Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Nursing Now! Today's Issues, Tomorrow's Trends

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Nursing Now! Today's Issues, Tomorrow's Trends

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Nursing Now! Today's Issues,Tomorrow's Trends edited by Joseph T. Catalano, PhD, RN, CCRN; Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2003; 520 pages, $35.95

Joseph T. Catalano, one of nursing's most respected authors in the area of nursing leadership, has compiled his third edition of Nursing Now! Todays Issues, Tomorrow's Trends based on the suggestions of his avid followers. The quality and content truly meet the high standards they demand. This readable book, well suited for an Issues course, will be of value to students beginning their educational journey as well those at the culmination of their academic career. Practicing nurses, too, will benefit from the wide array of current issues presented.

Recent technological advances, threats of bioterrorism and war, and the nursing shortage have all played havoc in health care delivery systems and burdened nurses with insurmountable stress. New graduates entering the work world must bring with them a sound understanding of nursing - its heritage, history, trends, struggles, controversies, studies, and contributions. Catalano's book facilitates the process of transition from academe to career.

The book is divided into four units. The first discusses the foundation and growth of nursing and provides a strong basis for understanding the profession. Unit 2 deals with ethical and legal accountability that the graduate will face in a practice setting and prepares the reader for "reality shock. …

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