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From The CriticsReviewer: Maureen C. Maguire, MS, RN, PNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive handbook describing the steps in becoming a consultant in nursing, ways to market the service, and an examination of the personal aspects of pursuing this role. It covers the gamut from legal and ethical questions that might arise to details as small as how to dress for networking.
Purpose: The authors propose to provide a practical guide to help nurses in the changing healthcare climate develop a successful consultation service. This objective is met well and is very timely in the rapidly changing world of nursing practice.
Audience: The book is directed toward experienced nurses who may be looking for a more flexible way to combine professional contributions and changing personal responsibilities. Dr. Puetz and Ms. Shinn are well qualified by education and experience to speak with authority on this topic.
Features: Consultation is more than giving advice. It requires knowledge, skill, and preparation. A very positive feature of this book is the presentation, in several chapters, of short questionnaires that give readers the opportunity to compare their interests, skills, and energy resources with those needed by a good consultant. Tables, lists marked with bullets, and the summaries at the end of chapter are all very helpful in highlighting the most important points. References are current and are from business and nursing.
Assessment: This well-written book should be of interest to many nurses who have established themselves as experts in some aspect of nursing. The authors are very careful, however, to describe potential risks as well as benefits in pursuing this career path. The subject matter is timely and presented in a very readable way. Guidelines are comprehensive and useful. This should be required reading for any nurse considering this career move.