Introduction to Health Care addresses the core competencies needed by health care professionals regardless of medical specialty. Topics common to all health care professions such as communication, infection control, environmental safety, controlling health care costs and professionalism in the workplace are presented in a "job authentic" manner that emphasizes the importance of developing the thinking skills and human compassion necessary to a career in health care. Medical math, written communication, lifestyle management, customer service and tips for securing and maintaining employment are given expanded coverage within the text.
Models demonstrate how to assess situations, consider alternatives, choose appropriate alternatives and evaluate results
"Thinking It Through" encourages reader to problem solve workplace examples using chapter principles
"Suggested Learning Activities" offer users intriguing suggestions for applying course content to daily activities and environment
Application exercises and review questions require the user to integrate major concepts and confirm whether they comprehend material
Charts, diagrams and color photographs illustrate important concepts
Dakota Mitchell, RN, MSN, MBA has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, MSN, from the University of California, San Francisco and a Master in Business Administration Degree, MBA, from the University of Santa Clara. The combination of the advanced nursing and business degrees provides a framework for understanding and functioning within the rapidly evolving world of health care today. Dakota has 30+ years of experience in health care, including education, management, and curriculum consultation. Besides many years in classroom and clinical teaching, she has developed and implemented unique and innovative health care programs at both the vocational and associate degree levels. Dakota has written and/or served as content expert on numerous health care instructional projects for Cengage Delmar Learning.
Lee Haroun, MA Education, MBA, Ed.D has over 35 years experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and writer. She has worked with hundreds of health care students and has a special interest in helping them succeed and become successful professionals. Her work has included coordinating the development of curriculum for a variety of programs, including occupational therapy assistant, patient care technician, health information technician, and insurance coder. Another professional interest is helping instructors succeed and her doctoral dissertation explored the transition of health care professionals from the field to the classroom. Lee is the author of Career Development for Health Professionals (Elsevier Science); co-author of Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Survival Guide with Bonnie Napier-Tibere (F.A. Davis); co-author of Teaching Ideas and Classroom Activities for Health Care with Susan Royce (Delmar Learning); and technical writer for Essentials of Health & Wellness by James Robinson and Deborah McCormick (Delmar Learning). She also developed video content and scripts for Delmar's Career Success for Health Care Professionals DVD Series, content for health care career exploration software published by Delmar Learning, and numerous instructional materials for a variety of publishers.