Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends and Transition to Practice

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9780130941534: Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends and Transition to Practice

This book takes a comprehensive and critical look at current issues and trends in nursing, and examines future health care and market place consumer demands—as they relate to success in professional practice. It discusses the ever-accelerating pace of change occurring in the field, and features a broad spectrum of topics that highlight the importance of accountability, responsibility, and critical decision making for nurses of the 21st century. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics present an overview of the evolution of the image, education, knowledge, and professional organization of nurses; discuss professional values and core competencies, the search for employment, nursing issue management and leadership, future challenges, and much more. For new graduates and experienced nurses seeking information about the most contemporary concerns of their field.

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Blending a critical look at contemporary issues and trends with practical application, Nursing in Contemporary Society covers the broad spectrum of issues present in today's nursing environment and presents practical approaches designed to facilitate the transition into nursing practice. Topics build a foundation for success and continued learning through discussions of the evolution of nursing; current trends influencing practice; economic, political, and legal changes; and more. An emphasis on the unique role of the nurse within the health care environment allows readers to fully understand their role in the promotion of health and well being. This is an essential preparation resource for everyone entering the nursing practice.

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  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter highlight key features for focused learning.
  • Figures and Tables throughout offer visual interpretations of the content, issues, and trends.
  • Critical Thinking and Reflection features throughout each chapter raise discussion on important issues.
  • Transition to Practice feature in each chapter emphasizes how issues and trends affect the transition from the educational setting to the professional setting.
  • Research Applications highlight evidence-based thinking.
  • Key Points at the end of every chapter summarize key concepts.
  • Suggested Reading section provides additional resources for review or expanded learning.

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The intent of this textbook is to provide both a comprehensive review of current trends and issues in nursing and a synthesis of practical approaches to facilitate the nursing students' transition from the educational environment to a rewarding career as a professional nurse. Change is occurring at an ever-accelerating pace in health care. As students are prepared to enter professional practice in the Third Millennium, it is essential that they are made aware of the most relevant and current issues and trends affecting professional nursing practice. The content in this textbook is an evidenced-based blend of critical contemporary issues and trends with practical application developed using the framework of The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 1998. The Essentials document provides direction for the educational preparation of professional nurses in the twenty-first century. Using the Essentials document, as a guide, Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends and Transition into Practice combines contemporary approaches to issues, trends, and the transition to practice with a vision for future health care and market place consumer demands. Concepts are illustrated and made relevant by transition into practice-based examples.

The inspiration for writing this book comes from years of teaching issues, trends, professional roles, responsibilities, and critical decision-making as part of the education and preparation of baccalaureate graduate nurses. These experiences have led to the conclusion that a comprehensive, transition into practice-based textbook for baccalaureate graduates is needed which will integrate the importance of accountability, responsibility, and critical decision-making with an understanding of contemporary issues, trends, and transition into practice concerns for fixture nurses.

The primary goals of Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends, and Transition into Practice are therefore twofold: to clearly review current trends and issues in nursing and health care and to present a synthesis of practical approaches designed to facilitate the transition into professional practice. This textbook aids in building a foundation for students to become lifelong learners who maintain an ongoing understanding of contemporary health care concerns. Furthermore, the book will serve as a reference for new graduates and experienced nurses who seek to be informed regarding the most current issues and trends facing the nursing discipline.

We have enhanced the content by assembling a cast of distinguished nurse scholars and leaders who have expertise and are passionate about the specific issues and topics addressed in this book. The content is organized into six major units. Unit 1, Evolution and Context for Professional Nursing Practice, provides an overview of the evolution of the image, education, knowledge, and professional organizations of nurses. Unit 2 focuses on the professional values and core competencies described in AACN's Essentials document and includes chapters on professional values in ethical practice, caring, reflective clinical reasoning, technology, and developing and maintaining competence. Unit 3 describes the current trends impacting nursing practice, which include cultural diversity, spiritual care, evidence-based practice, health promotion, and complementary and alternative therapeutic modalities. Major changes occurring in the health care delivery system from an economic, political, and legal perspective are covered in Unit 4. The content in Unit 5 places emphasis on the nursing student's transition into professional nursing practice. Chapters focus on obtaining professional employment, licensure, issues which impact the transition from student to employee, and strategies for coping with employment-related stress. Issues concerning advanced practice preparation and opportunities for employment are also presented in this unit. Unit 6 provides an overview of the challenge of management by including chapters on collaboration, nursing management and leadership, and legal issues for the nurse manager. The book concludes with an Epilogue, envisioning future trends and challenges that will face nurses.

