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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a wonderful, in-depth overview of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and its emerging role. It is a well-organized book that focuses on improving understanding of the education, practice, and policy issues related to the DNP role.
Purpose: The purpose is to encourage nursing leaders to engage in leadership roles, specifically as change agents for today's healthcare. The goal of this resource is to enhance the leadership skills of DNP graduates and students. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, DNPs are clearly positioned to be leaders in this evolving arena.
Audience: The authors specifically target current DNPs as well as DNP students. Advanced practice nurses engaging in DNP education also will find this book useful. The editors bring together a variety of highly experienced authors to share their expertise.
Features: The major focus of this book is on the educational requirements of the DNP degree, specifically in the areas of leadership, healthcare policy, and information technology. The first of the book's three main parts provides a clear history of nursing and the evolution of the profession. The second part addresses the process of clinical scholarship and provides guidance with the capstone experience. The third part discusses the DNP degree and the current role and emerging role of the DNP.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for both students and current DNPs. The primary areas it addresses — leadership, healthcare policy, and information technology — are essential for the advanced practice nurse to function as a change agent in today's healthcare environment. The book challenges DNPs to engage in clinical practice to the full scope of their capabilities.