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Discover what it means to be a "professional nurse"-the history, the values and standards, the critical thinking requirements, and the commitment to lifelong learning! This easy-to-read text introduces the issues you are likely to encounter as you advance through your nursing career. Gain insight into the current state of the profession and benefit from a thorough examination of standards and scope of practice. Each stand-alone chapter introduces and explores a specific topic and offers astute discussions of key issues facing health care professionals.
Outstanding features include:
Updated content on topics such as nursing activism, evidence-based practice, and the socialization of nursing ensures that you have the most up-to-date and relevant information for your career.
Case studies, critical thinking questions, and a variety of student activities encourage you to apply chapter-relevant information to scenarios and envision a personal philosophy of nursing.
Interviews with practicing nurses focus your attention on pertinent information throughout the text.
Cultural Consideration Challenges help you develop cultural sensitivity and familiarize you with cultural influences.
Historical Notes and News Notes emphasize chapter content by providing interesting side notes about the changes in nursing practice.
Fully appreciate what it means to be a professional nurse by exploring the insights, advice, and real-world experiences of professionals in the field!
Defines the profession, philosophies, major concepts, nursing roles in the health care delivery system.
|Ch. 1||Professional nursing comes of age : 1859-2004||1|
|Ch. 2||Educational patterns in nursing||31|
|Ch. 3||The social context for nursing||63|
|Ch. 4||Professional associations||105|
|Ch. 5||Nursing today||135|
|Ch. 6||The professionalization of nursing||163|
|Ch. 7||Defining nursing and nursing's scope of practice||183|
|Ch. 8||Professional socialization||197|
|Ch. 9||Philosophies of nursing||222|
|Ch. 10||Major concepts in nursing||241|
|Ch. 11||Nursing theory : the basis for professional nursing||271|
|Ch. 12||The scientific method, nursing research, and evidence-based practice||299|
|Ch. 13||The health care delivery system||329|
|Ch. 14||Nursing roles in the health care delivery system||360|
|Ch. 15||Critical thinking, the nursing process, and clinical judgment||386|
|Ch. 16||Financing health care||413|
|Ch. 17||Illness and culture : impact on patients, families, and nurses||455|
|Ch. 18||Communication and collaboration in nursing||491|
|Ch. 19||Nursing ethics||521|
|Ch. 20||Legal aspects of nursing||551|
|Ch. 21||Nurses and political action||579|
|Ch. 22||Nursing's future challenges||601|