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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen Lent Becker, MS, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides an up-to-date review of the legal foundation for nurse practitioner practice at the state and federal level and describes in detail the business aspects of nurse practitioner practice.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a resource for the nurse practitioner on the legal and business aspects of practice. The author, an attorney and nurse practitioner, specializes in legal issues affecting nurse practitioners. The author discusses scope of practice issues, state and federal policy issues, contract negotiation, reimbursement, negligence and malpractice, as well as ownership issues related to practice. "
Audience: The book is written for the both students and the practicing NP. Students will find helpful the introductory chapters on scope of practice, role definition, and state and federal regulation as well as how to negotiate a contract. Practicing clinicians will be particularly interested in the chapters on privileging, malpractice, reimbursement, measures of quality, and methods to promote the profession to the public.
Features: "While providing a broad overview of the business and legal aspects of nurse practitioner practice, the author is able to present complex material related to reimbursement, contract negotiation, ownership, and quality measures in a straightforward and thoughtful manner. The chapter on promoting the profession to the public is particularly insightful. "
Assessment: "This is an important and timely book. Every new graduate should read the chapter on employment negotiation before their first interview. The clarity of author's description of complex business and legal issues related to practice is a welcome addition to the literature. "