This book delivers analyses of 30 core concepts that define nursing theory, research, education, and professional practice. Grounded in the concept analysis framework developed by Walker and Avant, the book clearly demonstrates how concepts are used to build theory, support research, and improve education and professional practice. Expert authors from clinical and research disciplines focus on the core of nursing-- the nurse-patient relationship--grouping concepts into the categories of patient/client-focused concepts, career-focused concepts, and organizational/systems-focused concepts. The concept analyses follow a specific method, with defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences given. It talks about the personal characteristics of patients/clients experiencing health/illness. These concepts include hardiness, hope, motivation and self-motivation. The book then explains the caregiver-focused concepts such as anxiety, caregiver burden, clinical autonomy, compassion fatigue, cultural competence, decision making, emotional intelligence, empathy and so on. It also presents analysis of concepts pertinent to nurse workaround, commitment, teamwork, transformational leadership, work engagement, and nurse manager accountability. Nurse workarounds are described as nurses devising an alternative work procedure to address a block in the workforce, even though these alternatives are deviations from policies, procedures, and work processes. The book also includes diagrams of characteristics across concepts for comparison. It helps nurse scholars to develop a sophisticated analytic ability and provide graduate nursing students with a foundation for developing a DNP capstone or PhD research project.
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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.
This book merges the full spectrum of Caring Science evolution and identifies a clear path for future growth and development. It provides an opportunity to experience the delicate space of praxis, as the examples of a living philosophy are made accessible to the reader. The book through personal narrative, exemplars, and discourses on Caring Science, helps the reader to understand the history, accomplishments, and vision of human caring as a serious ethical, ontological, epistemological, practical endeavor. Its intent is to create a compendium of cutting-edge literature related to Caring Science to inform and transform nursing practice. The book comprises 50 chapters and is structured with 10 sections, each focused on a particular theme. Section I assumes that nursing knowledge is evolving towards a unitary-transformative worldview, and the ontology of Caring Science is embracing the tenets of this unitary worldview. Section II describes explicit connections between established programs or initiatives and Caring Science. Section III discuses Caritas science literacy. Section IV is on caritas literacy as a foundation for nursing education. Section V focuses on how scholarly inquiry advances the epistemology of Caring Science in the areas of leadership, research, and education. Section VI explores epistemology of research, aesthetic knowing (healing environments), and Caritas Praxis. Section VII integrates Caring Science grounded in Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the 10 Caritas Processes into large complex healthcare systems. Section VIII reflects the process of Caring Science and cross-cultural (transcultural) ethical significance that is being developed in many parts of the world. Section IX focuses on advancing disciplinary-specific knowledge grounded in a relational unitary worldview within the context of Unitary Caring Science. The final section focuses on how Caring Science can become a journey of personal and professional transformation engaging in aesthetic ways of knowing.
This book differs from most others related to teaching online because it takes a how-to approach with the twin goals of answering the call to transform nursing education and benefiting from research in cognitive psychology. Each chapter includes relevant concepts, theories, and models to guide course design and teaching online, as well as templates that can be downloaded to save precious time. The focus in the book is on the RN-BSN, master’s, DNP, and PhD programs, as they comprise most of the online programs in nursing, but the contents are applicable to teaching any level of nursing online. Teaching and assessment are one when teaching online; they are not individual activities and cannot really be separated. This is an important concept to grasp, especially if people are a seasoned classroom instructor accustomed to creating separate assignments that add to one’s workload. The book explores how this interconnected approach works. Grading is an important function that drives learning and deserves some attention, as the author thinks people have lost their way to some degree when assessing what constitutes academic achievement. Rubrics have replaced other grading strategies, but not all meet the expectation of greater objectivity in grading, which is their initial intent. A hot topic in online education that relates to workload is the expectation of faculty presence in an online course from both faculty’s and the student’s perspective. This topic is explored in the book. Converting a classroom-based course to the online environment can be a time-consuming task without some guidance as to where to start. Online education is more than uploading one’s classroom lectures into the Learning management systems. The book provides a step-wise approach with some additional tips on converting a classroom course to the online environment.
Understanding and managing technology is a key component in providing quality patient care today. This book delivers required competencies and frameworks for both nursing education and practice, expanding upon integral systems and technologies within one’s healthcare system and their impact on the responsibilities of the individual nurse. Highlighting the intricacies within a specialized approach to healthcare data, data mining, and data organization, this resource connects day-to-day informatics practices to larger initiatives and perspectives. Clear and concise synopses of healthcare essentials, case studies, and abundant practical examples help readers understand how health informatics improves patient care within the nursing scope of practice. Thought-provoking questions in each chapter facilitate in-depth considerations about chapter content. The book provides a broad overview of informatics knowledge to empower nurses to be thoughtful and participate in the capture, storage, and use of data to optimize patient outcomes. Technology is changing rapidly in healthcare, and this book provides a primer for noninformatics nurses who wish to know more about data and how those data affect healthcare. It explains the importance of informatics and informatics competencies and provides the core of the informatics architecture, including the electronic health record and decision support tools. The text concludes with information related to the ethical, legal, and social issues related to informatics and the user experience.
