Nursing Consultation: A Framework for Working with Communities / Edition 2

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Overview

In today's health care environment, consultation services have become increasingly integral to nursing. This engaging, reader-friendly book presents a five-phase process—a variation of the traditional nursing process—for working with individuals or groups to help them resolve actual or potential health care problems. Examines key issues in nursing today, including entrepreneurial opportunities for nurses and nurses empowering individuals/groups in problem solving and assessing wellness responsibility. Provides updated examples that focus more on today's integral, community perspective versus providing consultation primarily in organizational settings. Features key search engine terms at the beginning of each chapter. Offers real-life examples of nursing consultation. Provides application activities after each chapter. An up-to-date, pragmatically organized reference for case managers and nursing supervisors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130617989
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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Providing consultation services is an increasingly important nursing role. Indeed, nurse leaders recognize that the formal title of "nurse consultant" is not needed to provide consultation; the consultation role is, rather, an integral part of being a nurse in today's health care environment. Thus, the theory behind and principles of nursing consultation are a critical part of contemporary nursing education.

Nursing Consultation: A Framework for Working with Communities (previously published as The Nursing Consultation Process: Essential Concepts and Principles) presents nursing consultation as a five-phase process for working with individuals or groups to help them resolve actual or potential problems related to the health status of clients or to health care delivery. The content is appropriate for senior-level leadership and community health courses in baccalaureate nursing and RN to BSN programs, as well as for nurses who are pursuing graduate degrees and preparing themselves to assume advanced roles in nursing (e.g., as clinicians, educators, or managers/administrators).

While the first edition of this text promoted nursing consultation as a dimension of contemporary, everyday nursing practice in all settings, many of the examples in the text focused on nurses providing consultation in organizational settings. This may have inadvertently reinforced nursing consultation as only a career option, rather than as something nurses do on a daily basis. Since the first edition of this text was published, a community perspective in health care has become increasingly apparent—and important. This perspective presents new needs and opportunities for nurses to take on the consultant role and was the impetus behind the changes that have been incorporated into the revised edition of this text.

The revised edition of this text retains the basic structure that shaped the first edition: its organization (foundational concepts, contextual issues, the consultation process, and professional issues), its pedagogy (an integration of theory-based and application-oriented approaches), and special features (a chapter overview and guiding questions, boxed features of consultation strategies and scenarios, documentation guidelines, examples of consultation contracts, and end-of-chapter learning activities). At the same time, the revised edition is enhanced by several new features:

  • A new title reflecting the text's emphasis on providing consultation to communities
  • Three new chapters: Chapter 2-"Communities, Nurses, and Consultation"; Chapter 12-"Team Building in Nursing Consultation"; and Chapter 18"-Working with Consultants" Community-oriented examples of nursing consultation
  • Key search engine terms at the beginning of each chapter Updated references
  • A new, more reader-friendly design and layout

A frustration encountered while updating and revising this text was the paucity of new references about consultation processes in general, and about nursing consultation in particular. So, while nursing leaders advocate consultation competencies and a community perspective (with its inherent need for nurse consultants), the nursing profession has lagged behind in terms of reporting consultation strategies, success stories, and lessons learned from less-than-successful consultation engagements. This situation challenges readers of this text to share their consultation experiences so that their experiences become learning tools for colleagues and communities. As did the first edition of this text, this edition of Nursing Consultation: A Framework for Working with Communities provides nurses with both the theoretical background and practical strategies that are needed to successfully respond to the exciting and challenging opportunities for nurses to provide consultation in today's health care environment.

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Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION TO NURSING CONSULTATION.

1. The Nature of Nursing Consultation.

2. Communities, Nurses, and Consultation.

3. Overview of the Nursing Consultation Process.

4. Interaction Patterns for Nursing Consultation.

5. Nurse Consultant Roles and Skills.

II. THE CONTEXT OF NURSING CONSULTATION.

6. Understanding Communities.

7. Human Dynamics in Community Groups.

8. Change in Communities.

III. THE NURSING CONSULTATION PROCESS.

9. Gaining Entry in Community Consultation.

10. Problem Identification in Community Consultation.

11. Action Planning with Communities.

12. Team Building in Nursing Consultation.

13. Evaluating Nursing Consultation Efforts.

14. Disengagement from Consultation Relationships.

IV. PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN NURSING CONSULTATION.

15. Legal Aspects of Nursing Consultation.

16. Ethical Issues in Nursing Consultation.

17. The Business of Consulting: Marketing, Fees, and Contracts.

18. Working with Consultants.

19. The Future and Nursing Consultation.

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Preface

Providing consultation services is an increasingly important nursing role. Indeed, nurse leaders recognize that the formal title of "nurse consultant" is not needed to provide consultation; the consultation role is, rather, an integral part of being a nurse in today's health care environment. Thus, the theory behind and principles of nursing consultation are a critical part of contemporary nursing education.

Nursing Consultation: A Framework for Working with Communities (previously published as The Nursing Consultation Process: Essential Concepts and Principles) presents nursing consultation as a five-phase process for working with individuals or groups to help them resolve actual or potential problems related to the health status of clients or to health care delivery. The content is appropriate for senior-level leadership and community health courses in baccalaureate nursing and RN to BSN programs, as well as for nurses who are pursuing graduate degrees and preparing themselves to assume advanced roles in nursing (e.g., as clinicians, educators, or managers/administrators).

While the first edition of this text promoted nursing consultation as a dimension of contemporary, everyday nursing practice in all settings, many of the examples in the text focused on nurses providing consultation in organizational settings. This may have inadvertently reinforced nursing consultation as only a career option, rather than as something nurses do on a daily basis. Since the first edition of this text was published, a community perspective in health care has become increasingly apparent—and important. This perspective presents new needs and opportunities for nurses to take on the consultant role and was the impetus behind the changes that have been incorporated into the revised edition of this text.

The revised edition of this text retains the basic structure that shaped the first edition: its organization (foundational concepts, contextual issues, the consultation process, and professional issues), its pedagogy (an integration of theory-based and application-oriented approaches), and special features (a chapter overview and guiding questions, boxed features of consultation strategies and scenarios, documentation guidelines, examples of consultation contracts, and end-of-chapter learning activities). At the same time, the revised edition is enhanced by several new features:

  • A new title reflecting the text's emphasis on providing consultation to communities
  • Three new chapters: Chapter 2-"Communities, Nurses, and Consultation"; Chapter 12-"Team Building in Nursing Consultation"; and Chapter 18"-Working with Consultants" Community-oriented examples of nursing consultation
  • Key search engine terms at the beginning of each chapter Updated references
  • A new, more reader-friendly design and layout

A frustration encountered while updating and revising this text was the paucity of new references about consultation processes in general, and about nursing consultation in particular. So, while nursing leaders advocate consultation competencies and a community perspective (with its inherent need for nurse consultants), the nursing profession has lagged behind in terms of reporting consultation strategies, success stories, and lessons learned from less-than-successful consultation engagements. This situation challenges readers of this text to share their consultation experiences so that their experiences become learning tools for colleagues and communities. As did the first edition of this text, this edition of Nursing Consultation: A Framework for Working with Communities provides nurses with both the theoretical background and practical strategies that are needed to successfully respond to the exciting and challenging opportunities for nurses to provide consultation in today's health care environment.

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