Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges / Edition 2

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721668826
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 518

Table of Contents

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
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