A number a features have been incorporated into each chapter to enhance student interest and promote their understanding of current issues, trends, and challenges as they prepare to transition into practice. These features are also designed to assist nurse educators in providing focus for study and discussion.

Learning Objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter to help focus students learning.

Figures appear throughout the text and offer visual interpretations of the underlying content, issues, and trends.

Tables are included as a means to highlight, list, and summarize important information.

Critical Thinking and Reflection boxes are special features found throughout each chapter. These are designed to raise questions and challenge students to think and dialogue about important ideas and content.

Transition into Practice is a unique feature in each chapter that places particular emphasis on how the content and ideas in the chapter are relevant and affect the student's transition from the educational setting into professional nursing practice.

Research Applications are incorporated in each chapter as a means to emphasize the importance of evidence-based thinking as a focus for lifelong learning and professional practice.

Key Points appear near the end of each chapter and are organized in a way to provide a brief summary of the chapter.

Suggested Readings are included at the end of each chapter in addition to the References cited in the text. The readings are included so that the interested student can further explore the information presented in each chapter.

This textbook will facilitate students as they prepare for careers in nursing and the ultimate transition into practice. Today's students are the leaders of tomorrow. If nursing is to be at the forefront of the transformation of health care, then future nurses must be prepared to define and transform the profession to meet ever-changing and emerging health care needs of society. Preparing nurses in this new millennium requires increased emphasis on (a) identifying, articulating, and utilizing nursing's unique body of knowledge to guide nursing practice; (b) changing the image of nursing in the eyes of the public so nursing's contribution to the health and well-being of all is understood, recognized, and rewarded; (c) integrating humanistic values rehumanize the mechanical, corporate, patriarchal, institutional, and bureaucratic practices of our health care system; and (d) incorporating creativity and innovation to improve the delivery of quality nursing care.

Web-based Teaching and Learning Support are also available at a Web site dedicated to Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends, and Transition into Practice (http://www.prenhall.com/). This Web site offers learning objectives, key terms with definitions, an overview and outline, and learning activities, which include critical thinking questions, real world projects, and other Web activities for each chapter. In addition to this array of learning activities NCLEX©-type test questions are provided along with Web links, which are continually updated.

Also available on the Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends, and Transition into Practice (http://www.prenhall.com/) Web site and CD-ROM are resources specifically designed for the instructor. For each chapter, the instructor is also provided an extensive chapter outline with PowerPoint slides that can easily be adapted by the instructor for presentation in the classroom. NCLEX©-type -type test questions are provided in the Test Bank available on the Web site and CD-ROM. The Web site and CD-ROM also offer the instructor ideas or strategies to stimulate discussion based on critical thinking questions, projects, and Web activities found on the student Web site of Nursing in Contemporary Society: Issues, Trends, and Transition into Practice.

Future nurses need to be knowledgeable about issues and trends affecting nursing, including the increasing diversity of health care populations, the movement toward outcome- and evidenced-based practice, complementary health care modalities; and ethical conflicts related to evolving technology. Students require an awareness of the current revolutions in the delivery of health care, including legal, sociopolitical, and economic changes. As a nursing student transitions into professional practice he or she must make career choices, search for employment, function in leadership and management roles, and cope with the stresses of professional practice. The presentation of the topics in this textbook are specifically designed to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders so that nursing can rise to its rightful place in the health care delivery system thus promoting the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the nation.

Linda C. Haynes, PhD, RN
Howard K. Butcher, RN, PhD, APRN, BC
Teresa A. Boese, MSN, RN

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