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Unforgettable Faces: Through the Eyes of a Nurse Practitioner / Edition 1

Unforgettable Faces: Through the Eyes of a Nurse Practitioner / Edition 1


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ISBN-13: 9780967336503
Publisher: Atheneum Press
Publication date: 10/31/1999
Pages: 461
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.15(d)

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Santa J. Crisall

Unforgettable Faces offers a realistic view of the professional challenges and issues faced by advanced practice nurses. Using patient vignettes, the authors provide a variety of snapshots of their patients’ clinic visits. These brief presentations offer insight into the clinician’s thinking processes, promoting critical thinking and reflection for the reader. They also adequately credit the vulnerable spirit of one’s clinical confidence when measured against the great responsibility and weight of determining the appropriate differential diagnosis and treatment plan.

Beyond the depiction of realistic situations, the authors take their reflection a step further to help the reader learn and develop their own skills in practice. They do this through panning out from each scenario into an academic discussion of the salient points that were critical to the situation at hand, presenting the critical points within a global and local context with sensitivity to unique cultural consideration and when appropriate, providing the reader with a historical and societal view on the subject....

The text is easy to read and relate to regardless of your positioning on the novice to expert practice continuum. I see this book as an asset for faculty to use to support the clinical experiences of their students and their information-packed lectures. For the student, it provides a self paced reflective visit with a variety of patients and integration of critical and scholarly information that guides practice, professional development, and confidence, in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

This is one book that I could have used at all levels of my educational and practice development. I highly recommend this book for nursing students, practitioners, and faculty. It’s an asset and a complement to our current practice texts.
—Santa J. Crisall, MA, ANP, RNC, Formerly Editorial Director, American Journal of Nursing


I wrote this book initially to share my clinical experiences with nurse practitioner (NP) students who would be facing the same medical, financial, political, and ethical issues in their own practices. But I soon realized Unforgettable Faces could also educate the nonmedical health care consumer about nurse practitioners' education and role in the health care delivery system. Most of all, I wanted the public to know that, given a choice, many health care providers would opt to spend more time with their patients and not usher them out of their offices in 10 or 15 minutes as dictated to them. When I place my hand on the doorknob, having finished with a patient, I often hear the words "…oh, by the way" or "just one more thing." What follows is usually the real reason for the visit.

Not only physicians have felt strong-armed by health insurance companies. Managed care administrators have included nurse practitioners in their assembly line concept of health care. Nurse practitioners are considered cost-effective in the health care industry. Health management views NPs as a less expensive commodity than physicians, with prescriptive authority, the capability of seeing high numbers of patients per day, and the willingness to share on-call duties. The corporate health leaders of today still do not understand how NPs are prepared for their professional role. They readily accept the fact that we deliver quality health care to consumers, that our patients like us, and that given a choice patients prefer nurse practitioners. But health corporations of America remain clueless to the winning formula that patient satisfaction equals a time commitment from their health care provider, be it from a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or physician.

My first story in Unforgettable Faces, "He Told Me Not to Worry," drives this point home. I hope you get a chance to read the book.

I welcome your reviews and hope you will post them on the Barnes & web site. Thanks!

—Elizabeth D. Tate

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