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Overview

Reflecting rapid changes in the field, the fully updated fourth edition of this successful text focuses on the information students need to make a successful transition from the classroom to practice. It provides a solid understanding of the problems and opportunities professional nurses face, and it details the practical skills essential for success.
New to this Edition:
  • A new chapter on Nursing Informatics focuses on the importance of utilizing and integrating computers and technology in health care.
  • New Faculty and Learning Resources provide web-based, interactive tools that include teaching tips, lecture outlines and illustration PowerPoint slides, test questions in the latest NCLEX format, suggestions for students, activities, and content updates with teaching suggestions.
Key Features:
  • New and expanded coverage is included on nursing management, the delegation of nursing care, community-based care, and alternative/complementary health care.
  • Specific career management tools — covering communication in the workplace, time management, resume writing and interviewing tips, basics of budgeting, and a full chapter on the NCLEX-RN exam — give readers the practical advice they need to succeed.
  • Lively cartoons, student objectives and exercises, boxed information, and thought-provoking questions keep readers alert and focused on essential information.
  • A solid chapter on delegation by well-known experts provides an in-depth practical introduction to this core component of every nurse’s practice.
  • A chapter on conflict resolution and management presents practical content focusing on strategies for “win-win” solutions to conflict.community-based care, and alternative/complementary health care.
  • Specific career management tools — covering communication in the workplace, time management, resume writing and interviewing tips, basics of budgeting, and a full chapter on the NCLEX-RN exam — give readers the practical advice they need to succeed.
  • Lively cartoons, student objectives and exercises, boxed information, and thought-provoking questions keep readers alert and focused on essential information.
  • A solid chapter on delegation by well-known experts provides an in-depth practical introduction to this core component of every nurse’s practice.
  • A chapter on conflict resolution and management presents practical content focusing on strategies for “win-win” solutions to conflict.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book covers current issues and trends facing nursing and healthcare and provides practical advice and tips for success as students transition to the role of the RN.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide graduating nurses with the knowledge and skills to successfully transition from the student nurse role to the RN role in both hospital and community settings.
Audience: The audience includes student nurses who are in their final semester before graduation. It can be used in transition courses or by individuals as they prepare for the role change from student to RN.
Features: The 26 chapters divided into six units covering professional growth and transition, career development, the developing profession of nursing, nursing management, current issues in healthcare, and contemporary nursing practice. Each chapter begins with student objectives and a quote that highlights the content of the chapter. Chapters also contain critical thinking boxes, creative cartoons, and thought-provoking questions. This edition has expanded material on nursing management and a new chapter on emergency preparedness. Included for faculty are a web-based instructor's manual, a test bank, and other instructional aids through Evolve.
Assessment: This is a very practical, easy to read book that has direct application to a student's transition to the role of the RN. It is enhanced by the expertise of the many contributors to the various chapters, all experts in their fields. I would suggest this is a must-read for all graduating senior nursing students.
Betsy Frank
This book is the third edition of a popular issues and trends text. The editors have revised and updated the chapters and added several new chapters -- ""Health in the Community: Nursing's Role"" and ""Alternative and Complementary Health Care."" In response to the demand for more management content, the editors include a chapter entitled ""Group Process and Team Building."" The editors state that the purpose is to help the student who is about to graduate become aware of the transition process involved in coping with the realities of a rapidly changing practice environment. The text is for use in the typical transition course offered in the senior or final year of a pre-licensure registered nurse program. Certainly such a text is needed to help students prepare for their entrance into the practice arena. The primary audience is students in Associate Degree, Diploma, or Baccalaureate programs who are in the final phases of their educational careers. The editors provide an overview of many topics, and this book could also be used as a reference for the new graduate who is faced with a multiplicity of transition issues. However, an in-depth study of any one issue would require further reading in other sources such as journal articles or other texts. The conversational writing style makes this book exceptionally easy to read. Important points are highlighted and thoughtful questions and exercises are included. Cartoons add a humorous approach to illustrating the content. The Internet references provide on-line sites for further exploration of issues, and the web site, when activated, will provide faculty with frequent updates of content. Currently, faculty receive updates via asemi-annual newsletter. This updated text will be quite useful in transitions/issues and trends courses for pre-licensure students.
From the Publisher
“This updated and attractive text addresses a wide range of subjects…the material is well-referenced and up to date, contributors have clear writing styles and the text is supported by online materials.”
Nursing Standard, March 11 :: vol 23 no 27 :: 2009

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416056720
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Executive Director, Nursing Education Consultants, Ingram, TX

Executive Director, Nursing Education Consultants, Ingram, TX; Nursing Faculty - Online Campus, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

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Table of Contents

1 Reality shock 3
2 Self-care strategies 25
3 Employment considerations : opportunities, resumes, and interviewing 43
4 Mentoring and preceptorship 79
5 NCLEK-RN and the new graduate 91
6 Historical perspectives : influences of the past 121
7 Nursing education 141
8 Nursing theory 159
9 Image of nursing : influences of the present 179
10 Challenges of nursing management 207
11 Effective communication and team building 229
12 Conflict management 271
13 Time management 289
14 Delegation in the clinical setting 311
15 The health care organization and patterns of nursing care delivery 333
16 Economics of the health care delivery system 359
17 Political action in nursing 377
18 Collective bargaining : traditional and non-traditional approaches 401
19 Ethical issues 425
20 Legal issues 455
21 Cultural and spiritual awareness 505
22 Quality patient care 521
23 Nursing informatics 551
24 Using nursing research in practice 573
25 Workplace issues 584
App. A Boards of nursing 601
App. B National nursing organizations 609
App. C American Nurses Association constituent member associations 617
App. D Canadian nursing organizations 627
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