Pivotal Moments in Nursing: Leaders Who Changed the Path of a Profession Vol 1: Vol 1 / Edition 1

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Overview

Designed to inspire nursing professionals worldwide to step into leadership roles, this book traces the paths of 12 legendary yet contemporary nurse leaders through the pivotal times in their lives that helped transform them into leaders, and thereby change the face of nursing. Through thought-provoking essays and follow-up questions, this book will challenge the old thinking that leaders are born with a path and a vision laid out for them. You will see how Loretta Ford, in response to a health care provider crisis, transformed the nursing profession and initiated a paradigm shift that changed the delivery of health care; how Gretta Styles decision not to become a nun started her on the path to being an internationally recognized expert in nursing regulation and credentialing; how Sue Donaldson helped define the discipline of nursing through the course of daily cafeteria conversations; and how Luther Christman confronted discrimination and changed legislation and minds everywhere.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book describes the lives of 12 nurse leaders and the impact they each had on contemporary nursing practice. The leaders come from many domains, academics, acute care, research, public policy, and others. They all have a diversity of accomplishments, and are recognized internationally.
Purpose: The purpose is to show how ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary outcomes, and is meant to be an inspiration to future nurse leaders as they learn from the lessons of the past. This book represents a "passing of the leadership torch."
Audience: The conversational style makes the book easy to read and relevant to all practicing as well as retired nurses.
Features: Each of the 12 chapters chronicles the life of one of the nurse leaders: Loretta C. Ford, Shirley Sears Chater, Joyce C. Clifford, Luther Christman, Vernice D. Ferguson, Ada Sue Hinshaw, Faye Glenn Abdellah, Sue Karen Donaldson, Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, Rheba de Tornyay, Claire Fagin, and Linda H. Aiken. The early years and early influences are woven into the professional roles and accomplishments of each elite leader. Each chapter is personalized with family and professional pictures. Appendix A summarizes the leadership challenges faced by each nurse leader and a biographical summary of each is provided in Appendix B.
Assessment: This is a beautifully written book that tells the stories of each nurse leader. It humanizes them as they speak from the heart about their lives and their love and dedication to the betterment of professional nursing. The authors state that this book "only scratched the surface" of nurse leaders deserving recognition; therefore, they plan to compile future volumes so that present and future nurses can learn the lessons of history, "and be more efficient players at the healthcare table."
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book describes the lives of 12 nurse leaders and the impact they each had on contemporary nursing practice. The leaders come from many domains, academics, acute care, research, public policy, and others. They all have a diversity of accomplishments, and are recognized internationally.
Purpose: The purpose is to show how ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary outcomes, and is meant to be an inspiration to future nurse leaders as they learn from the lessons of the past. This book represents a "passing of the leadership torch.
Audience: The conversational style makes the book easy to read and relevant to all practicing as well as retired nurses.
Features: Each of the 12 chapters chronicles the life of one of the nurse leaders: Loretta C. Ford, Shirley Sears Chater, Joyce C. Clifford, Luther Christman, Vernice D. Ferguson, Ada Sue Hinshaw, Faye Glenn Abdellah, Sue Karen Donaldson, Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, Rheba de Tornyay, Claire Fagin, and Linda H. Aiken. The early years and early influences are woven into the professional roles and accomplishments of each elite leader. Each chapter is personalized with family and professional pictures. Appendix A summarizes the leadership challenges faced by each nurse leader and a biographical summary of each is provided in Appendix B.
Assessment: This is a beautifully written book that tells the stories of each nurse leader. It humanizes them as they speak from the heart about their lives and their love and dedication to the betterment of professional nursing. The authors state that this book "only scratched the surface" of nurse leaders deserving recognition; therefore, they plan to compile future volumes so that present and future nurses can learn the lessons of history, "and be more efficient players at the healthcare table."

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930538115
  • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Pivotal Moments in Nursing Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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