The Internet for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals / Edition 2

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Overview

When you need to know how others have dealt with a proposed health care change, you cannot wait three months for the next conference, or nine months for the next book to come out - this is the real power of the Internet. It allows the instant exchange of information with peers around the world, giving you the knowledge edge to keep your nursing or health care practice progressive. This is a primer to for those who have little or no computer experience, describing in plain language the Net and how it works, including how to use various Internet tools. In addition, Margaret Edwards provides an extensive listing of health-related Internet resources, from an on-line version of the American Journal of Nursing, to the "Virtual Nursing Centre". In short, readers will find this directory, complete with descriptions of each entry, a treasure trove of the information resources available for health care professionals on the Internet.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary A. Curran
This first edition guide to the Internet presents definitions and explanations about a growing information asset. Appendixes make up over half of the book's content to provide additional information and health related Internet resources. Nurses and other health professionals need to learn more about the Internet. The author's purpose is to provide an educational primer for this group's Internet neophyte and an informational resource for the experienced user. Although there are a number of Internet books on the market, there are few focused toward health care providers. This book is intended for nurses and allied health professionals with little or no computer experience. Beginners may, however, have difficulty following some of the explanations. There is a tendency to mix terminology, stop explanations short of real understanding, and write to an audience knowledge level above the beginner. The annotated listing of selected Internet resources makes the organization of the appendix an asset, and the narrative on choosing Internet providers is thorough. A greater use of illustrations and tables would have been beneficial. The existing visual tools are, however, relevant and informative. A list of additional sources provides direction for further information, but omits reference to on-line resources. There is no mention of the existence of search engines on the World Wide Web. Even though beginners may have trouble understanding some of the content presented in this book, it does make a contribution. Internet information and references relevant to health care providers give a starting point for exploration. The foreword suggests that the publication in paper of an Internet book mightbe viewed as an anachronism. It does seem that publication in an interactive format might be more ideal and in keeping with the subject.
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Provides an overview of the Internet for nurses and allied health professionals with little or no computer experience. Describes the Internet and how it works, details how to use various Internet tools such as e-mail, newsgroups, telnet, FTP, Gopher, and WAIS, and discusses the impact of the Internet on the health care field. Lists health-related Internet resources, with entries describing contents, services, and contact information. Includes a brief glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Mary A. Curran, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This first edition guide to the Internet presents definitions and explanations about a growing information asset. Appendixes make up over half of the book's content to provide additional information and health related Internet resources.
Purpose: Nurses and other health professionals need to learn more about the Internet. The author's purpose is to provide an educational primer for this group's Internet neophyte and an informational resource for the experienced user.
Audience: Although there are a number of Internet books on the market, there are few focused toward health care providers. This book is intended for nurses and allied health professionals with little or no computer experience. Beginners may, however, have difficulty following some of the explanations. There is a tendency to mix terminology, stop explanations short of real understanding, and write to an audience knowledge level above the beginner. The annotated listing of selected Internet resources makes the organization of the appendix an asset, and the narrative on choosing Internet providers is thorough.
Features: A greater use of illustrations and tables would have been beneficial. The existing visual tools are, however, relevant and informative. A list of additional sources provides direction for further information, but omits reference to on-line resources. There is no mention of the existence of search engines on the World Wide Web.
Assessment: Even though beginners may have trouble understanding some of the content presented in this book, it does make a contribution. Internet information and references relevant to health care providers give a starting point for exploration. The foreword suggests that the publication in paper of an Internet book might be viewed as an anachronism. It does seem that publication in an interactive format might be more ideal and in keeping with the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387948881
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1. What is the Internet?; 2. How does the Internet work?; 3. Using Electronic Mail (e-mail); 4. Newsgroups; 5. Telnet and FTP; 6. Finding Information on the Internet; 7. Using and Citing Information from the Internet; 8. Implications for the Future: Science Fiction versus Reality; Appendix I: Top Ten Favourite Web Sites; Appendix II: Health-Related Internet Resources; Glossary; Index
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