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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The five Institute of Medicine core competencies form the framework for this beginning nursing book, which introduces students to the profession of nursing and healthcare delivery, integrating evidence-based practice and management throughout.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide novice nursing students with a wider view of nursing and healthcare and to introduce the IOM core competencies. As the authors' state, "nursing does not happen in isolation but rather is part of the entire healthcare experience.
Audience: The audience is beginning nursing students.
Features: The 15 chapters are divided into four sections that cover the profession of nursing, the healthcare context, core healthcare professional competencies, and the practice of nursing today and in the future. Two chapters new to this second edition cover health promotion, disease prevention, and illness, and the transformation of nursing practice through leadership. Each chapter includes objectives, chapter outlines, discussion questions, websites, and key definitions. Words of wisdom, case studies, and conversations with nurses appear throughout the book. A companion student website provides numerous other learning activities.
Assessment: This is clearly a 21st century book, as it outlines the direction nursing and healthcare is going as the IOM core competencies are implemented. It introduces students early in their education to nursing as a profession and to nursing as part of the interdisciplinary team. I especially appreciate the strong thread of leadership that is woven throughout. This is a very valuable introductory book.