This book is the first resource to compare the experiences of nursing academic leaders among public, private, and for-profit institutions for nurse educators of all experience levels and ambitions. The introduction analyzes why it is important to know how public, private, and for-profit educational organizations operate and why nurse educators and academic leaders should take the time to learn this information. The book comprises 11 chapters. The first chapter explains the structures and processes of these organizations. The second chapter offers concrete suggestions and tips for successfully applying for a nursing faculty position in each of these organizations. The third chapter does the same for seeking an academic leadership position. Chapter four explains and discusses the nuances of fund-raising and advancement. Chapter five discusses recruiting and managing qualified and diverse faculty and staff as it is challenging and processes vary depending on the type of institution. Marketing and public relations are increasingly important in both faculty and leadership positions. Chapter 6 explores these topics. Chapter seven offers tried-and-true suggestions for developing and sustaining clinical partnerships and faculty practice in nursing education. Chapter eight discusses budgeting and allocation of resources. Academic leaders especially must be knowledgeable in these areas. Chapter nine discusses maintaining nursing education standards via accreditation processes and board of nursing approval. Each author has extensive experience with this and is eager to share lessons learned. Chapter ten explores how to encourage faculty and staff to think innovatively and describes similarities and differences pertaining to international study among the three types of institutions. Finally, the conclusion chapter shares the authors’ visions for the future in public, private, and for-profit schools of nursing.
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This book was designed to be a high-speed review—a last-minute gut check before the exam day. The authors created this review, which is a quick summary of the key topics one’ll encounter on the exam, to supplement to their certification preparation studies. They encourages the readers to use it in conjunction with other study aids to ensure they are as prepared as possible for the exam. This book, written by certified critical care nurses, follows the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (
AACN®) most recent exam content outline, and uses a succinct, bulleted format to highlight what one need to know. It will help the readers solidify their retention of information in the month or so leading up to their exam. Special features appear throughout the book to call out important information, including: complications: Problems that can arise with certain disease states or procedures; pearls: Additional patient care insights and strategies for knowledge retention; Alerts: Need-to-know details on how to handle emergency situations; pop quizzes: Critical-thinking questions to test your ability to synthesize what you learned; medication tables: Handy tables at the end of each body system chapter highlighting the indications, mechanisms of action, contraindications, and adverse effects of commonly administered medications; and list of abbreviations: A useful appendix to help guide us through the alphabet soup of clinical terms. We know life is busy. Being able to prepare for our exam efficiently and effectively is paramount, which is why the authors created this book. One have come to the right place as they continue on their path of professional growth and development. The stakes are high, and the authors want to help us succeed.
Advanced Public and Community Health Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition:Population Assessment, Program Planning, and Evaluation
Healthcare delivery system reforms initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act emphasized the health of populations and social determinants of health. These areas are central to public and community health nursing practice. The core processes of community assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation remain relevant to advanced public and community health nursing practice. This book assists graduate students in public and community health nursing and other nursing specialties who focus on population health to become competent advanced practice nurses. The book is organized into six sections containing 21 chapters. Section one comprising two chapters provides the learner with an introduction to public and community health nursing specialty practice and foundations for this advanced level of practice. Section two provides the depth of knowledge needed by the advanced practice nurse to competently conduct community assessments. Section three takes the learner through the steps needed to develop coherent and high-quality program plans. Section four provides the learner with the necessary information to implement program plans at the individual, group, or community level. The section five addresses program evaluation in-depth, providing detailed content on how to develop an evaluation plan and revise programs. The final section directs the learner’s attention to graduate preparation in public and community health nursing as well as to the leadership role in creating a professional practice environment. The book suggests clinical or practicum activities that assist the learner to apply the content in a variety of ways and settings. It also presents examples of actual programs or projects conducted by advanced public and community health nurses.
