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This new Fifth Edition provides a comprehensive overview for nurses of the evolving marketplace and need for development and maintenance of sound professionalism. Features include discussion of the nurse's role in public policy and client care management; clinical vignettes that incorporate real life situations into daily practice; thought-provoking questions to help stimulate critical thinking; and, learning objectives with measurable outcomes. New to this edition are chapters on professional nursing roles, technology and informatics, and working in diverse, international communities; expanded in-depth content on nursing history and organizations; Internet exercises, critical thinking questions, and new content on alternative settings for family based care.
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is an overview and synthesis of professional concepts that are basic to the development of the professional nurse.
Purpose: The purpose of the first edition of this book was to assist RNs "in baccalaureate nursing education to become re-socialized in the full professional role." However, the authors now believe "it can be a resource to all nursing education programs."
Audience: The book would be appropriate for student nurses, recent graduates, and practicing nurses.
Features: The 23 chapters are grouped into four sections covering an exploration of professional nursing, the changing healthcare context, professional nursing roles, and the future of professional nursing. There is an update on the history of healthcare insurance in the United States as well as information on the Mexican and Canadian healthcare systems. Information on nursing management and leadership has been expanded and there is a new chapter on the quality improvement process. Vignettes based on real life experiences and reflection questions are included in each chapter. Internet exercises and Internet resources listed at the end of each chapter help the nurse link content to professional practice. The majority of the chapters also contain research briefs.
Assessment: This book contains information on a multitude of professional topics, but what is really helpful and interesting are the chapter questions for reflection as well as the Internet exercises. Each chapter could stand alone and the discussion questions could be used in class or online. The Internet exercises are very timely and provide enhanced information in a fun way. The vignettes add real-world scenarios that a professional nurse encounters in practice, and helps the nurse identify ways to handle these situations. This is a valuable book to help the nurse grow in professionalism in dealing with today's changing and very complex healthcare arena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451187922
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 94,836
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Dynamics of Professional Development 1
Ch. 1 The Professional Nurse 2
Ch. 2 Contextual and Philosophic Elements of Professional Nursing 41
Ch. 3 The Health Care Delivery System 57
Ch. 4 Socialization into Professional Practice 91
Ch. 5 The Professional Self-Concept: Development and Care 111
Ch. 6 Career Development 136
II The Knowledge Bases of Professional Practice 167
Ch. 7 Patterns of Knowing and Nursing Science 168
Ch. 8 Nursing Models and Theories 181
Ch. 9 Developing and Using Nursing Knowledge Through Research 211
Ch. 10 Professional Nurse Processes 233
Ch. 11 The Health Process and Self-Care of the Nurse 262
III The Changing Health Care Context 287
Ch. 12 Environmental Health 288
Ch. 13 Informatics and Technology in Nursing Practice 312
Ch. 14 The Professional Nurse's Role in Public Policy 334
IV Professional Practice Strategies 357
Ch. 15 Nursing Approaches to Client Systems 358
Ch. 16 Professional Nurse Accountability 380
Ch. 17 Community Health Nursing: Concepts and Career Opportunities 402
Ch. 18 Diverse and International Communities 426
Ch. 19 Professional Communication to Establish Helping and Healing Relationships 451
Ch. 20 The Professional Nurse's Role in Teaching and Learning 483
Ch. 21 Professional Nursing Leadership 504
Ch. 22 Shaping the Future of Nursing 534
References 553
Index 579
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