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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: In this book, caring is explored through the context of technological competence. The author states that this idea is fairly new and helps to answer the question posed by many nurses, "How can I be competent with technology and still care for the patient holistically?"
Purpose: The purpose is to explore how being technological competent and caring can co-exist.
Audience: The author does not identify an audience, but this book would be valuable for any practicing nurse as well as educators and administrators. The primary author has numerous publications on this topic, and the contributing authors, all nurses, appear to be highly qualified in their area of specialty.
Features: The book is divided into three parts. Part I describes the conceptualizations of technological competency, caring, and nursing including a pictorial model. Part II identifies practice issues inherent in the model of technological competence as caring in nursing. Part III contains practice descriptions of care situations in which technological competence as caring is used. The book concludes with biographical profiles of the contributing authors who come from the U.S. and Australia. It seeks to answer the following questions: What does it mean to be technologically competent? How does technology support or hinder nursing work? How can nurses care for their patients as technological advancements are introduced nearly every day?
Assessment: This book conveys a new way of looking at the concept of caring and its relationship to nursing. It is thought provoking in that caring as technological competency seems at first a foreign idea. However, since much of nursing practice involves technology, the author demonstrates that caring can be manifested in many ways.