. Entering collegial relationships: The demise of nurse as victim

57. Health professions in community-based settings: A collaborative journey

58. Some reflections on conflict resolution in nursing: The implications of negotiating at an uneven table

Section 9 Cultural Diversity

Diversity in nursing: A United States challenge

59. Why isn't nursing more diversified?

60. Minority representation in nursing: Is cultural competency in nursing achievable and when?

61. Nursing at the crossroads: Men in nursing

62. Bridging cultures: African Americans and nursing

63. Narrowing the health disparities gap: Asian and Pacific Islanders and nursing

64. Bridging cultures: Hispanic/Latinos and nursing

65. Bridging cultures: American Indians and nursing

Section 10 Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues

Ethical and legal concerns in a changing health care world

66. Ethics of health care reform: Should health care be rationed

67. The nurse as patient advocate: Is there a conflict of interest?

68. Ethical issues and resources for nurses across the continuum

69. Sexual harassment

70. Health care for poor and underserved

71. Legal, ethical, and moral considerations in caring of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

72. Advance directives: Promoting self-determination or hampering autonomy

73. Managed care and the violation of ethical principles: Research vignettes

74. Learning a practice of uncertainty: Clinical ethics and the nurse

Section 11 Violence prevention and care: Nursing’s role

Violence: Nursing’s expanding role in prevention and care

75. Child maltreatment: Developmental and health effects

76. Child neglect prevention: Nursing’s pivotal role

77. I find myself at therapy’s doorstep - Care of African American women survivors of intimate partner violence

78. Nursing care: Victims of violence-elder mistreatment

79. Nursing care: Preventive gun safety

80. Nursing care during terrorist events

81. Nursing practice in homeland security

82. Nursing in wars

83. Bioterrorism and emerging infections: Emergency preparedness for nurses

84. Nursing care: Combat - jungles to deserts

Section 12 International Nursing

Nursing: A global view

85. Nursing in Southern Africa: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

86. Nursing in Canada: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

87. Nursing in Britain: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

88. Nursing in Japan: Meeting the healthcare challenges of the 21st century

89. Nursing in Latin America: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

90. Nursing in Russia: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

91. Nursing in The Gambia: An overview of health care and nursing education and practice

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