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From The CriticsReviewer: Jane W. Swanson, MS, RN, CNAA (University of Texas Medical Branch )
Description: This handbook provides the reader with an overview of the dynamics of a changing healthcare system and the impact on nursing as influenced by managed care. The authors use diagrams, checklists, charts, and helpful hints to emphasize learning points for self-assessment of each reader's ability to adapt to change.
Purpose: The book provides an overview of the process involved in healthcare change and transition and provides guidelines and self-assessment to validate readers' perceptions and attitudes of transferable skills.
Audience: Nursing undergraduates, practicing nurses, or other allied health care professionals who seek to start new practices or move to a new practice setting, including but not limited to managed care, are the audience.
Features: The strength of the book is the workbook format for developing self-assessment through multiple checklists and open-ended questions of the reader's current and transferable skills. A useful feature is the book's wide margins on each page for note-taking.
Assessment: This is a basic overview of managed care from an historical perspective and the effects on healthcare and nursing changes. It is a comprehensive, easy to use, and straightforward self-assessment guide. The style is concise and well organized. A more extensive and current list of references would address knowledge requirements at all levels.