Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges

Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges

Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges

Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Challenges

Synopsis

"This text offers nursing students comprehensive ideas and perspectives that are basic to the practice of contemporary nursing. Each chapter focuses on a foundational area of study and explores the central concepts, relevant issues, dilemmas, and debates. It presents a broad-range of professional issues, ranging from a brief history of nursing in the U. S., research and legal issues, to an introduction to nursing organizations and regulatory bodies." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book has been written to facilitate consideration and understanding of key ideas that underpin nursing as a discipline in a global context. The book is, in a sense, groundbreaking, in that it is a collaboration between American, Canadian, British, and Australian nurses. The topics selected for inclusion represent a distillation of international nursing knowledge, and are drawn from an immense base of research and scholarly endeavor. They are highly relevant to nursing internationally, and correspond to many of the concerns and challenges confronting contemporary nursing. This edition was written especially for American nurses. British and Australian editions, each tailored to the special needs of nurses in those countries, have already been published.

Engagement with the text, and completion of the reflective exercises that follow each chapter, will assist beginning students of nursing to develop a solid theoretical foundation for nursing, including an understanding of the commonality of key ideas in nursing culture and scholarship. We trust that this text will enable readers to understand the global as well as the local nature of nursing knowledge, practice, and related health care issues. The unique concerns and challenges confronting nursing are clarified as the process of professionalization unfolds.

We acknowledge that a number of individuals provided assistance and advice to the editors as they planned and prepared this work. Special thanks go to Dr. May Wykle, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ms. Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, RN, MSN, Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Theta Tau International, for encouragement and believing in the project. We also convey thanks to Vaughn Curtis of Elsevier in Australia, and . . .

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