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Professional Nursing: Concepts & Challenges / Edition 7

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Overview

Now in full-color, this best-selling, easy-to-read text introduces you to the issues and trends you're likely to encounter in any nursing practice setting. Each stand-alone chapter explores a specific topic and gives insightful discussions of issues such as the health care delivery system, professionalization in nursing, standards and scope of practice, socialization and nursing theories surrounding the profession, and political action facing nurses.


  • Case studies help you empathize with real patients.
  • Critical thinking questions and challenges enable you to apply chapter-relevant information to scenarios and envision a personal philosophy of nursing.
  • Evidence-based Practice boxes offer insight and highlight research that affects patient care.
  • News Notes tie information from the text to real-life nursing situations.
  • Cultural Consideration Challenges help you develop cultural sensitivity and familiarize you with cultural influences.
  • Interview boxes explore the issues of culture and faith from the perspectives of practicing nurses.
  • NEW! Full-color design improves the appearance of the many halftones in the text.
  • NEW! The most up-to-date information on responding to several critical and recent initiatives includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Carnegie Study - Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation; the IOM report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; QSEN; and the ANA’s Health System Reform Agenda.
  • NEW! Expanded content on social media’s impact on nursing offers insight into the legal issues, ethics, boundaries, and image of nursing involved in social media.
  • NEW! Increase use of nurses’ narratives and real-life work examples helps paint an even clearer picture of the realities of nursing practice.
  • NEW! Reframing of Chapter 16 Nursing’s Challenge: The Call for Transformation increases your knowledge of care of self, care of the profession, and care of the environment.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This overview of nursing's major contemporary issues includes concepts from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) latest (2008) Essentials document.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students understand the role of the professional nurse through its history and the identification of nursing's values, standards, and ethics. It is also intended to help students comprehend the influence of social and economic factors on the practice of nursing.
Audience: This book is appropriate for bridge courses in RN-BSN courses and early courses for generic baccalaureate students. It also could be used as a resource for practicing nurses and graduate students.
Features: The 16 chapters match the number of weeks in a semester. Chapters can stand alone and can be read in any order. This edition has been streamlined with some material found on the Evolve website. Designed to be student friendly, the book takes care to include visual features to aid the visual learner. Key terms are in boldface and are included in the glossary. Chapters include self-assessment exercises, evidence-based practice notes, and critical thinking exercises. Cultural challenges are found in several chapters. There is an instructor's manual with activities for both large and small groups and for in-class and out-of-class sessions, as well as chapter outlines and objectives, and suggested readings. An instructor suite includes PowerPoint Lectures, a comprehensive test bank, and audience-response questions.
Assessment: This book is rich in content, yet readable for novices as well as seasoned professionals. The topics are very timely and lend themselves well to reflection and discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455702701
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 33,386
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Nursing Today: A Time of Transformation
  2. The History and Social Context of Nursing
  3. Nursing’s Pathway to Professionalism
  4. Legal Aspects of Nursing
  5. Ethics: Basic Concepts for Nursing Practice
  6. Becoming a Nurse: Defining Nursing and Socialization Into Professional Practice
  7. The Education of Nurses: On the Leading Edge of Transformation
  8. Critical Thinking, the Nursing Process, and Clinical Judgment
  9. Communication and Collaboration in Nursing
  10. Illness, Culture, and Caring: Impact on Patients, Families, and Nurses
  11. The Science of Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice
  12. Conceptual and Philosophical Bases of Nursing
  13. Nursing Theory: The Basis for Professional Nursing
  14. Health Care in the United States
  15. Political Activism In Nursing: Communities, Organizations, Government
  16. Nursing’s Challenge: The Call for Transformation
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