This book provides knowledge of the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal foundations of professional nursing. This resource explores the changing health care system especially related to health care economics, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world. Also included is a chapter on returning to school after already practicing nursing in the field. The book serves as a refresher for topics and issues previously covered in nursing school, but also addresses issues that nurses will face in their new professional practice. An excellent resource for professionals in the nursing field. Specifically designed the transition from RN-to-BSN. These are professionals that have their RN, but are returning for their BSN to further advance their careers.
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Exploring the professional roles of health promoter, teacher-learner, leader-manager, research consumer, advocate, colleague, and collaborator, as identified by the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, 4th Ed. details the historical, theoretical, ethical, and legal foundations of professional nursing. Current and comprehensive, it provides a complete discussion of the changing health care system especially as it relates to health care economics, nursing in a culture of violence, and nursing in a culturally and spiritually diverse world. Additional features include:
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To meet the demands of a dramatically changing health care system, nurses must change and grow. Skills in communication and interpersonal relations are needed for nurses to become effective members of a collaborative health care team. Nurses need to think critically and be creative in implementing nursing strategies with clients of diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds in increasingly diverse settings. They need skills in teaching, collaborating, leading, managing, advocacy, political involvement, and analyzing and applying theory and research findings to practice. Nurses must be prepared to provide care not only in hospitals, but also in client homes and other community-based settings, including clinics, schools, occupational sites, faith-based communities, homeless shelters, and prisons. Their unique role demands a blend of nurturance, compassion, sensitivity, caring, empathy, commitment, courage, competence, and skill based on broad knowledge of the arts, humanities, biological and social sciences, and nursing science. In addition, an understanding of holistic healing modalities and complementary therapies is becoming more essential. In this book we address concepts on which nurses can build their repertoire of professional nursing, knowledge. These concepts include, but are not limited to, wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention; holistic care; multiculturalism; nursing history; technology and informatics; nursing theories and conceptual frameworks; nursing research; and professional empowerment and politics.
Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives, 4th edition, is intended as a text for registered nurses who are in transition or bridge programs to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. It may also be used in generic nursing programs or in transition or bridge programs for vocational nurses (LPNs or LVNs) to complete the professional nursing baccalaureate degree. This text has been revised extensively to reflect the additional areas of knowledge that practicing nurses require to be effective in the changing health care system. A new organization in the text emphasizes the foundational knowledge related to professional nursing, including nursing history, nursing theory, ethics, and legal aspects; the processes guiding nursing, including communication, group, change, and technology and informatics; nursing in a changing health care-delivery system, including health care economics, cultural and spiritual dimensions of nursing care, nursing in a culture of violence; and nursing in the new millennium, which discusses advanced nursing education and practice and visions for the future of nursing.
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There are eight new chapters, one new feature, and a new website created for the fourth edition of Professional Nursing Practice: Conceits and Perspectives.
The fourth edition of Professional Nursing Practice: Concepts and Perspectives retains several of the features that have been well received by faculty and, students who have used previous editions:
This edition is organized into five units, with an introductory chapter preceding the first unit. Units and chapters can be used independently or in any sequence.
We hope this book helps learners from diverse backgrounds appreciate the proud heritage of professional nursing, understand what is meant by professional, view nursing as a profession, and develop knowledge and abilities that will contribute to the advancement of the profession. In addition, we hope the knowledge gained will help nurses provide quality care in a constantly changing health care system.
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