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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rita A. Emerick, MSN, RN (St. Vincent's Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This nursing staff development book provides a sound foundation of philosophical and theoretical concepts for making practical, everyday choices. A wide range of alternatives are discussed to enable the reader to make appropriate choices for the individual work environment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical guide to help staff development educators excel in their job.
Audience: Targeted for staff development educators, this resource will provide a practical guide for a wide range of educators. It is a resource for educators preparing for certification and for graduate nurse programs focusing on staff development.
Features: The title adequately reflects the content. This second edition is divided into four sections: foundation, management, process, and professional issues. Key points made throughout the book are emphasized in bulleted information boxes and charts.
Assessment: This staff development reference is an excellent resource for educators. The material ranges from a historical overview to current standards of practice and issues. In addition, the reference cites many resources and trends to guide future positioning of staff development educators. Decision-making criteria is referenced related to education administrative software, computer-assisted learning, educator competencies, organization placement of the educator department, and others. The resource is appropriate for individual, facility, or library purchase.