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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bonnie L. Saucier, PhD, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a book on issues and trends in nursing. The focus is on the changes in nursing and healthcare that have occurred since the first edition was published in 1980.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the student with the realities of the healthcare delivery system and nursing. This text has also changed throughout the metamorphosis of healthcare.
Audience: The target audience is nursing students, but faculty of nursing schools and practicing nurses can also benefit from this book.
Features: The book is arranged into four major units of study. In the first three chapters the authors cover the healthcare delivery system, finance, and politics. In the next three they focus on nursing as a profession, nursing origins, and career preparation. In four chapters they cover legal and ethical accountability as well as credentialing and legal issues facing today's nurse. In the last two chapters they focus on the current state of work in healthcare. Objectives, key terms, and key concepts complement each chapter. Cartoons continue as a hallmark of the text. New features include Web site information and critical thinking activities.
Assessment: This book is useful to all students, faculty, and practicing nurses. In the seventh edition, the authors continue to expand and enhance the delivery of challenging issues and trends for nurses. The new features, Web site information, and critical thinking activities are welcome additions.