Everyone loves animals. We learn about them in zoos and aquariums, rehabilitate them when they’re sick, observe their habits and abilities, and treat them as members of our families. One theme that is intentionally woven throughout the book is the importance of knowing a species’ natural history before making assumptions or drawing conclusions about an animal’s behavior. The book consists of eight chapters. All chapters include an “Animal Spotlight” and “Human Application” section. The book is divided into one history chapter, one theory and methods chapter, five content chapters, and a final chapter on future directions. In addition, it pays special attention to describing the different ways that researchers set up their studies to arrive at their conclusions. Chapter one and two discusses the history and methodology of animal cognition. Chapter three discusses animal consciousness. It takes an in-depth look at how philosophers and scientists have defined consciousness, specific cognitive abilities that might signal consciousness, and which animals can be said to have them, or a version of them. The main topics covered include theory of mind, self-awareness, and emotions. Chapter four focuses on communication. It addresses many different ways that animals communicate with each other, including vocal, gestural, and olfactory. Social cognition is featured in Chapter five. Social cognition involves the many complex ways in which animals engage socially among themselves. Chapter six addresses the overall flexibility of the animal mind. For centuries, there have been those who believe animals are mindless behaving machines. Finally, Chapter seven reminds that despite the fact research findings teaches what species on the whole can do, not all animals within a species are the same; individual differences exist. The final chapter eight brings everything together.
Human services professionals face tremendous challenges today. Clients, government agencies, and other funders increasingly expect professionals to produce measurable and verifiable outcomes. The main goal with this textbook is to help students better understand the utility of research to human services. That is to say, the book presents research as a tool for practice, something that can be used to help professionals in their work with clients, designing programs and services, and advocating for policy changes. In addition to presenting research as a tool for practice, the book also emphasizes connections between human service research and practice, stressing that each plays important and complementary roles in addressing social and personal problems. This textbook is primarily an introduction to social research as it relates to the human services. There are two new main features to this edition. Each chapter opens with a Vignette describing a situation in which a human services professional is faced with a task or dilemma that can be addressed through research or by employing a research technique in practice. The second new major feature is the Practitioner Profile, included in most chapters. These Practitioner Profiles present actual human services professionals who are not professional researchers but nonetheless incorporate research methods into their practice. Similar to the Practitioner Profiles, several chapters also include one or more Research in Practice features designed to help students better understand applications of research methods and concepts and the overall research process. At the end of each chapter, there is a list and brief description of the Main Points of the chapter, which serves as a review of the major concepts covered. Following the Main Points is a list of Important Terms for Review. Following the Important Terms for Review are three sets of questions, critical thinking, evaluating competency, and self-assessment.
Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences, 3rd Edition:Watson’s Caring Science Guide
The health sciences would not be complete without a caring science. Although all health sciences focus to some degree on caring, when the public thinks about caring, nursing often is foremost in their minds. This book focuses on instruments for assessing caring in the nursing literature but is useful to all in the health sciences or healing professions. It not only brings to the forefront the various conceptualizations of caring but also identifies approaches to the measurement of the concepts that have been derived from multiple perspectives on caring. The various instruments presented capture the multiple essences of caring, which may be viewed as an attitude, an ability, an attribute or characteristic, or a complex of interrelated behaviors. The book provides nursing leaders, students, and scholars with an up-to-date critique and compilation of the most salient and up-to-date instruments to assess and measure caring. It brings together in one source the many approaches to conceptualizing caring and the instruments that have been designed to measure it. The book provides questionnaire development procedures, theoretical underpinnings of instruments, reliability and validity evidence, and descriptions of instruments and their sources. This updated collection encompasses measurements of caring that have relevance in assessing caring among students as well as patients and nurses, thus allowing use in both educational and clinical care research. Some new instruments focus on assessing caring at the administrative/relational-system caring level, address a new a population (e.g., family), and include novel potential techniques such as computerization. This collection of caring instruments offers a story of nursing theory and knowledge development, as nursing scholars search for and experiment with measuring or capturing the elusive phenomenon of human caring, often considered nonmeasurable.
