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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This history of American nursing from the American Colonies to the present also discusses the profession's future, information technology, research tips, and relevant resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to inspire excitement and interest about nursing history in BSN students, taking into consideration students' huge time commitment to the enormous amount of coursework in a BSN curriculum.
Audience: Although the audience is BSN nursing students, the book would be an interesting read for any nurse.
Features: The introductory first chapter acquaints readers with the "Seven Trends in Nursing:" image of nursing, nursing education, advances in practice, the effect of war on nursing, workforce issues, licensure and regulation, and nursing research. For each key era, the chapter begins with a summary of the general sociopolitical climate during that time frame and then explores how the seven trends were manifested during that era. A visual map for key events and key people is also included for each era. Chapters end with topics for further exploration, discussion questions, book lists, and suggested words for Internet searches. Additional resources are available online.
Assessment: The concise, short, and easy to read chapters are very well organized around the seven trends, thus making it easy to compare from one era to another. The visual timelines help put the information into perspective. History books can be dry, but the way this one is written makes readers just want to keep reading. Very well done.