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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This innovative text/workbook assists healthcare students learn the fundamental building blocks of basic professional skills needed for a successful career in healthcare. As with its first edition of 1998, this book uses principles and standards of the National Health Care Skill Standards Project and the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.
Purpose: The major goal is to provide students with a foundation to ensure their success in their healthcare careers. This book is worthy of its objectives.
Audience: Written for healthcare students, this book would be a wonderful workbook for high school students considering a career in healthcare. The author is an expert in his field.
Features: This well-written book is split into two sections, each containing its own chapters. Section One focuses on self communication which helps the student identify strengths and areas of improvement in study skills, personal and professional characteristics of success, time management, stress management, and thinking and reasoning skills. Section Two continues with communication, listening and speaking skills, organizational communication, patient interaction and communication skills as well as job seeking skills such as preparing a resume, cover letters, making contacts and finding openings. Each chapter is interactive and begins with key terms, an introduction, a "What Do You Think" section, a "Critical Thinking and Applications" section for self assessment, and myriad of other features. Many of the illustrations are humorous, which refreshingly lightens some of the starkness that self assessment can generate.
Assessment: This is a delightful and unique text and workbook for those pondering a career in healthcare. This needed resource provides updates in HIPAA regulations, computerized documentation, inclusion of case studies and internet activities, and new sections on technological communication, communication within meetings, and multiculturalism. In addition to being a highly recommended resource for healthcare students, this would be a valuable resource for school and public libraries as well.