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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lena L Watson, Dr. RN, MBA/HCM(University of Phoenix)
Description: This book on nursing leadership updates the 2006 publication with a new approach that includes contemporary research and theory.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide theoretic foundations of nursing that work in tandem with clinical practice. The book successfully combines two key aspects of nursing leadership and management. These are worthy objectives and a vital part of professional training.
Audience: It is intended for nurse and healthcare educators, nursing students, and nurse managers. It also is appropriate for scholars interested in learning more about the theories and applications of the nursing profession. The editors are noted professors and experts in nursing and they have gathered numerous luminaries in the field to add their expertise.
Features: This book is a bargain, not only because it is packed with information, but also because it includes supplemental instructional and learning materials available from a related web site. The softcover book is colorful and reader friendly, with countless diagrams, charts, and tables. Topics and theories include case studies in long term care, acute care, and ambulatory care. Each chapter has exercises to enhance learner competencies on a variety of topics that will help with critical decision making. In addition, there are over 225 case studies. Due to the size and potential frequent use, the book would have been better as a hard cover.
Assessment: Once again, these two editors have provided an invaluable contribution to the growth and depth of nursing in the areas of theories and management. Readers will not be disappointed.