Nursing Issues in the 21st Century: Perspectives from the Literature / Edition 1

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With a varied collection of readings focusing on contemporary issues i n professional nursing, this first edition introduces students to the many perspectives affecting nurses and society. This text incorporates both nursing and non-nursing literature, covering such issues as educ ation and role transition, governance, and cost containment. Articles are organized from simple to complex, making it easy for faculty to as sign readings to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. The a uthor provides an introduction for each section of articles, framing t hem in historical, political, and sociocultural settings.

With a varied collection of readings focusing on contemporary issues in professional nursing, this new book introduces students to the many perspectives affecting nurses and society. This text incorporates both nursing and non-nursing literature, covering such issues as education and role transition, governance, and cost containment. Articles are organized from simple to complex, making it easy for faculty to assign readings to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. The author provides an introduction for each section of articles, framing them in historical, political, and sociocultural settings.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781730174
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. The Risk of Not Understanding Nursing History 3
  2. A Caring Dilemma: Womanhood and Nursing in Historical Perspective 10
  3. Florence Nightingale: Reformer, Reactionary, Researcher 26
  4. The Fateful Decade, 1890-1900 39
  5. Nursing and the Great Depression 42
  6. The Lasting Impact of World War II on Nursing 47
  7. The Public Image of the Nurse 55
  8. The Missing Voices in Coverage of Health 74
  9. Nurse, Interrupted 79
  10. Nursing Schools Perplexed by Falling Enrollments 89
  11. The Struggle for Just Compensation 94
  12. Trouble in Nurse Labor Market? Recent Trends and Future Outlook 106
  13. Black Nurses in the United States: 1879-1992 122
  14. Diversity in Nursing: A Challenge for the Profession 128
  15. Promoting Cultural and Racial Diversity in Nursing: The Need for Political Activism 135
  16. Alternative Medicine: Values and Risks 145
  17. Alternative and Complementary Healing: Implications for Nursing 150
  18. What We May Expect From the Law 171
  19. Why We Need a Patients' Bill of Rights 175
  20. The Wrong Rights 182
  21. Seeking Confidentiality of Medical Records 185
  22. The Real Meaning of Patient-Nurse Confidentiality 190
  23. Medical Records: Enhancing Privacy, Preserving the Common Good 201
  24. Manners, Morals, and Nurses: An Historical Overview of Nursing Ethics 223
  25. Genetic Engineering: Is it Morally Acceptable? 229
  26. Fountain of Youth 235
  27. A World of Immortal Men 237
  28. Redrawing the Ethics Map 239
  29. Health Care Rationing in the Aged 243
  30. "Making the Best of Things": Technology in American Nursing, 1870-1940 262
  31. Looking to Care or Caring to Look? Technology and the Rise of Spectacular Nursing 279
  32. Healthcare: Technology in the New Millennium 291
  33. How Will the Internet Change our Health System? 295
  34. The Old Homeless and the New Homelessness in Historical Perspective 311
  35. Helping People off the Streets: Real Solutions to Urban Homelessness 322
  36. Not Gone, but Forgotten? 327
  37. Faces of the Uninsured 330
  38. Myths of the Uninsured 337
  39. Infection with HIV in the Elderly Population 340
  40. U.S. Faces TB Threat 350
  41. The Meaning of Aging and the Future of Social Security 359
  42. The Age Wave 366
  43. Ethical and Policy Considerations for Centenarians: The Oldest Old 371
  44. The Gunfire Dialogues 386
  45. The Movies Made Me Do It 391
  46. Media Insensitivity to Victims of Violence 395
  47. The Least Among Us: Children of Substance-Abusing Parents 402
  48. Hidden Bruises 406
  49. Elder Abuse and Neglect 409
  50. Managed Care Evolution: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going? 423
  51. Managed Care: Devils, Angels, and the Truth in Between 432
  52. What's Behind the Public's Backlash? 441
  53. Managed Care at a Crossroads 445
  54. Healing Medicare 459
  55. What Price Coverage Reform? 469
  56. Problems with the Medicare Drug Benefit Plan.And What Can Be Done 474
  57. Free Health Care Does Not Exist 480
  58. Nursing's Past, Present and Future Political Experiences 486
  59. Washington: Will Congress Stop Playing Politics With Health Care? 495
  60. They're Here, They're Gray 502
  61. A Backward Glimpse 511
  62. Looking Ahead with the Nursing Profession 514
  63. Nursing in the Decade Ahead 519
  64. The Future of the Nursing Profession 525
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