Practitioners in the helping professions (e.g., nursing, social work, psychology) often serve perpetrators and survivors of interpersonal violence, and many are asked to make predictions about the likelihood of future violence. Knowledge about risk and risk factors is increasingly expected in courts, clinics, conference rooms, shelters, hospital emergency rooms, child protective service offices, schools, research settings, batterer intervention programs, parenting programs, domestic violence advocacy programs, and child abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programs. This book reviews what is generally known about the prediction of violent behavior and then discusses implications for the prediction of interpersonal violence. It addresses the specific variables involved in the prediction of child abuse and neglect, child fatalities (including those that occur within the context of IPV), IPV, and femicide. This book represents the most current research, trends, and professional viewpoints regarding the prediction of interpersonal violence. It discusses in greater depth challenges with assessment measures and factors used to predict future violence. It is clear, however, that assessments of risk for future violence are improved when appropriately administered, psychometrically sound risk assessment scales are used. Furthermore, practitioners need to couple these objective measures with information collected on the characteristics of the perpetrator, the perpetrator’s relationship to the victim, the victim’s assessment of risk, the practitioner’s experience and judgment, and context-specific factors (e.g., poverty, unemployment, discrimination, social support).
This book is designed to provide essential knowledge and skills in behavioral health for all members of the primary care health team. It begins with a short history of the development of evidence for the value of the biopsychosocial model in primary care and an overview of the role of the behavioral health specialist in the primary care team. In order to provide context for the practice of behavioral health care, the book reviews the theoretical basis for understanding health behavior and the development of brief counseling methods for influencing patients to engage in healthier behaviors. Current epidemiological trends of some of the most common presenting conditions in primary care set the stage for moving into chapters on specific conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, chronic pain, sleep disorders, geriatric conditions, cancer-related conditions, substance abuse, and obesity. Each of these chapters begins with a typical referral note from a primary care provider requesting a behavioral health assessment or intervention and concludes with a sample of how the behavioral health specialist might respond to the referral. These sample referrals and consultation notes are intended to provide a practical example of how the behavioral health specialist might function on a primary care team and how our patients might navigate an integrated health care system within the patient-centered medical home. The book concludes with a chapter on systems medicine, which will provide readers with a vision of the future of health care engaging the developing science of brain function and how the brain can be modified to improve our experience of health and wellness.
This book provides a dynamic and comprehensive interprofessional approach to building a culture of safety by using simulation across clinical and education spheres in healthcare. It provides a narrative account of the origins of Patient Safety Institute (PSI) that emphasizes its integration and alignment with the strategic goals of the larger health care system an example, in effect, of innovation that, from within the organization, creates new capabilities. It also illustrates the concept of systems integration as representing a fourth domain of simulation, in addition to teaching/education, assessment, and research. In devising methods to improve the interprofessional response to acute medical emergencies in a psychiatric hospital, the book provides an instructive example of the ways in which simulation offers distinctive advantages over simple hands-on training and code drills. It also provides an in-depth summary of simulation in an emergency medicine residency program. After pioneering work in anesthesiology, pediatrics and perinatal medicine became two of the first disciplines in which providers recognized the considerable potential for simulation. The book further provides accounts of several programs that indicate both the depth and range of simulation.
The intent of this book is to provide useful knowledge and practical applications to ease the work of leading or working in a hospital-based nursing research program. It contains principles that apply to all sizes of hospitals, as well as hospital systems that may be spread out over multiple states or be contained in one area. The book describes how nursing research provides new evidence for nursing practice that improves clinical outcomes, changes the culture of the organization, creates new leadership roles for nurses, offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, enhances patient safety, improves nurse and patient satisfaction, and leads to positive branding of the hospital and the nursing department. Nursing leadership can create (or support) a vision for nursing research based on the benefits that are central to the hospital’s strategic mission and goals. An essential element of setting the foundation and planning, growing, and nurturing a nursing research program is to demonstrate how the program aligns with the strategic plan (vision, mission, and goals) of nursing. The three foundational elements of strong nursing research programs personnel, intranet resources, and a nursing research department database are interconnected and should be available to the entire nursing department, including non-nurse providers and administrators, because important research questions can come from anyone on the team. The nursing research department database is an electronic system of input and storage of direct and indirect data important to the development, conduct, translation, and dissemination of nursing research.