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From The CriticsReviewer: Betsy Frank, RN, PhD, ANEF (Indiana State University School of Nursing)
Description: 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."
Purpose: 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.
Audience: 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.
Features: 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 a semi-annual newsletter.
Assessment: This updated text will be quite useful in transitions/issues and trends courses for pre-licensure students.