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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This book presents a broad range of professional issues including a brief history of nursing in the United States, discussions about legal and regulatory issues, as well as theory, research, and the image of nursing. It is a collaboration of authors from Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S. "
Purpose: The intent of this book is to promote thought and understanding of key global issues pertinent to the professional discipline of nursing.
Audience: This book is intended specifically for U.S. nursing students, but the editors state it is also appropriate for U.S. nurses of all educational levels. Other editions have already been published for British and Australian audiences.
Features: This is a reader-friendly book that includes learning objectives and key words for each chapter. In addition, reflective questions are included at the conclusion of each chapter along with recommended readings for the chapter topic. The book is divided into 18 chapters with topics that include The Art and Science of Nursing, Nursing Philosophy and Knowledge, The Legal Context of Nursing, Gender Issues in Nursing, Critical Thinking in Nursing, among others.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive look at the discipline of nursing on topics that are highly relevant to nursing internationally. It is an easy read but a critical and coherent summary of the history of nursing and the contemporary issues facing nursing today. It would be a very pertinent book for an undergraduate professional issues course. The chapter authors are all well respected and well published professionals.