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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This up-to-date, state-by-state business and legal resource for nurse practitioners provides an extensive array of information. A sampling of the topics includes developing an employment relationship, starting a practice, and providing legislative testimony.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist students and practicing nurse practitioners in growing confident and effective practices. The expectation is that nurse practitioners, armed with the appropriate tools. will more effectively advance their careers.
Audience: It is intended to help student and practicing nurse practitioners with legal and business issues related to the current healthcare environment. The author is a well known authority in the field, with over 20 years of legal experience that has focused on issues related to nurse practitioners.
Features: This valuable resource concisely and clearly addresses many common questions posed nurse practitioners will encounter. The topics build from the basic question of what is a nurse practitioner to issues such as resolving ethical dilemmas. The author provides an excellent discussion about reimbursement in the current healthcare environment. Another important topic, measuring nurse practitioner performance, is presented in a clear and straightforward manner. The book includes many sample documents that can serve as templates for readers.
Assessment: This is an essential resource for student and practicing nurse practitioners. This book provides a clear definition of a nurse practitioner and explains the legal scope of practice with specific state and federal regulations. A valuable CD includes evaluation forms and plans. The fourth edition is absolutely necessary to provide accurate and up-to-date information to nurse practitioners. The healthcare environment is constantly changing and evolving along with the legal issues.