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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Connie J. Rowles, RN, DSN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This book is in its third edition; the prior editions were published in 1994 and 1985.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a framework for professional nursing practice with skills that are necessary for the 21st Century. This is certainly needed in the current healthcare environment where nursing concerns may be overridden by other pressing organizational issues.
Audience: The text is written for undergraduate and graduate students as well as other nurses needing information about leadership/management concepts. This leveling of information proves effective except for the undergraduate student. The authors and contributors have excellent credentials.
Features: The topics usually included in leadership/management texts (e.g., leadership, nursing resources, financial management, managing a multi-cultural workforce, quality management) are presented. Also included are other intriguing topics such as humor in nursing administration, nursing as a business, marketing nursing, and global influences to nursing administration. The most intriguing section is contained in the appendixes where there are six examples of nurse entrepreneurial businesses. There are two criticisms of this text. First, nursing research is mentioned throughout the text, but many of the references are old with little research actually integrated into the content. Also, the concept of evidence based practice is never explained. The second problem is the length — this book is well over 600 pages. In today's educational environment many are questioning the use of texts at all, and with so many resources available online, texts of this length become questionable for use.
Assessment: This very interesting text contains some routine content usually included in management texts but also has additional interesting chapters. It should be recommended for graduate students or other nurses desiring information about nursing service administration concepts.