This book provides a comprehensive survey of the range of issues to nurses and those interested in nursing’s contribution to the field of global health. The underlying assertion of the book is that global health encompasses the health problems of both rich and poor countries and implies a shared responsibility for achieving health and eradicating inequities. It takes into account the social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental factors including climate change that may impact health. The book is divided into three units. Unit I offers an overview of the foundations of global health and include the emerging concept of climate justice and its relationship to climate change and environmental health consequences. Additional tenets such as analysis of the distinctions that relate to public health, international health, and global health and the ethical context of global health, human rights, and social justice are explored. Unit II highlights issues of global health and the effects on the most poor and vulnerable worldwide particularly women, children, and those living in areas of conflict. In underdeveloped countries, safe water access is one of the most obvious determinants of the health of individuals and populations. Negative health effects related to violence within the scope of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and forced participation in sex trafficking as well as maternal mortality and childhood malnutrition are also examined. While much work toward achieving global health is underway and there have been notable accomplishments, Unit III addresses areas where efforts must be redoubled to achieve success. These areas include challenges of international nurse migration, nursing leadership in inter-professional education, importance of continuing education, and working globally with faith-based organizations.
Nursing disciplinary focus is the relationship of caring within a mutual human-environment health experience for healing and well-being. Complexity sciences and nursing science have the power to promote a deeper understanding of human beings as they evolve with the environment. This book focuses on both caring science and complexity sciences within the realm of nursing science, practice, and health care organizations. Organizational cultures deal with values and beliefs about what they are there for, products they may produce, how they govern and manage, how they use technology, and how they deal with human relationships. There are chapters focused on complexity sciences, highlighting, for example, entropy, methods, organizational paradoxes, and conflict relationships from more theoretical, quantitative, and/or mathematical research approaches. A chapter focused on the disease process of diabetes that shows the complexity of diabetes from the cellular to policy levels. Other chapters are focused on theoretical and qualitative research methods or newer research methods capturing the science of complexity, such as the comparing and contrasting of complexity sciences and the science of unitary human beings (SUHB), complex caring dynamics, and story theory and method. There are chapters related to leadership, caring in complex health care organizations, and nursing education that address both complexity and caring sciences. Finally, the book contains chapters that challenge our ethical thinking with informatics applications in practice, and the future of nursing and caring within the realm of the human-humanoid relationship. Each chapter has response that highlights what the particular chapter means to nursing education, research, leadership, administration, and practice.
The goal of any nursing program is to graduate competent nurses who are prepared to provide safe care and participate fully within a complex health care system. The need for assessment and evaluation of achievement of student-learning objectives is vital. Undoubtedly, the primary method of student evaluation is through the administration of examinations. This book provides an overview of how evaluation and rubrics fit within the larger nursing education teaching-learning process as more than just a final destination or afterthought. Rubrics should be created with intent, taking into account the student-learning objectives and the teaching-learning process. The book offers practical support for the design of meaningful assignments and provides a process for effective and objective assessment, evaluation, and grading. The first part of the book provides a quick overview of the teaching-learning processes that drive and impact student assessment and evaluation. The second part provides descriptions, uses, and supporting evidence for commonly used assignments. The assignments discussed are: paper assignments, presentation assignments, students’ participation programs, discussion board assignments, reflective journals, case studies, concept maps, poster presentations, and student portfolios. The second part also includes detailed modifiable grading rubric templates for each assignment presented.
This book provides specific and practical information and guidelines for clinical nursing professors/instructors. It addresses key fundamental elements of clinical teaching. This book is organized into seven major parts containing 21 chapters. The first chapter presents the basic facts of clinical teaching and includes the expectations for many experienced and novice instructors. The second chapter helps to assess basic knowledge of standard rules and policies in nursing education. The third chapter differentiates the opportunities and challenges posed by various types of clinical sites and the variety of requirements dictated by the site and course specialty. Chapter 4 reviews the priority tasks for the clinical instructor. Chapter 5 highlights the orientation day and provides a sample template for that day. Chapters 7 and 8 review characteristics of “high fliers” and “not-so-high fliers”. Chapters 9 and 10 discuss the importance of student self-evaluation and provide evidence to support a mid-term and final evaluation even if the clinical rotation is as brief as 4 days. Chapter 11 describes warning signs for students who are in danger of failing. Chapter 12 presents the most common grading systems used in nursing programs. Chapters 13 and 14 address preconference and postconference time. Chapter 15 provides insights that will prepare the clinical instructor for certain unplanned events such as lateness in student arrival. Chapter 16 highlights alternative assignments. Chapter 17 provides several examples of unsafe practice events. Chapter 18 contains a survey taken from senior nursing students within 1 month of graduating from a baccalaureate nursing program. Chapter 19 stresses the importance of self-care and the role it plays in modeling the same for your students. Chapter 20 discusses the responsibility of clinical instructors regarding writing letters of reference. The final chapter updates the current thinking about the utilization of the simulation lab in nursing curricula.
This book emphasizes the importance of sleep across states of health, health care settings, and at all stages of human development. It uses an evidence-based approach to synthesize and integrate nursing and interdisciplinary research on sleep to serve as a foundation for curriculum, teaching, practice, and researchactivities. The book is divided into four units. Unit I addresses aspects of normal sleep, including normal sleep physiology and behavior and developmental and gender aspects. In Unit II, the book provides an overview of the importance of sleep and its consequences from an epidemiological perspective, extant sleep-related nosologies, and a guide to sleep assessment. Unit II also discusses the epidemiology, consequences, assessment, and treatment of the sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep-related breathing disorders including central sleep apnea (CSA), parasomnias, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorders (CRD), and psychaitric and pediatric disorders, the health disparities associated with sleep disorders, and provides an overview of complementary and alternative therapies for sleep. Unit III focuses on integration of the clinical research on sleep into specific settings where many nurses work (occupational health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, psychiatric settings, pediatric primary care, pediatric acute care, and maternal-child health). In Unit IV, the book presents suggestions about ways to integrate sleep and sleep disorders into pre-licensure and graduate nursing education, ideas about the future of nursing practice related to sleep, and proposed directions for future research.