Professional Nursing: Concepts & Challenges

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Elsevier Health Sciences, Jan 24, 2013 - Medical - 381 pages

Now in full-color, this best-selling, easy-to-read text introduces you to the issues and trends you're likely to encounter in any nursing practice setting. Each stand-alone chapter explores a specific topic and gives insightful discussions of issues such as the health care delivery system, professionalization in nursing, standards and scope of practice, socialization and nursing theories surrounding the profession, and political action facing nurses.

Case studies help you empathize with real patients.Critical thinking questions and challenges enable you to apply chapter-relevant information to scenarios and envision a personal philosophy of nursing.Evidence-based Practice boxes offer insight and highlight research that affects patient care.News Notes tie information from the text to real-life nursing situations.Cultural Consideration Challenges help you develop cultural sensitivity and familiarize you with cultural influences.Interview boxes explore the issues of culture and faith from the perspectives of practicing nurses.

NEW! Full-color design improves the appearance of the many halftones in the text.NEW! The most up-to-date information on responding to several critical and recent initiatives includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Carnegie Study -Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation; the IOM report on theFuture of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; QSEN; and the ANA's Health System Reform Agenda.NEW! Expanded content on social media's impact on nursing offers insight into the legal issues, ethics, boundaries, and image of nursing involved in social media.NEW! Increase use of nurses' narratives and real-life work examples helps paint an even clearer picture of the realities of nursing practice.NEW! Reframing of Chapter 16 Nursing's Challenge: The Call for Transformation increases your knowledge of care of self, care of the profession, and care of the environment.

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Although the text is easy to read, there is a great deal of repetition of ideas. Furthermore, I am disappoint that Beth Perry Black chose not to mention the republican nurses in congress, who are Congresswoman Diane Black (TN) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC) both elected in 2010 before the text was published. Finally, the inclusion of the issue of "climate change" as supported by scientists in chapter 16 indicates a failure to conduct her own research on the issue, in which equally qualified scientists demonstrate that "climate change" is not occurring at the speed of light as purported by those politically invested in the need to keep the drum beat going on climate change (formerly called, global warming).
If the text did not lean the nursing profession so far to the left, with the obvious progressive agenda, it might have been legitimate in my view. It is unfortunate that nursing students are being exposed to nursing from this perspective.

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A time of transformation
The history and social context of nursing
Nursings pathway to professionalism
Legal aspects of nursing
Basic concepts for nursing practice
Defining nursing and socialization into professional practice
On the leading edge of transformation
Critical thinking the nursing process and clinical judgment
Conceptual and philosophical bases of nursing
The basis for professional nursing
Health care in the united states
Communities organizations government
the call for transformation

Communication and collaboration in nursing
Impact on patients families and nurses
The science of nursing and evidencebased practice
The code of ethics for nurses

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