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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is the third edition of a nursing issues and trends textbook.
Purpose: The primary goal of the text is to provide the most current, most relevant information available on contemporary issues and trends that will affect all areas of nursing practice in the years to come. This is a worthy goal and the author meets it admirably.
Audience: The book is written for undergraduate nursing students; however, it is written at a very high level and therefore would also meet the needs of graduate students and nursing practitioners who need an overview of issues and trends in nursing.
Features: The most notable feature of the book is the comprehensive coverage it gives to chapter topics. Each chapter places the issue or trend being discussed into historical perspective and then develops the topic from historical to contemporary. The references are current, historical, and pertinent. The table of contents is comprehensive and helpful. The book is somewhat under illustrated, but given the topics, illustrations may not be that necessary. The appearance of the book is appropriate.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent issues and trends text. It is very thorough in its treatment of each topic. My only concern is that some chapters are written at a very high level. It would definitely meet the needs of graduate students or practitioners looking for an overview of current issues and trends in nursing, but undergraduate students might require guidance through some sections. I was very impressed with this textbook and would definitely recommend purchase by graduate students, senior-level undergraduate students, practitioners, and nursing libraries.