Nursing Today: Transition and Trends / Edition 8

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Popular with nursing students for its humorous cartoons and easy-to-read style, Nursing Today: Transition and Trends, 8th Edition helps you make a successful transition from student to practicing nurse. It covers the profession’s leading issues and opportunities, ensuring that you graduate not only with patient care skills, but also with career development skills such as resume writing, finding a job, and effective interviewing. Study questions and test-taking tips prepare you for the NCLEX-RN® exam, and discussions of communication and management prepare you to succeed in the workplace. Well-known educators JoAnn Zerwekh and Ashley Zerwekh Garneau provide the latest information on nursing issues and trends including health care reform, patient safety, and patterns of nursing care delivery.

  • An emphasis on making the transition into the workplace is included in chapters such as NCLEX-RN® and the New Graduate, Employment Considerations: Opportunities, Resumes, and Interviewing, and Mentorship, Preceptorship, and Nurse Residency Programs.
  • Coverage of QSEN and patient safety includes Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, National Patient Safety Foundation, and Institute of Medicine competencies related to patient safety, and addresses communication among health care providers, quality improvement, and guidelines from The Joint Commission.
  • Coverage of evidence-based practice includes management protocols and interventions used as the basis for clinical outcomes.
  • Coverage of nursing informatics helps you use technology, access information, and evaluate content to provide quality patient care - and includes a discussion of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  • Coverage of health care reform includes the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the new Patient Bill of Rightsas they apply to health care delivery and costs.
  • Student resources on an Evolve companion website include case studies for every chapter, NCLEX-RN® review questions, NCLEX-RN exam-style questions, memory notecards, and resume templates for creating professional resumes and cover letters.
  • Thorough coverage includes all of the most important issues faced by the new nurse, preparing you to succeed in a professional nursing career.
  • Critical Thinking boxes offer questions and exercises asking you to apply what you have learned to clinical practice.
  • An engaging approach features lively cartoons, chapter objectives, bibliographies, and colorful summary boxes.
  • NEW Prepare for the NCLEX with updated content in the NCLEX-RN Examination and the New Graduate chapter.
  • NEW! Highlighted QSEN competencies relate to effective communication, team building, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and quality assurance.
  • NEW section on community health nursing helps you find employment in this growing area.
  • UPDATED content on externships discusses preceptorships as a capstone course versus a formalized preceptorship or externship in which a student is employed by a healthcare facility, as well as the advantages of and tips for getting a nurse externship while in nursing school.
  • UPDATED coverage of the role of Nursing includes changes related to the BSN in 10 campaign and how these might affect entry into practice, as well as differentiated nursing practice models.
  • NEW Relevant Websites and Online Resources boxes at the end of chapters provide links for further research and study.
  • NEW Research for Best Practice boxes focus on the research evidence that supports clinical practice.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
Doody's Review Service
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455732036
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 664
  • Sales rank: 54,180
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (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

Unit I: Professional Growth and Transition 1.Role Transitions 2.Personal Management: Time and Self-Care Strategies 3.Mentorship, Preceptorship, and Nurse Residency Programs

Unit II: Career Development 4.Employment Considerations: Opportunities, Resumes and Interviewing 5.NCLEX-RN Examination and the New Graduate

Unit III: Nursing: A Developing Profession 6.Historical Perspectives: Influences of the Past 7.Nursing Education 8.Nursing Theories 9.Image of Nursing: Influences of the Present

Unit IV: Nursing Management 10.Challenges of Nursing Management 11.Building Nursing Management Skills 12.Effective Communication and Team Building 13.Conflict Management 14.Delegation in the Clinical Setting

Unit V: Current Issues in Health Care 15.The Health Care Organization and Patterns of Nursing Care Delivery 16.Economics in the Health Care Delivery System 17.Political Action in Nursing 18.Collective Bargaining: Traditional (Union) and Non-Traditional Approaches 19.Ethical Issues 20.Legal Issues

Unit VI: Contemporary Nursing Practice 21.Cultural and Spiritual Awareness 22.Quality Client Care 23.Nursing Informatics 24.Using Nursing Research in Practice 25.Workplace Issues 26.Emergency Preparedness

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