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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lena L Watson, Dr. RN, MBA/HCM(University of Phoenix)
Description: This excellent resource contains clear, concise definitions and entries related to the nursing profession. As a first edition, it is a pioneer reference and learning tool.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide pertinent information to current and future healthcare managers and leaders.
Audience: This dynamic publication is orchestrated by an "A list" of clinical and academic luminaries. It is best suited for current and future healthcare leaders. More specifically, it is a suitable supplemental resource for students and educators at all levels of nursing.
Features: The book contains 150+ alphabetized healthcare entries on contemporaries, agencies, theories/principles, noted scholars, and a variety of topics pertinent to nursing leadership and management. The format focuses on nine themes. Five themes center around key theories of management and leadership and the remaining four themes center around the philosophical shift in the healthcare mindset towards greater service to the public it serves. There are no charts, graphs or colorful art. However, at the end of some entries, web sites are listed as references for further research.
Assessment: This is an at your fingertips quick reference book for busy healthcare nurse managers and leaders. The writing style is concise and reader-friendly. Since healthcare is a dynamic industry, future editions could easily provide updated information as healthcare shifts and evolves in scope and practice.