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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book provides the foundation for a new nurse to make the transition from student to RN. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The book addresses workplace issues, role transition, and how to build a professional career. The purpose is to help the new nurse ease into the transition to the role of a beginning RN. These objectives are worthy and addressed well by the authors.
Audience: The intended audience is the graduating nurse or novice RN. The author team is well known for their expertise in professional and leadership/management issues.
Features: Each chapter starts with objectives and a content outline making it easy to go directly to an area of interest. Colored text boxes guide the reader to key concepts. The book starts with a self assessment of leadership and progresses through how to bring teams together, change, organizational thinking and power, delegation, time management, work-related stress and how to cope, work environment, values and ethics, nursing practice within a legal context, and nursing as a career. At the end of each chapter there are study questions as well a critical thinking exercise to help synthesize the chapter's material. The book is very concise and comprehensive.
Assessment: Compared to other leadership/management books, this one stands out as very practical and easy to follow. The format lends itself to easy reading and the critical thinking exercises represent really life experiences. It is an excellent example of pedagogy at work. This edition is stronger than the previous ones because it emphasizes work environments, nursing shortage, and changes in healthcare delivery as reflected in the new NCLEX blueprints.