Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges / Edition 1

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This engagingly written text offers nursing students comprehensive ideas and perspectives that are basic to the practice of contemporary nursing. Each chapter focuses on a foundational area of study and explores the central concepts, relevant issues, dilemmas, and debates. It presents a broad-range of professional issues, ranging from a brief history of nursing in the U.S., research and legal issues, to an introduction to nursing organizations and regulatory bodies.


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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826125545
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/18/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John Daly, PhD, RN, FRCNA, FINE, FCN, is Professor of Nursing and Foundation Head of the School of Nursing, Family & Community Health, University of Western Sydney. He is one of Australia's leading scholars in Nursing. Dr. Daly's research focuses on cardiovascular nursing, the experience of illness and transcultural nursing. He is active in international publications projects in nursing scholarship and is well published in textbooks and refereed journals.

Sandra Speedy, EdD, MURP, BA (Hons), Dip. Ed., RN, is currently Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts, at James Cook University and Professor Emeritus. She has an extensive history in nursing education at all levels, working across the range of administrative, academic and service areas. Her areas of research interest include gender issues in management, dysfunctional organizations and cultural challenges in organizations. She has published in a wide range of areas in nursing, health, sociology and management. She is a consultant clinical psychologist and conducts a psychotherapy practice.

Debra Jackson, RN, PhD, MCN, is Associate Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, Family & Community Health, University of Western Sydney. Dr. Jackson's research focuses on women's and family health nursing, family support, building resilience in individuals and families, nursing leadership, and nursing workforce issues. She is well published in refereed journals and textbooks.

Vickie A. Lambert, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Medical College of Georgia, and an international nursing consultant with Lambert & Lambert Nursing Consultants. She has held visiting professorships in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Dr. Lambert's research focuses on role stress and coping skills among hospital nurses from America, Asia, and Oceania. She has numerous publications in textbooks and journals, as well as having served as Editor of an international nursing and health sciences journal.

Clinton E. Lambert, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, is an international nursing consultant with Lambert & Lambert Nursing Consultants. He is a retired US Army psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and the former owner and counselor, Lambert Counseling Services, in rural Georgia. Dr. Lambert has held visiting professorships in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. His research focuses on role stress and coping skills among hospital nurses from America, Asia, and Oceania. Dr. Lambert has published extensively in books and professional journals, as well as having served as Editor of an international nursing and health sciences journal.

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Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
    Foreword, A.I. Meleis
  2. So, You Want to Be a Nurse, P.J. Haylock
  3. The Evolution of Nursing Education and Practice in the U.S., V.A. Lambert and C.E. Lambert
  4. The Art and Science of Nursing, J.M. Parker
  5. Exploring Popular Images and Representations of Nurses and Nursing, P. Darbyshire and S. Gordon
  6. Nursing, Philosophy, and Knowledge: A Commitment to Know Oneself and Others, G.J. Mitchell
  7. Tracing Nurse Caring: Issues, Concerns, Debates, J. Watson, D. Jackson, and S. Borbasi
  8. Nursing Theory, F.B. Pilkington and D.A. Bournes
  9. Research in Nursing, R. Anders, J. Daly, D. Thompson, D. Elliott, and E. Chang
  10. Ethics: A Patient-Centered Approach, G.L. Husted and J.H. Husted
  11. The Legal Context of Nursing, E. Murphy
  12. Gender Issues in Nursing: A Global Perspective, S. Speedy
  13. Becoming Part of a Multidisciplinary Health Care Team, K.M. Nokes
  14. Professionalism: The Role of Regulatory Bodies and Nursing Organizations, V.A. Lambert and C.E. Lambert
  15. Public Health Nursing: An Exercise in Citizenship, M.K. Maeve
  16. Rural Health in America: Challenges and Opportunities, C. Reavis
  17. Meeting the Health Care Needs of a Diverse Society, A. Omeri and M.A. Andrews
  18. Critical Thinking in Nursing: Beyond Clinical Judgment to Perspective, Context, and Meaning, W.K. Cody
  19. Making the Transition to Professional Nursing: Becoming a Lifelong Learner, J. Conway and M. McMillan
  20. Index
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