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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julia M. Fine, RN, PhD, FNP-C(Indiana State University)
Description: This book seeks to assist the LPN who is returning to school to adapt and prosper in the demanding world of the RN student and to examine the differences in LPN and RN practice. Students are involved through the projects and critical thinking exercises in each chapter. Information is summarized concisely in FYI tables throughout each chapter.
Purpose: The authors set out to gather and consolidate the content needed for a textbook to be used in bridge courses for LPN students who are entering RN programs at an advanced level. This sort of book is needed and the authors have succeeded in bringing together the required content areas.
Audience: The book is specifically targeted to LPNs and could be used for transitional courses in both associate degree and baccalaureate level RN programs. The authors' many years of experience in supporting and encouraging LPNs in the transition to the role of RN are apparent in the subjects chosen and the appropriate level of writing.
Features: Topics range from the sublime and ever-present critical thinking to intensely practical math skills and from the needed skills for the student role to the range of roles of the RN. Identifying individual strengths and building empowerment skills assist the returning adult learner to evaluate both the goal and the cost of the transitional experience. Instructors may want to supplement some sections, such as the math skills, with additional practice and methods.
Assessment: This book joins a small group of texts aimed at the LPN seeking to transition to the RN role. The authors are both experienced in teaching this audience as well as respectful of the LPN's experience as a nurse and adult learner. At the same time, the authors gently force the LPN to examine in depth and appreciate the greater complexity of RN roles and skills. Without this appreciation the transitioning LPN cannot strive for and achieve the multidimensionality of the RN role.