Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities / Edition 1

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Using a thought-provoking approach that fosters critical thinking and values clarification, this textbook examines the full range of professional issues facing contemporary nursing. Coverage includes critical issues such as the nursing shortage, mandatory staffing ratios, violence in nursing, legal and ethical issues, plus the latest HIPAA regulations, career advancement and evaluations, and best practices for today and the future.

Chapters are grouped into five categories—furthering the profession, workforce issues, workplace issues, legal and ethical issues, and professional power. Each chapter presents multiple perspectives on a topic and ends with thought-provoking discussion questions. Comprehensive lists of electronic, news/media, and print resources help students find supplemental information.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book provides in-depth coverage of the many contemporary issues facing nursing today, as well as the age-old or enduring issues of the nursing profession.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information on the enduring issues of the nursing profession as well as the contemporary hot topics facing nursing. The editor believes that by combining these two major topic areas, the book fills an unmet need.
Audience: This book was designed as a primary text for a baccalaureate issues course, but it could also be used by graduate students and practicing professionals.
Features: The 23 chapters are divided into five sections covering furthering the profession, workforce issues, legal and ethical issues, and professional power. The editor contributed 14 chapters and guest contributors developed the remaining chapters. Each chapter begins with an overview of an issue. "Discussion Points" and "Consider" features are interspersed in each chapter to promote critical thinking and dialogue related to the chapter issue. One research study is provided in each chapter with further discussion questions at the end of the chapter. Faculty support materials are also available, including PowerPoint bank, instructor's manual, and test bank.
Assessment: This truly comprehensive book tackles controversial issues such as entry into practice, the nursing shortage, mandatory overtime, whistle-blowing, and oppression and horizontal violence. Multiple perspectives on nursing issues are provided so that readers can come to their own conclusions based on available evidence. It could be used as a primary text for an issues course or a supplemental text for a leadership/management course. It is appropriate for both in-class and online venues. It is a valuable addition to the nursing literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781748759
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

  1. Unit 1: Furthering the Profession 1

  2. Entry Into Practice: An Elusive Dream or a Critical Professional Need? 3
  3. Differentiated Nursing Practice: Maximizing Resources or Dividing an Already Divided Profession? 21
  4. Defining Evidence-Based Best Practices 46
  5. Socialization and Mentoring 65

    Unit 2: Workforce Issues 83

  6. The Current Nursing Shortage: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions 85
  7. Importing Foreign Nurses 108
  8. Distance Learning: One Strategy for Furthering Nursing Education and Easing the Nursing Shortage 127
  9. Unlicensed Assistive Personnel and the Registered Nurse 147
  10. Diversity in the Nursing Workforce 166

    Unit 3: Workplace Issues 187

  11. Mandatory Staffing Ratios: Are They Working? 189
  12. Mandatory Overtime in Nursing: How Much? How Often? 207
  13. Violence in Nursing: The Expectations and the Reality 226
  14. Technology in the Health Care Workplace: Benefits, Limitations, and Challenges 248
  15. Medical Errors: An Ongoing Threat to Quality Health Care 268

    Unit 4: Legal and Ethical Issues 293

  16. Whistle-blowing in Nursing 295
  17. The Chemically Impaired Nurse: Discipline or Treatment? 314
  18. Collective Bargaining and the Professional Nurse 328
  19. Assuring Provider Competence Through Licensure, Continuing Education, and Certification 348

    Unit 5: Professional Power 369

  20. The Nursing Profession's Historic Struggle to Increase Its Power Base 371
  21. Professional Identity and Image 391
  22. Advanced Practice Nursing: Challenges of Role Definition, Recognition, and Reimbursement 412
  23. Nursing and Public Policy: Getting Involved 435
  24. Nursing's Professional Associations 460 Index 489
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