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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary L. Fisher, PhD, RN, CNAA (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: The fourth edition of this book places supervision in the context of today's changing healthcare environment. It is expanded beyond the previous edition in this respect, although the author admits that the basics of supervision are unchanged.
Purpose: The book stresses the need for supervisors to adapt to changes that will include expanding scopes of responsibility, a broader variety of duties, and redesigned work environments. New content includes the evolving roles of healthcare supervisors, reengineering, and staff reductions. The book's attempt to meet modern challenges for supervisors is well timed.
Audience: The intended audience is first and second line supervisors. It is suggested as a textbook for supervisory development classes. The book is written in simple terms and is best positioned for those new to supervision. The author is a human resource officer in a New York hospital system, so is credible in his work experiences. He has numerous previous publications and his formal education is in engineering and business.
Features: There are few illustrations offered in this book. References, for the most part, are not offered in context, but there is a sparse annotated bibliography in the back of the book. Many of these books are dated "classics." Each chapter presents clear objectives and adds two exercises for practicing skills. The exercises can be helpful in a classroom setting.
Assessment: This text is comprehensive in the number of topics related to healthcare supervision that are covered. However, some topics are addressed superficially, such as budgeting for personnel costs. The contextual emphasis is timely and a sufficient reason to justify this new edition. Overall, this text needs to be evaluated in relation to competing offerings. I would prefer more in-depth coverage of these important topics.