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From The CriticsReviewer: Tina L. Prince, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC(James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital)
Description: A resource for nurses at various levels of experience, this book reviews the history of quality and safety concerns and covers the current regulations and policies that address these concerns on a national level. The textbox inserts, diagrams, and appendixes are excellent, user-friendly tools for direct care nurses, faculty, and novice to experienced nurses.
Purpose: It is vitally important to engage today's practicing nurses to implement quality and safety initiatives for improving patient care outcomes. This book is designed to meet these needs among nurses at all levels.
Audience: It is written for all nurses, from the student to the expert, from the two-year graduate to doctorate level, and is a must for nursing program faculty and advisors. It should be included in medical libraries and hospital/nursing education departments. The authors provide a comprehensive study of the state of quality and safety in healthcare and provide a pathway to change and improvements for the future.
Features: This essential handbook covers the Institute of Medicine reports, regulatory agencies, and national policy/regulations, and describes the six core competencies necessary to implement these strategies. Additionally, it includes templates for prelicensure, developmental level, and advanced practice/graduate level competencies. Among the best features are the strategies for building a culture of safety and quality and tips for sustaining the changes.
Assessment: I enjoyed reading this book. Its flow contributed to my understanding of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that today's nurses will need to be proactive in the future to deliver safe, quality care to our patients. It offers offer a foundation based on the results of national studies and governing agencies. The explanation of the Affordable Care Act is easy to understand, enabling nurses to become educated and active partners in the future of healthcare delivery.