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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This useful resource for nurse managers covers a variety of leadership topics, including communication, stress management, motivation, and conflict resolution.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist nurse managers develop the skills necessary to become strong leaders. The book meets its objectives, presenting leadership theory in a concise, clear manner with examples and exercises to enhance learning, synthesis, and application of theory.
Audience: Nurse managers at all stages and levels of management are the intended audience. It may be particularly helpful for middle managers as it provides many examples of theoretical principles that confront nurse leaders every day and will build on current knowledge and experiences.
Features: The book is well laid out, designed with textboxes, charts, illustrations, and graphs to increase readability. Learning objectives are clearly identified in each of the chapters, which conclude with concise summaries. Quotes are used appropriately to highlight salient points. Terms and concepts are clearly defined and highlighted in textboxes to promote understanding and visibility. Many current research examples are incorporated to provide a research perspective and enhance evidence-based practice, which is a major strength of this book. Many case studies and critical thinking activities enhance learning and application of theory. Online resources are also available, including additional activities and worksheets.
Assessment: This well written book compares favorably with other nursing leadership textbooks. This eighth edition incorporates new theory on cultural diversity in the workplace, intergenerational issues, and concerns about nursing shortages, all of which are becoming key issues in nursing leadership. This is a worthwhile book targeting middle managers.