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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This nursing issues book is composed of articles that offer perspectives from both the professional and popular literature about impending nursing and healthcare issues. The authors discuss ethical, political, legal, economic and social issues facing our healthcare system in the 21st century.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editor, is to expose baccalaureate nursing students to provocative points of view on issues relevant to professional nursing and healthcare. She believes that it is from exposure to these issues that students stretch their critical thinking skills as they examine diverse and complex healthcare issues facing nursing today.
Audience: Although the book is directed at baccalaureate nursing students, graduate nursing students could also be an audience. Given the topics, their treatment, and the engaging writing style of the authors, practicing nurses would also be interested in this book. The authors are credible authorities about nursing and healthcare issues.
Features: The book is divided into five sections including information about nurses and their professional heritage, issues of access and boundaries, issues of vulnerability and safety, issues of healthcare reform, and envisioning the future. Each section is composed of classic articles written by both professionals (nurses and physicians) and by popular press authors. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, further readings and Web site resources. The editor has made exceptional choices of articles pertinent to each topic. The legal and ethical section is particularly applicable to nursing in the current healthcare environment.
Assessment: Nursing issues books all select different healthcare and nursing dilemmas to highlight. The best of these, and there are many that are very well done, are based upon the vision of the editor of the issues facing contemporary nursing and healthcare. This book deserves to be considered one of the best because it is exceptionally well done. The editor made excellent choices of issues and exemplar articles and developed these choices logically. The articles are supported with both print and online resources. Nursing students, both undergraduate and graduate, and practicing nurses will be engaged in a truly essential dialogue about critical nursing and healthcare issues.